BCHL Today: Eagles and Clippers add new recruits, Smokies bring Lowe back to the BCHL, and more!


Surrey signs forward Plante

The Surrey Eagles announced the signing of 2005-born forward Joel Plante for the upcoming 2021-22 BC Hockey League season.

Plante, a Langley, BC product, had two goals and seven points in five games with Yale Hockey Academy U17 Prep of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in 2020-21.

He added 16 points in 30 CSSHL games with the Yale U15 Prep team during the 2019-20 season.

Smoke Eaters bring in Lowe from the Broncos

The Trail Smoke Eaters have acquired 2002-born forward Christian Lowe from the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. Lowe was traded from the Cranbrook Bucks to Humboldt in July.

Lowe played 14 games for the Bucks as a rookie in 2020-21 and put up a goal and two assists. The Port Moody, BC product had a goal and an assist in eight games with Cranbrook during last fall’s exhibition season.

Caps ink OHL veteran forward Wilson

The Cowichan Valley Capitals announced the signing of 2001-born forward and Elora, ON product Griffin Wilson on Wednesday.

Wilson spent the last three seasons with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League, compiling six goals and 18 points in 99 games. He didn’t play any games in 2020-21 as the OHL season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clippers sign three new players for 2021-22

The Nanaimo Clippers “Next Generation” feature was posted on the BCHL website on Wednesday and in it were the details around the addition of 2001-born goaltender Cooper Black as well as 2002-born forwards Jérémie Payant and Blake Lewis.

Black, an Alpena, MI product, spent 2020-21 with the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League and had a 4-8-4 record, a 2.87 goals-against-average, and a .906 save percentage in 17 games. The Dartmouth College commit also played one USHL game with the Omaha Lancers.

Payant is from Saint-Lazare, QC, and was with the Hawkesbury Hawks of the Central Canada Hockey League in 2020-21. He didn’t play any games due to COVID-19 cancelling the CCHL season. In 2019-20, Payant put up 28 points in 62 games with Hawkesbury.

Lewis, who hails from Columbus, IN, played for Culver Military Academy Prep over the last pair of seasons, finishing with 37 goals and 90 points in 80 US High School Prep games.

Eagles trade Saretzky to Humboldt

The Surrey Eagles have traded Saskatoon, SK product, and 2002-born forward, Alec Saretzky to the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos for future considerations.

Saretzky played 17 BCHL games as a rookie with the Eagles in 2020-21, compiling four goals and nine points. He was scoreless in six games during the exhibition season last fall.

Chiefs hire Henderson as customer and tickets administrator

The Chilliwack Chiefs welcomed Mandy Henderson as customer and tickets administrator on Wednesday. Henderson is from Chilliwack and married to former Chiefs captain and all-time great Bobby Henderson.

She has previous experience in the sports business with the BC Lions, Abbotsford Heat, Vancouver Whitecaps, and most recently, as business manager of the Langley Rivermen.

Kings bring in Kiss as broadcaster and director of media relations

The Powell River Kings have hired Jordan Kiss as the team’s new broadcaster and director of media relations for the 2021-22 season.

Kiss was the broadcaster and social media manager for the North Van Wolf Pack of the Pacific Junior Hockey League for the last four seasons.

He is a 2019 graduate of the BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment Program and takes over from former classmate Justin Sulpico, who was behind the mic last season for the Kings.