BCHL Today: Spruce Kings forward commits to Merrimack, Garteig signs with Ingolstadt, Mackin re-ups in Reading, and more


Spruce Kings forward Cunningham commits to Merrimack

Prince George Spruce Kings forward Corey Cunningham has committed to play NCAA hockey at Merrimack College starting in September 2021.

Cunningham, a 2001-born Prince Georgian, has played the last three seasons with the Spruce Kings and put up 36 goals and 26 assists in 140 games.

Garteig moves from Finland to Germany

Goaltender Michael Garteig (92-23-3 with a 2.07 goals-against-average, a .921 save percentage, and 13 shutouts in 120 games with Penticton, Powell River, and Quesnel from 2009-12) has signed ERC Ingolstadt of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany for 2020-21.

The 28-year-old from Prince George had a 15-9-9 record, a 2.01 GAA, a .929 SV%, and three shutouts in 34 games with Tappara in the Finnish Elite League in 2019-20.

Mackin re-signs in Reading

Forward Corey Mackin (74 goals, 80 assists in 115 games with Coquitlam from 2012-14) has signed an ECHL contract with the Reading Royals for the 2020-21 season.

The 25-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had 46 points in 58 games with the Royals this past season.

Devils bring on Recchi as an assistant coach

The New Jersey Devils have added Mark Recchi (26 goals, 39 assists in 51 games with Langley in 1984-85) as an assistant coach to head coach Lindy Ruff.

Recchi, 52, was an assistant coach in charge of the power play with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the last three seasons. He was let go by the Penguins last month.

Three Stars of the Night ⏪ September 9, 2006

First Star: Vernon forward Travis Brisebois posted a goal and four assists in a 10-3 thumping of the Quesnel Millionaires.

Second Star: Nanaimo forward Kyle Ostrow had a hat trick and an assist in a 6-4 win against the Langley Chiefs.

Third Star: Merritt forward Wade MacLeod notched a goal and three assists for the Cents as they beat Williams Lake 5-2.

Honourable Mentions: Salmon Arm forward Riley Nash put up two goals and two assists as the Silverbacks trounced Westside 9-2. Prince George netminder Paul Dainton kicked out 30 shots in a 3-1 win against Trail.