BCHL Today: Clippers bring in Tardif, Vees recruit Nieuwendyk, and more!

Clippers sign forward Tardif

The Nanaimo Clippers announced the signing of 2003-born forward Charles-Edward Tardif on Monday.

Tardif, who’s from Quebec City, QC, played 32 games with the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League in 2020-21 and posted two goals and 10 points.

He started the season with the NAHL’s Minnesota Wilderness and had one assist in one game before being traded to Odessa. Tardif is committed to Michigan Tech University for September 2022.

Nieuwendyk commits to Penticton

The Penticton Vees have added 2002-born forward Jackson Nieuwendyk for the 2021-22 BC Hockey League season. He is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk.

Nieuwendyk spent the last two seasons with the US Hockey League’s Sioux City Musketeers. In 89 games with the Musketeers, the Dallas, TX product had two goals and 12 points.

He was selected by Central Illinois in the 2018 USHL Futures Draft and the Portland Winterhawks in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Hammond re-signs in Minnesota

Goaltenderย Andrew Hammond (46-27-3, 2.74 GAA, .904 SV%, 8 SO in 82 games with West Kelowna, Vernon, and Surrey from 2007-09) has signed a one year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild worth $750,000 in the National Hockey League and $200,000 in the minors.

The 33-year-old from White Rock, BC, spent the 2020-21 season as a member of Minnesota’s taxi squad but didn’t appear in any games. Hammond was 16-12-5 with a 2.53 goals-against-average, a .908 save percentage, and four shutouts in 33 games with Rochester of the American Hockey League in 2019-20.

Conway moves to Ireland for 2021-22

Forwardย Scott Conway (56 goals, 60 assists in 56 games with Penticton in 2015-16) signed with the Elite Ice Hockey League’s Belfast Giants for the 2021-22 season.

The 26-year-old, whoโ€™s from Basingstoke, GBR, had 13 goals and 20 points in 40 games split between Allen and Orlando of the ECHL during the 2020-21 season.

Yip returns to Beijing to play with Kunlun

Forwardย Brandon Yip (51 goals, 80 assists in 99 games with Coquitlam from 2003-05) has signed with the Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The 36-year-old from Maple Ridge, BC, spent the 2020-21 season with Jukurit of Finland’s Liiga and posted six points in 15 games. He played with Kunlun from 2017-20, including his last two as captain of the Red Star.

Gerrie goes to Guildford for 2021-22

Forwardย Chris Gerrie (16 goals, 26 assists in 56 games with Penticton in 2015-16) has signed with the Guildford Flames of the EIHL. The 25-year-old from Edmonton, AB appeared in one game with the ECHL’s Wichita Thunder this past season and had no points.

Gerrie played one game for Witchita in 2019-20 as well, after the conclusion of his U SPORTS season with Mount Royal University. He had 46 points in 68 games over three seasons with MRU from 2018-20.

Heinen becomes an unrestricted free agent

Forward Danton Heinen (29 goals, 35 assists in 59 games with Merritt and Surrey from 2012-14) didn’t receive a qualifying offer from the Anaheim Ducks by Monday’s deadline and is now an unrestricted free agent.

The 26-year-old from Langley, BC put up seven goals and 14 points in 43 games with the Ducks this past season while earning $2.775 million. He has 121 points in 272 career NHL games over the last five seasons.

Hunt isn’t offered a new contract by Arizona

Like Heinen, forward Dryden Hunt (no points in four games with the Trail Smoke Eaters in 2010-11) is also an unrestricted free agent after he wasn’t given a qualifying offer by the Arizona Coyotes.

The 25-year-old from Cranbrook, BC posted three goals and eight points in 26 games with the Yotes in 2020-21. His salary came in at just over $809,000.

Hunt has 23 points in 89 career NHL games with Florida and Arizona over the past four seasons.