BCHL Today: Vees add defenseman from Quebec, Chiefs bring back Penney, Bulldogs make Nause signing official, and more


Vees add WJAC silver medallist Chapleau

The Penticton Vees made a trade on Friday that sees them land 2000-born defenseman Philippe Chapleau from Longueuil Collège Français of the Quebec Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.

Chapleau, who’s from Longueuil, Quebec, is a veteran of three junior A seasons with his hometown squad in the QJHL. His 55 points in 44 games were second among all blueliners in scoring during the 2019-20 season.

He has 134 points in 135 games with Longueuil Collège Français along with 20 points in 28 playoff games over the last three seasons.

Chapleau was an all-star for Canada East at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge, scoring four points in five tournament games while claiming a silver medal.

Spruce Kings pick up Colgate commit Labelle

The Prince George Spruce Kings have acquired the Canadian Junior Hockey League rights to 2002-born forward Simon Labelle from the Rockland Nationals of the Central Canada Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.

Labelle is from Ottawa, Ontario, and spent the early part of the 2020-21 season with the New Jersey Junior Titans of the North American Hockey League as well as the New Jersey Titans of the North American Tier III Hockey League.

In four NAHL games, Labelle has one assist and he posted three helpers in his lone NA3HL game so far this season.

He had 88 points in 102 CCHL games with Rockland from 2018-20 during his 16-year-old and 17-year-old seasons.

Chiefs welcome back Penney

The Chilliwack Chiefs revealed on Friday the impetus behind trading 2000-born forward Wyatt Schlaht on Thursday. The team needed to make room for the return of 2000-born forward Kyle Penney from Cornell University.

Penney, who’s a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, chose to head back to Chilliwack after Ivy League schools, of which Cornell is one, decided to cancel winter sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He had 18 goals and 17 assists in 58 games as a rookie for the Chiefs in 2019-20. Penney also caught fire in the playoffs with four goals and two assists in seven games.

Penney is expected to return to Cornell starting in the fall of 2021.

Bulldogs trade for defenseman Nause

Bulldogs Officially Acquire Ryan Nause

Although he was training with the team since September, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs made it official on Friday. The Dogs acquired 2001-born defenseman Ryan Nause from the Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

Nause, a Riverview, New Brunswick, product was traded to Swan Valley by the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League back on July 10. He received permission from the Stampeders to participate in Alberni Valley’s extended training camp this fall.

He finished with two goals and five assists in 13 exhibition games with the Bulldogs before things were paused due to the Provincial Health Officer restrictions. Nause had five assists in 48 games as a rookie with Lloydminster in 2019-20.

Bulldogs forward Tverberg commits to UConn

Alberni Valley Bulldogs 2002-born forward Ryan Tverberg has committed to the University of Connecticut starting next September.

The Toronto Maple Leafs chose the Richmond Hill, Ontario product in the seventh round of last month’s NHL draft. He had committed to Harvard just over a year ago after garnering a silver medal with Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge.

Tverberg has a goal and three assists in seven pre-season games with the Bulldogs this fall.

BCHL alumni association launches fundraiser

The BCHL Alumni Association has set up a BCHL player assistance fund via GoFundMe to help current players with the fees put in place this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former BCHL players Jake Baker (six goals, 43 assists in 150 games with Merritt, Nanaimo, Victoria, and Trail from 2008-11), Madison Dias (38 goals, 63 assists in 155 games with Victoria from 2008-11), Shayne Taker (seven goals, 37 assists in 84 games with Cowichan Valley from 2008-10), and Derek Lee (48 goals, 126 assists in 155 games with Salmon Arm and Victoria from 2006-09) are the four main members of the Alumni Association.

“We understand the difficulty that this pandemic has caused everyone, especially financially,” said Dias in a news release. “BCHL players and their families are in a tough situation trying to make ends meet, while also trying to give their sons the best opportunity to further their hockey careers. That’s why we’ve set up a GoFundMe where people can donate money to directly help these players in this difficult time.”

Murphy moves up a level in Sweden

Forward Ryan Murphy (11 goals, 17 assists in 83 games with Trail from 2016-18) is up with Sollentuna HC of HockeyEttan on loan from Division 2 Fagersta AIK.

The 23-year-old from Orono, Minnesota had six points in three games with Fagersta AIK this season. Division 2 is the fourth tier of pro hockey in Sweden, one level below HockeyEttan.