Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Vipers roll up seventh

by Staff of the Vernon Morning Star

“That was such a relief to get that overtime winner and keep our streak alive at seven,” said Brisebois. “We were real tired having our third game in as many days and Quesnel was equally as tired with their fourth in five.

Bryce Christianson, who made 18 saves, was extremely happy.

“To get that seventh straight win felt amazing,” said the Alaskan native. “I came back and enhanced on a strong game from Friday (35 saves in an 8-1 win over Prince George). I just take it game by game and see where it rolls from there. Every night my goal is to finish with at least a 90 per cent save percentage and if I do that hopefully that gives the team a chance to win.”


Warriors take on top Penticton team

by Staff of the Kelowna Capital News

On Saturday night at Royal LePage Place, Westside limited Quesnel to just 13 shots on net in the win.

“I thought our guys were real solid in all aspects of the game, except the power play” said Warriors assistant coach Ken Andrusiak. “Believe it our not our goal was to keep them to 10 shots on goal so we didn’t make that goal. Thirteen shots against is pretty good though.”

The game against Penticton on Friday will be the third meeting of the season. The Vees handed Westside two straight losses in early September to begin the season. Since that time the Warriors have gone 12-5-0-1 and enter the game just four points behind Penticton for first place.


Smokies prepare for last-placed Merritt

by Craig Baird of the Trail-Rossland News

The Merritt Centennials, who are last in the Interior Conference with a record of 4-11-0-3, are struggling with only two wins in their last 10.

The team currently has the lowest goals-for (48) in the BCHL and have given up more goals than any other team (87) in the league.

The Smoke Eaters continue to spend their season hovering around the .500 mark. The team is fifth in the Interior Conference (9-9-0-2).

The powerplay continues to be a struggling point for the team, running at only 16.87 per cent, second-to-last in the league. The penalty-kill is equally hard to watch with only a 75 per cent efficiency.


Eagles battle Bull Dogs and come out flying high

by Staff of the Peace Arch News

“We had a tough schedule to start, and we’ve done all right,” said Kuss. “We’ve travelled to the Interior a lot, playing four games in five nights, or four in six. Playing Penticton, Salmon Arm, Vernon and Trail on the road is never easy.

“But we’ve got most of the road trips out of the way.”

Surrey plays 13 times in November, leaving just 27 games to be played over the final three months of the schedule, a finish to the season Kuss looks forward to.

“If we get through another busy month in November without too much trouble, we’ll be OK the rest of the way.”


Kings bounce back from blowout

by Alistair McInnis of the Prince George Free Press

Dempsey said goaltending played a factor in Friday’s loss in Vernon, and the third period collapse versus Merritt. Mainprize allowed eight goals on 40 shots versus the Vipers, while his backup Damien Ketlo stood between the pipes versus the Centennials.

“The story to [the Merritt] game in the third period and the story basically in Vernon, to be honest with you [is] we didn’t get much goaltending,” he said. “It’s always tough to gage how good or how bad you’re playing when your goaltenders aren’t really having a good night.”

Fraser, who has at least a goal in each of the team’s last four games dating back to a two-goal night versus Surrey Oct. 20 at the Prince George Coliseum, was the lone Spruce Kings marksman in Vernon.

Spruce Kings defenceman Jeff Forsythe suited up in each of the weekend games for the Spruce Kings. Dempsey said his health is still a work in progress and he’s short of 100 per cent.


Grizzlies take a bite out of Vees

by Staff of the Penticton Western News

Following the final whistle, players and members of the Vees coaching staff exchanged words with the officials, which led to the team being assessed a team penalty for a game misconduct and gross misconduct.

Historically, the game misconduct carries a minimum three-game suspension for the coach. Following practice Tuesday, the team was still waiting to hear from the league what the final verdict would be, with the team expecting someone from the coaching staff having to serve the three games.

“I hope the game never gets to the situation where you can’t fight for pucks off the face-offs and the last call –– Cory Schneider is fighting for the puck and unfortunately gets called for interference. It’s 3-3 hockey game, two teams playing well and the fans are enjoying it and we take a penalty on that time and give them credit for scoring on it.”


Evin in the crease

by Harpreet Sidhu of the Penticton Western News

Evin began his junior career in Powell River where he played for three seasons accumulating a record of 32-43-4 including three shutouts. He found himself traded to the Williams Lake Timberwolves when he was 19.

“I think earlier in the year we had a bit of a slow start in terms of getting used to each other and maybe doing what it takes to win. We were in a few high scoring games. We’ve bared down a lot in our games,” said Evin. “We’ve picked it up a lot. Our team is first or second in the league with our goals against average and that’s a team stat not a goalie stat."


Clippers led by captain in Alberni

by Michael Rhode of the Nanaimo Daily News

A huge second period by Nanaimo was the difference. Clippers' dominated the play in the first period -- shots were 15-0 in the Clippers' favour at one time -- but were level at 1-1 after 20 minutes.

"We've always talked about the contribution we need to get from our veteran, up and down the lineup, and Matt Irwin provided us with some timely goal-scoring tonight," said Clippers' coach Bill Bestwick. "He joined the rush on one. When you talk about offensive defencemen, it's not about leading the rush but it's being a part of it and he capitalized on a bit of drop pass."


Cents net two in weekend home stand

by Colin Oswin of the Merritt Herald

Assistant coach Bill Birks says the team has the ability to turn the season around if his players can recreate the solid effort against Prince George.

“Pretty soon our hard work is going to pay off before it’s too late,” he says. “It’s got to be right now.”

Even with the defeat, McConnell had a standout game, stopping all five Westside breakaway attempts over 60 minutes.

“I can’t look at it like I got out-goalied,” he says. “The way this league is, sometimes there are more chances for the other team.”


Chiefs double up on ’Dogs

by Gary Ahuja of the Langley Times

Grant, a rookie, now has 19 points (eight goals and 11 assists) and is just one point back of the team lead in that category. Three Chiefs are all tied for the team lead with 20 points.

Langley is now 5-2-0-2 in the past nine games.

Alberni Valley was held to 20 shots in the game, a season-low for a Chiefs opponent in 19 games.

Teams are averaging 36 shots on goal per game against Langley.


