BCHL Today: Caps bring on Grimwood as GM and head coach, Vees add defenseman Djurasevic, Cents alum Duplessis commits to BU, and more

Caps hire Grimwood as general manager and head coach

The Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League announced the resignation of assistant coach Geoff Grimwood on Sunday to join the Cowichan Valley Capitals as general manager and head coach. Grimwood was with the Flyers since January and started the 2019-20 season as GM and head coach of the MJHL’s Swan Valley Stampeders before stepping down on December 6.

The Stampeders had a 17-10-2 record when Grimwood resigned. In Cowichan Valley, he takes over from Mike Vandekamp, who left to helm the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Grande Prairie Storm last month. Grimwood has more than eleven years of combined coaching experience in junior B, junior A, and the Western Hockey League.

Vees sign New Yorker Djurasevic

The Penticton Vees have signed defenseman Frank Djurasevic for the 2020-21 season. The 18-year-old hails from New Rochelle, NY but is a dual citizen so he won’t take up an import spot for the Vees.

He had four goals and 16 assists in 21 US High School Prep games with Trinity-Pawling School during the 2019-20 season. Djurasevic also played 28 games with the North Jersey U18 Avalanche, posting six goals and 13 assists.

Cents alum Duplessis commits to Boston University

Goaltender Vincent Duplessis (9-9-0, 3.19 goals-against-average, .908 save percentage in 22 games with Merritt from 2018-19) has committed to Boston University for this September.

Duplessis went 21-10-6 with a 2.72 GAA, a .912 SV%, and two shutouts with the AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines this past season.

Skirving earns team awards in the AHL

Forward Todd Skirving (eight goals, nine assists in 49 games with Vernon and Prince George in 2010-11) is the 2019-20 winner of the fan’s choice award for the Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL.

Skirving was also named winner of the Growlers community player of the year award last Wednesday. He had four goals and eight assists in 37 ECHL games this past season.

Three Stars of the Night ⏪ May 4, 2017

First Star: Penticton forward Grant Cruickshank had two goals and an assist as the Vees beat Portage 5-3 in game ten of the round-robin at the 2017 Western Canada Cup.

Second Star: Terriers forward Chase Brakel scored a pair of goals in the loss.

Third Star: Vees forward Taylor Sanheim posted a goal and an assist.

Honourable Mentions: Penticton forwards Nicholas Jones and Massimo Rizzo, along with Portage forward Jeremey Leipsic, each notched a pair of assists. Terriers goaltender Kurtis Chapman made 27 saves.