BCHL Today: Chiefs add NCAA-bound defenseman Orrico for next season, Chilliwack and West Kelowna lose players to US-based teams, and more


Chiefs add St. Lawrence commit Orrico for 2021-22

The Chilliwack Chiefs announced the addition of 2003-born defenseman Joshua Orrico for the 2021-22 BC Hockey League season.

Orrico, who’s from Woodbridge, Ontario, and committed to St. Lawrence University for 2022, is playing prep hockey for St. Andrew’s College of the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association.

He is an alternate captain for St. Andrews this season after posting 42 points in 67 games with the school in 2019-20.

Report: Chiefs to lose Krys to Muskegon of the USHL

New England Hockey Journal contributor Mark Divver dropped a couple of notes affecting BCHL teams on Boxing Day.

Divver revealed that Chilliwack Chiefs 2000-born defenseman Luke Krys will join the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the US Hockey League. The Chiefs announced Krys’ commitment back in September.

The Ridgefield, Connecticut product had four assists in six games for Chilliwack during the BCHL’s 2020-21 training season. He played at Brown University in 2019-20 and scored nine points in 31 games.

Report: Joyce jumps from West Kelowna to Connecticut

Meanwhile, Divver also uncovered that 2001-born forward Connor Joyce of the West Kelowna Warriors is off to the Connecticut Jr. Rangers of the National Collegiate Development Conference.

Joyce is from Dedham, Massachusetts, and committed to Boston College for next September. He had one assist in a dozen games for West Kelowna during the 2020-21 training season in the BCHL.

Newhook and Canada whack Germany

Forward Alex Newhook (60 goals, 108 assists in 98 games with Victoria from 2017-19) had two goals and an assist as Canada romped to a 16-2 win over Germany in its opening game at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Canada’s next game is against Slovakia on Sunday at 3 pm Pacific Time.