Caps lose another close one to Clippers at home

by Don Bodger of the Cowichan News Leader and Pictorial

“When I see four of their five goals on things we work on every single day, it’s frustrating,’’ Robinson said.

“We’ve got some 19-year-old hockey players that either want to grab the leadership or they can go and play somewhere else.’’

Robinson wants those players to “just buy into what they’re being taught.’’


Clips edge Caps on fight-filled night

by Kevin Rothbauer of The Cowichan Valley Citizen

The Caps have boasted the league's deadliest powerplay of late, watching their ranking climb from 15th in the 16-team league to third, with a 22.45 per cent efficiency rating.

The Caps also acquired goaltender Marco Raimondo in a cash deal with the Cornwall Colts of the Ontario-based Central Junior Hockey League, and released goalie Matt Ferraro. Ferraro began the season as the Caps' number-one netminder, but lost the job to local product Kiefer Smiley. Raimondo is expected to take over as the team's starter upon his arrival.

"That's why we brought him out here," said Robinson, who described Raimondo as "very quick and athletic, with a military school background. The word we get is that he's a winner in attitude and ability."


Junior A Express double up at home

by Tom Berridge of the Burnaby Now

"We outwork most teams. It's tough right now," said Ranallo, a third-year Burnaby product who is in his final junior A season. "For myself, I should be doing better. But I think we're there. It's just the little things right now."

And that group philosophy starts at the back end, suggested Hunt.

"We have to go out and do it. We have to realize we can be one of the top D (defensive) cores in this league if we really bear down and play."


Davidson's out, Ferster In.

It is official, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks have a new head coach in Rylan Ferster.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Smoke Eaters still searching for winning formula

by Guy Bertrand of the Trail Daily Times

"That's what's going to happen when you play that style of hockey," said Trail's frustrated head coach Jim Ingram. ''I'm beginning to be at a loss for words as to why this group will not string wins together."

"We talked about (going for the win) in the intermission before the overtime," said Dempsey. "We're so far down the standings right now we need all the points we can get. So I told the d-men to jump up every time."


Clips find scoring touch

by Greg Sakaki of the Nanaimo News Bulletin

It was McNaught’s first game back from suspension, against the very team he last played against. One can hardly blame the biased folks at the Cowichan Centre who select three stars for leaving out McNaught, but Clippers coach Bill Bestwick said No. 20 came up with one of his best games ever in orange and black.

“We responded in every category, and beat them fair and square in every category,” Bestwick said.


Chiefs bite toothless 'Dogs

by Troy Landreville of the Langley Advance

"We came out flat," Wolff said. "I don't know if it was a matter of us giving them too much respect or the guys thinking that Jory was going to conquer the world for them, but we didn't do anything to help him."

The Chiefs responded accordingly, completely dominating the lowly Bulldogs Sunday afternoon in a 4-2 victory that flattered the visitors.


Hockey a ticket to the school of life

by Steve Ewen of The Province

Filiou spoke only French when he arrived at the school as a Grade 9 student five years ago. He did well enough academically in his four years there that he's talking now about playing hockey at Ivy League institutions such as Princeton and Yale.

"He thought it was a good idea to get out of the Montreal area, because the junior league there is not overly great," said the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Filiou, who captained the Notre Dame team that won the Mac's Midget tournament in Calgary last Christmas.


Monday, October 29, 2007

Kings trip Trail in OT

by Ted Clarke of the Prince George Citizen

“I fell and got caught up the ice and they went in on a 2-on-0 and Zach (Davies) tossed his stick and that kicked the puck it up to Jordy. I was at the red line and went in on a breakaway and shot it into the top, blocker side,” said deVries, whose first of the season came with three minutes left in the three-on-three second overtime.

“We talked about (going for the win) in the intermission before the overtime,” said Dempsey. “We’re so far down the standings right now we need all the points we can get. So I told the d-men to jump up every time.”

“That shorthanded goal was huge for us because their third goal really dampened our spirits,” said deVries.


Clippers outlast Kings 3-1 to cap perfect week on ice

by Michael Rhode of the The Nanaimo Daily News

Last week, Nanaimo had two-goal and three-goal leads heading into the third period of games, only to lose in overtime.

With a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes on Saturday, Nanaimo made certain they close things out.

Nanaimo has busy week on tap this week, starting with a Tuesday night meeting with the Bulldogs in Port Alberni. Then they have a three-game weekend with stops in Victoria on Friday, Langley on Saturday and Burnaby on Sunday.


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Grizzlies take a bite out of Vees

by Harpreet Sidhu of the Penticton Western News

“I thought our guys worked really hard,” said Harbinson. “I thought we didn’t get a few breaks our way and their goaltender made some great saves. He had a heck of a game and you need to take your hat off to him.”

“I’m not really sure [why it was disallowed]. They asked the goal judge if it was in and that’s all they can ask,” said Harbinson. “He said it was in from what my captain told me [Brett Hextall]. The ref didn’t trust the goal judge. I’m not really sure how that works but I guess you learn something new every day."


‘He will lead by example’ — former GM

by Gary Ahuja of the Langley Times

“I am a big believer that he is capable of being a starting goaltender in the Western Hockey League,” said Moose Jaw general manager Chad Lang, adding that pro hockey is also a possibility down the road for Langley’s new goalie.

Jory went 10-10-1 with a 3.64 goals against average and an .890 save percentage last season for the Warriors.


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Vipers punish Spruce Kings

by Nicole Berg of the Vernon Morning Star

“These last five games we're feeling a lot more confident now, gelling more as a team,” said Zurevinski. “The road trip was definitely a blessing to finally get on the road for a weekend and get to know the guys a bit better. This was no doubt our biggest win of the year and it felt really good to finally beat someone 8-1 instead of being on the receiving end of an 8-1 loss (included losses to Cowichan and Salmon Arm).”

On the game, and his season so far Short said: “I'm getting lots more icetime this year which is really good. Coach (Mark Ferner) asked me to step it up with a veteran presence and tonight me, Zurevinski and Brisebois did just that.”


Oh, Mickey, you’re so fine

by Don Bodger of the Cowichan News Leader and Pictorial

Mickey Spencer has been that guy this season, stepping into the lineup and scoring 12 goals during the first 17 games.

