BCHL Today: Condolences pour in for Sharma, Wild, Capitals, and Clippers add new recruits, and more!

Condolences continue to pour in for Sharma

2004-born Langley Rivermen forward Ronin Sharma was one of three people killed on Saturday morning when the car he was in crashed into a tree in Surrey, BC. Condolences came in from around the hockey world once news of the accident became known.

“Today, we lost a young man who made each and every one of our lives better as well as brighter every day he came to play the game we all love,” the Rivermen said in a statement on their website. “We will miss you Ronin. May you rest in peace.”

Sharma was scoreless in three games with Langley during the BCHL’s exhibition season last fall.

16-year-old Caleb Reimer of the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings and Delta Hockey Academy U17 Prep’s Parker Magnuson, 17, were also killed in the accident.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started by a group of friends of Sharma, Reimer, and Magnuson to support their families “as needed including funeral costs and expenses”. The entire team at BCHLNetwork joins in mourning the tragic loss of these three young men.

Emerson invited to L.A. Kings development camp

2001-born Wenatchee Wild forward Quinn Emerson has been invited to the Los Angeles Kings’ 2021 development camp, which is on now until Friday.

Emerson had two goals and five points in 34 games with the North American Hockey League’s Lone Star Brahmas in 2020-21. As a rookie with the Wild in 2019-20, the Manhattan Beach, CA product notched 16 points in 53 games.

MacDougall to return to Coquitlam in 2021-22

The Coquitlam Express had a handful of news items covering in its “Next Generation” feature on the BCHL website. Among the news was the confirmed return of 2001-born forward and Canisius College commit Christian MacDougall for the 2021-22 season.

The Toronto, ON product was an alternate captain for Coquitlam in 2020-21 and finished with 10 points in 16 games. MacDougall was expected to head to school this fall, but his arrival at Canisius has been deferred by a year.

Wild recruit ASU commit Stibbe for the upcoming season

On Monday, the Wenatchee Wild announced the addition of 2001-born forward and Arizona State University commit Cade Stibbe for the 2021-22 BC Hockey League season.

Stibbe, who hails from Fargo, ND, had 13 goals and 32 points in 49 games with the Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League during the 2020-21 season. His commitment to ASU has been deferred by a year and he’ll head to the Tempe, AZ campus in September 2022.

Clippers bring in Hansen for 2021-22

The Nanaimo Clippers announced the signing of 2002-born forward Cole Hansen on Monday. The Ham Lake, MN product split the 2020-21 season between the NAHL and US Hockey League.

In 27 games with the Minnesota Wilderness in the NAHL, he posted two goals and an assist. In 16 USHL games with the Waterloo Black Hawks, Hansen notched a goal and an assist.

Caps add a pair of 2002-born skaters for this season

The Cowichan Valley Capitals’ “Next Generation” feature was posted on the BCHL website on Monday and in it were the details around the addition of 2002-born forward and Brown University commit Eli Pilosof along with 2002-born defenseman Zachary Brault.

Pilosof, a Toronto, ON product, spent 2020-21 with the Northern Cyclones of the National Collegiate Development Conference and had a goal and six assists in nine games. He notched 41 points in 52 games with Pickering of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in 2019-20.

Brault is from St. Lambert, QC, and was with Shawnigan Lake School U18 Prep in 2020-21. He didn’t play any games due to COVID-19 cancelling the CSSHL U18 season. In 2019-20, Brault put up 21 points in 32 games with Shawnigan Lake School.

Whistle is off to Sheffield

Forward Brandon Whistle (eight goals, nine assists in 35 games with Penticton, Vernon, and Salmon Arm from 2015-18) has signed a contract with the Sheffield Steelers of the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League.

It’s a two-way contract for the 23-year-old from Kelowna, BC that could see him also play for Leeds of the National Ice Hockey League, which is a step below the EIHL.