BCHL Today: Langley adds Kaine to its crease, BCHL Department of Player Safety hands down numerous suspensions, and more


Rivermen add Kaine to their crease

The Langley Rivermen have added 2003-born goaltender Jameson Kaine for the 2021-22 BC Hockey League season.

Kaine hails from North Vancouver, BC, and spent the 2020-21 season with the Vancouver North West Hawks of the BC Elite Hockey League U18.

In five exhibition games with the NW Hawks, he posted a 3-1-1 record to go along with a 2.50 goals-against-average and two shutouts.

Wild defenseman Williams suspended two games

2004-born defenseman Brodrick Williams of the Wenatchee Wild has been suspended two games by the BCHL Department of Player Safety after a double minor penalty for kneeing was increased to a major penalty and game misconduct.

The infraction happened at the 7:46 mark of the first period of the Wild’s 3-1 loss to the Cranbrook Bucks on Friday.

The product of Huntington Beach, CA will miss Wenatchee’s season opener in Penticton on Saturday and a trip to Trail on Oct. 16. He is eligible to return on Oct. 20 at the BCHL Showcase against Prince George.

A pair of Vees each suspended for a pair of games

Penticton Vees forward Thomas Pichette will miss a pair of games due to suspension after a minor penalty and misconduct for a blow to the head was elevated to a major penalty and game misconduct.

The 2003-born native of MaskinongĂ©, QC was assessed the penalties at the 11:37 mark of the first period in Friday’s 6-4 win over Salmon Arm. He sat out Saturday’s return match-up against the Silverbacks and will also miss the Vees’ home opener on Friday against Vernon.

Pichette is eligible to return to Penticton’s line-up on Saturday at home against Wenatchee.

In the same game against the Silverbacks on Friday, 2001-born Vees defenseman Grayson Arnott also had a minor penalty and misconduct for a blow to the head increased to a five-minute major and game misconduct. He has been suspended for two games as a result.

Like Pichette, Arnott missed Saturday’s win at home against Salmon Arm. The Toronto, ON product will also sit for Penticton’s season opener on Friday against the Vipers but can return the next night against Wenatchee.

Canucks send Lukosevicius and Rempal to Abbotsford

The Vancouver Canucks announced on Sunday that forward Jarid Lukosevicius (59 goals, 76 assists in 116 games with Powell River from 2013-15) has been released from his professional tryout contract and will join the Abbotsford Canucks of the American Hockey League.

The 26-year-old from Squamish, BC played 17 games in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2020-21 and finished with a goal and an assist.

The Canucks also designated forward Sheldon Rempal (110 goals, 103 assists in 167 games with Nanaimo from 2013-16) for assignment to Abbotsford.

Rempal, a 25-year-old Calgary, AB native, played three games with the Carolina Hurricanes this past season but didn’t register any points. He did score 14 points in 25 games with the Canes’ American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago.

Marotte joins the Ducks for training camp

The Anaheim Ducks have added 26-year-old Francis Marotte (1-5-0, 4.86 goals-against-average, .864 save percentage in 10 games with Cowichan Valley in 2013-14) to their training camp roster.

Marotte, who’s from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, is signed with the Allen Americans of the ECHL for the 2021-22 season. He was 8-3-1 with a 2.54 goals-against-average, a .917 save percentage, and one shutout in a dozen games with the Americans in 2020-21.

Philly sends van de Leest to the AHL

The Philadelphia Flyers have assigned defenseman Jackson van de Leest (no points in five games with Penticton in 2016-17) to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL.

The 2001-born blueliner from Kelowna, BC is still eligible to return to the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen for his final season of junior. He had a dozen points in 21 games with Calgary in 2020-21.

Galloway headed back to the WHL

The St. Louis Blues have cut defenseman Tyson Galloway (two goals, three assists in 27 games with Merritt in 2019-20) from their training camp roster and the 2003-born blueliner is headed back to the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.

The 2003-born blueliner from Kamloops, BC tallied four goals and nine points in 17 Western Hockey League games with the Hitmen in 2020-21. He was chosen in the fifth round, 154th overall by the Blues in this past summer’s NHL Draft.

Zerter-Gossage and Coughlin go camping with AHL Providence

Forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage (18 goals, 28 assists in 57 games with Penticton in 2014-15) and defenseman Johnny Coughlin (three goals, 15 assists in 55 games with Vernon in 2014-15) have both been invited to training camp by the Providence Bruins of the AHL.

Zerter-Gossage, who’s 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. It was the 26-year-old’s first experience playing in Europe.

Coughlin signed with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL last month. The 26-year-old native of Fairport, NY had two goals and three assists in 26 ECHL games with the Rapid City Rush in 2020-21.

Nogard heads to Belleville on a PTO

Forward Luke Nogard (32 goals, 32 assists in 110 games with Powell River from 2012-14) has signed a professional tryout with the AHL’s Belleville Senators.

The 27-year-old from Mississauga, ON played with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL in 2020-21 and finished with six goals and 14 points in 36 games. He signed a contract for 2021-22 with the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators in August.