BCHL Podcast: Mar. 31, 2022 (Joe Martin, Ethan Bowen & Rhys Bentham)

The Shaw BCHL Playoffs are finally here! We tee up the league’s first postseason in two years with three great interviews. This week, we speak with Alberni Valley Bulldogs head coach and general manager Joe Martin (3:16), Chilliwack Chiefs forward and Anaheim Ducks draft pick Ethan Bowen (21:45) and Cranbrook Bucks captain Rhys Bentham (30:50). […]

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 […]

7 current and future BCHL players listed on Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

Photo credits: Garrett James Photography (Littler, Jugnauth, Hedquist, Dyck), Jack Murray (Hopkins) NHL Central Scouting released its midterm rankings today and there are six current BCHL players who made the cut. Five players from the league were named to the North American skaters list, while one other made the grade on the North American goalies […]

BCHL announces Top Prospects Game

The BC Hockey League (BCHL) has added another element to its 60th Anniversary All-Star Weekend in January with the announcement of the BCHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 14. 40 BCHL athletes will be chosen to participate in the game on the Friday night of the event. Players listed by NHL Central Scouting as draft […]

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. […]