Alberta Junior Hockey League skewers reports of teams joining BCHL
The AJHL remains a member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League and there is no plan for the creation of a new joint League. No active members of the Alberta Junior Hockey League have expressed a desire to leave the AJHL and join an alternative League outside of the Province. pic.twitter.com/0t7Cj6SsyJ
— TheAJHL (@TheAJHL) March 26, 2021
Rod Pedersen reported on his show on Thursday morning that the Brooks Bandits, Grande Prairie Storm, Okotoks Oilers, and Spruce Grove Saints were set to leave to Alberta Junior Hockey League to join the BC Hockey League.
Later in the day, the AJHL responded with the tweet above, stating: “No active members of the Alberta Junior Hockey League have expressed a desire to leave the AJHL and join an alternative league outside of the province.”
Meanwhile, the wheels are in motion for the BCHL to leave the Canadian Junior Hockey League umbrella, a fact that was also confirmed by Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League president Bill Chow on Pedersen’s show.
"It's unfortunate, a letter was received by the CJHL. What the ramifications are, time will tell."
— The Rod Pedersen Show (@RodPedersenShow) March 25, 2021
Leaving the CJHL does not necessarily mean the BCHL is leaving Hockey Canada. The league would have to negotiate its own agreement with hockey’s national governing body and become a partner organization, similar to what the CJHL and Canadian Hockey League are now.
Santerno jumps from Bentley to Clarkson
Big addition for Clarkson out of the transfer portal as they pickup Luke Santerno. Former Bentley F will play a 5th year and has 105 points in 4 years with Bentley.
— Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonCHN) March 24, 2021
Forward Luke Santerno (58 goals, 56 assists in 171 games with Merritt, Cowichan Valley, and Trail from 2014-17) has transferred from Bentley University to Clarkson University for the 2021-22 season.
The 24-year-old from Smithers, BC, has played the last four seasons at Bentley, posting 34 goals and 105 points in 123 games. He was a member of the NCAA all-rookie team in 2018.
Bonar moves from the ECHL to England
BREAKING | Manchester Storm sign netminder Sean Bonar from Jacksonville Icemen! The vastly experienced Canadian joins the club ahead of the #2021EliteSeries! #WeAreStorm | #Manchester | #ATTWWY pic.twitter.com/DHbJzgo2MX
— Manchester Storm | #2021EliteSeries (@Mcr_Storm) March 25, 2021
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 Manchester Storm of the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League for the upcoming Elite Series.
In 10 ECHL games with Jacksonville, Kansas City, Indy, and South Carolina this season, the Delta, BC product is 0-6-3 with a 4.06 goals-against-average, and a .865 save percentage.
Sabres call Fogarty up from their practice squad
The Sabres have recalled forwards Steven Fogarty and C.J. Smith from the taxi squad. Forwards Jean-Sebastian Dea and Brett Murray have been reassigned from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the taxi squad.
— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) March 25, 2021
Forward Steven Fogarty (33 goals, 48 assists in 60 games for Penticton in 2011-12) was reassigned from the taxi squad to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
The 27-year-old from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania has played two games for the Sabres this season. He also has eight points in 10 games with Rochester of the American Hockey League.
Lanthier transfers from NCAA Div. III to U SPORTS
— Ontario Tech Men's Hockey (@RidgebacksMHKY) February 12, 2021
Forward Ryley Lanthier (three goals, eight assists in 49 games with Langley from 2018-19) has committed to Ontario Tech University of U SPORTS for the 2021-22 season.
The 21-year-old Surrey native was in the NCAA Division III this season with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls but didn’t play any games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.