BCHL Today: Caps name 2020-21 captain, Gurney officially joins Smokies, Benn and the Stars fall short, and more


Capitals name McIntyre captain for 2020-21

The Cowichan Valley Capitals announced on Monday that 2000-born forward Dan McIntyre will serve as captain for 2020-21.

The Almonte, Ontario product is entering his third season with the Capitals, where he has 34 points in 90 games. He’s committed to Cornell University for next September.

Smokies make Gurney signing official

The Trail Smoke Eaters made the signing of 2000-born forward Justyn Gurney official on Monday. The Delta, BC product had six goals and a dozen assists in 60 games with the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips last season.

Clippers looking for Director of Ticketing

The Nanaimo Clippers posted on Twitter on Monday that they are looking for a director of ticketing and media services for the 2020-21 season. Details on how to apply are available in the link above.

Benn and the Stars fall in game six of Cup Final

Captain Jamie Benn (42 goals and 23 assists in 61 games with Victoria from 2005-07) and the Dallas Stars fell 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

Benn finished the playoffs with 19 points in 27 games, but only had one assist in the series against the Lightning.

Lucchini inks extension with Montreal

The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Jake Lucchini (48 goals, 69 assists in 168 games with Trail from 2012-15) to a one year, two-way contract.

Lucchini, 25, had 20 points in 61 American Hockey League games in 2019-20 with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Laval Rocket.

Cressey turns pro with the Reading Royals

Forward Jackson Cressey (54 goals, 70 assists in 170 games with Coquitlam from 2013-16) has turned pro with the Reading Royals of the ECHL for the 2020-21 season.

The 24-year-old wrapped up a four-year career at Princeton University in 2019-20. He finished with 32 goals and 84 assists in 132 NCAA games.

Pelley announces retirement

Forward Rod Pelley (45 goals, 64 assists in 110 games with Prince George and Vernon from 2000-02) has announced his retirement after 14 pro seasons.

Pelley, who turned 36 on September 1, had 60 points in 65 games with SC Csíkszereda in Romania during the 2019-20 season. The Kitimat, BC product played 256 NHL games during his career.

Astill signs in Norway

22-year-old McKullen Astill (one assist in 15 games with Merritt in 2017-18) has signed with Narvik Hockey in Norway for the upcoming season.

Astill played U18 and U20 hockey in Norway from 2014-17 before joining the Centennials. He had 12 points in 24 games for Simon Fraser University of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League in 2019-20.