BCHL Podcast: Jan. 14 (Ed Johnstone & Cade Littler)

On this week’s episode, we catch up with special guest Ed Johnstone (2:52). Johnstone played for the Vernon Essos from 1970-1972, then went on to play 12 years in the NHL with the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings. He eventually returned to the BCHL to coach the Vernon Lakers for four years from […]

8 BCHL alumni sign NHL contracts out of college

Photo credits: Rob Rasmussen (Tufto), Mark Kuhlmann (Kawaguchi) With the college hockey regular season ending a few weeks ago and teams being eliminated from the national tournament last weekend, there has been a recent flurry of NCAA players signings pro contracts. Eight of these players are BCHL alumni and every one of them signed with […]

BCHL alums find new homes in the NHL

With the NHL playoffs taking place from August to the end of September, that meant the offseason was delayed until early October. With little time to spare, the NHL held the 2020 entry draft on Oct. 6 and 7 and two days later the free agency window opened to signify the official start of the […]

BCHL Podcast: NHL Draft Recap

We wrap our 2020 NHL Draft coverage with interviews with all three players selected at this week’s draft. Guests include: Matteo Costantini (Penticton Vees) – selected in the fifth round by the Buffalo Sabres Ethan Bowen (Chilliwack Chiefs)  – selected in the seventh round by the Anaheim Ducks Kienan Draper (Chilliwack Chiefs) – selected in […]

3 BCHL players selected in 2020 NHL Draft

Three current BCHL players were selected on day two of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday. Penticton Vees forward Matteo Costantini was picked by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round, Chilliwack Chiefs forward Kienan Draper went to the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round and Chiefs forward Ethan Bowen was chosen by […]

Hirose nets first NHL goal

Fresh off signing an entry-level deal after his junior season at Michigan State University, former Salmon Arm Silverbacks standout Taro Hirose has had an immediate impact upon joining the Detroit Red Wings. After registering an assist in each of his first five games, the Calgary, Alta. native achieved another milestone in his seventh career game […]

Hirose turns pro with Red Wings

The latest, but certainly not least, of the burst of NCAA free agent signings this week was that of Salmon Arm Silverbacks alum and college hockey’s leading scorer at the end of the regular season, Taro Hirose of Michigan State. The Detroit Red Wings, who didn’t have to go far afield to see Hirose this […]

Cholowski nets first NHL goal

Detroit Red Wings defenceman and former Chilliwack Chiefs standout Dennis Cholowski scored his first NHL goal in his first-ever game last night after making the Red Wings opening-night roster out of training camp. With Detroit trailing the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 midway through the second period, Cholowski pinched in from the point and snapped a […]

Red Wings choose Cholowski

It became a record night for the BCHL when Chilliwack Chiefs defenceman Dennis Cholowski was scooped at No. 20 by the Detroit Red Wings Friday night at the NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo. Cholowski’s selection made it three first-round picks this year for the BCHL, surpassing the record of two set in 2004 and 2007. […]