BCHL Today: Garbowsky leaves Graz99ers, Reinhart signs in Italy, and more


Garbowsky will not return to Graz99ers

Forward Matt Garbowsky (71 goals, 62 assists in 107 games with Powell River from 2009-11) will not be returning to EC Moser Medical Graz99ers next season. The Austrian team announced it’s preliminary roster for 2020-21, and Garbowsky was not included on it.

The native of St. George, Ontario played two seasons with the Graz99ers, tallying 26 goals and 37 assists in 91 games played.

Garbowsky led the BC Hockey League with 44 goals in 2010-11, and was named Coastal Conference MVP, and a Coastal Conference All-Star.


Reinhardt joins Italian club Wipptal Broncos

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Posted by Wipptal Broncos Weihenstephan on Sunday, August 9, 2020

Goaltender Jonathan Reinhart (9-5-0, 3.01 GAA, .915 SV% in 15 games with Nanaimo in 2015-16) has signed in Italy with the Wipptal Broncos of the Alps Hockey League.

The Cambridge, Ontario product spent the last three seasons with University of Windsor. In 75 appearances at Windsor, he went 36-35-0, with a 2.67 GAA and a .923 SV%.


BCHL nearly relocated to Kamloops 15 years ago

In an article published by CFJC Today Kamloops, a potential BCHL relocation to the Thompson region was one of 10 ideas that never came to fruition in Kamloops. The article suggests that while the struggling Williams Lake Timberwolves were in search of a new home nearly two decades ago, Kamloops came up as a possibility.

Theoretically, the junior A team could have played out of The McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre in North Kamloops. The idea was the Timberwolves moving to North Kamloops, adding to the Western Hockey League’s Blazers in South Kamloops, would create a “hockey heaven” in the area.

This did not gain much traction however, and the Timberwolves stayed in Williams Lake, before eventually being suspended by the league.


Walter named North Island Silvertips general manager

Ben Walter has been named general manager of the North Island Silvertips U18, U16, and U15 teams. He will also continue his role as head coach of the U18 team.

Walter, from Beaconsfield, Quebec currently serves as skills coach for the Nanaimo Clippers as well. His playing career included time in the BCHL, collecting 37 goals and 69 assists in 100 games with the Langley Hornets from 2000-2002.