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19 BCHL alumni crack NHL opening-night rosters

The 2023-24 National Hockey League (NHL) regular season begins this afternoon, which means teams are now set across the league and there are 19 BCHL alumni on opening-night rosters.

The Colorado Avalanche have the most representation with three former BCHL players on the roster, including Devon Toews, Josh Manson and the newly-acquired Ryan Johansen. The Arizona Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Seattle Kraken also boast multiple league alumni to start the year.

Several former BCHLers found new homes over the summer, including 2019 BCHL Most Valuable Player Alex Newhook who was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and Stanley Cup champion Milan Lucic who returned to the Boston Bruins in free agency.

See the full list below.

Arizona Coyotes Alex Kerfoot Coquitlam Express 2011-2013
Arizona Coyotes Troy Stecher Penticton Vees 2010-2013
Boston Bruins Danton Heinen Surrey Eagles 2013-2014
Boston Bruins Milan Lucic Coquitlam Express 2004-2005
Buffalo Sabres Tyson Jost Penticton Vees 2014-2016
Colorado Avalanche Ryan Johansen Penticton Vees 2008-2009
Colorado Avalanche Josh Manson Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2009-2011
Colorado Avalanche Devon Toews Surrey Eagles 2011-2013
Columbus Blue Jackets Kent Johnson Trail Smoke Eaters 2018-2020
Dallas Stars Jamie Benn Victoria Grizzlies 2006-2007
Edmonton Oilers Vincent Desharnais Chilliwack Chiefs 2014-2015
Florida Panthers Mike Reilly Penticton Vees 2011-2012
Minnesota Wild Brandon Duhaime Merritt Centennials 2014-2015
Montreal Canadiens Alex Newhook Victoria Grizzlies 2017-2019
Nashville Predators Dante Fabbro Penticton Vees 2014-2016
Nashville Predators Colton Sissons Westside Warriors 2009-2010
Seattle Kraken Justin Schultz Westside Warriors 2007-2009
Seattle Kraken Brandon Tanev Surrey Eagles 2011-2012
Winnipeg Jets Laurent Brossoit Cowichan Valley Capitals 2009-2010

NOTE: Only players with a minimum of 10 games played in the BCHL are included.