BCHL Today: Kings grab UConn commit D’Agostino, Rota goes into Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame, and more!

Kings bring in UConn commit D’Agostino for 2021-22

The Powell River Kings announced the commitment of 2001-born forward Mark D’Agostino for the 2021-22 BC Hockey League season.

The North Branford, CT product originally committed to the Langley Rivermen for 2020-21 in April of last year, but didn’t end up crossing the border to play in the BCHL this past season.

Instead, he joined the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks of the North American Hockey League and posted 16 goals and 28 points in 45 games.

D’Agostino is set to attend the University of Connecticut to play Division I NCAA hockey in September 2022.

Piller commits to Concordia University of Edmonton

Surrey Eagles forward Jacob Piller has committed to Concordia University in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference for this September.

The 2000-born product of Balgonie, SK had a goal and five points in 14 games for the Eagles during the 2020-21 pod season.

He also chipped in two goals and three points in eight games with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers before being traded to Surrey in February.

Golder’s rights traded in the Western Hockey League

2002-born Trail Smoke Eaters forward Carson Golder had his Western Hockey League rights traded from the Victoria Royals to the Edmonton Oil Kings for a ninth-round pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft on Wednesday.

Golder, who’s from Smithers, BC, had two goals and three points in 15 games with the Smokies in the Penticton pod during the 2020-21 BCHL season.

He had an assist in two games with the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Campbell River Storm before signing with Trail in March. Golder notched a pair of assists in 50 WHL games with the Royals in 2019-20.

Ambrosio transfers from LSSU to Canisius College

Forward Alex Ambrosio (30 goals, 42 assists in 134 games with Coquitlam from 2015-18) has transferred from Lake Superior State University to Canisius College for this September.

The 24-year-old from Burnaby, BC compiled five goals and 12 points in 99 games with the Lakers over the last three and a half NCAA hockey seasons.

Kozlowski signs an extension with the Iowa Wild

Goaltender Trevin Kozlowski (9-16-0, 3.98 goals-against-average, .892 save percentage, one shutout in 29 games with Salmon Arm in 2016-17) signed a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract with Iowa Wild on Wednesday.

Kozlowski, a 24-year-old from Valencia, CA, went 0-1-0 with a 3.04 goals-against-average and an .864 save percentage in a single appearance with the Wild after signing an amateur tryout contract last month.

He wrapped up his fourth season at Army this past NCAA season. In four years, he posted a 36-21-6 record with a 2.20 goals-against-average, a .911 save percentage, and three shutouts.

Rota inducted into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame

Darcy Rota, who spent 16 years involved in the BC Hockey League from 1998 through to 2014, was inducted into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Rota set the wheels in motion for Coquitlam to join the league as an expansion team in the fall of 2000, serving as owner, president, and general manager of the Express.

He resigned as GM after the team won the RBC Cup in 2006, only to take on the position once again from 2008 to 2012. Rota sold his stake in the Express prior to the 2013-14 season but stayed on as president.

Under Rota’s watch, the Express won the Royal Bank Cup, Doyle Cup, Clint McNabb Memorial Trophy as Coastal Conference champions in 2006, and the Mainland Division Championship in 2014. Coquitlam also won the Fred Page Cup and Mowat Cup each in 2006 and 2014.

Powell jumps to Sweden for 2021-22 season

Forward Myles Powell (44 goals, 64 assists in 151 games with Alberni Valley, Victoria, and Cowichan Valley from 2011-14) has signed with Västerviks IK of the Allsvenskan for the 2021-22 season.

Powell, a 26-year-old from Comox, BC, had 18 goals and 43 points in 46 ECHL games with the Florida Everblades this past season.

Moore signs up with Vänersborgs HC

Defenseman Meirs Moore (seven goals, 40 assists in 58 games with Victoria in 2014-15) has signed with Vänersborgs HC of Sweden’s Division 2 for the 2021-22 season.

Division 2 is the fourth tier of professional hockey in Sweden. Moore, who’s from Västervik, SWE, didn’t play anywhere in 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He spent most of 2019-20 with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League, posting 19 points in 35 games. Moore was scoreless in six ECHL games that season, two with Newfoundland and four with Adirondack.

Daniel released by the Tri-City Americans

Forward Booker Daniel (one assist in two games with Surrey in 2018-19) was released by the WHL’s Tri-City Americans on Wednesday.

The 2001-born forward from Vanderhoof, BC had nine points in 19 games with the Americans this past season. He added three points in two games with the VIJHL’s Kerry Park Islanders.