BCHL Today: Bulldogs and Spruce Kings make a deal, Newhook and Johnson attract World Junior attention from Canada, and more

Bulldogs and Spruce Kings swing a big deal

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Prince George Spruce Kings struck a pretty big trade on Wednesday. The deal sees the Spruce Kings acquire 2002-born defenseman Austin Spiridakis while the Bulldogs get 2000-born forward Quintin Loon-Stewardson and future considerations.

Spiridakis, from St. Albert, Alberta, spent the last two seasons in Alberni Valley and put up 18 goals and 12 assists in 98 games. He has one assist in eight career BCHL playoff games with the Bulldogs and is committed to attend Quinnipiac University in September 2021.

Going to Alberni is Loon-Stewardson, a three year junior A veteran who the Spruce Kings acquired from Battlefords of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League earlier this month. He is from Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and a proven scorer in the SJHL after posting 30 goals and 25 assists in 53 games with Battlefords in 2019-20.

Loon-Stewardson played the last two seasons with the North Stars and spent 2017-18 with the Powassan VooDoos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Cooper steps away from Clippers digital video and media role

Joe Cooper, who was running digital video and media for the Nanaimo Clippers, has announced he is stepping down from the role.

Cooper notes he made the decision for his family and himself.

Vipers ownership pen letter to fans

Here is a message from Vipers OwnershipTo read the message click here:https://www.vernonvipers.com/a-message-from-ownership#OneGoal

Posted by Vernon Vipers on Wednesday, 17 June 2020

The Vernon Vipers posted a letter to their fans on their website on Wednesday. In the letter, the Vipers ownership and management emphasized they are working towards what we hope will be a 2020-21 BCHL season in some form.

Canadian Sport School Hockey League alumni in the BCHL

The Canadian Sport School Hockey League posted a tweet on Wednesday saying that 217 current and former players from the league played in the BCHL in 2019-20. According to the CSSHL, the numbers represent 36 percent of all players who skated in at least one BCHL game this past season.

Smoke Eaters forward Johnson on World Junior depth chart

TSN Scouting Director Craig Button unveiled his projected depth chart for Canada at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship on Tuesday. Button has 2001-born Boston College forward Alex Newhook (60 goals, 108 assists in 90 games with Victoria from 2017-19) on left wing for Team Canada.

He also has graduating 2002-born Trail Smoke Eaters forward Kent Johnson tenth on Canada’s depth chart down the middle. Johnson, who will attend the University of Michigan this fall, had 61 goals and 86 assists in 112 games with the Smoke Eaters over the last two seasons.

Svejkovsky named to Team USA World Junior Summer Showcase

2001-born forward Lukas Svejkovsky (five goals, six assists in 16 games with Wenatchee in 2017-18) is one of 43 players invited to be part of Team USA at the 2020 World Junior Summer Showcase.

Svejkovsky, who’s from Point Roberts, Washington, posted 18 goals and 20 assists in 52 games split between the Vancouver Giants and Medicine Hat Tigers in 2019-20.

The showcase serves as an evaluation camp to help in choosing the players who will represent the US at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship.