BCHL Today: Express forward Rizzo requests release from UND, Wild lose defenseman Overland to NCDC, and more


Express forward Rizzo decommits from UND

Coquitlam Express 2000-born forward Massimo Rizzo requested a release from his Letter of Intent to the University of North Dakota and was granted it by the Fighting Hawks, per Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald.

Rizzo, who was drafted in the sixth round of last year’s NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, committed to UND back in May 2018 and had 19 goals and 25 assists in 42 games with the Express in 2019-20.

The Burnaby, BC product was also a first round bantam draft pick of the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers in 2016.

Wild lose defenseman Overland to Jersey Hitmen

2001-born Wenatchee Wild defenseman Jerrett Overland won’t return to the BCHL in 2020-21 after signing a tender with the Jersey Hitmen of the National Collegiate Development Conference.

The Air Force Academy commit from Las Vegas, Nevada had a goal and five assists in 50 games as a rookie with the Wild this past season.

Clippers GM Campbell adds to his portfolio

Nanaimo Clippers general manager Tali Campbell has joined the junior B Westshore Wolves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League as assistant GM. The hiring is in addition to Campbell’s role with the Clippers.

Meek transfers from Michigan Tech to Long Island

Defenseman Mitch Meek (18 goals, 73 assists in 236 games with Victoria, Vernon, Cowichan Valley, and Penticton) has transferred from Michigan Tech to Long Island University.

Meek had three goals and seven assists in 43 games with Michigan Tech in 2017-18 but no points in 18 combined games from 2018-20.

Hookenson signs ECHL deal with Utah

Blueliner Edwin Hookenson (15 goals, 47 assists in 167 games with Nanaimo from 2013-16) has signed with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL for the 2020-21 season.

The 24-year-old defenseman had eight goals and 23 assists in 124 NCAA games over the last four seasons with Minnesota State University, Mankato.

McNicholas inks extension with Maine Mariners

Forward Michael McNicholas (33 goals, 68 assists in 91 games with Nanaimo and Vernon) has signed a one year contract extension with the ECHL’s Maine Mariners.

The 26-year-old centre has 24 goals and 67 assists in 125 games with the Mariners over the last two seasons.

Finucci leaves Scotland for Romania

Veteran pro Carlo Finucci (54 goals, 112 assists in 169 games with Burnaby from 2005-08) signed with ASC Corona Brasov of the Erste Liga, which is based in Hungary, Romania and Austria.

Finucci, a 33-year-old from Burnaby, spent the last four seasons in the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League with the Fife Flyers where he had 80 goals and 112 assists in 213 games.