BCHL Today: Kings and Eagles swap forwards, Powell River adds a blueliner, Murphy signs for another year in Norway, and more


Eagles and Kings swap forwards

Surrey and Powell River connected on a trade on Thursday that sees the Eagles acquire 2003-born forward Michael Abgrall from the Kings for 2001-born forward Adamo Santia and future considerations.

Abgrall, who is committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha starting in September 2021, had 13 goals and 24 assists in 57 games for Powell River in 2019-20 and added four points in five playoff games.

In the news release announcing the trade, Kings general manager Chad van Diemen indicated that Abgrall’s family requested a deal closer to his home of Richmond, BC.

As a rookie in 2019-20, Santia, who’s from Richmond Hill, Ontario, posted five goals and ten assists in 56 games for the Eagles.

Powell River grabs veteran defenseman Muzyka from Penticton

The Kings added 2000-born defenseman Peter Muzyka from the Penticton Vees for future considerations. The Toronto product spent the 2019-20 season at Cornell University but didn’t get into any games.

He had three assists in 39 games with Penticton in 2018-19. Muzyka is a veteran of 148 career junior A games in the BCHL and the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

BCHL signs partnership with PRIVIT

The BC Hockey League announced on Thursday that it has struck a deal with PRIVIT, which is an online database to track medical information for athletes.

According to the news release, the partnership gives the league the ability to document and manage ongoing medical information to track and securely communicate medical clearance to team staff.

Murphy swaps Norwegian teams

Forward Wade Murphy (69 goals, 112 assists in 172 games for Victoria and Penticton from 2010-13) is set for his second season in Norway after signing with VĂ„lerenga for the 2020-21 season.

The Victoria product had 46 points in 44 games with Narvik Hockey in the Norwegian league last season, his first overseas.

Gore joins OHA as a goaltender instructor

Lucas Gore (14-10-0, 3.31 goals-against-average, .891 save percentage, and one shutout in 2007-08) has joined the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton as a goalie instructor for the 2020-21 season.

The 29-year-old is currently a goalie coach for the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs and served the same role for the Prince George Spruce Kings during the 2016-17 season.