Spencer always had an interest in hockey and started playing at the age of four, but never got too serious about it until the last three years.

“They treated me the best of all the teams,’’ he said. “And I knew it would be best to come to the BCHL.’’


Bulldogs unveil new third jersey

by Staff of the Alberni Valley Times

The Bulldogs plan to play in this sweater for the first time in early December.

"We feel the fans will like the new modern look," said Dennis See, Bulldogs vice-president of business operations. "It has sharp lines dividing the team colors and the numbers and letters stand out."


Friday, October 26, 2007

Warriors go for three in a row against Merritt Centennials

by Staff of the Kelowna Capital News

The Warriors blasted the Trail Smoke Eaters 7-1 on Tuesday night in Royal LePage Place, the team’s second win in a row.

“Our guys were ready to play tonight,” said assistant coach Evan Marble. “We set goals that we wanted to accomplish and the guys did a great job of following through. We played a more solid effort for 60 minutes than we have maybe all year. It was good team effort. This was one of our best.”


Vipers geared for home tilts

by Staff of the Vernon Morning Star

Seldom-used Vipers’ forward Casey Fratkin has requested a trade, and Ferner expects a trade to be finalized today. Fratkin, a 19-year-old Burnaby product, had 1+2 in six games. He recorded 5-5-10 with the Merritt Centennials last year.

Veteran defenceman Jon Smith, who is back home in Alaska with a shoulder injury, has not communicated with the Vipers in the last while but is still one of 22 players carded.


Smoke Eaters reeling from pounding in Westside

by Guy Bertrand of the Trail Daily Times

"We didn't come out with any kind of determination at all," said Ingram. "In my opinion Westside is 10 times better than we are and sure work hard."

"When we play like we did last Friday (a win in Penticton) and then okay Saturday (a home loss to Penticton) and then come back with that crap on Tuesday, I have no idea," admitted Ingram.

The Smokies were hoping to reschedule their Nov. 2 and 3 games against the Merritt Centennials to allow them a break after their exhibition game against Team Canada West next Thursday. It won't happen so Trail will be piaying three straight games.


Spruce Kings can’t handle Penguins pick Pierro-Zabotel

by Ted Clarke of the Prince George Citizen

"Somehow between the second and third periods we fell in love with ourselves, which this team tends to do a lot," said Kings associate coach Stew Magunas.

"Casey Pierro-Zabotel decided to play some hockey, and we couldn't handle him and we started to come unraveled in the end. He's a heck of a player. One of Pittsburgh's head scouts was here to see him, and he knew that, and put on a heck of a show."


Langley No Match For Clips

by Scott Brown of the Nanaimo Daily News

"We played a real good game from beginning to end and made a valiant effort to play a strong team game," said Clippers coach Bill Bestwick. "This game was the beginning of a long stretch (seven games) away from home and we have taken it on as a personal challenge to get off to a good start."

The Clippers visit the Cowichan Valley Capitals for the first meeting between the Island rivals since their fight-filled affair on Oct. 22.

The game will also mark the return of Nanaimo forward Randy McNaught, who is back after serving an eight-game suspension for his part in a post-game brawl at the Cowichan Arena.


New man between the pipes

by Gary Ahuja of the Langley Times

The 20-year-old Jory was sent to the Natives after he fell victim to the numbers game with the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors.

Leaving the Chiefs are defencemen Casey Dion and Tanner Hlookoff.

Langley will carry three goalies but either Scott Orth or Jon Hull will be moved shortly.


Chiefs Acquire Goalie

by Staff of the Langley Chiefs

Jory, a 20 year old keeper who had spent the last 3 seasons playing in the Western Hockey League for his hometown Brandon Wheat Kings and the Moose Jaw Warriors, is expected to take over the number one job immediately for the

“We felt that we needed to do some work to shore up the back end and that we had been allowing to many goals. We can definitely score, but by adding an experienced guy who has proven himself we think we’ve improved our club” Associate Coach Barry Wolff continued by saying he also hoped Jory would add to the leadership core of the Chiefs who only have two other 20-year olds on the roster.


Thursday, October 25, 2007

’Backs find success on the coast

by Richard MacKenzie of the Salmon Arm Observer

“I think our guys showed a lot of character during the trip,” said SilverBacks assistant coach Matt Hughes. “After what happened on Saturday, to come back and grit out a third period comeback victory versus Nanaimo was impressive. We’re very happy to get six-points.”

Zajac was asked about how his team held up physically playing four-games in four-nights.
“It was good,” he said, “everyone was ready to go each game and you could tell on the ice, from the way our guys were flying around and battling hard, that our conditioning was fine. Guys might have been tired, but you couldn’t tell watching them out on the ice.”


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A Rating - A must see player who is predicted to be a potential First or Second Round Draft selection in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft

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Dalpe, Zach Penticton 01-Nov-1989 6' 0.0" 165 lbs. C R Ohio State (2008)
Schultz, Justin Westside 07-Jun-1990 6' 0.0" 165 lbs. D R
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Lee, Derek Salmon Arm 23-Mar-1990 5' 9.0" 162 lbs. C R
Lidster, Colin Salmon Arm 16-Apr-1989 6' 4.0" 215 lbs. RW R Quinnipiac (2008)
Manley, Richard Burnaby 22-Dec-1989 6' 5.0" 225 lbs. LW L
Stefishen, Taylor Langley 15-Aug-1990 6' 0.0" 180 lbs. LW R Ohio State (2008)


Caps split with SilverBacks and Kings

by Kevin Rothbauer of The Cowichan Valley Citizen

"We really probably deserved a better fate against Salmon Arm," said Caps coach Scott Robinson. "I think we were the better team that day, but we didn't get it done."

The Caps had one of their least-impressive goaltending efforts of the season. Starter Kiefer Smiley played 54:43, and allowed five goals on 27 shots, while Matt Ferraro played 5:17 in relief and stopped only one of the two shots he faced.

"It seems that we score three or four every night, and that should be enough to win games," he explained. "I think our defence at this point can do better. We have the ability and size and strength to shut people down. We're capable of that, and we will do it."


