BCHL Today: Teams start loading rosters for exhibition schedule and Smokies alum Johnson projected as top three pick


BCHL rosters start to fill out ahead of the exhibition schedule

With extended training camp underway in many cities and the exhibition schedule set to start this Friday, each BCHL team’s roster page on the league’s website is starting to gradually fill up. There have been a number of player additions over the last week or so.

Many of the additions are players the teams have traded for or committed to as prospects earlier in the off-season, while others are players who tried out for their respective team and garnered a spot on the extended training camp roster.

The list mostly includes players who skated in U18 and academy programs in 2019-20, but it also includes two veteran Western Hockey League players.

Chilliwack Chiefs

Lucas Bourdon (three goals, eight assists in 40 games with Valley West Giants U18 AAA)
Joshua Kotai (14-6, 2.90 GAA in 20 games with Vancouver NE Chiefs U18 AAA)

Coquitlam Express

Jeremy Hanzel (four goals, 32 assists in 38 games with Vancouver NE Chiefs U18 AAA)
Ryan Riggs (one goal, one assist in 44 games with KRS-BSU Beijing)
Andrej Kovacevic (24 goals, 14 assists in 31 games with Burnaby Winter Club Prep)

Cranbrook Bucks

Sheldon Pryce (17 goals, 27 assists in 50 games with Stratford Warriors)
Cale Sanders (no points in 34 games with Regina Pats)

Langley Rivermen

GW Henderson (two goals, 11 assists in 30 games with St. George’s School U18 Prep)
Kyle Graham (two goals, four assists in 39 games with Valley West Giants U18 AAA)
Andrew Kim (eight goals, nine assists in 35 games with Vancouver NW Hawks U18 AAA)
Ronen Sharma (17 goals, 26 assists in 36 games with Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15s)

Trail Smoke Eaters

Justyn Gurney (six goals, 12 assists in 60 games with Everett Silvertips)

Vernon Vipers

Roan Clarke (13-8, 2.79 GAA, .908 SV% in 22 games with Delta Hockey Academy Prep)
Kobe Grant (10-10, 3.19 GAA, 1 SO in 21 games with Thompson Blazers U18 AAA)

Victoria Grizzlies

Evan Wammes (four goals, seven assists in 43 games with Northern Colorado Eagles)

West Kelowna Warriors

Riley Sharun (nine goals, 11 assists in 37 games with Okanagan Rockets U18 AAA)
Brennan Nelson (six goals, 26 assists in 40 games with Okanagan Rockets U18 AAA)

Johnson ranked third overall in 2021 NHL Entry Draft by Draft Prospects Hockey

Forward Kent Johnson is ranked by Draft Prospects Hockey as the third overall pick in its preliminary top 32 for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

Johnson, who turns 18 on October 18, is attending the University of Michigan as a freshman this season. He had 101 points in 52 games for the Smokies last season.