BCHL Today: Cowichan Valley trades captain to Alberta, Wild add defenseman Clarke, and more


Capitals trade McIntyre to Grande Prairie

The Cowichan Valley Capitals made a significant move on Sunday, sending 2000-born forward Dan McIntyre to the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for 2002-born forward Nathan Morgan.

Morgan, a Calgary product who is committed to Union College for next season, had 12 goals and 15 assists in 54 games with the Storm during the 2019-20 season, his second in Grande Prairie. He also added three points in six playoff games.

McIntyre turns 20 on November 22 and was named captain of this year’s Capitals team less than a week ago. The Cornell University commit had 34 points in 90 games in Cowichan Valley over the last two seasons. In Grande Prairie, he is reunited with former Caps coach Mike Vandekamp, who joined the Storm earlier this year.

Wenatchee signs blueliner Clarke

The Wenatchee Wild introduced 2002-born defenseman Luke Clarke as one of its new players for the 2020-21 season.

Clarke spent the last five seasons with the Colorado Thunderbirds AAA program, progressing to the U18 team in 2019-20, where he put up eight points in 20 games.

The Lakewood, Colorado resident also made his junior hockey debut this past season, getting into one game with the St. Cloud Blizzard of the North American Hockey League as an affiliate player.

Smokies forward Wakeford commits to Brown University


2000-born forward Noah Wakeford of the Trail Smoke Eaters solidified his post-secondary career by committing to Brown University.

Wakeford played for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks over the last three seasons and posted 33 goals and 75 assists in 150 games before being traded to Trail earlier this summer.

The Okotoks, Alberta product was second in scoring on the Backs in 2019-20 with 50 points in 58 games.

Rutherford inks deal in France

Forward David Rutherford (27 goals, 32 assists in 60 games with Penticton, Chilliwack and Surrey from 2003-05) signed a deal for the 2020-21 season with Briançon of Ligue Magnus, which is the highest level of pro hockey in France.

The 33-year-old Ladnerite has played overseas for the last five seasons. He notched 12 points in 10 games with Debreceni Egyetem Atlétikai Club of Erste Liga in Hungary during 2019-20.

Three Stars of the Night

First star: Chilliwack forward Kienan Draper had three goals and an assist in the Chiefs 5-2 win over Surrey.

Second star: Chiefs forward Tommy Lyons posted a pair of assists against the Eagles.

Third star: Chilliwack forward Wyatt Schlat scored the winning goal for the Chiefs.

Honourable mentions: Surrey forward Cole Galata scored the Eagles’ first goal of the game.