This week, six former BCHL players were honoured with conference awards, including a pair of brothers sharing co-Player of the Week recognition in the Hockey East conference and a former Penticton Vee earning Forward of the Month in the ECAC Hockey conference.
Hockey East Co-Player of the Week
Bradly Nadeau (F) – Freshman – University of Maine (Penticton Vees)
Nadeau led the NCAA with seven points last weekend, including a hat trick and four assists. He had the primary helper on each goal of his brother Josh’s hat trick in Friday’s 5-2 victory over rival New Hampshire before exploding for a hat trick of his own, including the game-winning tally, in Sunday’s 7-3 victory over UConn. He added a fourth primary assist in Sunday’s win as well.
Nadeau played for the Penticton Vees for two seasons from 2021 to 2023 and helped the team to back-to-back Fred Page Cup championships. In 2022-23, he led the league in scoring with 113 points in 54 games and earned the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy for league MVP. His 17 postseason points last spring tied for the league lead and his 17 goals were the most in the BCHL Playoffs. As a result, he won the first-ever Jeff Tambellini Trophy for playoff MVP. He was drafted in the first round by the Carolina Hurricanes in June.
Hockey East Co-Player of the Week
Josh Nadeau (F) – Freshman – University of Maine (Penticton Vees)
Josh Nadeau finished second in the NCAA with six points (3G, 3A) behind only his brother Bradly’s seven points last weekend. In Friday’s win over New Hampshire, Josh scored a goal in each period to earn the hat trick, including two power-play strikes and the game-winning goal. On Sunday, Josh returned the favour by recording the primary assist on each of Bradly’s three tallies in a 7-3 win over UConn.
Josh played the previous two years with the Penticton Vees, winning back-to-back championships alongside his brother. In 2022-23, he finished second in the BCHL with 44 goals, 66 assists and 110 points in 54 games. In last year’s postseason, he tied for the league lead with 35 points in 17 games on 16 goals and a league-best 19 helpers. At season’s end, he was awarded the Bob Fenton Trophy as the BCHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player.
ECAC Hockey Forward of the Month
Jacob Quillan – Junior – Quinnipiac University (Penticton Vees)
Quillan piled up 11 points across seven games played in November on six goals and five assists, playing a pivotal role in the Bobcats undefeated streak in league play. During the month, he notched one power-play goal and one game-winning goal in the team’s 5-1 victory over Brown. The junior forward concluded November with an average of 1.57 points per game and a plus-four rating.
The Dartmouth, N.S. product played the 2020-21 pod season with the Penticton Vees and was the team’s second-leading scorer with 27 points in 20 games after putting up 13 goals and 14 assists. He also scored the overtime game-winning goal for Quinnipiac in the national championship game last season.
Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week
Carter Wilkie (F) – Junior – Rochester Institute of Technology (Chilliwack/West Kelowna)
Wilkie notched a goal in last Friday’s 4-1 victory over Robert Morris and added a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 6-2 win against the Colonials. His tally on Saturday kicked off a 4-0 run to bring the Tigers out of a 2-1 second-period deficit. He also won 66.7 per cent of his faceoffs (30-45) on the weekend, including a 16-of-21 showing in the opener.
The 23-year-old forward played three seasons in the BCHL, split between the Chilliwack Chiefs and West Kelowna Warriors. Over his career, he notched 87 points in 127 regular-season games.
Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week
Owen Say – Sophomore – Mercyhurst University (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)
On Friday night against Canisius, Say held the opposition without a goal in overtime and the shootout, making six saves through the extra period, as well as all shootout attempts, to maintain his clean shootout record on the year. He also put up 39 saves on Saturday, including a 19-save second period, to help the Lakers win 5-1.
The 2001-born netminder played two years in the BCHL from 2020 to 2022, all with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. In his final season with the ‘Backs, Say posted a .923 save percentage (second-best in the BCHL) and a 2.44 goals-against average (fourth-best in the league) and was awarded with the Michael Garteig Trophy at the end of the year as the BCHL’s Top Goaltender.
ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week
Jake Schneider (F) – Freshman – Colgate University (Prince George Spruce Kings)
Schneider turned in a three-point performance for the Raiders to secure a win against Cornell in their home-and-away series. He started the scoring early in the contest with a goal just two minutes after puck drop. The freshman forward added two more assists, contributing to a 4-2 victory for the Raiders. Schneider wrapped up the weekend with six shots on goal the following game and a plus-three rating.
The Plymouth, Minn. product played the 2022-23 campaign with the Prince George Spruce Kings where he notched 20 goals, 15 assists and 35 points in 54 regular-season games.