BCHL Today: Chiefs lose Draper and Martino to the USHL, Brule lands in Poland, and more


Draper and Martino leave Chilliwack for Omaha

Chilliwack Chiefs 2002-born forwards Kienan Draper and Ayrton Martino have officially joined the Omaha Lancers of the US Hockey League.

It was reported last week that Martino was headed to the Lancers, but now Draper joins him in leaving Chilliwack.

Martino, who is committed to Clarkson University for this fall and eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft, led the Chiefs in scoring during the 2020-21 BCHL training season with 10 points in eight games.

Draper, a Miami University (Ohio) commit and seventh round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2020 NHL Draft, was sixth on the Chiefs with five points in eight games.

Both players were held pointless in their debuts with the Lancers on Sunday in a 5-2 loss to Des Moines.

Newhook on the move again

Defenseman Devan Newhook (five assists in 31 games with Salmon Arm in 2019-20) has been acquired by the Fredericton Red Wings of the Maritime Hockey League from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canadian Hockey League for future considerations.

The 2000-born blueliner was traded by the Silverbacks to Notre Dame of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League last June before being shipped by the Hounds to Pembroke in September.

Brule takes his game to Poland

Forward Gilbert Brule (32 goals, 25 assists in 48 games with Quesnel in 2002-03) has signed with Unia Oswiecim of Polska Hokej Liga, which is the top level of hockey in Poland.

Brule, 34, started the season with the Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League before leaving the team earlier this season. He had 19 points in 44 games with Kunlun in 2019-20, his sixth season in the KHL.