BCHL Today: Spruce Kings hit pause on the season, Loney leaves Silverbacks to join USHL club, and more


Spruce Kings put things on pause

The Prince George Spruce Kings are the latest BC Hockey League to pause all activities until January due to the restrictions in place regarding 19 and 20-year-old players participating.

Of the Spruce Kings 25-player roster, a dozen of them are over 19, which means they aren’t currently able to participate in any team activities.

Silverbacks lose Loney to the USHL

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks won’t have 2002-born forward Carter Loney in their line-up when the BCHL season starts. The Sioux City Musketeers of the US Hockey League announced Loney’s addition on Wednesday.

The Columbus, Ohio product was acquired by the Silverbacks in late June from the Steinbach Pistons of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth commit had two goals and five assists in 13 games with Salmon Arm during the BCHL’s extended training camp season. The Silverbacks retain his Canadian Junior Hockey League rights.

Bonar released by Jacksonville

GoaltenderĀ Sean Bonar (38-15-0, 2.60 GAA, .908 SV%, six shutouts in 59 games with Penticton from 2008-10) was released by the ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old from Delta, BC, was 9-8-1 with a 3.72 GAA, a .889 SV% and one shutout in 20 ECHL games with the Atlanta Gladiators in 2019-20.

Bonar became a free agent in October when Atlanta announced it would take a hiatus for the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He signed a tryout with the Icemen last week.

Benwell traded from Ontario to New Brunswick

Forward Evan Benwell (nine goals, nine assists in 31 games with Nanaimo and Merritt in 2019-20) was traded from the Whitby Fury of the Ontario Junior Hockey League to the Fredricton Red Wings of the Maritime Hockey League on Wednesday.

The 2000-born Benwell, who’s from Toronto and a veteran of three seasons of junior A hockey, was shipped to Whitby by Merritt at the end of July for future considerations.

Tkac traded in the North American Hockey League

2000-born forward Daniel Tkac (17 goals, 29 assists in 91 games with Merritt from 2018-20) has been traded in the North American Hockey League from the Amarillo Bulls to the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Tkac, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania product who is one of only seven BCHL players to play in the World Junior Hockey Championship, had no points in five games with the Bulls this season.