BCHL Today: Bulldogs trade for OJHL veteran Brown, Express recruit Tremblay for next season, Kings lose Finlay to NAHL, and more


Bulldogs add OJHL veteran Brown

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have acquired 2002-born forward Finn Brown from the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Brown is from North York, Ontario, and committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for this September.

He had 29 goals and 25 assists in 53 games with the Buzzers in 2019-20 after scoring 43 points in 54 games as a rookie in 2018-19.

Tremblay set to join the Express in 2021-22

The BC Hockey League website has 2002-born forward Jeremy Tremblay listed as a new recruit for the Coquitlam Express for the 2021-22 season.

The native of Orford, Quebec is currently with Stanstead College of the CAHS as an alternate captain but hasn’t played any games this season due to COVID-19.

Tremblay scored 14 goals and added 14 assists in 53 games for Stanstead during the 2019-20 season.

Blace goes from junior B to Alberni Valley this fall

2003-born defenseman Braden Blace is listed on the BCHL website as a new recruit for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for the 2021-22 season.

Blace had three assists in 11 games this season with the Victoria Cougars of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League before COVID-19 restrictions shut things down.

The Crofton, BC product had 10 assists in 36 games with Delta Hockey Academy U18 Prep of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in 2019-20.

Kings lose Finlay to Maryland of the NAHL

The Powell River Kings lost 2001-born defenseman Dylan Finlay to the North American Hockey League’s Maryland Black Bears.

Finlay, a native of L’Île-Bizard, QC who is committed to the University of Vermont for this fall, had 18 assists in 40 games with Powell River in 2019-20.

The Kings were unable to play any games during the BCHL training season due to various COVID-19 related delays. He made his NAHL debut with the Black Bears on Thursday night.

Bulldogs bring in Nicholson for next season

According to the BCHL website, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs have received a commitment from 2004-born forward Zeke Nicholson for the 2021-22 season.

Nicholson, from Vancouver, has two goals and two assists in four CSSHL games with St. George’s School U18 Prep this season.

He had 36 points in 36 games with the West Van Academy Elite 15s in 2019-20.

Miska makes his first career NHL start

Goaltender Hunter Miska (53-21-5 with a 2.03 GAA, a .924 SV%, and seven shutouts in 80 games with Penticton from 2013-15) made 23 saves in his first career National Hockey League start as Colorado lost 4-2 to the LA Kings.

Miska, 25, had a 16-6-4 record with a 2.48 GAA, a .924 save percentage, and two shutouts in 26 games with Colorado of the American Hockey League in 2019-20.

Fairbrother goes to Laval of the AHL on an amateur tryout

2000-born Nanaimo Clippers defenseman Gianni Fairbrother has signed an amateur tryout with the AHL’s Laval Rocket and will attend training camp with the team.

Fairbrother had three goals and two assists in eight games with the Clippers during the BCHL’s training season this past fall.

The North Vancouverite was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round of the 2019 NHL Draft from the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips.

Desharnais recalled by Bakersfield of the AHL

Defenseman Vincent Desharnais (one goal, four assists in 54 games with Chilliwack in 2014-15) has been loaned to Bakersfield of the AHL by Wichita of the ECHL.

The 24-year-old from Laval, Quebec has four assists in six ECHL games with the Thunder so far this season.

Yopyk joins Seattle Kraken scouting department

Darren Yopyk has joined the expansion Seattle Kraken as a member of the scouting staff.

Yopyk, 44, was the head coach of the Westside Warriors from 2009-11 before being hired by the Minnesota Wild as a scout.

The St. Paul, Alberta spent the 2019-20 season as the co-director of amateur scouting for the Wild.

Cheverie hired by CHFA as goalie advisor

Marc Cheverie (41-18-0, 2.74 GAA, .892 SV%, 6 SO in 66 games with Nanaimo from 2005-07) has signed on with College Hockey Family Advisor as a goalie advisor.

Cheverie, a 33-year-old from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, was a seventh-round pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2006 NHL Draft.