BCHL Today: Hardman nets first NHL goal, Demin transfers schools, and more!


Hardman scores first NHL goal

Chicago Blackhawks left winger Mike Hardman (39 goals, 33 assists in 58 games with West Kelowna in 2018-19) scored his first career National Hockey League goal in just his fifth game.

The Boston College alumnus scored the Blackhawks’ second goal at the 12:32 mark of the first period in a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks as an NCAA free agent in March. The product of Hanover, Massachusetts had 22 goals and 44 points in 58 games with Boston College over the last two seasons.

Demin transfers from Denver to UMass

21-year-old defenseman Slava Demin (14 goals, 58 assists in 110 games with Wenatchee from 2016-18) will join the University of Massachusetts Amherst next season after transferring from the University of Denver.

Demin, who’s from Cypress, California, put up nine goals and 31 points in 96 games with the Pioneers over the last three seasons. He was selected in the fourth round, 99th overall, by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Kozlowski signs amateur tryout with Iowa

Goaltender Trevin Kozlowski (9-16-0, 3.98 GAA, .892 SV%, 1 SO in 29 games with Salmon Arm in 2016-17) was signed to an amateur tryout by the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old from Valencia, California wrapped up his fourth season at Army this past NCAA season. In four years, he posted a 36-21-6 record with a 2.20 goals-against-average, a .911 save percentage, and three shutouts.

Robertson jumps from Italy to the Czech Republic

Defenseman Dennis Robertson (10 goals, 36 assists in 108 games with Langley from 2008-10) has signed a contract for the 2021-22 season with HC Dynamo Pardubice of Tipsport Extraliga, the top pro league in the Czech Republic.

The 29-year-old Fort St. John, BC native had 15 goals and 51 points in 96 games with Italian club HC Bolzano over the last two seasons.

Oilers call Turris up from their taxi squad

Forward Kyle Turris (102 goals, 91 assists in 110 games with Burnaby from 2005-07) was an emergency recall for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday for their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Turris, 31, has two goals and five points in 25 games with the Oilers this season. The New Westminster, BC product signed a two-year free-agent deal with Edmonton last October.

Avalanche bring Miska up to taxi squad

Goaltender Hunter Miska (53-21-5, 2.03 GAA, .924 SV%, 7 SO in 80 games with Penticton from 2013-15) has been called up to the Colorado Avalanche’s taxi squad from 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.

Three Stars of the Night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star: Cowichan Valley goaltender Jayden Shull stopped 43 shots, including 21 in the first period, as the Capitals edged Victoria 3-2 on Tuesday.

Second Star: Grizzlies defenseman Isack Bandu scored both of Victoria’s goals.

Third Star: Capitals forward Sean Ramsay tallied his first goal of the season, and it was the game-winner, for Cowichan Valley.

Honourable mentions: Cowichan defenseman Tanner Komzak notched the Caps’ first goal of the third period to make the score 2-1.