BCHL Today: League rumoured to announce December 1 start date, Grizzlies add defenseman Bryce Margetson, and more


BCHL to announce December 1 start date for 2020-21?

TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger dropped a bomb on Thursday afternoon with the tweet above in which his sources indicate the BCHL is set to announce a December 1 start for the 2020-21 season.

Dreger’s tweet also indicates the league will go with a reduced schedule but play into May 2021. The Penticton Vees will host the 2021 Centennial Cup national junior A championship in the second week of May.

Dreger’s information isn’t confirmed by the BCHL at this point although there were rumblings that the league would come out with some sort of announcement soon.

Margetson signs with Victoria

The Victoria Grizzlies have added 2002-born defenseman Bryce Margetson for the 2020-21 season. The Surrey product had three goals and 16 assists in 41 games with the White Rock Whalers of the junior B Pacific Junior Hockey League.

Margetson skated in five games with the Merritt Centennials as an affiliate player in 2019-20, posting six penalty minutes and no points.

Spruce Kings modify hockey school

The Prince George Spruce Kings have modified their annual summer hockey school due to the continued shutdown of all arenas in the City of Prince George.

The school will now run from August 17-21 and August 24-28, if the arenas are open.

University of St. Thomas gets NCAA Division I approval

The University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota has received approval to reclassify from NCAA Division III athletics to Division I, including the men’s hockey program.

Forward Gavin Payne (16 goals, 21 assists in 54 games with Langley in 2016-17) is the lone former BCHL player currently on the St. Thomas roster, his third season with the team.