BCHL Today: Chiefs add Brown University defenseman, Okanagan teams to play exhibition tournament, and more


Chiefs add NCAA defenseman Krys

The Chilliwack Chiefs announced the addition of 2000-born defenseman Luke Krys on Tuesday. Krys is a dual American-Canadian citizen and as such is able to cross the Canada-US border despite its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He spent the 2019-20 season playing NCAA hockey with Brown University and put up four goals and five assists in 31 games as a freshman. Krys was the captain at Salisbury Prep School in 2018-19 and scored 32 points in 30 games.

Silverbacks, Vipers, Vees, and Warriors to compete in Okanagan Cup

Four of the nine teams in the BCHL’s Interior Conference have arranged for an exhibition tournament called the Okanagan Cup.

Penticton, Salmon Arm, Vernon, and West Kelowna are those which are within the closest proximity to the Okanagan, with the Vees, Vipers, and Warriors situated in the Okanagan Valley itself.

The tournament, which starts September 25, will see each team play one another four times to make up a total of 12 round-robin games.

The furthest travel in the tournament is for games between Penticton and Salmon Arm as it is less than a 2.5-hour drive between the two cities.

Rockwood signs new ECHL deal

Forward Adam Rockwood (19 goals, 81 assists in 107 games with Coquitlam from 2012-14) has signed with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL for the 2020-21 season.

The 25-year-old played for the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits this past seaosn and put up 35 points in 49 games. He also spent eight games with the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League and had two assists.