BCHL Today: Wild defenceman Main commits to Bentley, Spruce Kings, Bulldogs, Clippers and Grizzlies sign players for 2020-21, and more

Wild defenceman Main heads to Bentley

Wenatchee Wild defenceman Tanner Main is off to Bentley University after his BCHL career is done.

The 20-year-old from Welland, Ontario had two goals and 17 assists in 54 games this season with the Wild. He’ll head to Bentley in September 2021.

Spruce Kings add Dartmouth commit Krause

The Prince George Spruce Kings have added 18-year-old forward Alex Krause for the 2020-21 season.

The Calabasas, California product is committed to attend Dartmouth College in 2021. He had 16 goals and 24 assists in 32 games with The Loomis Chaffee School this past season.

Krause also played six games for the Yale Jr. Bulldogs U18 team and put up four goals and one assist.

Bulldogs bring in forward Jeffrey

Forward Adam Jeffrey is headed west to play for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

The 18-year-old spent the last two seasons playing junior B with the Leamington Flyers of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

He had 34 goals and 58 assists in 94 games with the Flyers from 2018-20.

Clippers sign Burnaby Winter Club forward Murdock

The Nanaimo Clippers have signed affiliate player Jaeger Murdock to a regular roster spot for 2020-21.

The 15-year-old spent the 2019-20 season playing midget prep with the Burnaby Winter Club. He had nine goals and 17 assists in 36 games.

Murdock, who turns 16 on April 29, also got into one game with the Clippers as an AP. He was selected in the 8th round, 175th overall by the Vancouver Giants in last year’s WHL Bantam Draft.

Grizzlies ink Ontario product Babic

The Victoria Grizzlies have brought defenceman Aleksa Babic on board for the 2020-21 season.

The 17-year-old had three goals and 21 assists in 49 junior B games for the Chatham Maroons of the GOJHL last season.

He was drafted in the 14th round, 266th overall by the Windsor Spitfires in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

Former Express boss Fortier ends up in NAHL

Reigning BCHL coach of the year Jason Fortier is the new head coach of the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League. The Coquitlam Express and Fortier parted ways at the end of March after the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract.

He led the Express to the best season in franchise history in 2019-20 and went 87-51-11 in 2.5 years in Coquitlam.

Former Grizzlies star Newhook named NCAA Top Rookie

Boston College forward Alex Newhook (60 goals, 108 assists in 98 games with Victoria from 2017-19) has been named the recipient of the 2020 Tim Taylor Award as the top rookie in NCAA hockey.

Newhook, who was selected by Colorado in the first round, 16th overall, in last year’s NHL Entry Draft, had 19 goals and 23 assists in 34 games for BC this past season.

Former Langley and Chilliwack forward Plevy wins SPHL awards

Forward Austin Plevy (65 goals, 109 assists in 204 games with Langley and Chilliwack from 2010-14) earned a pair of awards in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

On Friday, he was announced as a member of the First Team All-SPHL a day after earning SPHL All-Rookie Team honours. Plevy, 25, led the SPHL in scoring this past season with 17 goals and 48 assists in 45 games.

Three Stars of the Night ⏪ April 11, 2014

First Star: Coquitlam forward Bo Pieper scored four goals as the Express won 6-4 in game one of the Fred Page Cup final series against Vernon.

Second Star: Express defenceman Zach Hodder posted three assists in the win.

Third Star: Vipers forward Brendan Persley had a goal and an assist in the loss.

Honourable Mentions: Express forward Corey Mackin notched a pair of goals. Coquitlam forward Canon Pieper had a pair of assists. Vernon forward Demico Hannoun scored a goal and added an assist.