BCHL Today: Dubinsky leaves Salmon Arm for the USHL, Grizzlies get Schreifels back from RPI, PHO order extended, and more


Dubinsky joins his brother in Omaha

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have lost 2000-born forward Zach Dubinsky to the Omaha Lancers of the US Hockey League.

The Deerfield, Illinois product joined the Silverbacks in October after spending the 2019-20 season in the NCAA with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. RPI had its season cancelled last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In three games with Salmon Arm during the BCHL’s training season, he posted one assist. He joins his 16-year-old brother Aiden on the Lancers.

Schreifels returns to the Grizzlies

The Victoria Grizzlies announced the return of 2000-born forward Henri Schreifels for the 2020-21 season on Thursday.

The product of Agoura Hills, California was to play hockey at RPI in 2020-21, but the Engineers’ season was shut down in late October.

Schreifels was second in scoring on the Grizzlies during the 2019-20 season with 45 points in56 games.

Clippers acquire rights to QMJHL goaltender Dunsmoor

When the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Hockey League acquired 2001-born defenseman Colton Kitchen from the Nanaimo Clippers in early December, they announced it was for a player development fee.

Now that the trade is posted on the BCHL transactions page, it’s known that the Canadian Junior Hockey League rights to 2001-born goaltender Matthew Dunsmoor were acquired by Nanaimo for Kitchen.

A native of Guelph, Ontario, Dunsmoor had 1-4-1 record with a 3.21 goals-against-average and a .891 save percentage in seven games with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

He was traded to the Gatineau Olympiques on Dec. 30 but hasn’t played for them due to the QMJHL being paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BC Hockey confirms restriction on Phase 3 activities continues

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced an extension to the current public health order to Feb. 5 on Thursday, which means that all sport is restricted to operate under viaSport Phase 2 guidelines.

All junior hockey players are still only allowed to participate in Phase 2 activities, including fundamental movement skills and modified training and drills. Physical distancing on the ice remains at three metres.

BC Hockey posted a number of FAQs, including an answer to the question about when games might be allowed.

“It is too early to know, but the current restrictions will likely not change until at least February 6, 2021. If there is any change between now and then, BC Hockey will provide essential information on next steps.”

Grizzlies confirm Monds departure

The Victoria Grizzlies confirmed what was reported on Wednesday, that 2001-born forward Cody Monds has left the team to join the Fargo Force of the USHL.

The Brockville, Ontario product played his first game with the Force on Thursday night and scored a third period goal in a 4-2 win over Waterloo.

Monds, who’s committed to Providence College for this September, was second in BCHL scoring during the 2020-21 training season with 10 goals and 12 assists in a dozen games for Victoria.