BCHL Today: Rivermen add Fader for 2021-22, Bucks look to add to the coaching herd, and more!


Langley brings in Fader for 2021-22

The Langley Rivermen announced the commitment of 2003-born defenseman Dylan Fader for the 2021-22 BC Hockey League season.

Fader, who’s from Vancouver, played two games with St. George’s School U18 Prep of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in 2020-21.

He posted nine goals and 19 points in 36 games with St. George’s in 2019-20. Fader was selected by Red Deer in the ninth round, 182nd overall, in the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Bucks look to add another coach to the herd

The Cranbrook Bucks announced a job search for a new assistant coach for the 2021-22 season. The assistant coach will work under general manager and head coach Ryan Donald, who was assisted by Ehren Menard and Todd Skirving during the pod season.

The Bucks have asked that applicants of the assistant coach’s position have the preferred qualifications of playing experience at the collegiate or professional level, a background in coaching hockey with high-performance athletes, and experience with video editing software.

The deadline to apply is June 11 and the complete job posting is on the Bucks’ website here.

Rivermen add Koshman to their staff

The Langley Rivermen announced the addition of Thomas Koshman as associate coach and assistant general manager on Saturday.

Koshman, 36, was general manager and associate coach of the Langley Trappers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League from 2017 through to this past season.

“We’re going to be a hard working team, it’s going to be a full 60-minute team and it’s going to be fun hockey to watch,” Koshman said in a news release.

The Esterhazy, SK product was also an assistant coach at Trinity Western University in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League from 2013 to 2018.

Hammond signs a deal in Hannover

Forward Mike Hammond (82 goals, 117 assists in 159 games with Victoria, Cowichan Valley, and Salmon Arm from 2007-11) inked a contract with the Hannover Scorpions of the Oberliga for the 2021-22 season. Oberliga is the third tier of pro hockey in Germany.

Hammond, 31, played for three teams during the 2020-21 season. He started with Odense of Denmark’s Metal Ligaen and had 23 points in 20 games.

The Brighton, GBR product then moved to Frederikshavn, which also plays in Metal Ligaen, and put up 12 points in 12 games. Hammond wrapped up the season with the Coventry Blaze and posted 22 points in 14 EIHL Series games.

Sherbinin released by Gap

Defenseman Brayden Sherbinin (22 goals, 56 assists in 160 games with Westside, Cowichan Valley, and Salmon Arm from 2010-13) was released by Gap of Ligue Magnus on Saturday.

The 28-year-old from Kelowna, BC had two assists in 13 games with Gap this past season, his first overseas after parts of three seasons in the ECHL.