BCHL Today: AJHL shoots down reports of teams leaving for the BCHL, and more


Alberta Junior Hockey League skewers reports of teams joining BCHL

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.

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

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

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

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

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.