BCHL Today: Bottini, Fust, and Switzerland win at World Juniors, Chiefs add Tanner for 2021-22, and more


Bottini notches an assist in Switzerland’s World Juniors win

Penticton Vees forward Stefano Bottini had an assist on a second period goal for Switzerland in a 3-2 win over Austria in a pre-tournament game at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton.

2002-born forward Ray Fust of the Chilliwack Chiefs didn’t manage to hit the scoresheet in Tuesday’s victory.

Bottini, a 2002-born winger, Fust, and the Swiss open preliminary round play at the tournament on Christmas Day against Slovakia.

Chiefs get commitment from Tanner for 2021-22

2003-born forward Liam Tanner of Langley has committed to the Chilliwack Chiefs for the 2021-22 season.

Tanner is playing for the Fraser Valley U18 Thunderbirds of the BC U18 AAA League this season. He had 23 goals and 25 assists in 40 games with the T-Birds in 2019-20.

He played one game with the Chiefs as an affiliate player last season against his hometown Rivermen but didn’t register any points.

Wild bring in Hejduk for next season

The Wenatchee Wild announced on Tuesday the addition of 2004-born defenseman David Hejduk for the 2021-22 season.

Hejduk, whose father Milan played 1020 games in the National Hockey League, has no points in four games with the Colorado U16 AAA Thunderbirds this season.

He had 11 points in 20 games with the Thunderbirds U15 AAA team in 2019-20. Hejduk is committed to Harvard University for Sept. 2023.

Clippers director of business operations designated as certified hockey professional

The Nanaimo Clippers announced on Wednesday that director of business operations Robb Hunter has been selected by the Business of Hockey Institute to receive the designation as a certified hockey professional.

Hunter joined the Clippers back in September and has a business of hockey MBA from Athabasca University.

Wicks transfers from UAA to Clarkson

Forward Nick Wicks (35 goals, 82 assists in 161 games with Merritt from 2016-19) has transferred from the University of Alaska-Anchorage to Clarkson University.

The 22-year-old from Delta, BC had 16 points in 35 games as a freshman with the Seawolves in 2019-20. In November, UAA opted out of the 2020-21 Western Collegiate Hockey Association season due to COVID-19.

During the summer, the school announced it was cutting men’s hockey and three other sports. A campaign is underway to raise funds to save the UAA men’s hockey team.

Fitzgerald signs with ECDC Memmingen

Forward Myles Fitzgerald (89 goals, 130 assists in 238 games with Nanaimo, Prince George, and Victoria from 2010-14) has signed with ECDC Memmingen of the Oberliga, which is the third level of German pro hockey, for the 2020-21 season.

The 27-year-old product of Port Alberni split 2019-20 between Bietigheim and Ravensburg of the DEL2 and Ferencvárosi TC of Erste Liga.

In 16 games, he finished with 16 points in DEL2, and in 17 games, Fitzgerald posted 20 points in the Erste Liga.

Bondra joins HC Kometa Brno

Forward David Bondra (22 goals, 41 assists in 59 games with Chilliwack in 2011-12) has signed with HC Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga for 2020-21.

The 28-year-old, who was born in Annapolis, Maryland, had two points in 15 games with the Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League this season. He put up three points in 18 games with the Red Star in 2019-20.