BCHL Today: Backs and Eagles each make trades, Caps add Montgomery to their crease, Wild name captains, and more!


Silverbacks acquire WHL veteran Ladyman

Ahead of their game on Saturday against Merritt, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks acquired 2001-born defenseman Mike Ladyman from the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Ladyman hails from Winnipeg, MB, and spent the last two-and-a-half seasons in the Western Hockey League, first with Spokane and then with his hometown ICE. He finished with 30 points in 96 WHL games.

Capitals sign netminder Montgomery

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have added 2002-born goaltender Ben Montgomery to their roster. The Port Moody, BC resident spent the last two seasons with French River of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

In 30 games with the Rapids, Montgomery posted a 5-14-3 record to go along with a 4.93 goals-against average and an .858 save percentage.

Self set to make his way to the Eagles

The Surrey Eagles announced on Saturday that 2001-born forward Primo Self has committed to the team for this season. He started the year with the Youngstown Phantoms of the US Hockey League and had one assist in three games.

Self, who hails from Grand Rapids, MI, played for Dubuque of the USHL in 2020-21. In 37 games, he scored 12 points. He is committed to Miami University Ohio for September 2022.

The Eagles acquired his rights from Cowichan Valley in August in a convoluted series of four trades involving five teams, three leagues, seven players, and four batches of future considerations.

Wild name leadership group for 2021-22

The Wenatchee Wild announced that it has named 2001-born forward Quinn Emerson as captain for the 2021-22 BCHL season.

Joining him in the leadership group are 2001-born defensemen Brett Oberle, and 2001-born forwards Jayden Price and Cade Stibbe.

Eagles add Foster as an affiliate player

The Surrey Eagles have added 2003-born forward Jack Foster as an affiliate player. Foster is rostered with the junior B Ridge Meadows Flames of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.

In one game with the Flames this season, the Maple Ridge, BC product has one assist. He made his BCHL debut with the Eagles in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Langley.

Smokies forward Hunter suspended for two games

The BC Hockey League department of player safety has suspended 2002-born forward Brady Hunter for two games after a minor penalty and misconduct for a blow to the head was elevated to a major penalty and game misconduct.

The infraction occurred 4:44 into the third period of Trail’s 5-3 loss to Cranbrook on Friday. Hunter sat out Saturday’s home game against the Bucks and will also miss Wednesday’s home game vs. West Kelowna.

Eagles pick up Feaver from Trail

The Surrey Eagles have acquired 2002-born forward Zack Feaver from the Trail Smoke Eaters for future considerations. He made his debut with Surrey on Saturday against Langley.

The Chilliwack, BC product posted a goal in 13 games with the Smoke Eaters during the 2020-21 BCHL pod season. He had 52 points in 39 games with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds U18 team in 2019-20.

Filbrandt is in training camp with Idaho

Defenseman Clint Filbrandt (two goals, seven assists in 31 games with Penticton and Cowichan Valley in 2013-14) is on a tryout with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads and attending training camp with them.

The 26-year-old from Calgary, AB, posted 29 points in 70 games for Debreceni Egyetem Atlétikai Club of Erste Liga in Hungary over the last two seasons.

Blackhawks send Hardman to Rockford of the AHL

Hanover, MA native and forward Mike Hardman (39 goals, 33 assists in 58 games with West Kelowna in 2018-19) has been assigned by the Chicago Blackhawks to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

The 22-year-old had a goal and two assists in eight points with the Blackhawks in 2020-21. He signed with Chicago as a college free agent on Mar. 30 after spending the last two seasons at Boston College where he notched 44 points in 58 career NCAA games.

Williams takes his game to Romania with Brasov

Defensemen Owen Williams (one goal in three games with Surrey in 2016-17) has signed with CSM Corona Brasov of the Romanian Hockey League for 2021-22.

Williams, 21, turned pro with the Wings when he signed a contract on Sept. 23. The Delta, BC native recorded 15 points in 24 games during the 2020-21 season with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos.

Perron-Fontaine attends Trois-Rivieres Lions training camp

Defenseman Alexandre Perron-Fontaine (six goals, 38 assists in 91 games with Chilliwack from 2011-13) is attending training camp with the Trois-Rivieres Lions of the ECHL.

He signed with Cergy-Pontoise of Ligue Magnus in June but left the team last month due to injury. The 28-year-old from St-Mathieu, QC, posted 31 points in 32 games over the last two seasons with Nantes of FFHG, Division 1.

Zerter-Gossage signs with Maine of the ECHL

Forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage (18 goals, 28 assists in 57 games with Penticton in 2014-15) inked a contract last week with the Maine Mariners of the ECHL.

Zerter-Gossage, a 26-year-old from Montreal, QC, notched four goals and six points in 11 games with Blue Devils Weiden of Oberliga, the third tier of hockey in Germany, in 2020-21.

Zieky and McBride go camping with the Texas Stars

Forwards Chase Zieky (28 goals, 26 assists with Langley and Salmon Arm in 2015-16) and Shawn McBride (13 goals, 37 assists in 127 games for Victoria from 2011-15) have both been invited to training camp by the Texas Stars of the AHL.

Zieky, 25, signed with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL earlier this month. The native of Avon, CT didn’t play in 2020-21 due to COVID-19 restrictions but wrapped up his NCAA career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2019-20.

McBride, who’s from Victoria, BC, is also signed with ECHL Idaho for 2021-22. The 26-year-old was signed with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack last season, but also didn’t play any games due to the pandemic.

Three Stars of the Night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star: Nanaimo forward Keighan Gerrie scored three times as the Clippers dumped Powell River 4-1.

Second Star: Cowichan Valley forward Ronan Walsh tallied three goals as the Capitals fell 6-5 to Alberni Valley.

Third Star: Chilliwack forward Cameron Johnson had a hat trick in the Chiefs’ 7-2 win over Coquitlam.

Honourable Mentions: Penticton forward Josh Nadeau, Alberni Valley forward Brandon Buhr, West Kelowna forward Felix Trudeau, and Prince George forward John Herrington each had a pair of goals. Trail netminder Evan Fradette made 37 saves. Bulldogs forward Josh Zary finished with a goal and two assists. Merritt goaltender Brayden Melnyk stopped 44 shots. Capitals forward Arjun Bawa posted three assists.