BCHL Today: Cents add QMJHL draft pick Patella, Warriors bring in UNO commit Van Houtte-Cachero, and more!

Cents bring in Patella for 2021-22 season

The Merritt Centennials announced the signing of 2004-born forward Davide Patella for the 2021-22 BC Hockey League season.

Patella, who hails from Laval, QC, was with the Laval-Montréal Rousseau Royal of the Quebec Midget AAA League in 2020-21 but didn’t play any games due to the pandemic. The centre had seven goals and 14 points in 42 games with Rousseau Royal in 2019-20.

He was a fourth-round choice of the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2020 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft and a first-round pick, ninth overall, by the Terrebonne Cobras in this year’s Quebec Junior Hockey League Draft.

Warriors add Nebraska-Omaha commit Van Houtte-Cachero

On Sunday evening, the West Kelowna Warriors announced the signing of 2003-born forward and University of Nebraska-Omaha commit Alexi Van Houtte-Cachero for the upcoming season.

The Pointe-Claire, QC product played 39 games with the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks of the North American Hockey League in 2020-21, putting up three goals and six points. He was a seventh-round selection of Lincoln in the 2020 US Hockey League Draft.

Van Houtte-Cachero was also chosen in the seventh round of the QMJHL Entry Draft by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

Gibson signs a deal in Coventry, England

27-year-old forward Dane Gibson (54 goals, 105 assists in 153 games with Cowichan Valley and Victoria from 2012-15 has signed a contract for 2021-22 with the Coventry Blaze of the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League.

The Sidney, BC native didn’t play in 2020-21 due to COVID-19 restrictions but is coming off three seasons of U SPORTS hockey at the University of Calgary. In 70 games with the Dinos, Gibson posted 12 goals and 24 points.