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Grizzlies begin long road trip by mauling Eagles

by Sharie Epp of the Victoria Times Colonist

The Grizzlies went four for nine while the Eagles warmed the penalty box, and opened their four-game road trip with a 7-1 victory.

Benn's shot bounced off the crossbar, the puck hit a Surrey defenceman, and bounced back into the net. That was the beginning of a bad night for the Eagles, and a confidence-boosting outing for the Grizzlies, now 6-6-1-3 in the B.C. Hockey League.

Victoria goaltender Matthew Wong was outstanding, as Surrey outshot Victoria 42-36.


Kings of the road in Merritt

by Staff of the Prince George Citizen

It takes seven hours to get to Merritt, then on Friday, it's another two hours to Vernon, where the Kings play the Vipers Friday night. Assuming road conditions are fine, it's then a five-hour trek to Trail, where the Kings face-off against the Smoke Eaters Saturday night. The game will be over at about 10 p.m., then it's a 13-hour overnight trip home after that.

Kings rookie centre Jordy Christian, with nine goals 14 assists and 23 points, will try to move into the top-10 in BCHL scoring. He currently ranks 12th. The 18-year-old native of Warroad, Minn., plans to attend St. Cloud State University on scholarship next season.


How 'Swede' It Is

by Staff of the Powell River Kings

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Kings' lapses cost victories

by Glen Gibbs of the Powell River Peak

Lewis called a timeout just six minutes into the game to remind the Kings that this was the Capitals that they were playing, and a much better effort was required to win. After that, Kings really took the play to the Caps and deserved at least a point for their efforts.

Lewis agreed and added, "at the end of the day the staff's standards are a little higher than the players' and I think we have to address that."

He said, "you look outside of the Penticton score of 8-2 and every game this year has been a one goal difference. That's the most frustrating thing for us. We have to learn how to win those games."


Vees stay in first

by Staff of the Penticton Herald

The Vees then worked the power play and it was McMurphy ripping home his team-leading 12th of the campaign on a nifty three-way passing play with Brett Hextall and Manderson. That was the end of the line for Esau, who was replaced by Paul Malcolm.

Millionaires head coach Tom Bohmer sat out the final game of a six-game suspension, which he was given for his part in a rawl in a game between the Vees and Quesnel Oct. 5. Assistant coach Wes Rypien handled the bench in Bohmer’s absence


Vees returning to winning form at home

by Harpreet Sidhu of the Penticton Western News

“You always like a game that has flow and everyone is going. You are going to have a few of those games during the year. There was no tempo and you just got to create your chances.”

The Vees found themselves short on defencemen with assistant captain Nigel Dube out with an upper body injury and Elias Grossmann received a 10-minute misconduct for a hit the head call at the midway mark of the second period.


Chiefs first on bizarre trip

by Scott Brown of the Nanaimo Daily News

"I really don't know much about them," said Muir. "(Coach Bill Bestwick) told us all to do some research on the BCHL website and find out who their strong players are. I'll be doing that later."

"We definitely want to redeem ourselves from last weekend. We lost two games, even though they were in overtime, we still lost them and we want to get those points," said Muir.


Three games in three nights for Clippers

by Greg Sakaki of the Nanaimo News Bulletin

It’s that game in the middle that’s most intriguing, though, which poses a question – will the Clippers be able to avoid looking past the Chiefs tonight?

Clippers fans will recall that the last meeting between the rivals was the Debacle in Duncan, when the Clips beat – then beat down – the Caps.

Schell, too, suggested Friday’s game will be physical.

“But I think there’s a little too much hype on it,” he said. “It’s not going to be a gong show or anything. There will be a lot of emotions. It will be a fun game.”


Visiting Vipers bite Express

by Grant Granger of the Burnaby NewsLeader

McLellan is working the phones in search of a top six forward or an offensive defenceman. Part of the problem, he said, is he has so many young players and this early in the season other teams are looking to make deals for players with experience. “We’ll figure it out. We’re close,” he said.

McLellan spent part of this week filing an appeal with Hockey Canada so the Express can add defenceman Kyle Hughes, son of New Westminster native and former New West Bruin Brent Hughes, who played 357 games in the NHL for Winnipeg, Boston, Buffalo and the New York Islanders.

The Express and McLellan maintain that since Hughes played four years of minor hockey in New West he should not be considered an import and says he has the backing of the BCHL in that stance.


UW men's hockey: Turris terrific in home-opener Badgers' victory

by Todd D. Milewski of The Capital Times

"I knew the atmosphere was going to be crazy," Turris said. "I've never seen anything like the student section before. I've seen it before, but I hadn't played in a game like that. I was a bit nervous to begin with, but the older guys really helped calm me down and gave me great advice."

Turris was responsible for two of those power-play scores, and three games into his collegiate career, he's already writing his name in the UW record books.

He has four goals in three games in a Badgers uniform, more in the same opening span than any UW rookie since at least 1988.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Free-wheeling or tighter, Caps holding their own

by Don Bodger of Cowichan News Leader and Pictorial

Kimberley native Jacklin, selected as the game’s third star, was pleased how the Caps kept pace with one of the league’s top teams.

“Everyone was skating well, concentrating well,’’ he said. “It was one of those games where both teams played well. I don’t think they outplayed us at all.’’

Pettapiece is setting a torrid scoring pace with 29 points in the first 17 games.

“It’s definitely different,’’ he said. “I am the oldest guy on the team and I’ve never played that role before. I’m just adjusting to that a little bit.’’


Grizzlies face first road-trip test

by Sharie Epp of the Victoria Times Colonist

"I think the boys were really nervous about playing a No. 1 team that had scored that many goals," Penney said. "Derek Lee is going to be a top level draft pick, and I think they were a bit mesmerized by him, and all the scouts in the stands." "In the second half, we put all that aside." Salmon Arm whipped out to a 6-1 lead, before the Grizzlies settled down and made a game of it.

"He's so much for the team, he wants to be that guy," said Penney, comparing Nugent's attitude to that of gritty former NHL star Rick Tocchet. This year, the feisty forward has taken some time to reconcile his natural edginess with the added responsibility and pressure of scoring goals. "I think he really brought his game back to another level." "He's going to score goals if he plays like that." On the road, Nugent, quite a prankster, is likely to be in the middle of things, both on the bus and on the ice. And if all goes well, the Grizzlies should return a better team than when they left.


