BCHL Today: Eagles defenseman Ross commits to Dartmouth, Clippers appeal to MLA, Wild recruits Lipinski for 2021-22, and more

Tait heads to Dartmouth in 2023-24

Surrey Eagles defenseman Tait Ross took to Twitter to announce his commitment to Dartmouth College for the 2023-24 season.

The 2004-born blueliner from Coquitlam was pointless in seven games with the Eagles during the extended training camp season.

Ross did have 20 points in 36 games with the Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15s of the Canadian Sport School Hockey U16 League in 2019-20.

Clippers appeal to local politicians

The Nanaimo Clippers announced on their website an indefinite closure of operations due to the restrictions put in place by the Provincial Health Officer.

“The Clippers are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars this year because of lack of fans. There hasn’t been a dollar of support whatsoever from the Provincial Government. How long owners can withstand these heavy losses is unknown,” said Clippers owner Wes Mussio in a news release.

In a video posted on the Clippers Twitter account, players have written letters to Nanaimo’s local Member of the Legislative Assembly to appeal for 19 and 20-year-old players to be able to participate and return to hockey in the new year.

Wenatchee adds Lipinski for 2021-22

The Wenatchee Wild announced the commitment of 2004-born forward Jaden Lipinski for the 2021-22 BCHL season.

Lipinski, who’s from Scottsdale, Arizona, has four goals in six games with the Phoenix Jr. U16 AAA Coyotes this season.

The Wild took a hiatus from the BCHL this season due to border closures and restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mussio joins Mercyhurst University

Defenseman Devon Mussio (five goals, 72 assists in 216 games with Surrey, Coquitlam, Penticton, and Nanaimo from 2016-20) has committed to Mercyhurst University for the 2020-21 season.

Mussio, 21, was originally set to attend the University of Alaska-Anchorage this fall, but the Seawolves NCAA season was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Puskarich released by Tulsa

Forward Mario Puskarich (72 goals, 76 assists in 115 games with Langley from 2011-13) has been released by the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL after playing just one game.

The 28-year-old from Cape Coral, Florida just signed with the Oilers last week. He had 30 points in 46 games with the Manchester Storm of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the UK in 2019-20.

Manty heads to Brown University

Forward Thomas Manty (12 goals, 22 assists in 56 games with Merritt in 2019-20) has committed to attend Brown University next September.

The 2000-born native of Andover, Massachusetts has 18 points in 14 games with the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League this season.