The North American Hockey League held its annual Entry Draft on Tuesday and when the dust settled after 16 rounds, two current BCHL players were chosen. It remains to be seen whether or not these players jump to the NAHL for 2015-16, but if they did, their current BCHL team would continue to hold their CJHL rights.
The first BCHL player chosen was 19-year-old forward Stephan Seeger, who went to the Corpus Christi IceRays in the 9th round, 161st overall. Seeger, who’s from Mississauga, ON, but has played most of his hockey career in the US, played the last 20 games of the 2014-15 season in Merritt, posting 11 points (five goals, six assists) for the Centennials. He also spent time with the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers, where he had three points (one goal, two assists) in 11 games, and with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, where he had no points in just one game. All indications are that Seeger will try his hand once again at major junior hockey in 2015-16.
18-year-old defenseman Logan Fauber has an opportunity to stay in the NAHL. The Niwot, CO native played for Wenatchee in 2014-15, but with the Wild jumping to the BCHL this season, Corpus Christi grabbed Fauber in the 10th round, 172nd overall. He had no points in 13 games with Wenatchee last season. Fauber was chosen by the Wild in the 4th round, 84th overall in last June’s NAHL Entry Draft. He was also selected by Tri-City in the 2013 USHL Futures Draft and by Lethbridge in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Surrey Eagles added a veteran to their roster on Tuesday, acquiring forward Kyle Star from the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for future considerations. Star is from Langley, but has only played two games in the BCHL in his career. He skated with Salmon Arm as an affiliate player in 2012-13 and didn’t register any points. The 20-year-old joined the AJHL’s Olds Grizzlys in 2013-14 and had 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists) in 58 games. He scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 14 games with Olds this past season and was traded to Fort McMurray on November 7th. In 20 games with the Oil Barons, Star notched 11 points (four goals, seven assists). He was moved again on the January 10th trade deadline to Brooks for futures. Star ended up with six points (three goals, three assists) in 16 games with the Bandits.
Defenseman Nathan Walker is on the Alberni Valley Bulldogs “New Recruits” roster on the BCHL website, but nothing’s been announced by the team at this point. Walker played last season in the Alberta Midget Hockey League with the Calgary Buffaloes. He finished with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 34 games. The 17-year-old also played one game in the AJHL as an affiliate player for Grande Prairie without registering a point.
Coquitlam Express defenseman Dustin Cave secured his post-BCHL career with a commitment to Simon Fraser University of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League. Cave came to the Express in a trade with Sherwood Park of the AJHL last October and put up seven points (one goal, six assists) in 46 games with Coquitlam. In 16 games with the Crusaders, he had one assist. The Tappen, BC product is a veteran of 270 career junior A games with Coquitlam and West Kelowna of the BCHL and Sherwood Park and the Calgary Mustangs of the AJHL. Cave will add a solid defensive presence to the SFU blueline.
Bryant Perrier (Penticton AP, Revelstoke, Langley, 1983-85) is the new GM and Head Coach of the Kootenay International Hockey League’s North Okanagan Knights. In addition to playing in the BCHL, Perrier is a veteran of ten seasons in the league in a coaching role. He was GM and Head Coach with Merritt from 1995-97, Penticton from 1997-2004 and Alberni Valley in 2008-09. The 50-year-old was also an Assistant Coach with the Bulldogs in 2007-08. Perrier spent the last three seasons in France coaching the Division 2 Asnieres Castors pro team and also ran the U22 and U18 programs. The Knights have new ownership, with Dean Keller taking over from Chuck Gallacher, who served as the team’s GM last season.
Defenseman Nolan Julseth-White (Chilliwack, Langley, 2003-08) has signed with Angers in the Ligue Magnus, which is the top league in France, for 2015-16. The Chilliwack native had 25 points (three goals, 22 assists) in 71 games with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign in 2014-15. He’s a veteran of 195 ECHL games with Ontario and Las Vegas.