Pod Preview: Vernon

Photo credits: Garrett James Photography Our last preview before the season starts is the Vernon Pod, featuring the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Vernon Vipers and West Kelowna Warriors. Salmon Arm Silverbacks Record: 2019-20: 30-23-4-1 2020-21 exhibition: 3-9-1-0 Key returning players: D Kieran Ruscheinski D Hunter Sansbury F Simon Tassy F Drew Bennett F Logan Shaw Key […]

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 […]

LaFontaine, Tufto named Top-10 Finalists for Hobey Baker

The top-10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best player were announced today and two BCHL alumni are on the shortlist. University of Minnesota goaltender and Penticton Vees alum Jack LaFontaine and Quinnipiac University senior and former Vernon Viper Odeen Tufto are both up for the award. Jack LaFontaine – Senior – […]

NCAA Roundup: Mar. 10

Photo credits: Rob Rasmussen (Tufto), LSSU Athletics (Calder), BSU Photo Services (Driscoll) This week’s roundup looks back on the final week of the NCAA’s regular season and features two familiar faces who have won numerous weekly and monthly awards this year, as well as a junior forward making his first appearance in 2020-21. ECAC Player […]

NCAA Roundup: Mar. 4

After just one former BCHL player was honoured with a conference award last week, things have picked up again with both weekly and monthly hardware being handed out this week. A total of eight different players earned conference awards, including several players who double dipped with multiple honours and a pair of goalies who were […]

NCAA Roundup: Weekly and monthly conference award handed out to BCHL alums

It’s the first week of the month, so that means we have both weekly and monthly NCAA conference awards to sift through. Two BCHL alums have grabbed monthly awards and another six took home weekly honours. ECAC Hockey Player of the Month Odeen Tufto – Senior – Quinnipiac University (Vernon Vipers) Tufto continues to pile […]

BCHL Podcast: Jan. 14 (Dylan Playfair & Odeen Tufto)

After a three week break for the holidays, the BCHL Podcast is back with its first episode of 2021! Today’s episode is a special one as we interview Dylan Playfair who stars in the TV show Letterkenny and also happens to be a former Merritt Centennial. He sat down for a lengthy chat about growing […]

NCAA Roundup: 8 alums recognized with conference awards

Photo credits: Rob Rasmussen (Tufto), Jonathan Knight Photography (Johnson), Ed Mailliard (Briere), Mady Salvani (Galambos) This week saw the highest number of former BCHL players rewarded with conference awards so far this year as six took home weekly honours and another two were recognized for their play in the month of December. Atlantic Hockey Player […]

NCAA Roundup: BCHL alums sweep ECAC Hockey weekly awards

Photo credits: Rob Rasmussen (De Jong, Tufto), Justin Wolford/Colgate Athletics (Verboon) In the final edition of the NCAA Roundup for 2020, we highlight the BCHL alums who took home all three weekly awards in the ECAC Hockey conference. ECAC Hockey 1st Star of the Week Odeen Tufto – Senior – Quinnipiac University (Vernon Vipers) Tufto […]

2020 NHL Draft Preview

Photo credits: Garrett James Photography The 2020 NHL Entry Draft takes place this week with Round 1 tonight and Rounds 2 through 7 starting tomorrow morning. Like every year at the draft, there are plenty of BCHL players expected to be taken. Today we will take a look at the players ranked by NHL Central […]