7 BCHL players listed as Players to Watch by NHL Central Scouting

NHL Central Scouting released its initial Players to Watch list ahead of the 2022 NHL Entry draft and there are seven current BCHL players on the list. Michael Abgrall (Surrey), Eli Barnet (Victoria), Ethan Bono (Alberni Valley), Emanuelson Charbonneau (Alberni Valley), Ryan Hopkins (Penticton), Tyson Jugnauth (West Kelowna) and Joshua Niedermayer (Penticton) were listed as […]

31 BCHL alumni crack NHL opening-night rosters

The NHL season began last night and there are a total of 31 alumni listed on opening-night rosters across the league. Mainstays like Jamie Benn (Dallas), Josh Manson (Anaheim) and Tyson Jost (Colorado) remained with their original clubs, but players like Duncan Keith (Edmonton), Matt Irwin (Washington) and Andrew Ladd (Arizona) all found new homes. […]

31 former and current BCHL players participate in NHL development camps

With the Stanley Cup having been awarded in July and with less time off in order to get back on a regular schedule, it has been another unusual offseason in the NHL. This has affected NHL development camps which typically take place over the summer months, soon after the draft. This year, teams have taken […]

BCHL Podcast – Aug. 13 (Kent Johnson & Manon Rhéaume)

On this week’s episode, we catch up with former Trail Smoke Eater and current University of Michigan sophomore Kent Johnson (2:04) who is fresh off his fifth overall selection in the NHL Draft. We also speak with hockey legend Manon Rhéaume (9:58) who played several years with the Canadian women’s hockey team and was the […]

Silverbacks defenceman Lemay selected by Capitals in fourth round of draft

Salmon Arm Silverbacks defenceman Joaquim Lemay was selected by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round (119th overall) on day two of the NHL Entry Draft on Saturday. Lemay came into the draft ranked as the 224th North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. The 18-year-old from St-Pierre-les-Becquets, QC played his rookie year in the […]

Johnson drafted 5th overall by Blue Jackets

Former BCHL MVP, Trail Smoke Eaters alumnus and University of Michigan forward Kent Johnson was drafted fifth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft on Friday night. Johnson becomes the second-highest BCHL player taken at the draft since 2007 when Kyle Turris was taken third overall by the Phoenix Coyotes. […]

BCHL History at the NHL Draft

Over the years, the BCHL has built a rich history of players being selected at the NHL Draft. From the first player from the league being selected in the 1975 draft to having three first-rounders in the same draft in 2016, the BCHL has had a presence on draft day for nearly 50 years. With […]

2021 NHL Draft Preview

Photo credits: Kyle Robinson (Rickwood), Jonathan Knight Photography (Johnson), Garrett James Photography (Teleguine) The 2021 NHL Entry Draft takes place tomorrow night with Round 1 and continues with Rounds 2 through 7 on Saturday morning. Like every year at the draft, there are several BCHL players expected to be taken. Today, we will take a […]

BCHL Podcast: NHL Draft Preview Part 2 (Serdachny, Rubin, Lemay & Roukounakis)

Photo credits: Tami Quan (Serdachny, Lemay), Dan Hickling (Rubin, Roukounakis) The BCHL’s 2021 NHL Draft coverage is presented by Chevrolet. +++ We continue our NHL Draft coverage on the BCHL Podcast with Part 2 of our preview featuring interviews with another four BCHL players listed on Central Scouting’s final rankings. On today’s show, we speak with […]

NHL Draft Profile: Nick Roukounakis

Photo credit: Dan Hickling For the second year in a row, the NHL Draft will be held virtually, this time on Jul. 23 and 24. This year, there are nine current, former and future BCHL players that made NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. Leading up to the draft, we will be speaking with the prospects […]