BCHL Today: Nanaimo acquires Georgiev, Coghlan and Vegas make the NHL’s final four, and more!


Clippers acquire Georgiev from CCHL’s Pembroke Lumber Kings

The Nanaimo Clippers have acquired 2001-born defenseman Klim Georgiev from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League for future considerations.

Georgiev, a native of Toronto, played two games for the Lumber Kings during the CCHL’s Developmental Scrimmage Action in 2020-21 but didn’t register any points. Pembroke acquired him from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in a trade this past February.

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Colpron and Martine named Okanagan Lakers assistant coaches

The expansion Okanagan Lakers of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League announced their coaching and hockey operations staff on Thursday.

Among those named to the staff are Gage Colpron (one goal in eight games with Powell River from 2013-16) and Thierry Martine (no points in one game with Merritt in 2008-09).

The Lakers are awaiting final approval to join the BCIHL for the 2021-22 season.

Coghlan and the Golden Knights knock off Colorado

Defenseman Dylan Coghlan (no points in two games with Nanaimo in 2013-14) and his Vegas Golden Knights advanced to the semifinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday with a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche in game six of their series.

Coghlan, 23, played 29 games for Vegas during the regular season and had six points, but didn’t see any action in the series against the Avs.

Gagnon leaves Montpellier Vipers

Defenseman Marc-Antoine Gagnon (one assist in two games with Alberni Valley in 2015-16) won’t re-sign with the Montpellier Vipers of FFHG, Division 1, which is the second tier of pro hockey in France.

The 23-year-old from St-Paul, QC had a goal and seven points in 10 games with the Vipers this past season, his first in Europe after two years of playing U SPORTS hockey at Laurentian University.

Express issue statement about defamatory Twitter account

The Coquitlam Express released a statement on Thursday regarding a libelous fake Twitter account.

The account claimed to be a fan of the Surrey Eagles and made defamatory comments towards a number of people associated with the Express including owner Fayaz Manji, Mavice president and general manager Tali Campbell and public address announcer Rod MacBeth.

After an investigation, the account was determined to be run by Aidan Serra, an Eagles intern, and according to his LinkedIn profile, a student in the BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism program. Serra posted an apology on his own Twitter account and deleted the fake account.