Grizzlies take to the road

by Staff of the Victoria News

“Surrey is six points ahead,” he says in something of a defiant tone. “But are they better than us? No, I don’t think so.”

One thing Penney would like to see from his players as they meander through the Interior with whistlestops in Surrey, Trail, Pentiction and Merritt, is a stronger commitment to discipline.

“We’ve taken some costly penalties, lazy penalties,” he says. “That’s unacceptable. You’re hurting your team when you do that. That’s what we have to get away from. Hopefully we will”


Vipers record serious road kill

by Staff of the Vernon Morning Star

"By winning four straight, guys will definitely loosen up a little, but at the same time, our home record (3-5) is what it is, and we need to find a way to win at home," said veteran Hunter Bishop, the Alaskan Assassin who fired four goals in Burnaby and leads the Snakes with 18.

Bishop and rookie twins, Connor and Kellen Jones, combined for 14 points as the Vipers shut down the Express (6-9). The Vipers' top line dominated pretty much every shift.

"It didn't even look fair out there when that line was out," laughed Viper captain Chris Crowell.


Smokies split Vees

by Craig Baird of the Trail-Rossland News

“The biggest difference was the amount of little things we did well on Friday. We lost that on Saturday and we weren’t as successful as we wanted to be on the [boards]. We made a couple of passes that guys would like to have back,” Coach Jim Ingram said.

The next day, Trail faces the Prince George Spruce Kings, who look nothing like the team that came within one game of winning the RBC Cup in 2007.

“Prince George has given Salmon Arm some tough battles. They are in our division, right there with us, and that will not be an easy game,” Ingram said.


Eagles just ‘alright’ on road trip: Kuss

by Nick Greenizan of the Peace Arch News

“We didn’t show up against Prince George, and then we played well for 10 minutes and got back in the game, and then let in a soft one to lose it.

“I’d never want to put the blame on one guy, but I don’t think we’ve gotten quite the same goaltending as we did 10 games ago, but I have confidence in the guys that they’ll get back to that.”


Millionaires tally another home game victory

by Rachel Stern of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Millionaires are on the verge of breaking their two season eight-win record and it’s not even the end of October yet.

Millionaires play four road games this week. Tonight they face off against Penticton Vees, Friday they battle Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Saturday they prepare to wage war against Westside Warriors and Sunday they battle Vernon Vipers.


Vees crack Top 100 list

by David Crompton of the Penticton Herald

The Vees historic triumph in Krefeld, West Germany March 6, 1955 certainly fit the criteria.

When the World Championship started in late February of that year, the Vees, Canada’’s representatives, were expected not just to win gold but to restore pride to a nation that had been humiliated on the international stage the previous year for the first time in 35 years of participation. In 1954, the Soviets played in their first World Championship claiming the gold medal ahead of the Canadians.

All of Canada had a year to wait for revenge. As the tournament progressed, the games went according to form: for every Canadian win, the Soviets also won.

On that final night, in Krefeld, the Canadians did, indeed, reclaim what they felt was rightfully theirs, hammering the Soviets, 5-0.


Vees pick up split against the Smokies

by Harpreet Sidhu of the Penticton Western News

“They had a lucky break with about four minutes to go and they had a player make a play in the last minute. It’s not always something you do wrong when you lose, sometimes it’s what the other team does right, that’s part of the game.”

The Vees are back in action tonight against the Quesnel Millionaires. Game time is 7 p.m. at Memorial Arena.

“I don’t expect anything like last time. I expect an emotional and physical game but no shenanigans. It should be a good hard fought hockey game,” said Hextall.

When the two teams faced off in Quesnel earlier this month a line-brawl broke out and players on both sides were suspended.


Points in four straight

by Gary Ahuja of the Langley Times

The junior A hockey club has points in their last four games — two victories and two overtime defeats — and is also an impressive 4-1-0-2 in their last seven B.C. Hockey League contests.

The road victory was just Langley’s second in 11 tries this season.

Over the two games, the power play went 5-for-20 and is ranked third in the league, clicking at 22.54 per cent.

The penalty kill surrendered five goals on 17 chances. For the season, it is ranked 12th out of the 16 teams, will the opposition succeeding 23.94 per cent of the time.


BCHL'ers shine in college debuts

by Staff of Burnaby Now

Freshman Ben Winnett of New Westminster tallied his first career goal for Michigan University in a 4-3 victory over Northern Michigan Oct. 20.

Winnett gave the Wolverines a 3-2 lead and their third lead of the game late in the third period, wristing a hard shot over the goalie's glove hand.

Winnett got his first point in a 4-3 loss to Minnesota Oct. 13.


Express bitten by road weary Vipers

by Tom Berridge of Burnaby Now

"We have 14 rookies in our lineup, and their lack of preparation showed," said Express assistant coach Dan Cioffi.

"We had momentum coming in from the second period, but our youth and inability to capitalize on our opportunities and our desire to win was not there. Some guys have it and some don't, and some guys have to realize it's not minor hockey any more. Some guys are going to find it out the hard way," Cioffi said.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tony Mosey Named WCHA Rookie of the Week

by Staff of St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud State University forward Tony Mosey, who was an offensive catalyst with four points for the Huskies as they opened their season with a win and tie against visiting Canisius College last weekend, has been named Red Baron® Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week for Oct. 16-22, 2007.

A 5-10, 185-pound freshman from Prior Lake, Minn., Mosey enjoyed a stellar first weekend as a collegiate player. He scored one goal and set up two others for three points to help St. Cloud State skate to a 7-0 victory over Canisius last Friday (Oct. 12) at the National Hockey Center. His first collegiate goal game on the power-play at 7:34 of the second period.


Lots more hockey ahead, all away from home ice

by Staff of the Nanaimo News Bulletin

This past weekend’s three games were an appetizer for a tougher schedule ahead – Nanaimo’s next seven games are all on the road, and will come in a span of just 11 days.

Bestwick said he didn’t think his team tired out Sunday afternoon in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, though it might have appeared that way. Clippers captain Matt Irwin said his team wasn’t tired.

