BCHL Today: 10 with BCHL ties selected in NAHL Draft, Clippers bring in Morozoff, and more!

10 current, former and incoming BCHL players selected in NAHL Entry Draft

The North American Hockey League held its annual entry draft on Wednesday and after 17 rounds, a number of players with BCHL ties were selected.

By our count, three players who skated in the BCHL in the 2020-21 season were drafted.

  • 2001-born Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sean Ramsay (1st round, 28th overall to Johnstown)
  • 2002-born Victoria Grizzlies defenseman Nicholas O’Hanisain (3rd round, 69th overall to Minot)
  • 2001-born Coquitlam Express forward Ryan Williams (4th round, 114th overall to Shreveport)

Another four players who have been announced as committing to BCHL teams for 2021-22 were also selected.

  • 2003-born Merritt Centennials defenseman Joe Fleming (6th round, 149th overall by Jamestown)
  • 2003-born Powell River Kings goaltender Zakari Brice (7th round, 180th overall by Springfield)
  • 2003-born Surrey Eagles forward Jake Bongo (11th round, 296th overall by Springfield)
  • 2002-born Vernon Vipers forward Jason Siedem (12th round, 325th overall by Springfield)

In addition, another three former BCHL players were selected.

  • 2001-born forward Tyler Young (nine goals, 28 assists in 56 games with Wenatchee in 2019-20) – selected by Maryland in the 1st round, 18th overall
  • 2001-born goaltender Jackson Glassford (12-7-1, 3.25 GAA, .915 SV% in 21 games with Alberni Valley in 2019-20) – selected by Wichita Falls in the 1st round, 23rd overall
  • 2001-born forward Jayden Price (five goals, 12 assists in 38 games with Salmon Arm in 2019-20) – selected by Amarillo in the 7th round, 177th overall

Clippers sign Morozoff for 2021-22 season

The Nanaimo Clippers announced on Wednesday the signing of 2001-born forward Alex Morozoff.

Morozoff is a veteran of 172 Western Hockey League games over four years with the Red Deer Rebels, Seattle Thunderbirds, and Saskatoon Blades.

The native of Saskatoon, SK tallied nine goals and 17 points in 56 games with his hometown Blades over the past two seasons.

Bucks add Fitzgerald as an assistant coach

The Cranbrook Bucks have added to their coaching staff with the announcement of Myles Fitzgerald as an assistant coach.

The native of Port Alberni, BC played five seasons in the BCHL with Nanaimo, Prince George, and Victoria, accumulating 89 goals and 219 points in 238 contests.

Fitzgerald then embarked on a four-year NCAA tenure with Bemidji State University, before spending the last five seasons playing professionally in Hungary and Germany.

Warriors ink a five-year lease agreement with the City of West Kelowna

The West Kelowna Warriors and the City of West Kelowna have agreed on a five-year lease extension at Royal LePage Place.

According to Castanet.net, the deal will generate about $195,000 a year for the City of West Kelowna if the Warriors fully utilize the ice time available per the agreement.

Henry commits to Minot State University

2000-born Cranbrook Bucks forward Reece Henry has committed to Minot State University of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

The product of Regina, SK played in all 20 games for the Bucks last season, tallying one goal and four points.

Henry also spent three seasons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with the Portage Terriers, collecting 29 goals and 71 points in 122 games.

Okanagan Lakers add Hawes as an assistant coach

The Okanagan Lakers of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League announced on Wednesday that Ryan Hawes (six goals, 19 assists in 94 games with Cowichan Valley and Chilliwack between 1993-97) has joined the team as an assistant coach.

It is the first coaching position of note for the 44-year-old from Coquitlam, BC.

Webster commits to St. Francis Xavier

Defenseman Clark Webster (nine assists in 56 games with Cowichan Valley in 2019-20) has committed to St. Francis Xavier University of U Sports.

The 2000-born Prince Edward Islander tallied two assists in eight contests with the Maritime Hockey League’s Summerside Western Capitals last season.

Fawcett transfers from Quinnipiac to Maine

Forward Matt Fawcett (10 goals, 10 assists in 21 games with Powell River in 2018-19) has transferred to the University of Maine for 2021-22.

The 1999-born native of Lincoln, RI spent the last two seasons at Quinnipiac University, collecting four goals and nine points in 34 games.

Klimek signs with Debreceni EAC for 2021-22

Defenseman Jordan Klimek (six goals, 19 assists in 60 games with Surrey from 2011-13) has signed with DEAC of Erste Liga in Hungary.

Klimek, 26, spent the past three years in the ECHL with the Kansas City Mavericks and South Carolina Stingrays. The Langley product notched 15 goals and 36 points in 136 ECHL games.