BCHL Today: Bucks bring in hometown defenseman, Kings sign junior A veteran free agent, and more


Bucks sign hometown player

The Cranbrook Bucks added some hometown flavour to their roster on Wednesday with the signing of 2001-born defenseman Quaid Anderson.

Anderson, who’s from Cranbrook, had 40 points in 72 games with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Beaver Valley NiteHawks over the last two seasons.

Kings add free agent forward from Nanaimo

The Powell River Kings signed 2000-born forward Josh Kagan as a free agent on Wednesday.

The Winnipeg product finished 2019-20 with 42 points in 52 games with Cowichan Valley, Merritt, and Nanaimo. He had four points in two playoff games with the Clippers.

He started the season with the Capitals and played seven games before being traded to the Centennials on Sept. 28. After 22 games with the Cents, Kagan was sent to the Clippers in early December.

Rivermen rookie commits to Harvard University

2004-born forward Cameron Johnson of the Langley Rivermen has committed to play NCAA Div. I hockey at Harvard.

Johnson, who’s from Vancouver, had 78 points in 33 games with the St. George’s School Elite 15s in the Canadian Sport School U16 Hockey League. He added four points in five games as an affiliate with St. George’s U18 prep team.

The Rivermen didn’t announce when Johnson heads to the Ivy League school, but he doesn’t turn 16 until Nov. 28 and under normal circumstances, graduates high school in 2023.

League extends partnership with HeadCheck Health

The BC Hockey League announced on Monday that it has extended its partnership with HeadCheck Health, which is a concussion management and data collection system.

“HeadCheck Health has been a great partner for the league over the past three years,” said BCHL Executive Director Steven Cocker in a news release. “The safety of our players is a driving force for much of what we do at the league office and this partnership has helped us further that cause.”

HeadCheck Health has also signed partnership agreements with the nine other leagues under the Canadian Junior Hockey League umbrella.

Wild name roster for 2020-21 season

The Wenatchee Wild unveiled its roster for the 2020-21 season on Wednesday. Included are a number of returning players as well as previously announced recruits.

In addition, there are five other players who join the Wild from other teams around the United States.

2001-born goaltender Karsten Bourgoine (Islanders U18 AAA Hockey Club of the USPHL U18)

  • 3-5-1, 3.99 GAA, .886 SV% in 10 games in 2019-20

2003-born defenseman Charlie Larsen (Colorado U16 AAA Thunderbirds of the T1EHL U16)

  • 16 goals, 44 assists in 86 games in 2019-20

2001-born forward Jayden Price (Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL)

  • one goal, four assists in 17 games in 2019-20
  • five goals, 12 assists in 38 games with Salmon Arm in 2019-20

2001-born forward Maksis Brimanis (Culver Military Academy Prep of the USHS-Prep League)

  • seven goals, eight assists in 40 games in 2019-20

2001-born forward Derek Humphreys (Spokane Braves of the KIJHL)

  • 25 goals, 22 assists in 49 games in 2019-20
  • committed to Battlefords North Stars of the SJHL earlier this summer

Cuglietta inks new ECHL deal for 2020-21

Forward Diego Cuglietta (40 goals, 88 assists in 149 games for Merritt from 2012-15) has signed a new ECHL contract for the 2020-21 season with the Utah Grizzlies.

The Kamloops, BC product split 2019-20 between the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads and the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars. He finished with five points in 11 ECHL games and four points in 23 AHL games in his first pro season.

Collins jumps from Atlanta to Kansas City

Forward Anthony Collins (eight goals, 16 assists in 85 games with Merritt, Prince George, Burnaby, and Victoria from 2007-09) has signed with the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks for the upcoming season.

He signed an extension with the Atlanta Gladiators earlier this summer, but the team is taking a hiatus this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 31-year-old notched three goals and 11 assists in 59 games for the Gladiators in the 2019-20 season, his seventh in the ECHL.

Plevy joins Knoxville Ice Bears

Forward Austin Plevy (65 goals, 109 assists in 204 games with Langley and Chilliwack from 2010-14) has jumped from the Evansville IceMen to the Knoxville Ice Bears in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Plevy, 25, led the SPHL in scoring this past season with 17 goals and 48 assists in 45 games. He was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team, First All-Star Team and earned the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards.