BCHL Today: Grizzlies alumnus three wins from Stanley Cup, Silverbacks deal Langenegger’s rights, and more


Benn and Stars take 1-0 lead in Stanley Cup Final

Jamie Benn (42 goals and 23 assists in 61 games with Victoria from 2005-07) didn’t make it onto the scoresheet but his Dallas Stars struck first in the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in game one of the NHL’s championship series.

Benn, 31, is eighth overall in NHL playoff scoring with 18 points in 22 games. Game two of the series is Monday in the NHL’s bubble in Edmonton.

Silverbacks move Langenegger to OJHL

Back on September 3, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks announced the acquisition of 2000-born forward Mitchell Morrison from the Burlington Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

On Saturday, the Cougars announced that the deal sees Salmon Arm send 2000-born goaltender Ethan Langenegger and futures to Burlington for Mitchell.

Langenegger is from Kamloops, BC, and currently a freshman at Lake Superior State University. He was 42-32-4 with a 2.99 goals-against-average, a .908 save percentage, and three shutouts over the last two seasons with the Silverbacks.

Bettauer jumps from the UK to Germany

After one season in the UK, defenseman James Bettauer (seven goals, 19 assists in 75 games with Penticton in 2007-08 and Burnaby in 2009-10) is returning to Germany for the 2020-21 season.

He signed with the Ravensburg Towerstars of the DEL2 after the Elite Ice Hockey League decided to cancel its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 29-year-old from Burnaby had seven points in 27 games with the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL this past season. Before joining Sheffield, Bettauer played seven seasons in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, which is the highest level of pro hockey in Germany.