BCHL Today: Clippers and Bulldogs make a deal, Smoke Eaters add to their roster, Express bring in WHL veteran, and more


Clippers make a deal with the Bulldogs

The Nanaimo Clippers and Alberni Valley Bulldogs connected on a trade that sees 2001-born defenseman Moe Acee join the Harbour City.

Acee, who is committed to St. Lawrence University for September 2021, had 15 points in 53 games with the Bulldogs as a rookie this past season.

Smokies announce roster notes

The Trail Smoke Eaters made a number of announcements regarding their roster on Friday, including the naming of 2000-born forward Connor Sweeney and 2002-born forward Chase Dafoe as alternate captains.

Sweeney and Dafoe join previously announced captain and 2000-born defenseman Cody Schiavon as the Smokies’ official leadership core.

Trail also announced the addition of 2003-born goaltender Cayden Hamming of Vernon to their roster for the 2020-21 BCHL season.

Hamming comes from the Okanagan Rockets U18 AAA, where he had a 15-1-1 record with a 2.37 goals-against-average and two shutouts in 2019-20.

The Smokies also received 2002-born forward Ben King on loan from the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.

The Vernon product had 38 points in 46 games as a WHL sophomore in 2019-20 after being traded from Swift Current to Red Deer. He started the year with eight points in 16 games with the Broncos.

Express get Huo on loan from Tri-City

The Coquitlam Express has received 2001-born forward Samuel Huo on loan from the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. Huo is from Richmond, BC, and a three-year veteran in the Western Hockey League.

He has 21 goals and 28 assists in 192 career WHL games split between the Americans and the Seattle Thunderbirds from 2017-20. Huo has also played in 10 career WHL playoff games.

For a complete list of WHL players in the BCHL this season, check out BCHLNetwork’s BCHL-WHL tracker here.

Capitals make a deal with Notre Dame; former Trail try-out signs with Hounds

The Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League added two players with BCHL ties on Thursday.

First, the Hounds swung a trade with Cowichan Valley to acquire 2002-born forward Brendan Kerr from the Capitals for future considerations.

Kerr, who’s from Victoria, had two goals and 10 penalty minutes in seven games with Cowichan Valley during its extended training camp. He committed to the Caps back in June.

Second, the Hounds signed 2002-born defenseman Owen Philips following his release from the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The West Vancouver product played two games for the Smokies during the extended training camp period and had no points.

BCHL rebrands online broadcasts

Although still under the HockeyTV umbrella, the BC Hockey League announced a rebranding for its online streaming broadcast to BCHL TV.

“With BCHL TV, our fans can expect an experience that reflects their interest in their team,” said BCHL commissioner Chris Hebb in a news release. “We’ve created a front door for them to go directly to BCHL games as easily as possible. We are a league that has built its own brand over the years, so we want to use that to make sure our fans feel at home when they’re tuning into a BCHL TV broadcast.”

The league built a new website for the platform at bchltv.com.

LaFontaine named an alternate captain at University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers announced that goaltender Jack LaFontaine (30-13-1, 2.19 GAA, .923 SV%, and 3 shutouts in 45 games with Penticton in 2018-19) will have an ‘A’ with the team this season as an alternate captain.

The 22-year-old is a sophomore on the Gophers who went 9-6-9 with a 2.55 GAA and a .919 SV% in 25 games with Minnesota in 2019-20.