BCHL Today: Caps send Pollock to Weyburn of the SJHL, Kings bring in Small from Navan of the CCHL, and more!


Capitals send Pollock to Weyburn of the SJHL

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have traded 2003-born forward Simon Pollock to the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Pollock, who hails from Victoria, BC, had an assist in 10 games with the Capitals during the 2020-21 BCHL pod season. He added three goals and six points in 10 games with Victoria of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

Lavery commits to Providence College

New England Hockey Journal contributor Mark Divver unveiled that 2004-born Nanaimo Clippers forward Luke Lavery has committed to Providence College to play NCAA Division I hockey.

The Nanaimo, BC product finished the pod season with three goals and 11 points in 20 games with the Clippers. He also skated with the North Island Silvertips U18 AAA but didn’t play any games due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Kings pick up Small from the CCHL

The Powell River Kings announced on Saturday evening that they have acquired 2002-born defenseman Nathan Small from the Navan Grads of the Central Canada Hockey League for future considerations.

Small didn’t play any regular season games with the Grads in 2020-21 due to the season being cancelled because of the pandemic, but he did play five games in the CCHL’s developmental scrimmages last fall.

The product of Dorchester, ON had five goals and 38 points in 47 games split between London and St. Marys of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League during the 2019-20 season.

Baird and Walker leave Alberni Valley for junior B

In a Cowichan Valley Citizen article previewing the upcoming season for the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Kerry Park Islanders, it’s unveiled that Alberni Valley 2001-born forward Matt Baird and 2003-born forward Logan Walker have each signed with the junior B club.

Baird, from Cowichan Bay, BC, had a goal and three assists in 13 games with the Bulldogs during the 2020-21 pod season. He also played 11 games with Kerry Park and posted eight points. Baird has spent the last three seasons with the Isles.

Walker hails from Courtenay, BC, and posted a pair of goals in 16 games with Alberni Valley in 2020-21. He played five games in the VIJHL with the Nanaimo Buccaneers in 2019-20 and notched one assist.

Friars joins the Silverbacks as play-by-play announcer

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have brought in Blake Friars as their new play-by-play announcer. He takes over from Nathan Kanter, who left last month to join the communications department of the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats.

Friars graduated from Minot State University in 2020 after majoring in broadcast production. He worked play-by-play for all home games for the Minot State Beavers, which competes in ACHA Division I.

Scheel and Kawaguchi to attend Dallas Stars development camp

The Dallas Stars have invited goaltender Adam Scheel (29-12-0, 2.08 GAA, .927 SV%, 3 SO in 45 games with Penticton in 2017-18) and forward Jordan Kawaguchi (120 goals, 122 assists in 213 games for Chilliwack from 2013-17) to participate in their 2021 development camp.

In April, Scheel signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Stars that begins with the 2021-22 season. He was 4-7-1 with a 3.06 goals-against-average, and a .912 save percentage in 12 games with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League after signing an amateur try-out with them in April.

The Lakewood, Ohio product was 20-4-1 with four shutouts, a 1.74 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage in 26 NCAA games at the University of North Dakota this season.

Kawaguchi, an Abbotsford, BC product, signed a one-year, entry-level contract with Dallas on Mar. 31. The same day, he inked an amateur try-out with the Texas Stars and played three games with them to round out the season, posting a goal and an assist.

Kawaguchi, 23, was third in the NCAA with 26 assists and fourth with 36 points in 28 games with the University of North Dakota during the 2020-21 campaign, leading the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in both categories.