BCHL Today: Bulldogs add Leafs draft pick, Salmon Arm brings in a forward from RPI, Bucks find their voice and more


Bulldogs add Leafs draft pick

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs added an impact player on Monday with the acquisition of 2002-born forward Ryan Tverberg from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for 2000-born forward Keaton Mastrodonato and future considerations.

Tverberg was selected in the 7th round, 213th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2020 NHL Draft earlier this month and is committed to attend Harvard University next September. He had 51 points in 47 games with the Jr. Canadiens in 2019-20.

He also won a silver medal with Canada East at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge and was named one of the Ontario Hockey Association’s top prospects.

Mastrodonato isn’t likely to play for the Jr. Canadiens. The Powell River product is coming off his freshman season with Canisius College of the NCAA, where he posted 17 points in 34 games. He played just over two seasons with the Bulldogs from 2017-19 before heading to college.

Silverbacks pick up RPI forward Zach Dubinsky

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks signed a player with an NHL pedigree on Monday as they brought in 2000-born forward Zach Dubinsky for the 2020-21 season.

Dubinsky, whose dad Steve played 375 NHL games with Chicago, Calgary, Nashville, and St. Louis over parts of 10 seasons, spent this past season with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of the NCAA.

He had 12 points in 22 games as a freshman with RPI in 2019-20. The Deerfield, Illinois product posted 19 points in 72 games with the Lincoln Stars of the US Hockey League from 2017-19.

Vees veteran Martini commits to LIU

Penticton Vees alternate captain Ethan Martini has committed to play NCAA hockey at Long Island University.ย  The product of Trail is a veteran of four seasons with the Smoke Eaters, Powell River, and Penticton. He has 22 points in 183 career BCHL games.

Martini, a 2000-born defenseman, has a goal and an assist with the Vees through 10 games of the extended training camp this fall. He led the BCHL in penalty minutes in 2017-18 with 121 in 56 games.

Wilkie is off to RIT

West Kelowna Warriors forward Carter Wilkie is off to the Rochester Institute of Technology in September 2021 to play NCAA hockey.

The 2000-born forward from Calgary has 24 goals and 45 assists in 107 games split between the Warriors and Chilliwack. He also put up three points in 11 career BCHL playoff games.

Rivermen roster to feature only Canadian players

In an article in the Aldergrove Star on Monday, the Langley Rivermen unveiled that their roster would be composed entirely of Canadian players for the 2020-21 season.

According to Rivermen general manager and head coach Bobby Henderson, the club was concerned about what would happen if an American player ended up being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Rivermen had two American players who were eligible to return this season in 2000-born forwards Sean Bunting and Hunter McCoy.

The article states Bunting and McCoy are playing in the North American Hockey League, but only the latter appears on a roster in that league. McCoy has four points in six games with the Maryland Black Bears so far this season.

Morgan commits to Dartmouth

Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Nathan Morgan announced his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey at Dartmouth College.ย  The 2002-born product of Calgary, Alberta, was acquired by the Silverbacks from Cowichan Valley on October 16.

Morgan, who the Capitals acquired from the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League earlier this month, was previously 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.

Chiefs goalie Pearson commits to Princeton

Chilliwack Chiefs goaltender Ethan Pearson has committed to Princeton University for September 2021. The 2002-born netminder was recruited to join the Chiefs in April.

Pearson played most of 2019-20 with Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He finished the season with a 1.64 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 30 games.

Pearson is the grandson of the late Gilles Marotte, who played 808 games in the NHL with Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, the New York Rangers, and St. Louis.

Hubbarde to attend Dartmouth College

2000-born forward Matthew Hubbarde has committed to Dartmouth College for the 2021-22 season. The Locust Hill, Ontario product is entering his fourth season of junior A hockey, including his second with the Rivermen.

He put up 26 points in 35 games with Langley in 2019-20 after joining the Rivermen from the Jamestown Rebels of the NAHL. Hubbarde had three points in eight games with the Rebels.

Chiefs sign hometown player Bourdon

The Chilliwack Chiefs announced the signing of 2003-born defenseman Lucas Bourdon for the 2020-21 season. Bourdon, who’s from Chilliwack, has two assists in two games with the Chiefs during the extended training camp thus far.

He had three goals and eight assists in 40 games with the Valley West Giants U18 AAA team of the BC U18 league in 2019-20.

Bourdon committed to the Chilliwack Jets of the Pacific Junior Hockey League earlier this year and was set to join them after the extended training camp, but cracked the Chiefs roster instead.

Bucks hire play-by-play announcer

Wylie Henderson, who is the news director at The Drive FM in Cranbrook, announced on Twitter on Monday that he is the first-ever play-by-play announcer for the Cranbrook Bucks.

Henderson did play-by-play for the Trail Smoke Eaters from 2015-18 before moving to Cranbrook to join The Drive. He has served as the announcer for the Kimberley Dynamiters of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League since September 2018.

Vipers lose Cash to Nova Scotia

2000-born forward Logan Cash has signed with the East Hants Penguins of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League for the 2020-21 season. Cash, who’s from Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia, had 27 points in 66 games with the Vipers over the last two seasons.

The NSJHL is a junior B league based solely in the province of Nova Scotia. The league’s return to play protocol was approved earlier this month.