BCHL Today: Vipers add QMJHL veteran, Warriors bring in local rookie forward, Caps alum changes NCAA schools, and more


Vipers nab major junior veteran Rainville

JF Plante, a sports reporter for Ottawa-Gatineau French-language newspaper Le Droit, reported on Tuesday that 2001-born forward Jeremy Rainville is set to join the Vernon Vipers after being cut by the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Rainville is from Brigham, Quebec, and had 24 points in 61 games for the Olympiques in 2019-20. He played 29 games for the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix in 2018-19 and posted seven points as a 17-year-old rookie.

Warriors ink youngster Schmidt

The West Kelowna Warriors have signed 2004-born forward Carter Schmidt for the upcoming BCHL season. Schmidt is from Kelowna and played for the Okanagan Rockets of the BC U16 AAA league in 2019-20.

In 29 games with the Rockets, he had 15 goals and 35 assists. Schmidt also played five games as an affiliate with the U18 team and posted a goal and three assists.

Corson switches from Denver to Niagara

Goaltender Michael Corson (4-10-0, 3.58 GAA, .909 SV% in 19 games with Cowichan Valley in 2017-18) has transferred from the University of Denver to Niagara University to continue his NCAA career.

Corson, 21, is 1-0-0 over the last two seasons with Denver and didn’t allow a goal in just over 90 minutes of playing time.

Hookenson signs with ECHL Grizzlies

Defenseman Edwin Hookenson (15 goals, 47 assists in 167 games with Nanaimo from 2013-16) signed his first pro contract and will join the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL for 2020-21.

The 24-year-old from Lampman, Saskatchewan spent the last four seasons at Minnesota State University (Mankato) where he notched 31 points in 124 games.

Von Ungern-Sternberg jumps to Germany

August Von Ungern-Sternberg (28 goals, 41 assists in 113 games with Wenatchee in 2015-16 and 2017-18) signed a two-month tryout contract with the Rostock Piranhas of the Oberliga, which is the third level of pro hockey in Germany.

The 23-year-old Eagle, Idaho product leaves Merrimack College after two seasons with one goal in 15 games.