BCHL Today: Vees lose Murray and Costantini to USHL, Busby jumps to NAHL, BCHL players bolt to NCDC, and more


Murray bolts from Penticton to Green Bay

Penticton Vees defenseman Owen Murray has left the team to join the Green Bay Gamblers of the US Hockey League.

The 2002-born blueliner from Decker, Manitoba led all Vees defensemen in scoring during the BCHL training season with a goal and 11 assists in 14 games.

Murray is eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft and committed to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for this September.

Report: Vees lose Costantini to Sioux City

According to a report from The Hockey News senior writer Ryan Kennedy, 2002-born forward Matteo Costantini of the Penticton Vees will join the Sioux City Musketeers of the US Hockey League.

Costantini, a native of St. Catharine’s, Ontario, led the Vees in scoring during the 2020-21 BCHL training season with six goals and 14 assists in 13 games. He was a fifth-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2020 NHL Draft.

The University of North Dakota commit for this September was signed by Penticton in August from the Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

He was selected in the first round, 3rd overall by Sioux City in the 2020 USHL Entry Draft.

Coquitlam blueliner Busby signs with Maine

2002-born defenseman Luke Busby has joined the Maine Nordiques of the North American Hockey League from the Coquitlam Express.

The blueliner from Eden Prairie, Minnesota was scoreless in six games with Coquitlam during the BCHL training season.

Busby made his debut with the Nords during a 2-1 overtime loss to the Northeast Generals on Sunday.

Lawn joins Connecticut Junior Rangers of the NCDC

2001-born defenseman Pat Lawn has left the West Kelowna Warriors and joined the Connecticut Junior Rangers of the National Collegiate Development Conference.

Lawn had an assist in nine games with Warriors during the BCHL’s training season.

In three games with the Junior Rangers, the Bentley University commit from Waltham, Massachusetts has one assist.

Surrey’s Alami and Alberni’s MacLeod join NCDC’s Jersey Hitmen

Providence College commit Cade Alami of the Surrey Eagles has joined the Jersey Hitmen of the NCDC for the 2020-21 season.

Alami, a product of Bedford, New York, had one assist in three games with Surrey during the training season in the fall.

The 2001-born defenseman has three points in three games with the Hitmen since joining them earlier this month.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs right winger Isaac MacLeod is also on the roster of the Hitmen.

MacLeod, who’s from Caledonia, Ontario, and committed to St. Lawrence University for this fall, had four goals in nine games with the Bulldogs during the BCHL training season.

He hasn’t played a game with Jersey yet this season.

Herbst signs with Dubuque Fighting Saints

Goaltender Reilly Herbst (20-10-3, 2.91 GAA, .901 SV%, 1 SO in 34 games with Vernon in 2019-20) has signed with Dubuque of the USHL.

Herbst was released by Lone Star of the North American Hockey League on Jan. 6.  The Niwot, Colorado native didn’t get into any games with the Brahmas this season.

Riddett of Surrey and Millberg of Langley go to the Islanders

2001-born forward Kenny Riddett has joined the Islanders Hockey Club of the NCDC from the Surrey Eagles.

The centre from Fishkill, New York has one goal in six games with Surrey during the BCHL training season. Riddett has no points in three games with the Islanders thus far.

Goaltender Brandon Milberg of the Langley Rivermen is also now with the Islanders.

The 2001-born netminder has a 0-3-1 record, a 3.71 goals-against-average, a .904 save percentage in five games with the Isles so far this season.

Milberg, who’s committed to Sacred Heart University for this September, was 1-3-1 with a 5.46 GAA and a .818 SV% in five games with the Rivermen during the 2020-21 BCHL training season.

Hammond and Fogarty hit NHL waiver wire

Goaltender Andrew Hammond (46-27-3, 2.74 GAA, .904 SV%, 8 SO in 82 games with West Kelowna, Vernon, and Surrey from 2007-09) and forward Steven Fogarty (33 goals, 48 assists in 60 games for Penticton in 2011-12) were placed on National Hockey League waivers on Sunday by Minnesota and Buffalo, respectively.

In December, Hammond signed a one year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild worth $700,000 in the National Hockey League and $200,000 in the minors.

The 32-year-old was 16-12-5 with a 2.53 goals-against-average, a .908 save percentage, and four shutouts in 33 games with Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League last season.

Fogarty, 27, signed a one-year contract worth $700,000 with the Buffalo Sabres as an unrestricted free agent in October.

He tallied 37 points in 54 games last season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League last season.

Greenfield inks ECHL deal in Kansas City

Goaltender Matt Greenfield (13-4-0, 2.09 GAA, .938 SV%, and 2 SO with West Kelowna in 2015-16) has signed with the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks for the 2020-21 season.

Greenfield, 25, spent the last four seasons playing U SPORTS with the University of Calgary, finishing with a 2.37 GAA and five shutouts in 53 games.