BCHL Today: 29 BCHL alumni on NHL Stanley Cup qualifier rosters, Chayka resigns as Coyotes GM, and more


NHL Phase 4 rosters feature 29 former BCHL players

The National Hockey League announced the rosters for Phase 4 of the league’s Return to Play plan and 29 BCHL alumni are featured on the rosters of the 24 clubs taking part in the 2020 Stanley Cup qualifying series’. The Penticton Vees have seven alumni taking part while the Coquitlam Express has six. The series’ start on Saturday, August 1.

Calgary Flames

Milan Lucic (Coquitlam Express)

Chicago Blackhawks

Duncan Keith (Penticton Panthers)

Colorado Avalanche

Tyson Jost (Penticton Vees)

Columbus Blue Jackets

Riley Nash (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn (Victoria Grizzlies)

Edmonton Oilers

Jujhar Khaira (Prince George Spruce Kings)

Florida Panthers

Dryden Hunt (Trail Smoke Eaters)
Chase Priskie (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)

Minnesota Wild

Brad Hunt (Coquitlam Express)
Mat Robson (Penticton Vees)

Montreal Canadiens

Carey Price (Quesnel Millionaires)

Nashville Predators

Daniel Carr (Powell River Kings)
Ryan Johansen (Penticton Vees)
Colton Sissons (Westside Warriors)
Kyle Turris (Burnaby Express)
Dante Fabbro (Penticton Vees)

New York Islanders

Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam Express)
Andrew Ladd (Coquitlam Express)
Devon Toews (Surrey Eagles)

New York Rangers

Steven Fogarty (Penticton Vees)

Philadelphia Flyers

Derek Grant (Langley Chiefs)

Pittsburgh Penguins

Brandon Tanev (Surrey Eagles)
Justin Schultz (Westside Warriors)

St. Louis Blues

Tyler Bozak (Victoria Grizzlies)

Toronto Maple Leafs

Alexander Kerfoot (Coquitlam Express)
Tyson Barrie (Victoria Grizzlies)

Vancouver Canucks

Jordie Benn (Victoria Grizzlies)
Troy Stecher (Penticton Vees)

Winnipeg Jets

Laurent Brossoit (Cowichan Valley Capitals)


Chayka steps down as Coyotes general manager

John Chayka (one goal, two assists in four games with Cowichan Valley in 2009-10) has stepped down as president of hockey operations and general manager of the Arizona Coyotes.

The 31-year-old has been GM of the Coyotes since the 2016-17 season. He signed a four-year contract extension with Arizona in November 2019. According to Sportsnet, Coyotes owner Alex Mereulo will ask NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to adjudicate Chayka’s leaving the franchise.

The Coyotes are set to face Nashville in the 2020 Stanley Cup qualifiers starting next Sunday.


Bois returns to the Warriors as athletic therapist

The West Kelowna Warriors have hired Michael Bois as athletic therapist for the 2020-21 season.

Bois worked with the Okanagan Hockey Academy this past season and was the athletic therapist for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks during the 2018-19 season.

The West Kelowna resident served as the Warriors athletic therapist from 2010 to 2018 and won an RBC Cup with the team in 2016.


Hilderman inks ECHL deal in Jacksonville

Defenseman Jarod Hilderman (one goal, 13 assists in 94 games with Penticton from 2013-15) has signed an ECHL contract with the Jacksonville IceMen for the 2020-21 season.

The 23-year-old wrapped up a four year NCAA career with the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2019-20. In 67 games with UMD, he had one goal and 10 assists.


French re-ups with Tölzer Löwen

Forward Max French (67 goals, 82 assists in 193 games with West Kelowna from 2009-13) signed a contract extension with Tölzer Löwen of the DEL2, which is the German second-tier hockey league.

The 27-year-old Bentley University alumnus had 26 goals and 27 assists in 46 games with Tölzer Löwen this past season, his third in Europe.


Kehler leaves UBC for Germany

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Forward Colton Kehler (25 goals, 14 assists in 93 games with Cowichan Valley and Langley from 2013-15) signed a deal for 2020-21 with Herner EV 2007 of the Oberliga, which is the third tier of hockey in Germany.

The Port Coquitlam, BC product had eight goals and seven assists in 42 U SPORTS games with the University of British Columbia over the last two seasons.


Johnson transfers from NCAA Div. III to BCIHL

22-year-old Levi Johnson (one goal, two assists in 18 games with Vernon and Prince George from 2015-16) has transferred from Curry College to Vancouver Island University to play in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League.

The Vernon native had a goal and four assists in 26 NCAA Div. III games with Curry College over the last two seasons.