BCHL Today: Evans leaves West Kelowna for the USHL, Valente exits Merritt for the NAHL, Newhook to play for gold, and more


Evans joins Dubuque from West Kelowna

2002-born forward John Evans of the West Kelowna Warriors is off to the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the US Hockey League.

Evans, a Surrey native who is off to the University of New Hampshire this fall, had six goals and nine assists in 13 games for the Warriors during the BCHL’s 2020-21 training season. His 15 points were ninth-best in the league.

He was named to the 2019-20 BCHL all-rookie team after posting 50 points in 57 games.

Valente moves from Merritt to Austin

The Merritt Centennials announced on Monday that 2000-born defenseman Grayson Valente is set to join the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League.

The Centennials called it a trade for future considerations, which means they will receive some amount of cash from the Bruins for Valente.

The Vancouver product spent the last three seasons with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs before being acquired by Merritt in June. Valente has 39 points in 138 career BCHL games.

During the 2020-21 training season, he put up a goal and three assists in seven games for the Centennials.

Spruce Kings announce Wright acquisition

It was mentioned in BCHL Today on Jan. 3, but the Prince George Spruce Kings made the acquisition of 2001-born defenseman Josh Wright official on Monday.

PG gives up future considerations to the Brantford 99ers in the deal. Wright, a product of Woodstock, Ontario, had 14 points in 43 games as a rookie with the OJHL’s Trenton Golden Hawks last season.

Newhook scores as Canada clinches spot in World Junior final

Forward Alex Newhook (60 goals, 108 assists in 98 games with Victoria from 2017-19) returned to Canada’s line-up and scored just 59 seconds into the game in a 5-0 semifinal rout of Russia to advance to the gold medal game at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship.

The Boston College sophomore missed Canada’s quarterfinal game against the Czech Republic on Saturday with a suspected shoulder injury.

Newhook has three goals and three assists through five games at the tournament. Canada plays for gold against the United States today (Tuesday) at 6:30 pm PT.