BCHL Today: Smokies add Dawson for 2021-22, Capitals bring in Princeton commit Marciano, and more!


Smoke Eaters add Dawson for 2021-22 season

The Trail Smoke Eaters announced the commitment of 2004-born forward Ridge Dawson for the 2021-22 BC Hockey League season.

Dawson, who’s from Kelowna, had five goals and 14 points in nine games for the Okanagan Hockey Academy U18 Prep this past season.

Clippers sign Naylor and Birkas to two-year extensions

The Nanaimo Clippers have signed general manager and head coach Darren Naylor and associate coach Colin Birkas through the 2022-23 season.

Naylor has been behind the bench for the Clippers since the midway point of the 2017-18 season. Birkas joined the team prior to the 2019-20 season.

In three and a half seasons as Nanaimo’s head coach, Naylor has an 86-65-7-0 record. BCHLNetwork coverage of the extension is here.

Capitals bring in Marciano for next season

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have recruited 2002-born defenseman Nick Marciano for the 2021-22 season.

The Princeton University commit from Greenwich, Connecticut was with Kent School this past season but didn’t get into any games.

He also played four games with the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League and posted two assists.

Eagles ink Keith to a three-year extension

The Surrey Eagles have signed head coach Cam Keith to a three-year contract extension that takes him through the 2023-24 season.

Keith, 40, joined the Eagles prior to the 2019-20 season and has compiled a 44-25-9 record in 78 games since then, including a second overall finish during the pod season.

Avalanche assign Miska to the American Hockey League

Goaltender Hunter Miska (53-21-5, 2.03 GAA, .924 SV%, 7 SO in 80 games with Penticton from 2013-15) has been assigned by the Colorado Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League.

The 25-year-old from Stacy, Minnesota is 1-1-2 with a 4.16 goals-against-average and a .838 save percentage in five games with the Avalanche this season.

Wild bring Hammond up to its taxi squad

Goaltender Andrew Hammond (46-27-3, 2.74 GAA, .904 SV%, 8 SO in 82 games with West Kelowna, Vernon, and Surrey from 2007-09) has been called up by the Minnesota Wild from its taxi squad on Friday.

The 33-year-old from White Rock, BC hasn’t played any games with the Wild this season after signing a one-year contract in December.