“We’re in shape,” Irwin said. “It shouldn’t [have been] any kind of factor in the outcome of that game.”


Clippers work overtime

by Greg Sakaki of the Nanaimo News Bulletin

“We just got real sloppy,” said Bill Bestwick, Clippers coach. “In our own end, in particular.”

Bestwick said Salmon Arm’s solid defensive corps moved the puck well and didn’t make many mistakes. Clippers captain Matt Irwin said the Silverbacks kept it simple and forced the home team into turnovers.

Irwin said his team relented once it had a two-goal lead.

“We got up two goals in the third and that’s when we’ve got to put teams away,” said the captain. “We’ve got to get up two goals, like we did, and keep hammering away. We let that slide [Sunday] and we let it slide Thursday night in Port Alberni.”


Emotional Chiefs stung in OT

by Troy Landreville of the Langley Advance

Awful, and a few other more colourful adjectives that can't be printed in the newspaper, is, however, an accurate way to describe how Chiefs supporters felt about the officiating of referee Jeff Ingram.

"He took [the arguing] in the first, and didn't take it later; he was all over the map," Smyl said. "We needed consistency so that way, the guys would know [how much could be said]. Some guys would say something, and he wouldn't do anything, then other guys would say something, and he would fly off the handle."


Chiefs captain to play in world junior challenge

by Troy Landreville of the Langley Advance

Julseth-White, the top-scoring rearguard in the British Columbia Hockey League with six goals and 18 points in 15 games, will be on the Team Canada West roster for the event, which runs Nov. 5-11 in Trail and Duncan.

"Obviously we are excited for Nolan," Chiefs head coach and general manager Harvey Smyl said. "He's been a great leader this season and a great Chief throughout his career. Anytime one of your players is recognized like this and has the chance to represent their country you have to be happy for them."


Dogs captain sparks wild 3rd period comeback; Bulldogs stop Salmon Arm

by Shayne Morrow of the Alberni Valley Times

"We Got Off Our Game a Little Bit, and We Took a Few Bad Penalties," Kerr Said. "We Knew That Salmon Arm Had Played Three Games in Three Nights. We Thought, if We Up-Tempo-Ed Them, We Could Create Some Opportunities for Ourselves."

Kerr Said the Silverbacks Switch in Game Plan in the Second Period Made for Some Adjustments Between the Second and Third Period.

"It's (1-2-2) Hard to Play Against, if It's Executed Properly. and as You Saw in the Third Period, We Did the Exact Same Thing to Them," He Said.

"If We Couldn't Get Aggressive Forecheck Pressure on Their Defence, We Went Into 1-2-2 as Well. It's Systems Versus Systems." Catching a Preview of the Salmon Arm Offence in Cowichan Was Well Worth the Travel Time, He Added.


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Brother to join sister at Ohio State

by Steve Ewen of The Province

"I hadn't actually talked to Ohio State the first time," says the Fairbanks, Alaska, native, who started with the Vipers in 2005-06. "But as soon as I left North Dakota and they put out that I had been released, Ohio State and my hometown school in Fairbanks were the first I heard from.

"I got a call in July and they asked me if I wanted to come then," says Bishop. "It was kind of a shocker.

"In the end, it wasn't the right fit for me. Basically, it was a combination of the age of the players that were there and the time I felt it would take to get a shot to prove myself.


Monday, October 22, 2007

Best Island Trip in History

With three wins and six points, out of a possible eight, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks have set a franchise record for most points on the road in one season against Vancouver Island based teams. Perennially the Silverbacks have struggled on the Island and what makes the task even more impressive is the fact that all four games came in consecutive days and in the span of 92 hours.

On Thursday night the road trip started in Victoria against the Grizzlies and although Salmon Arm leads the league in goals for per game at 5.9 their first period was truly impressive. The Silverbacks came out firing with an early 3-0 lead and went into the dressing room after 20 minutes of play with a 5-1 advantage. One of the reasons for the great start may have been the fact the team came down a day early and took away the "bus legs" factor. Not only did this help gain the big lead in Victoria but it also helped get the road trip off on the right foot. Give the Grizzlies and Garry Nunn credit as they battled back and made a game of it but Evan Pighin, Derek Lee, and Kelly Zajac were just too much to handle with their five, four, and three point nights respectively. Not to be forgotten was three of the biggest saves of the season in the first period by goaltender Jason Horstman to keep his team in control and on their way to the 8-5 victory.

The next night the game did not start as well for the 'Backs in Duncan against the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Capitals came out hot and quickly took a 2-0 lead but a innocent looking shot from Sam Mitchell changed the complexion of the game. Just over a minute after going down two goals Mitchell skated in over the blue line and right when it looked like he was going to take the defensemen wide he quickly fired a snap shot towards Cowichan Valley goalie Kiefer Smiley who was caught off guard and unable to make the save on what looked to be a stoppable puck. From their Salmon Arm got a great individual effort by Colin Lidster and two goals from Randy Hanagan for a 4-2 lead after one period of play. The Caps' came right back to tie the game in the middle frame but Derek Lee scored late in the second and mid way through the third period to give Salmon Arm enough insurance and a 6-5 win.

On Saturday night in Port Alberni against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs the Silverbacks fell behind 1-0 but Evan Pighin responded with a natural hat trick for a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. In the third period and for the seventh time in the last 11 games Salmon Arm had a multi goal lead turn into a one goal game. However this time the 'Backs could not hold on for the win like they had in all but one of those games as the Bulldogs scored four unanswered goals and captured a 5-3 victory. Credit goes to the Alberni Valley team has they capitalized on their quality opportunities and worked hard all night.

Finally on Sunday afternoon it was a tough task for the Silverbacks against the Coastal Conference leading Nanaimo Clippers in a match-up of the two best records in the B.C.H.L. After winning the first two games of the road trip the team was in danger of heading home with a .500 record. With an early third period goal the Clippers went up 3-1 and it would have been very easy for Salmon Arm to just mail in the two points at that point. However the squad showed tremendous character with a power-play goal from Jeff Smith and then Pighin's second of the night, from his knees, to tie the game and send it into overtime. In the extra frame Ronnie Smith sprung Jeff Smith in alone but he was hauled down and a penalty shot was awarded. Jeff then promptly came in and deposited the puck in the back of the net for the come from behind win and happy bus ride home with a 3-1 road trip. After turning 19 years old the day before the two goals and assist were a great belated birthday present for Smith. Graeme Gordon really kept his team in the game and made the comeback possible turning aside 30 shots.

