BCHL Today: League responds to updated health order, Bottini and Fust are done at the World Juniors, and more


League responds to updated health order

The BC Hockey League put out a notice on Wednesday in response to the change earlier this week from viaSport that allows 19 and 20-year-old players to resume Phase 2 activities with their member teams.

The next date of significance for the BCHL is Jan. 8, which is when the current public health order regarding sports is set to either expire or be extended.

“The league will now wait for Jan. 8 to see if any other current restrictions are lifted that will allow the BCHL to commence its regular season later in the month,” the league said in its statement.

Switzerland edged by Germany 5-4 at World Juniors

Penticton Vees forward Stefano Bottini returned to Switzerland’s line-up against Germany on Wednesday and had three shots on goal in a 5-4 loss. He sat out the 10-0 loss to Canada on Tuesday.

Chilliwack Chiefs forward Ray Fust finished with two shots. The Swiss finish the tournament with an 0-4 record while the Germans advance to the quarterfinals.

Fust ended up with one assist, six penalty minutes, seven shots on goal, and a -1 plus/minus rating in four games. Bottini was scoreless with six penalty minutes, three shots on goal, and an even plus/minus in three games.

Teves to attend Vancouver Canucks training camp

Defenseman Josh Teves (five goals, 28 assists in 57 games with Merritt in 2014-15) is among the 41 players attending training camp with the Vancouver Canucks starting this Sunday.

Teves, 25, had four points in four games with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings in 2019-20 as well as two assists in 29 games with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.

It was the Calgary native’s first pro season following four years of NCAA hockey at Princeton University. Teves is in the second year of a two-year extension he signed with the Canucks in July 2019.