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Jack Barnes, who was Cowichan Valley Capitals property from May 2020 until last week, scores a goal for the Penticton Vees during the 2019-20 BCHL season. (Brennan Phillips/Black Press)

COVID-crunched BCHL facing trade deadline dilemma with its 20-year-olds

Hard decisions loom when BCHL may or may not resume play

 

Defenceman Seth Bafaro (right), shown playing for the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants in 2019-20, has been acquired by the B.C. Hockey League’s Vernon Vipers. (Photo courtesy of Rik Fedyck/Vancouver Giants)

Vernon Vipers add defenceman, sign three players

Seth Bafaro brings four years of Western Hockey League experience to the Snake Pit

 

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BCHL season delayed once more, but league still hopes to play

The junior A league isn’t ready to sink the season, which is now pushed back into March

 

Nanaimo Clippers owner Wes Mussio. (News Bulletin file photo)

BCHL owner criticized for attending Super Bowl despite living half-time in Florida

Wes Mussio says he’s a snowbird in the Tampa Bay area and will be in the U.S. at least another month

Nanaimo Clippers owner Wes Mussio. (News Bulletin file photo)
Former Vernon Vipers forward Odeen Tuft, right, is one of 11 former B.C. Hockey League players nominated for NCAA Hockey’s biggest individual honour, the Hobey Baker Award. Tufto, from Minnesota, played the 2015-16 season with the Snakes. He’s now a senior and captain of the Quinnipiac Bobcats in Hamden, Conn. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Former Vernon Vipers star nominated for top college hockey award

Odeen Tufto of Quinnipiac University is one of 11 ex-BCHLers nominated for Hobey Baker Award

Former Vernon Vipers forward Odeen Tuft, right, is one of 11 former B.C. Hockey League players nominated for NCAA Hockey’s biggest individual honour, the Hobey Baker Award. Tufto, from Minnesota, played the 2015-16 season with the Snakes. He’s now a senior and captain of the Quinnipiac Bobcats in Hamden, Conn. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
With the BCHL season stalled, South Surrey’s John Evans has left the West Kelowna Warriors and joined the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints. (Photo courtesy of Dubuque Fighting Saints)

With the season stalled West Kelowna Warrior ditches BCHL for U.S.

‘That’s the most important thing – to be able to play,’ says Evans on move to Dubuque Fighting Saints

With the BCHL season stalled, South Surrey’s John Evans has left the West Kelowna Warriors and joined the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints. (Photo courtesy of Dubuque Fighting Saints)
Vernon goalie Kobe Grant has been signed by the B.C. Hockey League’s Prince George Spruce Kings for the 2021 season. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers photography)

Vernon goalie lands with Spruce Kings

Kobe Grant played BCHL exhibition tourney with Vernon Vipers, winds up with Prince George

Vernon goalie Kobe Grant has been signed by the B.C. Hockey League’s Prince George Spruce Kings for the 2021 season. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers photography)
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BCHL delays start of the season as provincial health orders remain in place

The junior A league has been forced to abandon a plan to start in mid-January

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BCHL team can now practise together in full, after a revision to the provincial health order on Dec. 28. (Garrett James photo)

BCHL teams can practise together following revised health-order

Junior ‘A’ league commissioner still hopeful a season can be staged this year

BCHL team can now practise together in full, after a revision to the provincial health order on Dec. 28. (Garrett James photo)
Nanaimo Clippers players Jordan Naylor, left, and Trevor LeDonne drop off letters at the office of Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson, asking for her support as the team asks for reconsideration of provincial health orders banning 19-20-year-olds from practising and playing sports. (Photo submitted)

Junior hockey team in B.C. pleads for an opportunity to play during pandemic

Nanaimo Clippers’ owner questions science behind public health orders

Nanaimo Clippers players Jordan Naylor, left, and Trevor LeDonne drop off letters at the office of Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson, asking for her support as the team asks for reconsideration of provincial health orders banning 19-20-year-olds from practising and playing sports. (Photo submitted)
Vees goalkeeper Yaniv Perets stands watch while Tyler Ho takes the puck around the back of the net in the last game of the Okanagan Cup’s round robin stage on Nov. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton could be the ‘hub-city’ for a potential BCHL bubble

Seventeen teams would stay and play all their games in the South Okanagan

Vees goalkeeper Yaniv Perets stands watch while Tyler Ho takes the puck around the back of the net in the last game of the Okanagan Cup’s round robin stage on Nov. 7. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The 1969-70 Vernon Essos won the first of Vernon’s franchise- and league-best 12 B.C. Junior Hockey League championships a half-century ago. (Photo courtesy of Laurence Quechuck)

