BCHL Today: Grizzlies acquire Maia, Bulldogs pick up WHL veteran Schaufler, PG captain Walsh commits to LIU, and more


Grizzlies add veteran scorer Maia from Oakville

The Victoria Grizzlies swung a big move on Wednesday, adding 2000-born forward Thomas Maia from the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for 2001-born forward Brendan Bowie and future considerations.

Maia spent the 2019-20 season in the NCAA with the Rochester Institute of Technology but didn’t play a game due to an injury last fall where he broke his leg. The Brampton, Ontario resident put up 51 goals and 90 assists in three OJHL seasons from 2016-19 with the Blades and the Milton Icehawks.

Bowie, who is committed to St. Lawrence University for September 2021, had three goals and 15 assists for the Grizzlies as a rookie this past season. The distance from his hometown of Burlington, Ontario to his new team in Oakville is about a 20-minute drive, so the trade moves Bowie much closer to home.

Bulldogs flip Anderson for WHL veteran Schaufler

A day after acquiring 2001-forward Bryce Anderson from the Victoria Grizzlies, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs have flipped him to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Spruce Grove Saints for the junior A rights to 2000-born defenseman Loeden Schaufler.

Schaufler, a Dewinton, Alberta product, played 16 games for the Saints in 2019-20 and posted five goals and eight assists before joining the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League.

In 39 WHL games with Edmonton, he notched three goals and an assist before being released last month. Schaufler is a veteran of 112 WHL games with the Oil Kings, Prince Albert, Seattle, and Kootenay (now Winnipeg).

Anderson, who was traded from Trail to Victoria last summer, had six goals and 18 assists in 51 games with the Grizzlies in 2019-20.

Spruce Kings captain Welsh to attend Long Island University

Prince George Spruce Kings 1999-born forward Nolan Welsh has committed to attend Long Island University this fall.

Welsh will play for the Sharks as LIU makes its NCAA debut. He’s coming off a three-year BCHL career which saw him put up 22 goals and 61 assists in 199 career games with Prince George.

Welsh, who served as captain in PG this past season, also added seven goals and 17 assists in 61 career playoff games for the Spruce Kings.

Grizzlies forward Westhaver moves from Alabama-Huntsville to Long Island

Victoria Grizzlies 1999-born forward Marty Westhaver is set to join Long Island University this September. Westhaver made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday after his college career was placed in limbo when the hockey program at the University of Alabama-Hunstville was shut down by the school last month.

Fundraising saved hockey at UAH for the upcoming season, but during the uncertainty, Westhaver wound up exploring the option of attending LIU.

In four BCHL seasons from 2016-20, Westhaver had 55 goals and 55 assists in 218 games for his hometown Grizzlies. He added 14 goals and 11 assists in 34 playoff games as well.

Vipers add Merrimack commit Cavan

The Vernon Vipers added 2002-born defenseman Liam Cavan of Ottawa, Ontario on Wednesday. The Gloucester, Ontario product had 10 goals and 35 assists in 65 games with St. Andrew’s College in 2019-20. Cavan is committed to attend Merrimack College next fall.

Smokies sign OHA forward Disher

The Trail Smoke Eaters have added 2003-born forward Quinn Disher for the upcoming 2020-21 season. Disher, who’s from Fort St. John, BC, had 18 goals and 24 assists in 36 games for the Okanagan Hockey Academy Red Midget Prep team in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League this past season.

He also made his BCHL debut as an affiliate with the Penticton Vees in 2019-20. Disher played for the Vees in Wenatchee on December 4 but didn’t score any points.

Meek transfers from Michigan Tech to LIU

Defenseman Mitch Meek (18 goals, 73 assists in 236 games with Cowichan Valley, Victoria, Vernon and Penticton from 2012-16) announced his transfer from Michigan Tech University to Long Island University on Twitter on Wednesday.

Meek, 23, played 61 games with MTU over the last three seasons and posted three goals and seven assists from the blueline.

Trail AP Wilson commits to University of Jamestown

2000-born forward Reid Wilson (no points in four games as an affiliate player with Trail in 2019-20) has committed to play ACHA hockey at the University of Jamestown this fall.

Wilson is a three year junior B veteran with the Castlegar Rebels and Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, where he posted 65 goals and 78 assists in 140 games.