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Road to Tampa Bay starts Friday

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) The NCAA Div. I opening round, and the road to the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay, Fla., gets going Friday and BCHL graduates will take their fair share of the spotlight. All told, 56 BCHL alums (eight of whom are NHL draft picks, noted below with italics) will feature in […]

Div. III Frozen Four

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) The NCAA Div. III Frozen Four takes place this week and will feature a number of BCHL alums. Former Surrey Eagles and Trail Smoke Eaters star Erik Cooper will try to lead the St. Norbert Green Knights to the finals when they face off against the UMass Boston Beacons […]

BCHL Alums feature heavily in WCHA postseason awards

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) The WCHA awards heavily featured BCHL talents. Headlining the group was the Michigan Tech Huskies star forward Alex Petan, who was named WCHA Player of the Year and part of the All-WCHA First team. Petan led the Huskies with 17 goals and 30 points. The Coquitlam Express alum played […]

Future NCAA teammates faring well

(Hockey Now on the BCHL – Future NCAA teammates having nice seasons in the BCHL) Though this is his first (and likely only) season in the BCHL, Austin McIlmurray is certainly making an impact with the Coquitlam Express. The 19-year-old forward, who is from Coral Springs, Fla., was the BCHL’s top scoring rookie as of […]

Around the BCHL: Feb. 20

Nick Germain tied the game with 1:30 left in regulation and then scored 29 seconds into overtime, lifting the Merritt Centennials to a 3-2 home win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. After Zak Bowles opened the scoring for the Cents in the second, Liam Conrad tied it for the ‘Dogs late in the middle frame […]

Around the BCHL: Friday, Feb. 19

Jake Kauppila’s second goal of the night wound up being the winner for the Trail Smoke Eaters, who kept their playoff hopes flickering with a 6-4 home win over the Merritt Centennials. Chase Bell’s first BCHL goal for Merritt brought the Cents within one to start the third period but Trail replied promptly with Cooper […]

MacBurnie earns opportunity with Pioneers

No BCHL goalie has played more minutes than Bailey MacBurnie this season and he’s parlayed the playing time into an NCAA Div. I scholarship. The Trail Smoke Eaters goalie and Beverly, Massachusetts product has accepted an offer to play for Sacred Heart University starting next season. MacBurnie has seven more appearances than any other netminder […]

Star commits to Spartans

In what will be his first and last full season in the BCHL, Kyle Star has made the most of the experience. The Langley product started the year as captain of the Surrey Eagles and has since moved to Trail, where he’s helped the Smoke Eaters battle for a playoff spot and now has a […]

Halloran lands ride to CC

Prior to the start of the season, Trail Smoke Eaters coach Nick Deschenes suspected first-year BCHLer Nick Halloran would be a key component to the team’s offence. Turns out he was right on the money. Halloran leads the team with 20 goals and 35 points and that prompted Colorado College to come calling. The product of […]

Kauppila accepts NCAA offer

Jake Kauppila returned to the BCHL this season in search of a college hockey opportunity and in helping Trail win six of their past eight, good news has come his way. Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. will be the NCAA Div. I hockey home for Kauppila starting next season. The native of Gurnee, Illinois has […]