BCHL Today: Chiefs acquire Woodhouse, Penticton trades for Richter, Grizzlies, Silverbacks, Eagles, and Vees add new recruits, and more


Chiefs bring in veteran forward from Ontario

The Chilliwack Chiefs added a veteran presence to their roster on Monday with the acquisition of 2000-born forward Ben Woodhouse from the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Woodhouse, a Hamilton, Ontario product who actually turned 21 on Monday, has played two seasons with Dukes and posted 27 goals and 59 assists in 94 games.

Vees acquire Richter from Cowichan Valley

The Penticton Vees have acquired 2000-born forward and Union College commit Thomas Richter from the Cowichan Valley Capitals for future considerations.

Richter is entering his second BC Hockey League season after posting 10 points in 56 games with the Prince George Spruce Kings in 2019-20. Cowichan picked up his rights from PG in June of last year.

His 16-year-old younger brother, Beanie, is on Penticton’s roster and played three games for the Vees during the training season. Thomas had six points in four exhibition games with the Capitals last fall.

Eagles recruit St. Andrew’s forward Roy for 2021-22

According to the BCHL website, the Surrey Eagles have brought in 2003-born forward Matthew Roy for the 2021-22 season.

As an alternate captain for St. Andrew’s College this season, Roy hasn’t been able to play any games due to the pandemic.

The Hamilton, Ontario native had a goal and 21 assists in 46 combined CISAA and CAHS games with St. Andrew’s in 2019-20.

Vees get a commitment from O’Brien for next season

The Penticton Vees have brought in another member of the O’Brien family for the 2021-22 season.

According to the BCHL website, 2002-born forward Trevor O’Brien will follow in his older brother Jay‘s footsteps and don a Vees jersey in the BCHL.

O’Brien, a product of Hingham, Massachusetts, has 13 goals and 25 assists in 35 games with the Cape Cod Whalers 18U AAA in the 2020-21 season thus far.

Silverbacks nab Lammens for 2021-22 BCHL season

2002-born defenseman Jake Lammens is posted as a new recruit of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on the BCHL website.

The product of Norwalk, Connecticut is committed to play NCAA hockey at St. Lawrence University. He posted two assists in 28 games with Salsbury School in 2019-20.

That season, he also got into six games with the Mid-Fairfield Rangers 18U AAA of the Elite Hockey Federation 18U Elite but didn’t score any points.

Vees beef up 2021-22 roster with Pichette

Per the BCHL website, the Penticton Vees continue to build their roster for 2021-22 with the recruiting of 2003-born forward Thomas Pichette.

Pichette is from Yamachiche, Quebec, and is spending the 2020-21 season with Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.

During the 2019-20 season with the Trois-Rivières Estacades at the midget AAA level, he had 20 goals and 20 assists in 42 games. He is committed to the University of Maine starting in September 2022.

Grizzlies continue to build for next season with Delay

2003-born forward Timothy Delay of Hingham, Massachusetts is listed as a 2021-22 recruit of the Victoria Grizzlies on the BCHL website.

Delay put up 13 goals and 17 assists in 28 games with St. Sebastian’s School in 2019-20 and is committed to Boston College. He also played three games with the Boston Jr. Eagles 16U AAA in the EHF 16U Elite league but was held scoreless.

He was the first overall pick by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the 2019 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League American Draft.

Vees recruit another with the addition of Vardy

The Penticton Vees continue to recruit new players for 2021-22 according to the BCHL website. The Vees have brought in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia product Luke Vardy for next season.

Vardy, a 2003-born defenseman, is an alternate captain at St. Andrew’s College this season but hasn’t played because of COVID-19.

As a rookie at St. Andrew’s in 2019-20, Vardy posted 27 points in 48 CAHS games while adding three points in 11 CISAA games.

Nesterenko named Hockey East rookie of the week

Forward Nikita Nesterenko (20 goals, 36 assists in 56 games with Chilliwack in 2019-20) was announced as the Hockey East rookie of the week on Monday.

The Boston College freshman had a goal and an assist as the Eagles won back-to-back games against Merrimack this past Saturday and Sunday.

The 2019 Minnesota Wild sixth-round draft pick now has 11 points in six games with BC this season.