BCHL Today: Warriors release statement and lose a forward, Voltin signs in ECHL, and more


West Kelowna releases statement from president Chris Laurie

The West Kelowna Warriors have been busy recently, as they continue to prepare for the upcoming season. As seen in the above tweet, the Warriors have released a letter from team president Chris Laurie.

The letter contains information on what the Warriors have been up to this offseason, both in the front office and in the community.

The most intriguing item in the letter might be Laurie revealing that the Warriors are planing an exhibition challenge series with the other three teams from the Okanagan region.

Laurie also said they have not yet been notified if there will be an arena capacity limitation or not when the season gets underway. The exhibition series will be closed to fans, however, the games will all be broadcast online so fans can catch the action.

Warriors forward Tresca leaves for USHL

While the West Kelowna Warriors have been busy adding forwards in recent days, they have had one decide to go elsewhere. Philip Tresca, a 2002-born forward from Boston, Massachusetts has chosen to join the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League.

In May, the Warriors announced his commitment to the team for 2020-21, before he headed to Yale University for 2021-22.

He had ten goals and 18 assists in 28 games playing US high school for The Rivers School in 2019-20.

Voltin signs with Reading Royals of ECHL

Forward Luke Voltin (21 goals, 35 assists in 99 games with Vernon, Langley, and Penticton from 2014-16) has signed a contract with the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

In between his BCHL career and signing his first professional contract, Voltin spent four seasons at Northern Michigan University.

The 25-year-old forward from Blaine, Minnesota contributed 14 goals and 11 assists in 144 games at Northern Michigan.

Desbiens signs with Maine Mariners of ECHL

Forward Jonathan Desbiens (71 goals, 66 assists in 112 games with West Kelowna from 2014-16) has signed with the ECHL’s Maine Mariners.

The 24-year-old forward from Rosemere, Quebec spent the last four seasons playing at Bentley University.

He scored 49 goals and added 53 assists in 139 games over his career at Bentley.