Tassy, Prazma, and Fraser earn three stars of the week honours
Tassy, a 20-year-old, scored four goals and added a pair of helpers to lead the BCHL in scoring with six points in three games last week. The product of Montreal, QC, tallied a goal and an assist on Wednesday against Vernon, before registering a hat trick and adding an assist for a four-point night on Friday against West Kelowna.
Prazma, 19, posted a 1.00 goals-against-average and a .968 save percentage en route to going 2-0 last week. The Calgary, AB product was the game’s first star on Friday when he stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced against the Coquitlam Express, and then turned aside 26 of 27 shots on Sunday against Cowichan Valley.
20-year-old Fraser recorded two goals and four points in a pair of games for the Clippers last week. The West Vancouver native scored a goal and added an assist in each of Nanaimo’s wins against Alberni Valley on Wednesday and Wenatchee on Friday.
Fraser commits to University of Connecticut
In addition to being named the BCHL’s third star last week, Fraser also inked an NCAA Div. I commitment to the University of Connecticut starting next September. He has picked up five goals and 18 points in 17 games for the Clippers this year.
The 2001-born forward is in the fourth season of his BCHL career split between Nanaimo and Langley, in which he has accumulated 24 goals and 68 points in 97 career games.
Dyck named BCHL high school player of the month
Cranbrook Bucks 2004-born forward Tyson Dyck has been named the league’s high school player of the month for October, for his work both on the ice and in the classroom. He earned the distinction after posting seven points in seven games, while also achieving 95 percent or higher in most of his academic classes.
Dyck leads the Bucks in all offensive categories with eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 15 games this season. He is also the Bucks franchise leader with 11 goals, 15 assists, and 26 points in 21 career contests.
Shostak heading to Brown University
Vernon Vipers 20-year-old forward Ryan Shostak has committed to play NCAA Div. I hockey at Brown University next season. He is currently in his third campaign with the Vipers.
Shostak has scored five goals and nine points in 16 games with Vernon this season. The product of Calgary, AB has compiled 18 goals and 44 points in 76 games during his three-year BCHL career.
BCHL releases several All-Star Game details
The BCHL has unveiled more information on the upcoming 60th Anniversary All-Star festivities, which will include a 3-on-3 tournament on an outdoor rink. Among the details recently released is the initial list of 18 all-star skaters, with one player representing each BCHL team.
The first 18 All-Stars are:
|Alberni Valley Bulldogs||Braden Blace||D|
|Chilliwack Chiefs||Abram Wiebe||D|
|Coquitlam Express||Matthew Campbell||D|
|Cowichan Valley Capitals||David Jacobs||F|
|Cranbrook Bucks||Tyson Dyck||F|
|Langley Rivermen||Ryan Upson||F|
|Merritt Centennials||Tristan Allen||D|
|Nanaimo Clippers||Sean Donaldson||F|
|Penticton Vees||Fin Williams||F|
|Powell River Kings||Dylan Finlay||D|
|Prince George Spruce Kings||Nick Rhéaume||F|
|Salmon Arm Silverbacks||Simon Tassy||F|
|Surrey Eagles||Michael Abgrall||F|
|Trail Smoke Eaters||Zach Michaelis||F|
|Vernon Vipers||Cam MacDonald||F|
|Victoria Grizzlies||Ellis Rickwood||F|
|Wenatchee Wild||Cade Littler||F|
|West Kelowna Warriors||Felix Trudeau||F|
In addition to releasing the first 18 players that will be participating, the league also confirmed the following format for the all-star tournament:
- Outdoor arena
- Four teams of six skaters and one goalie (two teams per conference)
- Round robin
- Two seven-minute periods
- Second and third place play in the semifinal
- First place plays the winner of the semi in the final
The BCHL also announced that the remaining six skaters and four goalies will be decided by a fan vote which is open now until Tuesday, Nov. 30.
The ballot includes an additional 12 skaters and four goalies from each conference. From the vote, six more skaters and four goalies will join the initial 18 players to accumulate a sum of 28 total all-stars.
The jerseys that will be worn at the event were recently released — after also being selected by a fan vote. The ballot originally included eight different jersey designs, before the fan vote selected the four sweaters that BCHL All-Stars will wear in Penticton.
