BCHL Today: Four players change teams in multi-team deal, Nachbaur heads to Stockton, and more!

Eagles, Kings, and Capitals swing multi-team trade

A three-team deal was made on Monday as the Cowichan Capitals sent 2001-born forward Primo Self to the Surrey Eagles and received 2001-born defenseman Colin Campbell and 2001-born forward Gabe Schovanek from the Eagles. Surrey received 2003-born forward Jacob Bonkowski from the Powell River Kings in exchange for future considerations.

Self last played in the BCHL in 2019-20, with the Cowichan Capitals, where he scored 12 goals and added 25 assists in 51 games. Last season he played 37 games with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the US Hockey League, scoring eight times and adding four assists.

Campbell did not play any games in the 2020-21 season and has yet to appear in the BCHL.

Schovanek played the last two seasons in the BCHL with the Surrey Eagles. In 2020-21, he played in 18 games, scoring seven times and adding five assists.

Bonkowski has played 22 BCHL games, all with the Powell River Kings. In 2020-21, Bonkowski appeared in 20 games and scored three times to go along with 13 assists.

Nachbaur joins Heat coaching staff

The AHL’s Stockton Hear announced that they have added Don Nachbaur to their coaching staff for the 2021-22 season. Nachbaur, 62, played one season with the Merritt Centennials in 1976-77. During that season, Nachbaur scored 22 goals and added 27 assists in 54 games.

Nachbaur has since played 223 NHL games after being selected in the third round of the 1979 NHL Draft by the Hartford Whalers. Following his retirement, Nachbaur joined the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds as a head coach beginning in 1994-95. Most recently, Nachbaur was the Head Coach of SC Bern of the NL in Switzerland and then an associate coach with the Tri-City Americans. Joining the Heat will mark the second stint in the AHL for Nachbaur as he previously was an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Phantoms for two seasons (2000-02).

Muller to join Chiefs

On Monday afternoon the Chilliwack Chiefs announced they had committed 18-year-old forward Chad Muller. The Kingston, ON native, did not play in the 2020-21 season but was a member of the Greater Kingston Frontenacs U18 AAA team in 2019-20. During that season he played 33 games and scored seven goals and added 20 assists. He also racked up 130 penalty minutes.

Andrusiak inks with Steelheads

23-year-old Yorkton, SK forward Zack Andrusiak (three assists in 23 games with West Kelowna, Salmon Arm, and Vernon from 2013-16) has signed with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.

The signing marks Andrusiak’s return to Idaho, as he played the 2019-20 season with the team. Last season Andrusiak played 22 games for the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears, scoring one goal and adding three assists.

El-Mir signs with Admiral

25-year-old forward Karl El-Mir (six goals, five assists in 29 games with Salmon Arm in 2014-15) has signed with the Norfolk Admirals. El-Mir did not participate in any hockey in 2019-20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his last season of hockey, El-Mir played 17 games with the ECHL’s Indy Fuel (5G, 4A) and another 17 with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (4G, 6A).