BCHL Today: Spruce Kings bring in Athanasakos for next season, and more


Spruce Kings recruit Athanasakos for 2021-22

The Prince George Spruce Kings have 2003-born forward Nicholas Athanasakos posted on the BC Hockey League website as a prospect for the 2021-22 season.

Athanasakos, who’s from Unionville, Ontario, had 10 goals and 23 points in 29 combined games with Ridley College in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association and the Midwest Prep Hockey League during the 2019-20 season.

He was chosen by the Niagara IceDogs in the eighth round, 154th overall, in the 2019 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Kohonick commits to St. Norbert College for this September

Notre Dame Hounds goaltender Riley Kohonick has committed to St. Norbert College to play NCAA Division III hockey this fall.

Kohonick had a 3-7 record with a 3.88 GAA and a .881 save percentage in 10 games with Salmon Arm during the 2020-21 BCHL training season.

He was traded by the Silverbacks to the Powassan VooDoos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League in November.

The VooDoos promptly flipped him to the Hounds, who play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Chad Staley Memorial Arena unveiled in Prince George

The Chad Staley Memorial Arena was unveiled in Prince George on Tuesday.

Staley (60 goals, 87 assists in 173 games with Prince George from 2012-15) tragically passed away in March 2020.

It was discovered that Staley died of a fentanyl overdose when he took what he thought was oxycodone to treat the pain after taking a puck to the mouth in a men’s league game.

Olafson and Bennett off to the SJHL

A pair of players who were with the Cranbrook Bucks during the BCHL’s training season last fall have landed in the SJHL for next season.

2003-born defenseman Leith Olafson has committed to the Melfort Mustangs for 2021-22.

The Wawa, BC product was skating with the Kimberley Dynamiters of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this season. He had an assist in two games with Bucks last fall.

Meanwhile, 2002-born forward Ryan Bennett committed to the Humboldt Broncos back in January.

Bennett hails from Cranbrook and went scoreless in a pair of games with his hometown Bucks during the training season. He had two goals and an assist in three games with the Dynamiters this season.

Street brought up to the Devils taxi squad

Forward Ben Street (42 goals, 60 assists in 110 games with Salmon Arm from 2003-05) has been assigned by the New Jersey Devils from the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League to their taxi squad.

Street, 34, has four goals and 11 assists in 10 games with Binghamton this season. The Coquitlamite is wearing the captain’s “C” for the baby Devils for the second straight season.