BCHL Today: Smokies sign Tim Fragle as GM and head coach, Ryan Winter and Devin Leduc commit to U Sports schools, and more

Trail names Tim Fragle general manager and head coach

The Trail Smoke Eaters announced Tim Fragle (22 goals, 30 assists in 106 games with Trail and Merritt from 1997-2000) as their new general manager and head coach on Thursday. Fragle, 40, has spent the last four seasons as the head coach of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

He led NAIT to an 87-18-5-2 record since the 2016-17 season. From 2010-16, Fragle was GM and head coach of the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He takes over from Jeff Tambellini, who resigned on April 15 to join the Tampa Bay Lightning as a scout.

Cents goaltender Ryan Winter commits to Grant MacEwan University

Merritt Centennials goaltender Ryan Winter has committed to Grant MacEwan University to play U Sports hockey for the Griffins.

Winter, who turns 21 on May 26, had a 6-20-0 record with a 4.36 goals-against-average, a .892 save percentage, and one shutout during the 2019-20 season. He is the third player from this year’s Centennials roster to commit to a post-secondary institution.

Kings forward Devin Leduc commits to Royal Military College

Powell River Kings forward Devin Leduc is off to Royal Military College this fall. Leduc, who was acquired by the Kings from Langley at the trade deadline, had seven goals and seven assists in 14 games with Powell River. He started the season with 13 goals and 12 assists in 40 games with the Rivermen.

The 21-year-old from Barrie, Ontario played 140 career BCHL games from 2017 to this past season, posting 36 goals and 42 assists.

Three Stars of the Night ⏪ May 22, 2016

First Star: West Kelowna goaltender Matthew Greenfield stopped 48 shots as the Warriors beat Lloydminster 4-0 to win the 2016 RBC Cup national championship.

Second Star: Warriors forward Jonathan Desbiens scored the opening goal of the game, which stood up as the winner.

Third Star: West Kelowna forward Reed Gunville notched the insurance marker in the second period.

Honourable Mentions: Warriors forward Liam Blackburn posted a shorthanded goal for West K’s third marker of the game. Lloydminster goaltender Alex Leclerc made 23 saves in the loss.