BCHL Today: Vees test negative for COVID-19, Eagles cancel All-Star Challenge, Clips trade Kitchen, and more


Vees test negative for COVID-19

After a Penticton Vees player tested positive for COVID-19 in late November, all of the player’s close contacts, including teammates and staff, were tested for the virus.

The Vees announced on Friday all those who were tested had their results come back negative.

“I am very pleased with the professional approach our players, and of course our medical staff, took to ensure the situation would stay isolated,” said Vees president, general manager, and head coach Fred Harbinson in a news release. “I also want to take the time to thank our billets for all their support during these difficult times.”

Eagles cancel All-Star Challenge

Due to the restrictions put in place by the Provincial Health Officer regarding adults participating in sport, the Surrey Eagles cancelled their All-Star Challenge, which was scheduled for Friday.

The Eagles have 10 players on their roster who are legally adults and currently unable to participate in any team activities.

The Nanaimo Clippers have traded 2001-born defenseman Colton Kitchen to the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for a player development fee.

Kitchen, who’s from Prince George, had one goal in eight games with the Clippers during the extended training camp this fall. He was acquired by Nanaimo from Victoria back in June.

Shortridge assigned to Kansas City of the ECHL

Goaltender Andrew Shortridge (19-25-0, 3.15 GAA, .915 SV%, two shutouts with Vernon in 2015-16) has been assigned by the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League to the Kansas City Mavericks of the ECHL

The 25-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska spent time in the ECHL with the Allen Americans and the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL during the 2019-20 season.

He had a 4-4-1 record with a 2.81 GAA, a .915 SV%, and two shutouts in 10 ECHL games and a 3-7-0 record with a 3.71 GAA and a .862 SV% in 14 AHL games.

Jermain released by Greenville

Forward Nick Jermain (29 goals, 25 assists in 54 games with Merritt in 2015-16) was released by the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Friday.

The Cos Cob, Connecticut product is coming off a four-year NCAA career at Quinnipiac University where he had 51 points in 123 games. Jermain signed with the Swamp Rabbits in August.