BCHL Today: Spruce Kings test positive for COVID-19, Kings bring in Belanger for next season, Bucks nab Barnes and Wuth, and more


Spruce Kings diagnosed with COVID-19

The BC Hockey League announced on its website Thursday that multiple members of the Prince George Spruce Kings have COVID-19.

According to the league, all Spruce Kings team members and close contacts are now in a 14-day quarantine and those showing symptoms will undergo a test for the virus.

Prince George is the first BCHL team to have multiple COVID-19 cases revealed after Surrey and Penticton reported single cases in October and November, respectively.

Kings recruit Belanger for 2021-22 season

The Powell River Kings announced the commitment of 2004-born defenseman Samuel Belanger for the 2021-22 BC Hockey League season.

Belanger, a Montreal product, is skating with the Vancouver Northwest Hawks of the BC U18 AAA League this season. He was scoreless in six exhibition games with the Hawks this past fall.

Bucks add Barnes and Wuth

The Cranbrook Bucks acquired 2002-born forward Joshua Barnes from the Brockville Braves of the Canadian Central Hockey League for future considerations.

Barnes is playing for the Jersey Hitmen of the National Collegiate Development Conference this season where he has 14 points in nine games. The Cornwall, Ontario product is committed to Penn State University for this September.

According to the Bucks, even if the BCHL season starts up, “Barnes has elected to spend the remainder of the 2020-21 season playing in the United States”.

Cranbrook also acquired 2000-born defenseman Matthieu Wuth from Brockville for future considerations. Wuth, who’s from Broomfield, Colorado, is currently on the roster of the NCAA Div. III Hobart College Statesmen.

He had seven goals and 20 assists in 61 games with the Braves during the 2019-20 season.

The Bucks also made the addition of 2000-born defenseman Drake Burgin official. BCHLNetwork had Cranbrook’s acquisition of Burgin from the Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in Thursday’s edition of BCHLToday.

Devils move Street from Binghamton to taxi squad

Forward Ben Street (42 goals, 60 assists in 110 games with Salmon Arm from 2003-05) has been assigned from the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League to the New Jersey Devils taxi squad.

Street, a 34-year-old from Coquitlam, has four points in four games as the captain with Binghamton this season.

Topping sent from AHL San Jose to Allen of the ECHL

Forward Kyle Topping (five goals, seven assists in 53 games with Cowichan Valley in 2015-16) has been assigned by the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL to the Allen Americans of the ECHL.

Topping, 21, had one goal in two games with the Barracuda this season. The Salt Spring Island, BC product signed an AHL contract with San Jose last May.