BCHL Today: Clippers’ LeDonne commits to St. Thomas, teams add more new recruits for 2021-22, Vees’ Perets leaves for Quinnipiac, and more


Clippers blueliner LeDonne commits to play NCAA hockey

The Nanaimo Clippers announced on Tuesday that 2000-born defenseman Trevor LeDonne has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of St. Thomas this September.

LeDonne, a native of Stoney Creek, Ontario, had two goals and seven assists in 15 games with the Clippers during the BCHL training season last fall.

The four year junior A veteran had 20 points in 51 games in Nanaimo during the 2019-20 season. LeDonne added a goal and an assist in four playoff games.

Kobelka set to join Trail for 2021-22 season

The BC Hockey League website has 2003-born defenseman Chris Kobelka listed as a new recruit for the Trail Smoke Eaters for the 2021-22 season.

The Calgarian is currently with Edge School U18 Prep in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League U18, where he had four assists in three games before things were paused by COVID-19.

Kobelka made his junior A debut in 2019-20, playing one game with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Canmore Eagles as an affiliate player.

Vees netminder Perets is off to Quinnipiac a semester early

The Penticton Vees have lost their number one goaltender as Yaniv Perets is headed to Quinnipiac University to play NCAA Division I hockey a semester early.

The 2000-born netminder from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec was 9-1 with a 1.80 goals-against-average, a .931 save percentage, and two shutouts in 10 games with Penticton during the BCHL training season last fall.

Perets was set to attend Quinnipiac and play for the Bobcats starting this September.

Spruce Kings put a letter on Seaman

The Prince George Spruce Kings have named 2000-born forward Andrew Seaman as an alternate captain for the 2020-21 season.

Seaman, from Winnetka, Illinois, is entering his sophomore season with the Spruce Kings after notching 16 points in 56 games in 2019-20.

He is committed to Union College for this September.

Alberni Valley loses Tritt to Lone Star of the NAHL

2000-born forward Dawson Tritt of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs is off to the Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League.

Tritt, a Spokane, Washington native who is committed to Lake Superior State University this fall, had seven goals and seven assists in 15 games for the Bulldogs during the BCHL’s 2020-21 training season.

His 14 points were tied for seventh-best in the league.

Smokies recruit Barton for next season

According to the BCHL website, the Trail Smoke Eaters have received a commitment from 2003-born defenseman Joel Barton for the 2021-22 season.

Barton, from Kelowna, BC, scored a goal and three assists in nine games with Okanagan Hockey Academy U18 Prep of the CSSHL this season.

His brother Seth, who is currently playing NCAA hockey at UMass-Lowell and was a third-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2018, spent the 2017-18 BCHL season with the Smoke Eaters.

Willcox loaned to Hershey of the AHL

Defenseman Reece Willcox (10 goals, 27 assists in 105 games with Merritt from 2010-12) has been loaned by the ECHL’s Florida Everblades to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

The 26-year-old from Surrey is scoreless in five games with the Everblades so far this season. Willcox was a fifth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Low takes his game to Germany

Forward Brayden Low (nine goals, 17 assists in 61 games with Merritt and Powell River from 2011-12) has signed a contract for 2020-21 with EV Lindau of Oberliga, which is the third tier of pro hockey in Germany.

Low hails from Richmond, BC. He posted 18 goals and 20 assists in 60 games with the Reading Royals of the ECHL in 2019-20.

Lowry signs deal with Iserlohn of the DEL

Forward Joel Lowry (39 goals, 72 assists in 99 games with Victoria from 2009-11) is off to Europe for the first time in his pro hockey career.

The 29-year-old Calgarian has signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL, which is the top level of hockey in Germany.

Lowry spent the 2019-20 season with Springfield of the AHL and posted eight goals and 19 assists in 60 games.