The Silverbacks now turn their attention to the Quesnel Millionaires and the Vernon Vipers who they will host on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 PM at the Sunwave Center.

SilverBacks show plenty of life in overtime win over Clippers

by Michael Rhode of The Nanaimo Daily News

The Nanaimo Clippers didn't lose your ordinary hockey game on Sunday afternoon at Frank Crane Arena, because apparently it wasn't an ordinary team they were playing.

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks, tops in the B.C. Hockey League, but playing their fourth game in four days, somehow found enough reserve in the gas tank to overcome a 3-1 third-period deficit and edge the Clippers 4-3 in overtime before a stunned crowd of 1,895 fans at FCA.

"I'm not sure what our team was thinking heading into the third period with a two-goal lead," said Clippers' head coach/GM Bill Bestwick. "Clearly, we were very loose and sloppy in our own end. We didn't have any 'shut down' mindset. I guess we're going to have to start thinking about a different style of play when we have the lead because right now, we're not doing a very good job with the lead."


Team Canada West

by Harpreet Sidhu of the Penticton Western News

Rota said Hextall’s name was mentioned when last year’s team was being made.

“I’ve watched him play for the last two years. His name was brought forward for a potential player last year as a feisty role player. He’s really improved his hockey skills. He’s a solid two-way player,” said Rota. “We really like his leadership. I like his grit and determination and he’s really improved his skill level. I really enjoy the way he competes and he’s got great passion for the game. He’s a really worthy person to have on the team.”

“We’re looking at him to play more of a defensive situation. I told Trevor that he’ll be playing on a line that will be playing more of a defensively player and killing penalties and being a physical presence in a game,” said Rota. “If he chips in a few goals that’s great. I really enjoy Trevor’s work ethic.”


Short proves big in Viper eruption

by Staff of the Vernon Morning Star

“They're an offensive team and once they settled down and started skating, we started taking penalties,” said Short. “We talked about it in the intermission and we tried to focus on keeping puck possession to make them take the penalties.”

Concerned that all four of the Kings' goals were supplied via special teams, Ferner added: “We just need to be a little more disciplined in certain areas. That said, we want to stay aggressive going into the play.”


The Mazzeis meet on ice

by Kevin Parnell of The Kelowna Capital News

But that all changed Friday night in Rochester, New York, when older brother John, a senior with the Bowling Green Falcons took on Tyler, a freshman with the RIT Tigers, as the NCAA division 1 hockey season kicked off.

Their paths, though, will always be linked throughout their rise from junior to college. John played two seasons in Williams Lake of the B.C. Hockey League. The year he left for college, Tyler broke into the BCHL with Williams Lake, finishing off as a 20-year-old last season with the Nanaimo Clippers.


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Currie and Robinson Accept Scholarships. Robinson makes Team West

by Staff of the Cowichan Valley Capitals

The Cowichan Valley Capital’s are pleased to announce that Zach Currie and Brooks Robinson have accepted full scholarships to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut for the 2009/10 season. Quinnipiac University is 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Boston, and is consistently ranked among the best Universities in the US.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Trail snaps Vees’ winning streak

by David Crompton of The Penticton Herald

It was the first time in nine home games the Vees trailed after one period, but they weren‘t behind for long.

Aiken stunned the crowd by netting the winner in the last minute. Aiken skated around defenceman Ryan Wagner and his low backhander from a difficult angle somehow eluded Mountain.


Clippers escape with an OT win

by Staff of The Nanaimo Daily News

"We dodged a bullet tonight," Nanaimo coach Bill Bestwick said with a matter-of-factly tone following the game. "I have to give our team credit we never quit."

"In the first period we had lots of quality scoring chances but we didn't get on the board," he said. "Victoria scored on two power plays. Whether they deserved the lead or not, they had it."


Clippers get the upper hand on Grizzlies

by Sharie Epp of the Victoria Times Colonist

This season, Nanaimo is young, and doesn't score masses of goals, but its two goaltenders -- 20-year-old Michael Garman and rookie Evan Smith -- are among the league's top five.

It looked like the Grizzlies would survive the pressure in the final minutes, until the combination of an extra attacker for the goalie and a delay-of-game penalty allowed Filiou to score the tying goal.


Forsythe rounding into form

by Ted Clarke of the Prince George Citizen

“It was good to get back in the lineup but I was nervous that first game, it was the first time I’d played a game I was happy with in about 10 months, since it first happened,” said Forsythe, who was already slightly hobbled with a knee injury before he got hit by McCann. “I was kind of choked because I was on for the second, third and fourth goals, but it was good that we ended up winning.”

“I hadn’t practiced a full hour and 20 minutes, whatever we do, and it really hurt to push off on that knee but it’s been feeling good all this week,” Forsythe said. “I played quite a bit in Merritt and it wasn’t used to it I guess."


Pritz scores scholarship deal to join N. Michigan

by Staff of The Kelowna Capital News

The deal commences in the 2009/2010 season meaning Pritz will continue to develop over the next two seasons with the Warriors.

“We are pleased for Cory. He came to camp ready and it has resulted in his obtaining a scholarship,” said Warriors general manager Gary Gelinas. “Mark Howell’s relationship with the many NCAA schools and his exceptional coaching should result in many more players receiving college opportunities.”


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Road record has coach Dempsey expecting more

by Alistair McInnis of the Prince George Free Press

“We were pretty good out on the road last weekend,” he said. “We weren’t great, but we were alright for the situation we were in. We don’t want to be satisfied with the fact that we only got the three points. We would’ve liked to get a couple more and definitely put ourselves in a position to do that.”