Vernon Essos ruled BC Junior Hockey 50 years ago

Essos beat Victoria Cougars four games to two in 1970 to win city’s first junior hockey title

The 1969-70 Vernon Essos won the first of Vernon’s franchise- and league-best 12 B.C. Junior Hockey League championships a half-century ago. (Photo courtesy of Laurence Quechuck)
The B.C. Hockey League’s Wenatchee Wild, the lone American franchise, is taking a hiatus from the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 restrictions. All players have been released to find other opportunities to play. (Black Press file photo)

Wenatchee Wild taking BC Hockey League break

Loop’s lone American franchise pulls plug on 20-21 season due to COVID; vow to be back in 2021

The B.C. Hockey League’s Wenatchee Wild, the lone American franchise, is taking a hiatus from the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 restrictions. All players have been released to find other opportunities to play. (Black Press file photo)
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BCHL pushes back season start due to provincial health orders

The delay is minimal, just six days, for now. But the league is open to starting up after Christmas

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Penticton Vees forward Jacob Quillan celebrates his Okanagan Cup-winning overtime goal with teammate Connor Bouchard as the Vees edged the Vernon Vipers 3-2 in the B.C. Hockey League exhibition tournament finale Saturday, Nov. 14, at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Cherie Morgan Photography)

Penticton Vees capture Okanagan Cup overtime thriller

Jacob Quillan scores 74 seconds into OT as Vees edge Vernon Vipers 3-2 in BCHL tourney final

Penticton Vees forward Jacob Quillan celebrates his Okanagan Cup-winning overtime goal with teammate Connor Bouchard as the Vees edged the Vernon Vipers 3-2 in the B.C. Hockey League exhibition tournament finale Saturday, Nov. 14, at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Cherie Morgan Photography)
The Vernon Vipers blanked the West Kelowna Warriors 2-0 Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, to move on to the Okanagan Cup Finals. (Tami Quan Photography)

Vernon Vipers blank West Kelowna, move on to Okanagan Cup finals

The Vipers will vie for the exhibition tournament title versus Penticton Saturday night

The Vernon Vipers blanked the West Kelowna Warriors 2-0 Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, to move on to the Okanagan Cup Finals. (Tami Quan Photography)
Penticton Vees goalie Kaeden Lane (left) and Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Carpendale keep their eyes on the puck during Penticton’s 4-0 B.C. Hockey League Okanagan Cup exhibition tournament win Friday, Nov. 6, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Hockey continues for Vernon Vipers

BC Hockey League cancels games involving Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley and Surrey re, COVID rules

Penticton Vees goalie Kaeden Lane (left) and Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Carpendale keep their eyes on the puck during Penticton’s 4-0 B.C. Hockey League Okanagan Cup exhibition tournament win Friday, Nov. 6, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Kaeden Lane posted a shutout as the Penticton Vees blanked the Vernon Vipers by a score of 4-0 at Kal Tire Place Friday night, Nov. 6, 2020. (Lisa Mazurek Photography)

Penticton Vees blank Vernon Vipers in 4-0 win

Kaeden Lane stopped 25 shots to shut out the Vipers Friday night

Kaeden Lane posted a shutout as the Penticton Vees blanked the Vernon Vipers by a score of 4-0 at Kal Tire Place Friday night, Nov. 6, 2020. (Lisa Mazurek Photography)
Vernon Vipers forward Nicholas Remissong tries to set up a screen in front of Salmon Arm Silverbacks goalie Riley Kohonick while being bothered by Gorillas captain Hunter Sansbury during the ‘Backs’ 2-1 shootout victory in the B.C. Hockey League’s Okanagan Cup pre-season tournament Saturday, Oct. 31, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks pull off few tricks in Halloween win over Vernon

Carter Loney scores lone shootout goal as Gorillas slither past Snakes 2-1 at Kal Tire Place

Vernon Vipers forward Nicholas Remissong tries to set up a screen in front of Salmon Arm Silverbacks goalie Riley Kohonick while being bothered by Gorillas captain Hunter Sansbury during the ‘Backs’ 2-1 shootout victory in the B.C. Hockey League’s Okanagan Cup pre-season tournament Saturday, Oct. 31, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Nick Kent had three assists to lead the Vernon Vipers over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-1 Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Lisa Mazurek Photography)

New additions push Vernon Vipers past Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Freshly signed WHL talents Josh Prokop and Tyler Carpendale both had goals in Friday night’s tilt

Nick Kent had three assists to lead the Vernon Vipers over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-1 Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Lisa Mazurek Photography)