BCHL Today: Shortened 2020-21 BCHL season is a go, lots of alumni news, and more


BCHL gets the go-ahead for 2020-21 season

The BC Hockey League finally got the answer it was looking for from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in conditional approval of a safe return-to-play plan.

The plan includes five regional pods around the province, including Burnaby, Chilliwack, Port Alberni, Penticton, and Vernon. As the day rolled along on Friday, more details on the pods’ geographic layout came to light.

BCHL commissioner Chris Hebb answered questions about vaccinations, quarantines, roster composition, and more during an interview with BCHLNetwork co-founder and managing editor Brian Wiebe.

Meanwhile, as of this writing, the Langley Rivermen are the only BC-based team to opt out of the return-to-play.

Evans named Hockey East first-team all star

University of Connecticut forward Jonny Evans (82 goals, 108 assists in 194 games with Powell River from 2014-18) was named a Hockey East first-team all star on Friday.

Evans, who hails from Delta, BC, had 14 goals and 28 points in 22 games with the Huskies this season, his third in the NCAA.

Crookshank earns Hockey East third-team nod

University of New Hampshire forward Angus Crookshank (32 goals, 35 assists in 77 games with Langley from 2016-18) is a member of the Hockey East third-team all stars.

The 21-year-old North Vancouverite posted nine goals and 18 points in 19 NCAA games this season with the Wildcats.

Tufto up for ECAC player of the year

Quinnipiac University captain Odeen Tufto (25 goals, 40 assists in 57 games with Vernon in 2015-16) is in the running for the 2021 ECAC hockey player of the year.

The product of Chaska, Minnesota had a career season with the Bobcats, putting up six goals and 44 points in 27 games, good enough for second in scoring across the entire NCAA.

Bonar inks deal with the Icemen

Goaltender Sean Bonar (38-15-0, 2.60 GAA, .908 SV%, 6 SO in 59 games with Penticton from 2008-10) has signed a contract with the ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen.

The Icemen are the fourth ECHL team this season for the Delta, BC product after he was released by the Indy Fuel last Monday.

In nine games with Kansas City and South Carolina this season, he is 0-5-3 with a 4.06 goals-against-average, and a .866 save percentage.