BCHL Today: League unveils new agreements for 2020-21, Vernon adds Maine commit Sam Deurr, and Victoria trades Vincent Nardone to Manitoba

League unveils new initiatives for 2020-21

A day after the BC Hockey League announced its new return-to-play and player safety protocols for the new season, it released more details from the 2020 annual general meeting. Among the items covered at the meeting was the official entry of the Cranbrook Bucks to the BCHL as the league calendar flipped to June 1.

The BCHL announced a partnership with GameSheet Inc. which sees all game sheets become digital starting with the 2020-21 season. In previous seasons, paper game sheets were filled out by hand, scanned, and sent to the league office after each game.

The BCHL has also extended agreements with Bauer as the league provider for equipment, jerseys, and apparel, and HockeyTech as the facilitator of the league’s stats, website, and online broadcast streaming.

Vipers add Maine commit Sam Duerr

The Vernon Vipers announced the addition of 2002-born defenseman and University of Maine commit Sam Duerr for the upcoming season.

In addition to playing three games in the US Hockey League with Sioux Falls as an affiliate, Duerr spent 2019-20 with the Shattuck St. Mary’s Midget Prep team.

The Chicago product had 13 goals and 23 assists in 44 games for Shattuck St. Mary’s.

Grizzlies deal Vincent Nardone to Dauphin

The Victoria Grizzlies have traded 2000-born forward Vincent Nardone to the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.

Nardone, from Rosemere, Quebec, had 11 goals and 18 assists in 53 games split between the Grizzlies and the Penticton Vees in 2019-20. He is committed to attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the fall of 2021.