BCHL Today: BCHL hands out Island pod awards, Express bring in Bergeron as athletic therapist, and more!


BCHL hands out Island pod awards

The BC Hockey League announced the award winners for the Vancouver Island pod on Monday. Players from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Cowichan Valley Capitals, Nanaimo Clippers, and Victoria Grizzlies were eligible to earn awards.

  • Island pod champions: Victoria Grizzlies
  • Island pod top scorer: Ellis Rickwood, Victoria Grizzlies
  • Island pod top rookie: Rickwood
  • Island pod most valuable player: Rickwood
  • Island pod top goaltender: Luke Pearson, Alberni Valley Bulldogs
  • Island pod top defenseman: Isack Bandu, Victoria Grizzlies

The 2020-21 BCHLNetwork award winners are here.

Express hire Bergeron as athletic therapist and assistant equipment manager

The Coquitlam Express announced the hiring of Gaelle Bergeron as the team’s athletic therapist and assistant equipment manager.

Bergeron is from Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and spent the last three seasons with Nanaimo as athletic therapist and equipment manager.

She takes over from Hitoshi Maeda in the athletic therapist role.

Maxwell signs two-year deal with Linkoping

Forward Ben Maxwell (no points in two games with Surrey in 2003-04) has signed a contract with Linköping HC for the 2021-22 season.

The 33-year-old from North Vancouver spent the last two seasons with the SCL Tigers in Switzerland’s National League, putting up 26 goals and 60 points in 98 games.

Esposito-Selivanov inks a contract with Hannover

Forward Niko Esposito-Selivanov (19 goals, 22 assists in 50 games with Cowichan Valley in 2018-19) signed a contract with the Hannover Indians of Oberliga, which is the third tier of hockey in Germany.

Esposito-Selivanov, 22, didn’t get into any games with Lake Superior State University this past season due to COVID-19 restrictions. He had a goal in 13 games with the Lakers in 2019-20.

Huml cut loose by Piráti Chomutov

Forward Ivan Huml (76 goals, 68 assists in 82 games with Langley from 1998-2000) won’t be offered a contract for 2021-22 by Piráti Chomutov of Krajske hokejove prebory, the fourth tier of Czech pro hockey.

The 39-year-old didn’t play any games with Piráti Chomutov in 2020-21 due to COVID-19. He got into five games with HC Risuty in the Czech third league in 2019-20 and had three points.

Von Ungern-Sternberg signs extension with Rostocker

Forward August Von Ungern-Sternberg (28 goals, 41 assists in 113 games with Wenatchee in 2015-16 and 2017-18) signed a contract extension for the 2021-22 season with the Rostocker EC of Oberliga.

The 23-year-old Eagle, Idaho product had 28 goals and 48 points in 45 games with Rostock this past season.