BCHL Today: Clippers forward Washe commits to WMU, Wild continues to add recruits for 2021-22, and more


Washe jumps to WMU

The Nanaimo Clippers suffered a big blow to their forward group on Thursday with the announcement that 2001-born centre Tim Washe will join Western Michigan University starting in the winter semester.

The Detroit product had eight goals and six assists in 14 games for the Clippers during the extended training camp season. He notched 19 points in 55 games in Nanaimo last season.

At WMU, Washe joins his older brother Paul, who is the captain of the Broncos this season.

Wild add son of former NHLer John Blue

The Wenatchee Wild continued to add players for the 2021-22 season on Wednesday with the commitment of 2004-born forward Hudson Blue.

Blue, who’s from Costa Mesa, California, has five points in eight games with the Mount St. Charles Academy U16 AAA team this season.

He is the son of former NHL netminder John Blue, who played 46 games with Boston and Buffalo between 1992-93 and 1995-96.

Porter Jr. released by Spokane

Goaltender James Porter Jr. (3-6-0, 2.59 GAA, .922 SV%, 1 SO in nine games with Vernon in 2019-20) has been released by the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League and is a free agent.

2000-born Porter Jr. is a Bonners Ferry, Idaho native who was 8-2-0 with a 1.94 goals-against-average, a .923 save percentage, and two shutouts in 10 games with Spokane in 2019-20.

He is a veteran of 82 WHL games with the Chiefs and the Kelowna Rockets between 2017 and this past season.

Shiplo cut from Jacksonville

Defenseman Luke Shiplo (five goals, 39 assists in 50 games with Vernon in 2014-15) has been released by the Jacksonville IceMen of the ECHL.

Shiplo, 25, had 20 points in 40 games with Jacksonville and six points in 17 games with the Wichita Thunder during 2019-20. He signed with the IceMen back in October.