BCHL Today: Kings, Spruce Kings, and Clippers add new players, Vees, Warriors, and Capitals lose players to US leagues, and more


Kings bring in Barrow for 2020-21

The Powell River Kings announced the addition of 2003-born forward Owen Barrow to their roster on Tuesday.

The native of Kamloops, BC had one goal in two games with the Kamloops Storm of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this season.

He spent the 2019-20 season in the Canadian Sport School U18 League and put up 23 points in 36 games with Yale Hockey Academy Prep.

Vees lose Bar to Chicago of the USHL

2021 NHL Draft prospect Jack Bar has left the Penticton Vees to join the Chicago Steel of the US Hockey League. The Steel acquired his USHL rights in a trade with the Fargo Force.

The 2002-born defenseman had two goals and five assists in 13 games with the Vees during the BCHL’s training season.

Bar, who’s from Newmarket, Ontario, is headed to Harvard University this September.

He is ranked #66 by Future Considerations, #73 by Dobber Prospects, and #94 by Draft Prospects Hockey for this year’s NHL Draft.

Spruce Kings sign goaltender Grant for this season

The Prince George Spruce Kings brought in some crease insurance on Tuesday with the addition of 2002-born goaltender Kobe Grant for the 2020-21 season.

The Vernonite played five games for his hometown Vipers during the BCHL training season and finished with a 1-3-0 record, a 3.76 goals-against-average, and a .874 save percentage.

Grant spent 2019-20 with Thompson Blazers U18 AAA and posted a 10-10 record along with a 3.19 GAA and one shutout. He also appeared in one game with Vernon as an affiliate player.

Eagles trade Galata and Hillier to Summerside

The Surrey Eagles made a significant trade on Tuesday, sending 2002-born forwards Mark Hillier and Cole Galata to the Summerside Western Capitals of the Maritime Hockey League for future considerations.

Hillier, a Merrimack College commit for this September, is from Labrador City, Newfoundland, and had a goal and an assist for Surrey during the extended training camp season.

Bentley University-bound Galata, of Barrie, Ontario, posted a goal and two assists in seven games with the Eagles during the training season.

The two combined for an eye-popping 259 points in 134 games with St. Andrew’s College in Ontario during the 2019-20 season.

Clippers bring in Carlson for the upcoming BCHL season

The Nanaimo Clippers brought in a hometown player with the addition of 2003-born defenseman Brendan Carlson for this season.

Carlson started the season with the North Island Silvertips U18 AAA and put up one assist in two games. In 40 games with the Tips in 2019-20, he had five goals and 10 assists.

Carlson also played seven games last season as an affiliate with the Nanaimo Buccaneers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and had one assist.

Legault goes from West Kelowna to Lincoln

The West Kelowna Warriors have lost 2003-born defenseman Charles-Alexis Legault to the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.

Since joining the Warriors in early September 2020, the Pierrefonds, Quebec native had a goal and three assists in 10 games during the BCHL’s extended training season.

The 2021 NHL Draft prospect is off to Boston College to play NCAA hockey this September.

Spruce Kings name Cameron alternate captain

With the loss of Darwin Lakoduk, the Prince George Spruce Kings needed to add another alternate captain to their line-up. On Tuesday, PG announced that 2002-born defenseman Colton Cameron will get an ‘A’ stitched to his jersey.

Cameron, a native of Surrey, is entering his sophomore season in the BCHL after posting six assists in 40 games with the Spruce Kings as a rookie in 2019-20.

Eagles add three for 2021-22

The Surrey Eagles brought in three players from the Vancouver NE Chiefs U18 AAA for the 2021-22 season. Joining the Eagles are 2003-born forward Ben Fontaine and Ante Zlomislic along with 2003-born defenseman Luke Roberts.

Fontaine, who’s from Maple Ridge, BC, has two goals and four assists through six games with the NE Chiefs this season. He posted 40 points in 36 games during the 2019-20 season and got into two games with the Coquitlam Express as an affiliate player.

Zlomislic hails from Coquitlam and led the NE Chiefs in scoring with six goals and three assists in six games before things were paused last November. He scored 10 goals and 11 assists in 40 games with them in 2019-20.

Roberts, a West Vancouverite, supplied three goals and two assists in six games from the blueline for the NE Chiefs so far this season. He notched six goals and 22 assists with the NE Chiefs in the 2019-20 season.

Ferguson leaves Cowichan Valley for Aberdeen of the NAHL

2001-born defenseman Cullen Ferguson has left the Cowichan Valley Capitals and signed with the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League.

Ferguson, a product of Binbrook, Ontario, had two goals and five assists in eight games with Caps during the BCHL’s training season.

The 19-year-old is committed to play NCAA hockey at Union College this coming September.

Benn reportedly enters COVID-19 quarantine

TSN 1040 afternoon host Matt Sekeres dropped some big news on Tuesday with news that Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jordie Benn (24 goals, 90 assists in 172 games with Victoria from 2005-08) and forward J.T. Miller are set to quarantine for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns.

Benn didn’t practice with the Canucks on Monday or Tuesday. Vancouver opens the 2020-21 NHL season on Wednesday night in Edmonton.

Lucchini assigned to AHL Laval by Montreal

Forward Jake Lucchini (48 goals, 69 assists in 168 games with Trail from 2012-15) has been assigned to the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League by the Montreal Canadiens.

Lucchini, 25, signed a one year contract extension with the Habs in September and is a restricted free agent at the end of the 2020-21 season.

Canucks send defenseman Teves to Utica of the AHL

The Vancouver Canucks assigned defenseman Josh Teves (five goals, 28 assists in 57 games with Merritt in 2014-15) to the AHL’s Utica Comets on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old from Calgary played 29 games in Utica in 2019-20 and registered two assists. He’s entering the final season of a two year extension he signed with the Canucks in March 2019.

Barzal and Price among TSN’s top 50 NHL players

TSN came out with its list of the top 50 National Hockey League players for the 2020-21 season and it features two players with BC Hockey League experience.

New York Islander forward Mathew Barzal (two assists in six games with Coquitlam in 2012-13) is ranked 34th overall. He was tops among all Isles scorers last season with 60 points in 68 games. Barzal, 23, added 17 points in 22 playoff games.

Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price (2.70 goals-against-average in 18 games with Quesnel in 2002-03) comes in at 37th on the list. Price was 27-25-6 with a 2.79 GAA, a .909 save percentage, and four shutouts for the Habs during the 2019-20 season.