BCHL Today: Caps add two affiliate players, Chiefs recruit Cornell commit Steele, BCHL injured reserve update, and more!

Caps add Windsor and Passalacqua-Main as affiliates

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have added 2003-born forward Dominic Passalacqua-Main and 2004-born forward Mason Windsor as affiliate players for the 2021-22 season.

Passalacqua-Main is from Richmond, BC, and rostered with the Delta Ice Hawks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. He has six goals and 12 points in 12 games with the Ice Hawks this season.

Windsor hails from Powell River, BC. He has nine goals and 16 points in a dozen games with the North Island Silvertips U18 AAA of the BC Elite Hockey League this season.

Both players made their BCHL debuts on Wednesday in the Capitals 4-2 loss to Nanaimo.

Chiefs bring in Steele for 2022-23

The Chilliwack Chiefs announced the commitment of 2004-born defenseman Liam Steele for the 2022-23 BC Hockey League season on Wednesday. He is set to head to Cornell University to play NCAA hockey in September 2023.

Steele, who is from Cobham, GBR, has a goal and two assists in seven games as the captain with Stanstead College Varsity of the Canadian Athletic High School League this season.

He will also represent Great Britain at the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship Division II in Romania next month.

Cents add Henderson as an affiliate player

The Merritt Centennials have added 2002-born forward Jack Henderson to their reserve roster as an affiliate player. Henderson is a full-time member of the Osoyoos Coyotes of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

In 11 games with the Coyotes this season, the Quesnel, BC product leads the KIJHL in scoring with nine goals and 22 points. He made his BCHL debut on Wednesday in Merritt’s 2-1 loss in Trail against the Smoke Eaters.

BCHL injured reserve update

The BCHL has updated the injured reserve page on its website and although some of the information is outdated, there are four new items of note included.

The Surrey Eagles placed 2003-born defenseman Oliver Gabrielson on the 30-day injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 28. Gabrielson, who’s from Vancouver, BC, has played two games for the Eagles this season without recording any points.

He is eligible to return to Surrey’s lineup on Nov. 27. The Eagles’ first game after that date is on Nov. 28 at home against the Cranbrook Bucks.

The Trail Smoke Eaters extended the placement of 2003-born goaltender Cayden Hamming on injured reserve by 15 days as of Oct. 30. The Vernon, BC product has yet to play a game for Trail this season.

He can return to the Smokies lineup no sooner than Nov. 14, which is a game day for Trail as the Victoria Grizzlies make their lone trip of the season to Cominco Arena.

The Merritt Centennials are without 2004-born forward Jacksenn Hungle until at least Dec. 4 as he was placed on the 30-day injured reserve as of Nov. 4.

The Victoria, BC product posted a goal and two assists in six games for the Cents before the injury. Merritt plays on Dec. 4 at home against Trail, which means if Hungle is healthy, he is eligible to play in that game.

2001-born forward Keighan Gerrie was placed on injured reserve by the Nanaimo Clippers retroactive to Nov. 6. The native of Thunder Bay, ON has six goals and eight points in 11 games this season.

Gerrie can return to Nanaimo’s lineup on Dec. 6, but the Clippers’ first game after that date is Dec. 10 when the Coquitlam Express pays a visit to Frank Crane Arena.

Bonar signs an SPHL contract with Pensacola

Goaltender Sean Bonar (38-15-0, 2.60 goals-against average, .908 save percentage, six shutouts in 59 games with Penticton from 2008-10) has signed a contract for 2021-22 with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

The 30-year-old product of Delta, BC was part of Kansas City, South Carolina, Indy, and Jacksonville in the ECHL before finishing the 2020-21 season in the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League with the Manchester Storm. He was 5-7-0, with a 3.91 goals-against average, a .876 save percentage through 13 games in Manchester.

Milligan takes his game to Oslo, Norway

Forward Keegan Milligan (three assists in 33 games with Cowichan Valley in 2014-15) has signed with Manglerud Star of the Fjordkraft-ligaen, which is the top tier of pro hockey in Norway.

The 25-year-old from Emerald Park, SK is coming off four seasons of NCAA Division III hockey at St. Norbert College, where he posted 26 goals and 56 points in 89 games.

Three Stars of the Night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star: Nanaimo forward Jake Hewitt notched two goals and one assist in the Clippers 5-2 win over Cowichan Valley.

Second Star: Coquitlam goaltender Connor Mackenzie stopped 33 shots, including 12 in the third period, in a 3-0 victory over Langley.

Third Star: Prince George defenseman Dylan Schives posted three assists but the Spruce Kings fell 4-3 to Vernon.

Honourable Mentions: Clippers forward Austin Spiridakis had a goal and two assists. Penticton forward Josh Nadeau and Spruce Kings forward Rowan Miller each put up a pair of goals. Alberni Valley netminder Hobie Hedquist kicked out 30 shots. Coquitlam forward Kahlil Fontana finished with two assists. Merritt goaltender Keegan Maddocks made 41 saves.