BCHL Today: BCHL unveils three stars, details on All-Star weekend and schedule changes, four commit to NCAA schools, and more!

Tassy, Prazma, and Fraser earn three stars of the week honours

Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Simon Tassy, Surrey Eagles goalie Max Prazma, and Nanaimo Clippers forward Tristan Fraser have been named the BCHL’s Three Stars for the week ending Nov. 21.

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 BulldogsBraden BlaceD
Chilliwack ChiefsAbram WiebeD
Coquitlam ExpressMatthew CampbellD
Cowichan Valley CapitalsDavid JacobsF
Cranbrook BucksTyson DyckF
Langley RivermenRyan UpsonF
Merritt CentennialsTristan AllenD
Nanaimo ClippersSean DonaldsonF
Penticton VeesFin WilliamsF
Powell River KingsDylan FinlayD
Prince George Spruce KingsNick RhéaumeF
Salmon Arm SilverbacksSimon TassyF
Surrey EaglesMichael AbgrallF
Trail Smoke EatersZach MichaelisF
Vernon VipersCam MacDonaldF
Victoria GrizzliesEllis RickwoodF
Wenatchee WildCade LittlerF
West Kelowna WarriorsFelix TrudeauF

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
  • 3-on-3
  • 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. 26Chilliwack @ Prince GeorgeRolling Mix Concrete Arena
Friday, Nov. 26Nanaimo @ MerrittNicola Valley Memorial Arena
Friday, Nov. 26Powell River @ VernonKal Tire Place
Friday, Nov. 26Cranbrook @ VictoriaThe Q Centre
Saturday, Nov. 27Nanaimo @ Prince GeorgeRolling Mix Concrete Arena
Saturday, Nov. 27Powell River @ MerrittNicola Valley Memorial Arena
Saturday, Nov. 27Chilliwack @ West KelownaRoyal LePage Place
Saturday, Nov. 27Cranbrook @ Cowichan ValleyCowichan Community Centre
Sunday, Nov. 28Cranbrook @ SurreySouth Surrey Arena

The following games have been added to the schedule:

Friday, Nov. 26Powell River @ NanaimoFrank Crane Arena
Friday, Nov. 26Prince George @ VernonKal Tire Arena
Friday, Nov. 26Merritt @ PentictonSouth Okanagan Events Centre
Friday, Nov. 26Alberni @ VictoriaThe Q Centre
Saturday, Nov. 27Nanaimo @ Powell RiverHap Parker Arena
Saturday, Nov. 27Coquitlam @ ChilliwackChilliwack Coliseum
Saturday, Nov. 27Cranbrook @ West KelownaRoyal LePage Place
Sunday, Nov. 28Chilliwack @ SurreySouth Surrey Arena

The following games have been cancelled:

Sunday, Jan. 2Alberni Valley @ VictoriaThe Q Centre
Wednesday, Jan. 5Coquitlam @ ChilliwackChilliwack 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

The Nanaimo Clippers have announced the additions of 2001-born forward Alex Johnston and 2002-born goaltender Jed Baliotti to their roster.

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.