BCHL Today: Hirose up for CJHL Top Defenceman award, Kings and Express add new players, and more

Silverbacks blueliner Hirose up for CJHL Top Defenceman Award

Salmon Arm Silverbacks defenceman Akito Hirose is one of five finalists for the Canadian Junior Hockey League Top Defenceman award.

Hirose, 21, led all BCHL blueliners in scoring in 2019-20 with nine goals and 42 assists in 57 games and was named the winner of the league’s Top Defenceman award.


Kings bring on Bonkowski for next season

The Powell River Kings have added 16-year-old West Van Academy Prep forward Jacob Bonkowski for the 2020-21 season.

Bonkowski, who’s from Richmond, BC, had eight goals and 28 assists in 31 Canadian Sport School Hockey League games with West Van this past season. He also played two games in Powell River as an affiliate.

Express add defenceman Campbell for 2020-21

The Coquitlam Express received a commitment from 17-year-old defenceman Matthew Campbell for next season.

Campbell, from North Vancouver, played 39 games last season with the Vancouver NW Hawks of the BC Major Midget League and put up seven goals and 32 assists. He also got into four games with the Express as an affiliate player.

Former Kings forward Turnbull named alternate captain at UConn

Forward Carter Turnbull (78 goals, 75 assists in 155 games with Cowichan Valley and Powell River from 2015-18) has been named alternate captain for the University of Connecticut Huskies for the 2020-21 season.

Turnbull, 21, had 12 goals and 12 assists in 31 games for UConn in his sophomore season of 2019-20.

Former Eagles forward McGovern signs in Belgium

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Posted by Bulldogs de Liège on Friday, April 17, 2020

Forward Sean McGovern (19 goals, 20 assists in 59 games with Surrey in 2011-12) has signed with the Liege Bulldogs in the BeNe League, which is the highest level hockey league in Belgium and the Netherlands.

McGovern had nine goals and ten assists in 31 games in 2019-20 split between Tranås AIF of the Swedish Hockeyettan, IK Guts of the Swedish Hockeytvåan and Marseille of the French Division 1.

Three Stars of the Night ⏪ April 18, 2017

First Star: Penticton forward Nick Jones had three assists as the Vees rolled to a 5-2 win over Chilliwack in game three of the 2017 Fred Page Cup final.

Second Star: Chiefs forward Jordan Kawaguchi had Chilliwack’s lone two goals in the loss.

Third Star: Vees defenceman Gabe Bast had the game-winning goal and added an assist.

Honourable Mentions: Chiefs defenceman Colin Bernard posted a pair of assists. Penticton forwards Chris Klack and Grant Cruikshank each notched a goal and an assist.