BCHL Today: Provincial Health Officer order takes 19-and-20-year-olds off the ice, and more


Public health restrictions limit involvement for 19-and-20-year-olds

The latest order from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to all adult team participation, including 19-and-20-year-olds in the BC Hockey League.

It also pauses Phase 3 activities, which include scrimmages, games, and contact activities. Any players 16-18 on BCHL teams can participate in Phase 2 activities, including fundamental movement skills and modified training and drills.

As well, physical distancing on the ice is now expanded from two metres to three.

The BCHL was hoping to start its 2020-21 regular season next week, but with these new protocols along with the travel restrictions currently in place, it seems the date will likely be pushed back once again.

Laframboise waived in the ECHL

Forward Josh Laframboise (48 goals, 75 assists in 165 games with Penticton, Salmon Arm, and Trail from 2014-17) has been waived by the Kansas City Mavericks of the ECHL.

He signed with the Mavericks back in August. The 24-year-old from Thunder Bay, Ontario had 28 points in 28 USPORTS games with Lakehead University in 2019-20.

Skinner released by Orlando

Forward Ethan Skinner (no points in one game with Merritt in 2016-17) has been released by the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.

The 22-year-old native of Kincardine, Ontario had 22 points in 25 USPORTS games with the University of Windsor during the 2019-20 season.