BCHL Today: Wenatchee Wild go on hiatus, Bucks officially add three to their roster, and more


Wenatchee Wild to take 2020-21 season off

The Wenatchee Wild announced on Tuesday that due to recent COVID-19 restrictions put in place by the state of Washington and the continued closure of the Canada-US border, the team will take a hiatus for the 2020-21 BCHL season.

“We are very saddened by events that are out of our control and have forced us to not have a 2020-21 season… I will keep all Wild staff on board, as this is a temporary setback,” said Wild owner David White in a news release.

The Wild show 20 players on its roster on the BCHL website. All of those players are American and with Wenatchee’s hiatus, free to sign with any team in any league.

During the 2019-20 season, Wenatchee finished with a 30-23-5 record, which was fourth in the Interior Conference. The Wild went out in five games in the first round of the playoffs against the Vernon Vipers.

Bucks make roster additions official

Although the players have been on the roster for quite some time, the Cranbrook Bucks officially announced the addition of 2004-born forward Tyson Dyck and 2000-born defenseman Jagger Benson on Tuesday.

The Bucks also announced the signing of 2002-born defenseman Jason Marsella. The Greenwich, Connecticut native had one goal in seven pre-season games with Penticton before being released on November 21.

Marsella is committed to attend Yale University next September. He is also a C rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary players to watch list for the 2021 NHL Draft.

Players with C ratings are potential fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round selections.

Chris Keck is the Bucks’ beat writer for BCHLNetwork and he took a look at Dyck and Benson’s careers to this point in a recent article.

Express bring in Sukunda on loan from Moose Jaw

The Coquitlam Express brought in 2001-defenseman Alek Sukunda on loan from the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.

Sukunda, who’s from Burnaby, BC, is a veteran of 72 WHL games over the last two seasons with the Warriors, posting six points and 62 penalty minutes.

He played 12 games in the BCHL as a 16-year-old in 2017-18 with Powell River and had two goals and an assist.