Nause announces commitment to Bentley University
20-year-old Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenseman Ryan Nause has announced his commitment to NCAA Div. I Bentley University. He is in his second BCHL season — both with the Bulldogs
The Riverview, NB native has tallied a goal and nine points through 16 games so far this season as an assistant captain for Alberni Valley. Nause also scored two goals and 14 points during the 2020-21 pod season.
BCHL announces additional schedule adjustments
For the second consecutive week, the BCHL has been forced to amend its schedule due to flooding and travel issues throughout the province. The following is a summary of the latest postponements:
|Friday, Nov. 26||Chilliwack @ Prince George||Rolling Mix Concrete Arena|
|Friday, Nov. 26||Nanaimo @ Merritt||Nicola Valley Memorial Arena|
|Friday, Nov. 26||Powell River @ Vernon||Kal Tire Place|
|Friday, Nov. 26||Cranbrook @ Victoria||The Q Centre|
|Saturday, Nov. 27||Nanaimo @ Prince George||Rolling Mix Concrete Arena|
|Saturday, Nov. 27||Powell River @ Merritt||Nicola Valley Memorial Arena|
|Saturday, Nov. 27||Chilliwack @ West Kelowna||Royal LePage Place|
|Saturday, Nov. 27||Cranbrook @ Cowichan Valley||Cowichan Community Centre|
|Sunday, Nov. 28||Cranbrook @ Surrey||South Surrey Arena|
The following games have been added to the schedule:
|Friday, Nov. 26||Powell River @ Nanaimo||Frank Crane Arena|
|Friday, Nov. 26||Prince George @ Vernon||Kal Tire Arena|
|Friday, Nov. 26||Merritt @ Penticton||South Okanagan Events Centre|
|Friday, Nov. 26||Alberni @ Victoria||The Q Centre|
|Saturday, Nov. 27||Nanaimo @ Powell River||Hap Parker Arena|
|Saturday, Nov. 27||Coquitlam @ Chilliwack||Chilliwack Coliseum|
|Saturday, Nov. 27||Cranbrook @ West Kelowna||Royal LePage Place|
|Sunday, Nov. 28||Chilliwack @ Surrey||South Surrey Arena|
The following games have been cancelled:
|Sunday, Jan. 2||Alberni Valley @ Victoria||The Q Centre|
|Wednesday, Jan. 5||Coquitlam @ Chilliwack||Chilliwack Coliseum|
The league added that further details around rescheduled games will be provided in the coming weeks.
The BCHL then sent out the above tweet adding a pair of games to the schedule after four Coastal Conference teams had their lone games in Wenatchee this season canceled. Alberni and Cowichan, as well as Nanaimo and Surrey, all had their road games in Wenatchee canceled, and will make them up as follows:
Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 PM:
Alberni Valley @ Cowichan Valley
Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 PM:
Nanaimo @ Surrey
Schleppe is off to Ferris Sate University
Langley Rivermen 2001-born forward Tyler Schleppe has committed to play NCAA Div. I hockey at Ferris State University. The Vancouver product is in the fifth season of his BCHL career, in which he has suited up for Langley, Coquitlam, and Prince George.
Schleppe has tallied nine goals and 18 points through 16 contests with the Rivermen this season. He has now totalled 38 goals and 82 points in his 146-game BCHL career.
Clippers add Johnston and Baliotti
Johnston, a 20-year-old from Stittsville, ON, had been with the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League for the past three seasons. He accumulated 19 goals and 42 points in 120 career OHL contests.
Baliotti, 19, had a 3-1 record with a 2.87 GAA and .896 SV% in five North American Hockey League games this season with the Aberdeen Wings and the Northeast Generals. The native of New Canaan, CT is committed to attend the University of New Hampshire.
Reid rejoins the KIJHL’s Kimberley Dynamiters
The Cranbrook Bucks and 2002-born defenseman Cam Reid have parted ways, and Reid is heading back to Kimberley of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
Reid played 27 games for the Bucks over the past two seasons, scoring one goal and six points. The Kimberley, BC product returns to the Nitros where he scored three goals and 19 points in 43 games between 2017-2020.