BCHL Today: Smoke Eaters trade one defenseman and acquire another, Vees pick up 2019 CJHL rookie of the year finalist, and more


Smokies make a pair of trades

The Trail Smoke Eaters made two trades on Thursday which saw them acquire one defenseman and also deal another away. First, the Smokies grabbed 2002-born blueliner Carson Hemenway from the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Hemenway, from Ladner, BC, was traded to the Hounds from Penticton in June. He had no points in six games with the Vees after being picked up from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at the Jan. 10 trade deadline.

He notched a goal and seven assists in 28 games with the Bulldogs before the move to Penticton.

Trail then sent 2000-born defenseman Kyle Pow to the West Kelowna Warriors for future considerations.

Pow is from Nanaimo and he started the 2019-20 season with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League before being traded to the Smoke Eaters on Dec. 1. He posted two goals and an assist in 17 games with Fort Mac and three assists in 21 games with Trail.

Pow is also a veteran of 41 Western Hockey League games with Kelowna and Winnipeg, posting three assists over the course of three seasons from 2017-20.

Vees grab UMass (Amherst) commit Murray from Portage

The Penticton Vees also picked up a defenseman on Thursday, acquiring 2002-born Owen Murray from the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Murray has 13 goals and 54 assists in 85 games over the last two seasons with the Terriers. The Decker, Manitoba product is committed to the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) for next September.

He was a finalist for Canadian Junior Hockey League rookie of the year in 2019 in addition to winning MJHL rookie of the year and being named to the MJHL all-rookie team. Murray also won an MJHL title and played three games at the 2019 National Junior A Championship.

In four games for Canada West at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge, Murray chipped in with one assist.

Cents add Lundy to blueline for 2020-21

The Merritt Centennials have added 2002-born defenseman Lucas Lundy for the upcoming season.

Lundy, who’s from Delta, BC, had two goals and 10 assists in 37 games with the Nanaimo Buccaneers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

He also spent seven games with the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Delta Ice Hawks and put up three assists.

Spruce Kings blueliner Waite commits to St. Lawrence

Prince George Spruce Kings defenseman Mason Waite has committed to attend and play NCAA Div. 1 hockey at St. Lawrence University for September 2021.

The 2000-born blueliner from Winnipeg had 29 points in 51 games with the Spruce Kings in 2019-20, his second season of junior A hockey.

Gendron signs ECHL deal in Newfoundland

Defenseman Miles Gendron (five goals, 12 assists in 54 games with Penticton in 2014-15) has signed a standard pro contract for the 2020-21 season with the Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL.

Gendron, 24, had six points in seven games with the Growlers in 2019-20. He also had eight points in 21 games with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast and one assist in four games with the Reading Royals.

Brusse traded from Princeton to North Van

Defenseman Noah Brusse (no points in one game with Vernon in 2019-20) was traded from Princeton of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League to North Van of the PJHL for future considerations.

The 2000-born blueliner is the Posse’s all-time games played leader and had 83 points in 177 games over the last four seasons. He was also named KIJHL top defenseman this past season.