BCHL Today: Cowichan Valley and Salmon Arm strike a deal, Surrey welcomes back a WHL veteran, and more


Caps and Backs swing 2-for-1 deal

The Cowichan Valley Capitals made their second 2-for-1 trade of the past week, this time getting 2002-born forwards Ronan Walsh and Sam Schofield from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for 2002-born forward Nathan Morgan.

Morgan, who the Capitals acquired from the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League two weeks ago, is a Calgary product committed to Union College for next season.

He had 12 goals and 15 assists in 54 games with the Storm during the 2019-20 season, his second in Grande Prairie. Morgan also added three points in six playoff games.

Walsh was recruited by the Silverbacks out of US high school prep hockey, where he played for Proctor Academy over the last four seasons.

The Andover, New Hampshire product had 75 points in 59 games from 2018-20 at Proctor and is committed to the University of Vermont for September 2021.

Schofield was a rookie with Salmon Arm in 2019-20 and posted 14 points in 49 games. The Yellowknife, Northwest Territories product spent 2018-19 with the U18 AAA Vancouver NE Chiefs, scoring 36 points in 38 games.

Backs add the son of a Stanley Cup champion

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have signed 2001-born forward Cameron Recchi for the upcoming season.

The Pittsburgh product is the son of three-time Stanley Cup champion and Hockey Hall of Fame member Mark Recchi (26 goals, 39 assists in 51 games with Langley in 1984-85), who is currently an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils.

Recchi played for the Maryland Black Bears of the North American Hockey League during the 2019-20 season, where he scored seven goals and 16 assists in 41 games. He also got into one game with the Omaha Lancers of the US Hockey League as an affiliate player.

Eagles bring back Katzalay

The Surrey Eagles have signed 2000-born Holden Katzalay for the 2020-21 season. The Vancouver product played 80 games for the Eagles over the last two years and scored 30 goals and 33 assists.

He is also a veteran of 98 Western Hockey League games, including 39 with the Vancouver Giants in 2019-20, where he posted six goals and 10 assists.

Wild to cross state lines for scrimmages

The Wenatchee Wild announced on Friday that the team has secured ice in Coeur d’Alene for six scrimmages from October 22 to November 14 as part of its extended training camp.

According to a news release, “there will be 10-16 Western Hockey League players joining the Wild camp on a limited basis to participate in the scrimmages.”

COVID-19 restrictions in Idaho aren’t as stringent as those in Washington State, and fans are permitted to attend the scrimmages. They are also planned to be streamed on HockeyTV.

Rempal signs with Carolina

Forward Sheldon Rempal (110 goals, 103 assists in 167 games with Nanaimo from 2013-16) has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes for the 2020-21 season.

The Calgary product spent the last two seasons in the American Hockey League with the Ontario Reign, which is the Los Angeles Kings affiliate.

In 115 games with the Reign, he had 19 goals and 42 assists. Rempal also played seven games with the Kings in 2018-19 but didn’t score any points.