And the winner is…

The results have been tallied up – and a winning team has been determined – for the 2015-16 BCHL Five Hole for Food (FHFF) Challenge presented by First West Credit Union. The Vernon Vipers gathered 6,877 pounds of food on their FHFF night Nov. 28 to claim top spot. Altogether, the BCHL established a new […]

McCarthy commits to SAIT

Vernon Vipers captain Colton McCarthy has accepted an offer and will play Alberta college hockey next season with the Trojans of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. McCarthy finished second on the Vipers with 21 goals in the 2015-16 season, to go along with 12 assists and 97 penalty minutes. The Salmon Arm, B.C. product […]

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 […]

Willcox news highlights pro signings

(By Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) After completing a successful NCAA career with Cornell University, former Merritt Centennials defenceman Reece Willcox will now try the pros. The blueliner signed a contract Monday with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers after four seasons at Cornell. It is expected he will report to the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh […]

Round 2 Series Previews

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) The Divisional finals start this Friday. Here is a preview for each series and key players to watch closely as we near puck drop. Mainland Chilliwack Chiefs (1) vs. (2) Wenatchee Wild How they got there: Chilliwack swept the Coquitlam Express in the opening round, and have been off […]

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 […]

BCHL Playoffs: Tuesday, March 8

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) Offence was aplenty in a Game 3 showdown between the Mainland #2 Wenatchee Wild and #3 Langley Rivermen which required overtime. Kyle Stephan’s game winner 18 seconds into sudden death gave the Wild a 7-6 victory and a 2-1 lead in the series. In what was an action-filled first period, […]

Sacco commits to Wildcats

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) It can be difficult to follow the footsteps of your father when he played in the NHL and is an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins. Joe Sacco of the Vernon Vipers has gotten off to a strong start after committing to play for the University of New Hampshire […]

Around the BCHL: Saturday, Feb. 27

Despite surrendering the opening goal of the game, the Vernon Vipers roared back with four first-period goals of their own on the way to 7-2 road win over the Trail Smoke Eaters that sewed up the final Interior playoff berth for the Snakes. Bennett Morrison’s goal just 1:16 into the game put the home side […]

Around the BCHL: Friday, Jan. 29

Kevin Massy scored twice from the blueline, including the game-winning tally, and Mitch Benson made 44 saves to help the Victoria Grizzlies to a 6-3 road win over the Island-leading Nanaimo Clippers. Nanaimo got goals from Devin Brosseau and Troy MacTavish to go ahead 3-2 in the second but the Grizzlies replied with Tyler Welsh, […]