BCHL Today: Spruce Kings and Chiefs each acquire new players, Wild remove interim tag from Clark, and more


Spruce Kings add Bentley commit from Wenatchee

The Prince George Spruce Kings added experience to their blue line on Wednesday with the acquisition of 2000-born defenseman Tanner Main from the Wenatchee Wild for future considerations.

Main is from Welland, Ontario, and set to play NCAA Div. I hockey at Bentley University next September. He had 19 points in 54 games as a rookie with the Wild last season.

He was one of four Canadian players on Wenatchee’s roster in 2019-20.

Chiefs nab veteran Schlaht from Surrey

The Chilliwack Chiefs brought in 2000-born forward Wyatt Schlaht on Wednesday in a trade that sees the Surrey Eagles get future considerations in return.

The sophomore from Denver, colorado had 23 points in 58 games with the Eagles last season. He added five points in seven playoff games.

Schlaht is committed to attend NCAA Div. I Brown University in September 2021.

Silverbacks round out leadership group

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have announced who will serve as assistant captains to Hunter Sansbury, who was named captain last month for the 2019-20 season.

Joining Sansbury in the Backs’ leadership core is 2000-born forwards Logan Shaw and Drew Bennett along with 2002-born forward Carter Loney.

Shaw is entering his third season in Salmon Arm, while Bennett is going into his second season with the Silverbacks.

Loney, who is ranked 167th by NHL Central Scouting for next month’s NHL Entry Draft, is starting his first season in Salmon Arm after being acquired via trade from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Steinbach Pistons on June 30.

Clark named head coach for the Wenatchee Wild

Chris Clark (61 combined games played with Victoria and Salmon Arm from 2000-02) is the new head coach of the Wenatchee Wild.

The 38-year-old was named interim head coach in December 2019 when Bliss Littler stepped down from the role for health reasons.

Clark, who has been on the Wild’s coaching staff since 2008 in various roles, guided the team to a 14-11-1 record since taking over the head job.

Grizzlies alum Benn and the Stars down 2-1 in Cup Final

For the third straight game, Dallas forward Jamie Benn (42 goals and 23 assists in 61 games with Victoria from 2005-07) had no points as the Stars fell 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in game three of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Lightning leads the series 2-1 with game four on Friday in the National Hockey League’s Edmonton bubble.

Franson is back in Rockford

Defenseman Cody Franson (one assist in two games with Trail in 2003-04) is back in North America after signing a contract with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League for the 2020-21 season.

Franson, 33, spent the last two seasons with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. The Sicamous, BC product is a veteran of 550 NHL games over the last decade.

Schwalbe is back in Sweden for 2020-21

Forward Ryan Schwalbe (eight goals, 13 assists in 53 games with Salmon Arm in 2012-13) signed with Olofströms IK in Sweden’s second division for the 2020-21 season.

The Anchorage, Alaska alum of Minnesota State University, Mankato, had 50 points in 33 Division 2 games with Åmåls SK during the 2019-20 season.

Ferrie signs with Notre Dame Hounds

2002-born defenseman Patrick Ferrie (no points in two games with Victoria in 2019-20) has signed with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

The product of Fort St. John, BC had 17 points in 42 games with the Westshore Wolves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League last season.