BCHL Today: Express add Boehm for this season, Chiefs lose UMD-commit Thornton to the USHL, and more


Express sign Boehm for 2020-21

The Coquitlam Express announced the signing of 2004-born forward Brayden Boehm for the 2020-21 season on New Year’s Eve.

Boehm, who’s from Nanaimo, had 25 goals and 18 assists in 37 games with the North Island U18 AAA Silvertips of the BC U18 League in 2019-20.

He joins forward Andrej Kovacevic as the two 16-year-old players on the Express roster for the upcoming season.

Thornton leaves Chilliwack for the US Hockey League

Defenseman Hudson Thornton is gone from the Chilliwack Chiefs to join the Fargo Force of the USHL.

The 2003-born blueliner from Winnipeg, Manitoba had three assists in seven games with the Chiefs during the 2020-21 BCHL training season.

He’s played five games thus far in Fargo and has a goal and three assists. Thornton is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for 2022.

Canada finishes preliminary round unbeaten at World Juniors

Forward Alex Newhook (60 goals, 108 assists in 98 games with Victoria from 2017-19) didn’t score any points but Canada won 4-1 over Finland to wrap the preliminary round at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship with a 4-0 record.

Newhook, who is a sophomore at Boston College this season, finished the preliminary round with two goals and three assists, and a +7 rating in four games.

Canada faces the Czech Republic in a quarterfinal on Saturday.

Ferraro to have street named after him in Brandon, Manitoba

It was announced on Thursday that Ray Ferraro (65 goals, 70 assists in 48 games with Penticton in 1981-82) will have a street named after him in Brandon, Manitoba.

The 56-year-old from Trail is being honoured because of his record-setting Western Hockey League season of 1983-84 when he scored 108 goals and 192 points in 72 games.