BCHL Today: Capitals part ways with GM and head coach Vandekamp, Spruce Kings get commitment from Rheaume, BCHL alumni claim AHL Man of the Year award

Capitals part ways with Vandekamp

The Cowichan Valley Capitals parted ways with general manager and head coach Mike Vandekamp and he signed a three-year contract with the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Vandekamp was with the Capitals since April 2018 and led the team to a 52-51-13 record in two seasons in Cowichan Valley.

He has 22 years of junior hockey coaching experience, including four previous seasons in Grande Prairie from 2007-11. The Capitals haven’t announced a replacement for Vandekamp.

Spruce Kings ink forward Rheaume

The Prince George Spruce Kings brought forward Nick Rheaume on board for the 2020-21 season. The 17-year-old had ten goals and 25 assists in 34 US high school prep games with Cushing Academy.

Rheaume, whose father Pascal played 318 NHL games and won a Stanley Cup in 2003, also played nine games with the Eastern Massachusetts Senators U18 team and posted two goals.

Former BCHLers named team winners for AHL Man of the Year

Forward Ben Street (42 goals, 60 assists in 110 games with Salmon Arm from 2003-05) is the Binghamton Devils winner of the AHL Man of the Year award. Street, who is the Devils captain, had 15 goals and 27 assists in 49 games this past season.

Forward Steven Fogarty (33 goals, 48 assists in 60 games for Penticton in 2011-12) is the winner for the Hartford Wolf Pack. Fogarty is captain of the Wolf Pack and he had 13 goals and 24 assists in 54 games in 2019-20.

The players were selected by their teams for outstanding contributions to the local community and charitable organizations during the 2019-20 season.

Three Stars of the Night ⏪ April 7, 2009

First Star: Powell River forward Jordan Grant had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 overtime win against Vernon in game three of the 2009 Fred Page Cup final.

Second Star: Kings forward Kyle Leahy had a goal in the first period and assisted on Grant’s overtime winner.

Third Star: Vipers forward Sahir Gill had assists on both Vernon goals in the loss.

Honourable Mentions: Vernon brothers Connor and Kellen Jones each had a goal and an assist.