BCHL Today: League signs partnership with The Coaches Site, Bucks co-owner returns to the NHL, and more


League strikes partnership with The Coaches Site

The BC Hockey League announced a partnership with The Coaches Site for the 2020-21 season on Thursday. The deal sees The Coaches Site feature content from BCHL coaches throughout the season via its website, social media, and podcast.

“We’re always looking for ways to be progressive and support the development of our players and team personnel,” said BCHL Executive Director Steven Cocker in a media release. “The Coaches Site is an excellent coaching resource and database that gives back to all BCHL coaches, many of whom are already active users.

Aaron Wilbur, who is the founder and CEO of The Coaches Site, was an assistant coach with the Penticton Vees during the 2007-08 season.

Bucks part-owner Cracknell returns to the NHL

Cranbrook Bucks part-owner Adam Cracknell has signed a one year, two-way contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Cracknell, 35, spent the 2019-20 season with Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League and put up 24 points in 52 games.

His partners in the Bucks ownership group include former NHLers Scott Niedermayer and Nathan Lieuwen among others.

Andrusiak re-signs in Idaho

Forward Zack Andrusiak (three assists in 23 games with West Kelowna, Salmon Arm, and Vernon from 2013-16) has signed a contract for the 2020-21 season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.

The 22-year-old from Yorkton, Saskatchewan had 23 points in 51 games as a rookie with the Steelheads in 2019-20.

Hendricks returns to junior B

Defenseman Isiah Hendricks (three assists in 47 games with Nanaimo in 2018-19) has signed with the Richmond Sockeyes of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.

The 2000-born blueliner from Surrey didn’t play junior hockey in 2019-20.

Pearce announces retirement from hockey

Forward Elgin Pearce (five goals, five assists in 40 games with Langley in 2008-09) announced his retirement from hockey on Thursday.

Pearce, 28, signed with Amiens in France last month. The Port Coquitlam, BC product had 39 points in 49 games split between Dundee and Belfast of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the UK this past season.

Three Stars of the Night ⏪ September 11, 2015

First Star: Wenatchee forward Brendan Harris tallied a goal and two assists in an 5-1 thumping of Prince George.

Second Star: Salmon Arm goaltender Angus Redmond made 33 saves in a 4-2 win against Penticton.

Third Star: Langley forward Ben Butcher scored twice in a 6-3 win over Surrey.

Honourable Mentions: Rhett Willcox tallied a pair of goals for Trail as the Smoke Eaters beat Vernon 5-3. Victoria forward Cole Pickup had two goals in a 3-2 loss to Cowichan Valley. Merritt forward Henry Cleghorn posted a goal and two assists in a 6-4 defeat by West Kelowna.