BCHL Today: Smokies lose captain Schiavon to NCAA, Warriors forward Finley signs NHL contract, and more


Smoke Eaters captain Schiavon commits to Vermont

If the BC Hockey League season starts up in January as planned, the Trail Smoke Eaters will have a big hole to fill on their blueline.

Smokies captain Cody Schiavon announced his commitment to the University of Vermont on Saturday and he will join the Catamounts for the start of their winter term next month.

The 2000-born defenseman had four goals and three assists in nine games with Trail during the BCHL’s extended training camp this fall, good enough for fourth on the Smoke Eaters.

Warriors forward Finley signs NHL deal

West Kelowna Warriors forward Jack Finley signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Finley was drafted in the second round, 57th overall, at the 2020 NHL Draft in October. The 2002-born centre had a goal and an assist in three games with West Kelowna during this fall’s exhibition season.

The Kelowna product was on loan to the Warriors from the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. Finley posted 57 points in 61 games for the Chiefs in 2019-20.

Bonar signs ECHL deal in Kansas City

Goaltender Sean Bonar (38-15-0, 2.60 GAA, .908 SV%, six shutouts in 59 games with Penticton from 2008-10) signed a contract with the Kansas City Mavericks for the 2020-21 ECHL season on Friday.

The 29-year-old originally signed with Atlanta earlier this year before the Gladiators went on hiatus due to the pandemic. He was then in a tryout with Jacksonville before being released this past Wednesday.

Bonar, who’s from Delta, BC, was 9-8-1 with a 3.72 GAA, a .889 SV%, and one shutout in 20 games with Atlanta in 2019-20.

Hodge commits to Union College

Forward Michael Hodge (10 goals, 15 assists in 53 games with Trail and Alberni Valley in 2018-19) has committed to Union College for Sept. 2021.

The 2000-born product of Calgary is with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League after being traded to them in July 2019. Hodge had 57 points in 58 games with the Oil Barons last season.

Lundy traded in the NAHL

2001-born forward John Lundy (six goals, one assist in 29 games with Cowichan Valley in 2019-20) was traded in the North American Hockey League from the Amarillo Bulls to the Austin Bruins.

Lundy, a native of Brooklyn, New York, had two goals and three assists in eight games with the Bulls this season.

Chorske joins St. Cloud Norsemen

Forward Brett Chorske (18 goals, 21 assists in 58 games with Wenatchee in 2019-20) latched on with the St. Cloud Norsemen of the NAHL.

The 2001-born centre from Edina, Minnesota wasn’t listed on the Wild’s extended training camp roster this fall but was eligible to return to Wenatchee. The Wild announced a hiatus from the BCHL for the 2020-21 season last month.

Musa jumps to Odessa Jackalopes

Forward Joseph Musa (14 goals, 21 assists in 56 games with Langley in 2019-20) is now with the NAHL’s Odessa Jackalopes.

Musa, who’s a 2000-born commit of Dartmouth College, was expected to play NCAA hockey this season, but the Ivy League cancelled winter sports last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Orange Park, Florida product has one goal in one game so far this season with Odessa, which is coached by former Coquitlam Express bench boss Jason Fortier.