BCHL Today: League adjusts roster rules regarding Major Junior players, Cowichan Valley trades for an OJHL all-star, and more


BCHL adjusts roster rules as they relate to Major Junior players

The BC Hockey League released a COVID-19 update on Friday and the news release included details around the roster regulations pertaining to Major Junior players joining BCHL rosters.

The league has a rule where its teams are only allowed to bring in two 20-year-old players who played Major Junior hockey the previous season.

The Western Hockey League allowed its players to join teams in junior A, junior B, and U18 until the season starts on January 8. In response, the BCHL voted to allow its teams to add two more U20 Major Junior players.

Any Major Junior players who were signed as a regular roster player by a BCHL team in the Hockey Canada Registry in the past won’t count towards the limit either.

The BCHL also provided an update on the Surrey Eagles player who tested positive for COVID-19 and caused the cancellation of two games last weekend.

According to the league, all members of the Eagles organization who had contact with the player have been tested for the virus and the tests came back negative. The news release also states the infection came from outside of the BCHL environment with the Eagles.

“The player in question was in contact with a person outside of his hockey circle who showed symptoms early in the week (last week) and ended up testing positive. The player in question had been in contact with this person and was tested on Friday (Oct. 23) once he started to experience symptoms. The player isolated, as instructed, until the results came back.”

Capitals bring in a veteran from Ontario

The Cowichan Valley Capitals made a trade with the Toronto Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League to acquire 2000-born forward Jackson Alexeev in exchange for 2002-born defenseman Declan Fogarty and future considerations.

Alexeev, from Ottawa, played three seasons in Toronto with the Pats and put up 36 goals and 60 assists in 132 games. He spent his 16-year-old season of 2016-17 with the Ottawa Jr. Senators of the Central Canadian Hockey League.

Fogarty was recruited by the Caps this off-season and played six games for them during the extended training camp. The St. Catharines, Ontario native had 14 points in 31 games with the Niagara North Stars U18 AAA of the South Central Triple A League.

Smokies get four-year WHL vet on loan from the Hurricanes

The Trail Smoke Eaters announced on Friday the addition of 2000-born defenseman Mitchell Prowse on loan from the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL.

Prowse is from Kelowna and had 81 points in 239 games over the last four seasons with the Victoria Royals. He was traded from Victoria to Lethbridge this past April.

He made his BCHL debut on October 30, 2015 as an affiliate player for the Penticton Vees and played just one game.

Macburnie signs minor pro deal in New York

Goaltender Bailey MacBurnie (18-31-0, 3.95 GAA, .894 SV%, one shutout in 51 games with Trail in 2015-16) has signed with the Watertown Wolves of the Federal Prospects Hockey League for the 2020-21 season.

The 25-year-old from Beverly, Massachusetts, played NCAA Division III hockey for UMass-Boston, finishing his college career with a sparkling 2.14 GAA and a .920 SV%.