BCHL Today: Vipers sign forward Pakulak, Chiefs alum Sinclair transfers from UAH to Michigan Tech, and more


Vipers add Pakulak for the upcoming season

The Vernon Vipers added another forward for the 2020-21 season with the signing of 2003-born Luke Pakulak from the Delta Hockey Academy.

The Surrey product had three goals and five assists in 26 Canadian Sport School Hockey League games as a 16-year-old in 2019-20.

Sinclair transfers from UAH to Michigan Tech

Goaltender Mark Sinclair (33-12-0 with a 2.59 goals-against-average, a .910 save percentage, and two shutouts in 45 games with Chilliwack in 2016-17) has transferred schools in the NCAA from the University of Alabama-Huntsville to Michigan Tech University.

The 24-year-old’s move to the Huskies adds another chapter to the unique relationship between Chilliwack Chiefs alumni and the state of Michigan.

El-Mir re-ups with Greenville

Forward Karl El-Mir (six goals, five assists in 29 games with Salmon Arm in 2014-15) signed a one-year extension with the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits for the 2020-21 season.

El-Mir, a University of Connecticut alumnus from Montreal, had nine goals and 10 assists in 34 ECHL games split between the Swamp Rabbits and the Indy Fuel in 2019-20, his first season of pro hockey.

O’Donnell signs deal in Slovakia for 2020-21

28-year-old forward Brendan O’Donnell (29 goals, 43 assists in 58 games with Penticton in 2010-11) is taking his game from the Czech Republic to Slovakia for the 2020-21 season.

The Winnipeg native has signed with HC Slovan Bratislava for the upcoming season after posting 30 points in 51 games with Rytiri Kladno of the Czech league in 2019-20.