BCHL Today: Smokies forward Colella off to NMU, Chiefs add NHL bloodlines in Pearson, Cents alum Schiavo sets world record, and more

Smokies forward Colella commits to Northern Michigan University

Trail Smoke Eaters forward Michael Colella has committed to attend Northern Michigan University next season. He is the 12th member of Trail’s roster to secure a post-secondary commitment.

The 20-year-old finished third in BCHL scoring in 2019-20 with 27 goals and 41 assists in 58 games.

Chiefs sign goaltender Pearson for 2020-21

The Chilliwack Chiefs added a goaltender for next season with the commitment of Quebec City product Ethan Pearson. The 17-year-old comes from the Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

He finished the season with a 1.64 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 30 games. Pearson is the grandson of the late Gilles Marotte, who played 808 games in the NHL with Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, the New York Rangers, and St. Louis.

Former Chiefs forward Kawaguchi to return to UND

Forward Jordan Kawaguchi (120 goals, 122 assists in 213 games for Chilliwack from 2013-17) has decided to return to the University of North Dakota in 2020-21.

Kawaguchi, who was undrafted and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA hockey, was pursued by a number of NHL teams who were waiting to see if he would turn pro.

Former Cents forward Schiavo sets world record

Forward John Schiavo (30 goals, 32 assists in 58 games with Merritt in 2014-15) has set a world record on a tool called The Knockout Net.

Schiavo spent the 2019-20 season split between the Huntsville Havoc and Quad City Storm, where he scored 14 goals and 22 assists in 41 games.

Three Stars of the Night ⏪ April 1, 2011

First Star: Vernon forward Bryce Kakoske scored the winner as the Vipers won game one of the Fred Page Cup Final 3-1 over Powell River.

Second Star: Vipers forward Michael Zalewski notched the insurance marker in the win.

Third Star: Kings forward Daniel Schuler had Powell River’s lone goal.

Honourable Mentions: Forward Dylan Walchuk scored the game’s opening goal for the Vipers.