BCHL Today: Warriors announce captains, Caps add a new recruit, and more


Warriors name captains for 2020-21 BCHL season

The West Kelowna Warriors unveiled their leadership team on Tuesday with Elan Bar Lev Wise donning the ‘C’ for the 2020-21 season.

The 2001-born Ohio State University commit has 12 goals and 33 assists in 113 career BCHL games with the Warriors, Vernon, and Salmon Arm.

2001-born forward Marcus Joughin, 2000-born forward Carter Wilkie, and 2002-born defenseman Nick Ardanaz will serve as alternate captains.

Caps bring in Ratzlaff for 2021-22

The Cowichan Valley Capitals announced the commitment of 2003-born forward Maguire Ratzlaff for the 2021-22 season on Tuesday.

The Abbotsford, BC product played 17 games with Shawnigan Lake School Varsity of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League U17 in 2019-20 and put up 12 goals and 22 points.

He also skated in 10 games with Shawnigan Lake School U18 Prep last season and notched one assist.

Ahac turns pro with the Vegas Golden Knights

After two seasons of NCAA hockey, defenseman Layton Ahac (10 goals, 51 assists in 110 games with Prince George from 2017-19) turned pro on Tuesday and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vegas Golden Knights.

The deal begins with the 2021-22 season. Ahac also signed a contract through the end of this season with the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League, which is Vegas’ primary minor league affiliate.

The 20-year-old from North Vancouver, BC played 63 games with Ohio State University over the past couple of seasons and put up a goal and 12 points. He was a third-round pick of the Golden Knights in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Hardman officially signs with the Chicago Blackhawks

As first reported on Monday, Boston College forward Mike Hardman (39 goals, 33 assists in 58 games with West Kelowna in 2018-19) made it official on Tuesday and signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks as an NCAA free agent.

Hardman was assigned to the Blackhawks taxi squad right away as the contract runs for this season and next.

The product of Hanover, Massachusetts had 22 goals and 44 points in 58 games with Boston College over the last two seasons.

Dalpe is back in the NHL with Columbus

Forward Zac Dalpe (27 goals and 36 assists in 46 games with Penticton in 2007-08) has been recalled from the taxi squad to the Columbus Blue Jackets under emergency conditions.

Dalpe, 31, has three goals and four points in five games with the Monsters this season. He has yet to get into a game with the Blue Jackets in 2020-21.