BCHL grads score post-season awards

Former Penticton Vee Mario Puskarich won the Hockey East rookie of the year award, one of several BCHL grads honored.

With the NCAA division one men’s hockey tournament starting tonight, conference awards have started rolling in for BCHL graduates.

Ex-Penticton Vee Mike Reilly has been named defensive player of the year in the Big 10 conference. The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect plays for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The ECAC conference has named former Langley Chief Dennis Robertson as co-winner of the best defensive defenceman award. The Carolina Hurricanes draft pick plays for the Brown University Bears.

The Hockey East best defensive defenceman award goes to Josh Manson, a Salmon Arm Silverbacks grad and Anaheim Ducks prospect who played for the Northeastern University Huskies.

Former BCHL scoring champ Mario Puskarich was named the Hockey East rookie of the year. The Langley Rivermen grad had 19 goals and 35 points in 36 games as a freshman with the Vermont Catamounts.

Ex-Penticton Vee Joey LaLeggia scored two awards in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Playing his third season with the University of Denver Pioneers, the Edmonton Oiler hopeful was named offensive defenceman of the year and defenceman of the year.

Former Coquitlam Express netminder Cole Huggins was named WCHA goaltending champion in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. He plays for the Minnesota State Mavericks.

Chad Brears, a former Merritt Centennial and current Alabama-Huntsville Charger, was named WCHA student of the year.

BCHL grad Joel Rumpel, a former Vee and current Wisconsin Badger, is among the top 10 finalists in voting for the Hobey Baker award, presented to the most outstanding player in collegiate hockey.

The BCHL has also seen grads sign with NHL teams this year, with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute forward Mike Zalewski (Vernon Vipers) inking a contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

The Boston Bruins signed former Vee and current Clarkson Golden Knight Ben Sexton.

Just Posted

Celtic folk festival favourites Early Spirit live at Tractorgrease in Chilliwack

Vancouver-based folk-rock band caps off stellar year with live performance in Chilliwack on Dec. 28

Three Chilliwack entrepreneurs finalists for Small Business BC Awards

Woodside Enterprises, Pick Eco Refills and Culture Co. could win in different categories

Six impaired drivers nabbed in Chilliwack RCMP CounterAttack campaign

Officers were set up on Yale Road overpass on Dec. 7

Fish farm foes take heart from pledge to take aquaculture out of B.C. waters

PM sets timeline for five years to transition fish farming out of ocean in B.C.

New arts-technology focused high school coming to Chilliwack for 2021

Education Minister announces $15.4 million and January construction start for new southside school

VIDEO: These are the top toys this Christmas, B.C. toy experts say

Consider the play value of a game, staff at Toy Traders say

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Surrey councillor wants the policing transition process to ‘immediately stop’

Brenda Locke to make motion at Dec. 16 meeting to reconsider current plan

Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in 2017 Stanley Park stabbing

Lubomir Kunik was found by a man out walking his dog on the beach late on Feb. 1, 2017

Vancouver homeless camp brings community, safety, home, says resident

Encampment in the city’s Downtown Eastside is one of many that have sprung up in B.C.

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Most Read