With the sudden abrupt end to the 2019-20 BCHL season due to COVID-19, the league was unable to crown a champion. It’s unfortunate for all players but especially sad for the 20-year-old players. A lot of these young men have spent years working hard trying to chase down a national junior A championship with their teammates and are now left without that opportunity.
To spotlight some of these players, I’ll take a look at each division to come up with the inaugural BCHLNetwork All 20-year-old Team.
Goalie – Clay Stevenson (Coquitlam Express)
Stevenson was lights out all season. He had a record of 32-2-0-4 with a 1.77 goals-against-average and a .936 save percentage. His GAA and SV% are the second-best ever posted in BCHL history. Before leaving for Dartmouth College, Stevenson was named the league’s Top Goaltender, and he also won the Wally Forslund Trophy for top goaltending duo with his counterpart Jack Watson. Stevenson finished his BCHL career with a record of 48-29-0 in 85 games and had a 2.82 goals-against average with a .906 save percentage and six shutouts.
Defenseman – Jake Livingstone (Langley Rivermen)
Livingstone had one of his best seasons with the Rivermen this year. He finished second on the team with 11 goals and 38 assists in 52 games and those stats help him earn a scholarship to Minnesota State University. Livingstone finished the season sitting in second place for the most power-play assists with 23. He capped off his BCHL career with 22 goals and 82 assists in 185 games while also being nominated for the BCHL’s Top Defenseman award.
Defenseman – Joey Berkopec (Coquitlam Express)
Berkopec split the season between the Merritt Centennials and the Express. In 56 games, Berkopec picked up four goals and 16 assists. He also chipped in on the offense in the playoffs, as he scored once and added two helpers in the four game sweep over the Rivermen. Berkopec ended his BCHL career with 13 goals and 47 assists in 163 games.
Forward – Josh Wildauer (Coquitlam Express)
Wildauer put up a career-high 22 goals and 35 assists in 51 games this year. The Lake Superior State University commit even had success in the playoffs against the Rivermen. In the four playoff games, Wildauer picked up two goals and two assists. Wildauer finished his BCHL career with 58 goals and 84 assists in 164 games.
Forward – Brett Willits (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Willits scored 12 goals and had 22 assists in 58 games this season. Willits also helped the Chiefs take the Surrey Eagles to seven games in the playoffs as he finished tied for first on the team with three goals and three assists in the series. Following the conclusion of the season, Willits announced his commitment to Northern Michigan University. He finished his BCHL career with 21 goals and 50 assists in 112 games.
Forward – Nolan Welsh (Prince George Spruce Kings)
Welsh capped of his 20-year-old year as the captain of the Spruce Kings. He finished the season third on his team with 14 goals and 25 assists in 46 games. He also led the Spruce Kings in power-play assists with 13. Welsh picked up a single assist in the playoffs when the Spruce Kings were swept by the Trail Smoke Eaters. He finished his BCHL career with 22 goals and 60 assists in 199 games.
Today we thank graduating goaltender, and co-MVP Derek Krall for his contributions to the organization!
Thank you, Krall-Wall!!!
— Powell River Kings (@BCHLKings) March 10, 2020
Goalie – Derek Krall (Powell River Kings)
Krall had one of his best BCHL seasons as a 20-year-old. He started the season with the Penticton Vees where he went 5-1 before being traded to the Powell River Kings. His puck stopping abilities continued to stay hot with the Kings as he went 17-7 and picked up three shutouts along the way. Krall finished his BCHL career with a record of 32-15 in 55 games with a 2.65 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
Defenseman – Devon Mussio (Nanaimo Clippers)
Mussio finished the season leading the Clippers in points on the back end. In 54 games he scored two goals and added 34 assists for a career-high 36 points in the BCHL. He split parts of four seasons between the Surrey Eagles, Coquitlam Express, Penticton Vees, and the Clippers on his way to earning a scholarship to the University of Alaska-Anchorage for next season. His BCHL career totals leave him with five goals and 72 assists in 216 games.
