BCHL Today: Chiefs add new goaltending coach, a number of alumni look to make a mark in the SPHL, and more


Chiefs bring in Skapski as new goalie coach

The Chilliwack Chiefs have brought in Mackenzie Skapski as goaltending coach. The 26-year-old takes over from Grant Rollheiser (19-25-0, 3.12 GAA, .912 SV%, 2 SO in 45 games with Trail in 2007-08), who served in the role last season but mutually parted ways with the Chiefs due to work commitments.

Skapski, who’s from Abbotsford, BC and was selected in the 6th round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers, wrapped up his playing career in 2018-19 with Slovakian club HKM Zvolen.

Hilderman moves to Birmingham Bulls

Defenseman Jarod Hilderman (one goal, 13 assists in 94 games with Penticton from 2013-15) is on the training camp roster of the Birmingham Bulls of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Hilderman, who’s from Calgary, Alberta, wrapped up a four year NCAA career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth this past spring.

Cavaliere turns pro with Birmingham

Goaltender Mario Cavaliere (3-9-0, 3.83 GAA, .908 SV%, 3 SO in 12 games with Surrey from 2017-18) is also on the Bulls training camp roster ahead of the 2020-21 SPHL season.

The 23-year-old spent the last two seasons with Brock University of USPORTS, finishing with an 11-12-0 record, a 2.86 goals-against-average, and a .902 save percentage.

Three former BCHLers in camp with Macon

Defenseman Joey Colatarci (two assists in five games with Salmon Arm in 2013-14) is attending training camp with the Macon Mayhem of the SPHL.

Colatarci, a 25-year-old from Fort Myers, Florida, spent the last four seasons playing NCAA Div. III at Adrian College. He finished with 60 points in 106 games.

Defenseman Nick Minerva (seven goals, 18 assists in 40 games with Surrey in 2016-17) is also on the Mayhem roster for camp.

Minerva, 24, had nine points in 47 games with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers in 2019-20. He also played four games with Macon and had one assist.

Additionally, forward Logan Coomes (no points in 18 games with Coquitlam in 2014-15) is in camp with Macon.

The Nashville, Tennessean started the season with Marseille in France and was pointless in three games before returning to North America.

Coomes posted three points in 23 games with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 2019-20.

Urbani released by Wichita

Goaltender Daniel Urbani (2-9-0, 4.40 GAA, .874 SV%, 1 SO in 2012-13 with Coquitlam) was released by the Witchita Thunder of the ECHL on Friday.

The Coquitlam product had a 17-18-7 record with a 2.84 GAA, a .915 SV% and one shutout in 42 NCAA games with Canisius College from 2016 to this past season.