BCHL Today: Warriors send Kodak east, Vipers add sniper Milburn, Grizzlies pick up the rights to WHL blueliner Longo, and more


Warriors ship Kodak to Nova Scotia

The West Kelowna Warriors made a trade on Sunday, sending 2001-born forward Holden Kodak to the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Kodek, who’s from Cloverdale, BC, played 30 games with the Warriors in 2019-20 after being released by the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars in late November. He had five goals and 11 assists during his time in West Kelowna.

The former Canadian Sport School Hockey League MVP has played in 64 career WHL games with the Cougars and Winnipeg Ice, scoring three goals and seven assists during his stint in major junior.

Vipers nab forward Milburn from Thompson Blazers

The Vernon Vipers inked one of the top BC Hockey U18 AAA scorers with the addition of 2003-born forward Reagan Milburn for the upcoming season.

Milburn, who was fifth in U18 AAA scoring with the Thompson Blazers in 2019-20, had 24 goals and 27 assists in 38 games. He was just four points off the league lead.

The Kamloops product also played in two regular season games and two playoff games with the Vipers as an affiliate but didn’t score any points.

Grizzlies pick up junior A rights to WHL vet Longo

The Victoria Grizzlies grabbed an insurance policy on Monday with the acquisition of the Canadian Junior Hockey League playing rights to 2000-born defenseman Trevor Longo from the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Longo spent the last 2.5 seasons in the WHL, playing 110 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers before being traded to the Vancouver Giants in December. He played 25 games for the Giants and has 11 goals and 22 assists in his WHL career.

The North Vancouver-raised blueliner played 17 BCHL games for Salmon Arm in 2017-18 and had three assists. Longo could be squeezed out by the Vancouver Giants as they have eight 20-year-olds eligible to return and the WHL only allows each team to carry three.

De Haas signs contract in Norway

Defenseman James de Haas (five goals, 19 assists in 53 games with Penticton in 2012-13) has signed a one-year contract with Stjernen Hockey of the GET-ligaen, which is the Norweigen premier league.

De Haas played the last 2.5 seasons in the American Hockey League with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He also spent some time with the ECHL’s Reading Royals.

The blueliner jumps to Europe after posting four goals and 24 assists in 112 career AHL games and five goals and 14 assists in 32 career ECHL games.