Defenseman – Dimitri Mikrogiannakis (Cowichan Valley Capitals)
Mikrogiannakis lead the charge on the back end for the Cowichan Valley Capitals this season. He finished with seven goals and 39 assists in 58 games and was named a finalist for the BCHL’s Top Defenseman award. The Aurora, Ontario native tallied 13 goals and 60 assists in 112 games during his BCHL career and he will be heading to the Rochester Institute of Technology next season.
Forward – Josh Bourne (Nanaimo Clippers)
Bourne led the Nanaimo Clippers in points this season, he scored 29 goals and added 29 assists in 57 games. In a four-game playoff sweep of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Bourne had three goals and five assists. A dominant offensive threat in the BCHL, Bourne capped off his three seasons with the Clippers earning a commitment to Brock University for this upcoming season. He finished his BCHL career with 52 goals and 62 assists in 115 games.
Forward – Levi Glasman (Powell River Kings)
Glasman started his BCHL career with the Trail Smoke Eaters and finished it with the Powell River Kings. This past season he led the Kings with 22 goals and 27 assists in 50 games. The Colgate University commit also put up big numbers in the playoffs, playing in 33 BCHL post-season games over his career and scoring 19 goals and 12 assists. His BCHL career ended with him totaling 70 goals and 94 helpers in 161 regular season games.
Forward – Ryan Doolin (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)
Doolin led the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in points this year with 19 goals and 33 assists in 57 games. The Sacred Heart University commit only played one season in the BCHL and sure left his mark with eleven multi-point games in 2019-20. He also had a five-game point streak from November 2 – 23 where he put up four goals and four assists. The native of Hanover, Massachusetts played in the USHL for the Chicago Steel and Lincoln Stars prior to joining the Bulldogs.
— Leigh Mendelson (@Lido_WWBCHL) September 21, 2019
Goalie – Daniel Chenard (Wenatchee Wild)
This was Chenard’s first season with the Wenatchee Wild, prior to that he played two seasons with the Chilliwack Chiefs. In 41 games with the Wild this season, Chenard had 21 wins. He finished with two shutouts, a 2.86 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage. He ends his BCHL career with 42 wins, a 2.89 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage in 90 games on his way to earning a scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology for next season.
Defenseman – Akito Hirose (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)
Akito Hirose captained the Salmon Arm Silverbacks this season and led the way with nine goals and 42 assists in 57 games. His 51 points were enough to lead all BCHL defensemen in scoring on his way to earning the Top Defenseman award. Hirose is committed to Minnesota State University for next season and finished his four years in the BCHL with 20 goals and 103 assists in 208 games.
Defenseman – Diarmad DiMurro (Trail Smoke Eaters)
DiMurro had two very consistent seasons with the Trail Smoke Eaters. This past season he finished with six goals and 32 assists in 57 games, with 20 of those assists coming on the powerplay. The Highland Hills, New York native will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology next season. His BCHL career ends with him totaling 10 goals and 63 assists in 115 games.
Forward – Jay O’Brien (Penticton Vees)
O’Brien only played one season with the Penticton Vees. He is a 2018 first-round draft pick of the Philidelphia Flyers who played a season with Providence College in the NCAA before heading to Penticton. O’Brien led the Vees with 25 goals and 41 assists in 46 games this season and he also added five goals and five assists in five playoff games. The Hingham, Massachusetts native heads back to college next season but this time to attend Boston University.
Forward – Michael Colella (Trail Smoke Eaters)
Colella joined the Trail Smoke Eaters this season after spending one year in the USHL where he played for the Omaha Lancers, Tri-City Storm, and Lincoln Stars. During his time with Trail, Colella scored 27 goals and added 41 assists in 58 games to finish third in BCHL scoring behind Surrey’s Christophe Tellier and Smokies teammate Kent Johnson. The native of Turnersville, New Jersey is heading to Northern Michigan University next season.
Forward – David Silye (Penticton Vees)
David Silye had the honor of being the Penticton Vees captain last season where he put up 20 goals and 42 assists in 58 games to finish sixth in overall BCHL scoring. Silye, who is from Arnprior, Ontario and played for Canada West at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge, heads to Clarkson University next season. He split four BCHL seasons between the Nanaimo Clippers and the Vees racking up 59 goals and 124 assists in 218 games.