BCHL Today: Eagles add Merrimack commit Hillier, Kings acquire Orr, and more


Eagles add Merrimack committed forward Hillier

The Surrey Eagles have added 2002-born forward Mark Hillier to their roster for 2020-21. Hillier put up 52 goals and 112 points in 56 games at St. Andrew’s College last season. He had previously committed to Merrimack for this fall, but the uncertainty currently surrounding college sports has caused him to delay his arrival to the school until next fall.

The native of Labrador City, Newfoundland leaves St. Andrew’s as the all-time scoring leader in the CAHS with 213 points, breaking the previous record of 182.

Hillier will be joined in Surrey by his St. Andrews’ line-mate Cole Galata, who notched 101 points himself last season.

Spruce Kings trade Orr to Powell River

The Prince George Spruce Kings have traded 2001-born defenseman Evan Orr to the Powell River Kings for future considerations.

The Shelby Township, Michigan product had five goals and 10 assists in 52 games with Prince George last season, his first in the BC Hockey League.

Orr is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Michigan Tech University for 2021-22.

Coughlin signs extension with Cincinnati

Defenseman Johnny Coughlin (three goals, 15 assists in 55 games with Vernon in 2014-15) has signed a contract extension with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.

The 25-year-old from Fairport, New York scored twice in nine games with the Cyclones after being acquired from the Norfolk Admirals.

For his ECHL career, he has 11 goals and 12 assists in 66 games over three seasons.

Recchi not returning to Pittsburgh

In an effort to shake things up after failing to qualify for the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins have moved on from their assistant coaches.

Included in the staff being let go is Kamloops native Mark Recchi (26 goals, 39 assists in 51 games with Langley in 1984-85), who was with the Penguins for six seasons. Three of those seasons were as a development coach, before spending the next three as an assistant.