BCHL Today: Weekend games cancelled due to provincial health restrictions, Spruce Kings add Cougars veteran, and more


BCHL cancels weekend games due to COVID-19 restrictions

With BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry putting in a number of restrictions related to the growth of COVID-19 cases in the province, the BC Hockey League announced on Twitter that this weekend’s games as part of the extended training camp are cancelled.

The restrictions state: “Travel to, from and between regions for athletic activities like games, competitions, training and practice is restricted under this order.” So the million-dollar question is what the PHO and provincial government define a “region” as.

These restrictions are in place through at least December 7. viaSport and BC Hockey will also have some say in interpreting Thursday’s announcement and seeing how it affects junior hockey going forward. The BCHL is set to start a 32-game regular season no sooner than December 1.

Thursday’s game between Merritt and Cranbrook wasn’t affected by the restrictions since they came into effect at midnight. The Centennials won the game 4-2.

Spruce Kings add Cougars veteran Moberg

The Prince George Spruce Kings announced on Wednesday the addition of 2000-born defenseman Cole Moberg on loan from the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League.

The North Vancouver product has played 187 WHL games over parts of the last four seasons and has 29 goals and 60 assists during that time.

He is expected to be with the Spruce Kings until December 20. PG had room to add Moberg after blueliner Tanner Main went down with a broken leg last Sunday against Cranbrook.

Main, 20, is expected to miss three months with the injury.

Cents acquire Mofford from West Kelowna

The Merritt Centennials have acquired 2001-born forward Deegan Mofford from the West Kelowna Warriors for future considerations.

Mofford, who’s from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, notched three goals and one assist in 13 games during this fall’s extended training camp.

He had 10 goals and six assists in 28 games with the Warriors in 2019-20. Mofford started the season with the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets and played 11 games with no points.

Warriors pick up Schlaht from Chilliwack

The West Kelowna Warriors picked up 2000-born forward Wyatt Schlaht from the Chilliwack Chiefs for future considerations.

Schlaht was acquired by the Chiefs from Surrey earlier this summer. He posted 23 points in 58 games with the Eagles in 2019-20 and is committed to Brown University for 2021.

The 20-year-old from Denver, Colorado had a pair of goals in eight games with the Chiefs during the extended training camp.

Chiefs general manager and head coach Brian Maloney told Eric Welsh of The Chilliwack Progress “Unfortunately, this decision was solely based on numbers and the roster regulations that we must adhere to.”

Canadian Junior Hockey League unveils standing committees

The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced on Thursday the composition of a number of standing committees for the 2020-21 season.

The league says the committees are “to assist in the overall operation of the CJHL as well as its 10-member leagues and their 135 junior A clubs nationally.”

Overall, there are 12 separate committes to “aid in formulating various initiatives, programs and plans for the overall day-to-day operation of the CJHL.” BCHL commissioner Chris Hebb is a member of the CJHL Board.

Birks and Foley sign in ECHL deals in Wheeling

Defensemen Dane Birks (nine goals, 32 assists in 112 games with Trail and Merritt from 2011-14) and Matt Foley (one goal, eight assists in 38 games with Merritt in 2014-15) each signed a deal for the 2020-21 season with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.

Birks, a 25-year-old from Merritt, had 10 points in 52 games with the ECHL’s Rapid City Rush in 2019-20, his second season in the league.

Foley, who’s also 25 and a Longmeadow, Massachusettes product, just completed a four year career at Yale where he posted 18 points in 88 games.

Robson leaves AHL for Germany

Goaltender Mat Robson (35-13, 1.94 GAA, .930 SV% and 6 SO in 49 games with Penticton in 2016-17) signed with the Straubing Tigers of the DEL for the 2020-21 season.

The Mississauga, Ontario native was 11-10-7 with a 2.97 GAA, a .901 SV% and one shutout with the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild last season.