BCHL Today: Bulldogs forward Bono heads to Merrimack, Kings and Bucks add new recruits for 2021-22, and more


Bulldogs forward Bono commits to Merrimack

2004-born Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono has committed to play NCAA hockey at Merrimack College. The earliest he can attend Merrimack is in the fall of 2022.

Bono, who’s from Port McNeil, BC, had three goals and two assists in 13 games for the Bulldogs during the BCHL’s training season.

He wowed with 59 points in 36 games in 2019-20 as a member of Pacific Coast Academy U16 in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.

Kings add Neal for 2021-22 season

The Powell River Kings have added 2003-born forward Aaron Neal for the 2021-22 BC Hockey League season. The native of North Vancouver, BC comes from the Vancouver NW Hawks of the BC U18 AAA League.

He had two goals and four assists in six exhibition games with the Hawks earlier this season. Neal also served as the team’s co-captain. In 19 games with the Hawks during the 2019-20 season, he finished with 11 goals and eight assists.

Bucks bring in Hjartarson for next season

The Cranbrook Bucks announced they have recruited 2003-born forward Kellan Hjartarson for the 2021-22 season.

Hjartarson, who’s from Calgary, has five goals and six assists in five games with his hometown Buffaloes U18 AAA in the Alberta Elite Hockey League U18 this season.

He notched seven goals and 12 assists in 32 games with the Buffaloes in 2019-20 as well.

McIlmurray traded in the ECHL before playing a game

Forward Austin McIlmurray (27 goals, 34 assists in 57 games with Coquitlam in 2015-16) was acquired by the Witchita Thunder from the Fort Wayne Komets for future considerations in an ECHL trade on Tuesday.

McIlmurray, 24, wrapped up his four-year college career at Sacred Heart University at the end of 2019-20 with 86 points in 137 games.

Chorske commits to Colorado College for September

2001-born forward Brett Chorske (18 goals, 21 assists in 58 games with Wenatchee in 2019-20) has committed to Colorado College for this September.

Chorske, an Edina, Minnesota product, has three goals and four assists in 15 games with the St. Cloud Norsemen of the North American Hockey League this season.

Longo is off to Queen’s University

Defenseman Trevor Longo (three assists in 19 games with Langley and Salmon Arm from 2017-18) has committed to Queen’s University of U SPORTS.

Longo, a 20-year-old from North Vancouver, played parts of three seasons in the Western Hockey League, finishing with 33 points in 135 games split between Medicine Hat and Vancouver.

Victoria acquired Longo’s Canadian junior A rights from Drumheller of the Alberta Junior Hockey League last June, but he didn’t end up playing a game for the Grizzlies, even during the training season last fall.