BCHL Today: Spruce Kings get good news from council, Wild add two more new players, Silverbacks rookie off to Yale, and more


Spruce Kings home rink set to open

The Prince George Spruce Kings made an appeal to Prince George City Council on Monday night to open Rilling Mix Concrete Arena.

After a discussion and a number of questions from city council for Spruce Kings Business Operations Manager Kyle Anderson, they voted 8-1 to open RMCA.

The Spruce Kings are set to host Merritt in their pre-season home opener on October 25.

Wild add two more recruits

The Wenatchee Wild announced the signing of 2002-born defenseman Ethan Hawes for the 2020-21 season.

The Issaquah, Washington product had 13 points in 18 games for the Northern Cyclones U18 AAA in the US Premier Hockey U18 League last season.

The Wild also added 2002-born forward Carter Cloutier for the upcoming season.

He’s from Grand Junction, Colorado, and had 19 points in 16 games for the Colorado Thunderbirds U18 AAA of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League in 2019-20.

Silverbacks rookie Hartmann commits to Yale

Salmon Arm Silverbacks rookie defenseman Tucker Hartmann has committed to play NCAA hockey and go to school at Yale. There’s no word which season the 2002-born blueliner will head to the Ivy League school.

Hartmann was the captain at St. Mark’s School in 2019-20. He had 36 points in 23 games playing US High School Prep hockey last season.

BCHLers attend Fighting Saints training camp

2001-born Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Primo Self and 2001-born Wenatchee Wild defenseman Dylan Herzog are both among the 29 players in training camp with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the US Hockey League.

Self, who is committed to Miami University (Ohio) next September, had 12 goals and 25 assists in 51 games as a rookie with the Capitals last season.

Herzog is a veteran of 99 games with the Wild over the last two seasons, where he posted five goals and 16 assists. He also added four assists in 23 playoff games.

The Fighting Saints are allowed to carry 25 players into the season.

Express hire Campbell as vice-president

The Coquitlam Express unveiled Tali Campbell as the team’s new vice president of team operations. Campbell stepped down as general manager of the Nanaimo Clippers last month.

He joined the Clippers in 2018 as director of business operations and was promoted to GM in December 2019.

Avalanche qualify RFAs Jost and Miska among others

The Colorado Avalanche have reportedly extended qualifying offers to restricted free agent forward Tyson Jost (65 goals, 84 assists in 97 games with Penticton from 2014-16) and goaltender Hunter Miska (53-21-5, 2.03 goals-against-average, .924 save percentage, and seven shutouts in 80 games with Penticton from 2013-15).

Jost, 22, had eight goals and 15 assists in 67 games with the Avalanche in 2019-20. Miska spent most of the season in the American Hockey League with the Colorado Eagles. He finished with a 16-6-4 record, a 2.48 GAA and a .924 SV% and two shutouts in 26 games.