• Defenceman Jeff Forsythe returned to the Spruce Kings lineup on the weekend, his first BCHL action with the team since injuring his knee late last season. Dempsey said he played the entire game versus Merritt, but only saw power play action versus Salmon Arm. The knee swelled up on Sunday, and as a result Forsythe wasn’t in the lineup against the Vees. Forsythe was named the first star in Friday’s victory in Merritt.


Vees Smoking into weekend

by Harpreet Sidhu of the Penticton Western News

“It’s got a little bit of a feel of when I was in college. Whenever you play a team back to back it’s going to be very spirited and it’s never easy to beat a team twice in a row,” said Harbinson. “We start off at home and the key is we set the tone right away with the first period. With our depth using as many players possible. Hopefully it will be a good weekend.”

“I never really got too excited after losing a game here or there or tying to Prince George. I’ve done this long enough and been involved with a lot of championship teams. I was involved with a team that won 32 games in a row and we started off 2-3 and lost three in a row before the streak,” said Harbinson, noting the team will lose games this season but it’s how they regroup from those losses that will matter.


Chiefs maintain perfect record at George Preston

by Troy Landreville of the Langley Advance

The Chiefs appear to be getting their defensive game in order. This marks the second straight game where the Chiefs have allowed just three goals, a quantum leap forward for a team that has the most porous defence in the 16-team BCHL, having allowed an average of 5.30 goals per game.

"Our defence has been a big cause of concern, and we've worked hard on our play without the puck," Chiefs head coach and general manager Harvey Smyl said.


Dogs bite Clippers again

by Michael Briones of the Alberni Valley Times

"I didn't know it was a penalty shot," said Pineiro after the game. "They said penalty shot. I just tried to calm down and relax."

While gathering his thoughts, Pineiro remembered something he saw on TV. "I saw a Statsny's move on the highlights so I said, 'what the hell I'll try it.' And it paid of for me," said the ecstatic forward who is from Huntington Beach, California.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Vipers deliver

by Staff of The Vernon Morning Star

“Obviously, coming off a three-game losing streak it’s nice to get the win on the road,” said the Kincaid, Sask. product. “We don’t have to worry about the fans as much. There’s no expectations out here and the gelling can really happen because it’s just us. We’re going to use this road trip as a big team-building exercise.”

“The third goal was all Scott Zurevinski,” said Brisebois. “He out-skated a guy to the puck, but his shot hit the boards behind the net and came to me. On all three of them I didn’t have to do a lot of work.”


Robinson having the week of his life

by Kevin Rothbauer of The Cowichan Valley Citizen

"This has been the best week of my life," said Robinson, beaming. "There's nothing wrong with anything right now."

"We got the phone call two days ago," said Scott Robinson. "We were completely taken by surprise. We hadn't heard anything, and then they called and said 'Congratulations, we're taking him.' They had scouts watching him in Penticton (on Oct. 3), and they decided that he fills a role they're looking for."


Rapid fire with Graeme Gordon

from Andrew Chong of Hockey Now

Q: How has it been adapting to life in the BCHL?A: The setup here is pretty good and its lots of fun. Having practice every day took a while to get used to but it’s nice. Rotating goaltenders every game has been working for us. I’d like to be in net for all 60 games, but that’s not possible, and what we’ve got going now is working.

Q: What does it mean for your team to be the CJAHL’s third ranked team in the country?Well, we were second so its too bad we dropped a spot, but it’s nice to be recognized as one of the top teams in the country, which is what we want at the end of the season – to be the top team in Canada. The RBC is our ultimate goal, but first we have goals that need to be accomplished first, like finishing top two in our conference, winning the BCHL championship and then beating Alberta. But we aren’t looking that far ahead, it’s just one step at a time


BCHL boys make team Canada

from Jeff Dubois of Hockey Now

“There’s a very strong contingent from BC,” said Canada West general manager Darcy Rota, who emphasized that players were selected based on talent, not geography. “We wanted to put in the best team and win this again.”

Nobody has done more for less than the Prince George Spruce Kings. General manager Ed Dempsey sought to remedy the team’s low offensive output by acquiring forwards Johnny Van Siclen and Reid Fraser, and the pair have teamed with leading scorer Jordy Christian to form the Spruce Kings’ top line in recent games.


Log jam on top of the Interior

by Kevin Parnell of Hockey Now

So who to ask about the teams in the Interior? Perhaps someone from outside of the conference would be best. Cowichan Valley’s Scott Robinson, whose Capitals went 1-and-3 through a tough, four-game road trip to Trail, Penticton, Vernon and Merritt, says the interior looks pretty tough.

“I think the better teams reside in the Interior and I’m not paid to say that,” said Robinson. “The power lies in the Interior this year and maybe in the past years it hasn’t been that way or the power has been in both. This year it looks strong in the Interior at least from what I’ve seen.”


Stefishen elevates his game

from Graham Perkins of Hockey Now

“It’s a lot of money they’re investing in me to be one of their top-end players,” Stefishen said. “There’s a lot of pressure to succeed.”

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. Next year I could be 18 playing against 25-year-olds. I’m going to have to rely on my speed and natural talent, because I don’t expect to be manhandling them.”


Surrey starts strong and explodes offensively

from Mark Janzen of Hockey Now

“For the most part we’ve had a pretty good team effort,” Kuss said reflecting on the team’s first 14 games. “[We’ve] had some key goaltending at key times. We’ve played as a team and when we do that we are successful.”

While the Eagles offense has been hot, the defensive zone has been shoddy at best. Despite being four games above the .500 mark, they had allowed two more goals than they have scored. If Surrey hopes to remain near the top of the Coastal conference, they need to dam the flow of defensive gaffes while continuing to produce offensively.


Salmon Arm rolls over Grizzlies

from Sharie Epp of the Victoria Times Colonist

"We're getting scoring from all four lines, and that continues on any given night," Davidson said. "That makes us hard to shut down."

"When you're on the road, you come up with different types of adversity on and off the ice," Davidson said. "I want to see how the team deals with it, and what they do to overcome that adversity."


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Kipp & Lee on Team Canada West

Salmon Arm Silverbacks' Damon Kipp and Derek Lee will both represent Team Canada West in the 2007 World Junior "A" Challenege. Kipp returns for a second tour of duty while Lee is one of five '90s on the team. The two will be joined by seven other B.C.H.L. players.

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