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I'm a Salmon Arm Silverbacks season tickets holder.  Wanted to create a group to discuss teams, players, prospects and potential 2020 NHL draftees for the upcoming season.

 

As much as the league is deemed "lesser" by some on these forums, those in the know get to see some quality, fast-paced hockey.  It has become a good option for those players seeking to go to college.  We are seeing more higher calibre players choosing this route to pro hockey over the CHL.

 

Please chime in - let us know players to watch and how your team is doing.  Even if you're a Vipers fan lol.

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Grizzlies fan here. Had a lot of fun watching the team last year and they should be solid again this year. Jayden Struble was a huge signing and Kosta Manikis has some respectable stats. Biggest question mark is in net.

 

Edited my post because apparently Manikis has opted to play in OHL

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33 minutes ago, Vicky said:

As much as the league is deemed "lesser" by some on these forums,

I like it being lesser, as in lesser money I have to shell out to go to a game and see great hockey.  We're lucky here in Victoria.  We have both the WHL and the BCHL to choose from.

 

I don't know much about the Grizzlies' roster this year yet, but I am looking forward to the season getting started.  We have to wait almost until the end of September for the home opener.

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Travis Green was in Victoria last week because his son is attending Grizzlies camp.

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BCHL is definitely the best provincial league in Canada, and teams would have no issue competing against most USHL teams 

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The Backs this year have seen a fair amount of turnover although this is partly a biproduct of the league - guys ageing out or going to college - and partly by design.  Coach Scottie Atkinson has been here for about 4 years now and we've seen some fast, high-pressure hockey which has been a treat to watch.  Sounds like he does his best to bring in character, high compete players who want to go further and develop.  

 

A few guys to watch for:

 

Akito Hirose (D)

Taro Hirose's (DET) brother.  Has great speed and skills like his bro - dangerous with the puck on his stick.

 

Kieran Ruscheinski (D)

7th round Montreal draft pick I believe.  Big, lanky guy.  Really good defensive awareness and leadership - excited to see what he can bring offensively.

 

Dominic Garozzo (F)

A lot of buzz around this kid who, unfortunately, is starting the season with a wrist injury.  Broke Johnny Gaudreau's goal record at their high school and is reputably FAST - as in people want to see him race McDavid fast.

 

Some guys still trying out but I expect the lineup will be set next week.  One final exhibition game against Vernon tonight to make the team.

 

Looking forward to the season! Go 'Backs!

 

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The Vees are so good this year, they remind me of the 2012 team. They are 6 and 0 and will probably be 8 and 0 by the end of the weekend , because they are playing a $&!#ty Westside team.

 

I know the Westside Warriors coach personally and he has been nothing but an embarrassment to his team, and its kind of funny. Karma is a bitch (hes a money hungry prick).

 

But Doug Weights kid, Danny as well as Tony Amontes kid, Triston are very good hockey players. We will score a lot of goals!

 

I am glad that Salmon Arm finally has a good team, please beat Vernon !!

 

Go Vees Go!

 

I hope I can make the home opener on Friday!

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Yes.  Solid start for the Vees - ranked first in CJHL rankings.  SA ranked 4th.  This is for all Canadian Junior Hockey clubs.  Will post rankings later from home.  5 and 0 start for our boys, took down Powell River on Friday for PRs first loss of the season and Victoria on Saturday.

 

I didn't totally keep track of the Grizzlies while they were here, Baer.  Didn't see Jayden Strubleon the roster.  Most noticeable player was Sommerville - at least had a bit of jam to his game.

 

Playing West Kelowna tonight, will update further on guys to watch.

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1 hour ago, Vicky said:

Yes.  Solid start for the Vees - ranked first in CJHL rankings.  SA ranked 4th.  This is for all Canadian Junior Hockey clubs.  Will post rankings later from home.  5 and 0 start for our boys, took down Powell River on Friday for PRs first loss of the season and Victoria on Saturday.

 

I didn't totally keep track of the Grizzlies while they were here, Baer.  Didn't see Jayden Strubleon the roster.  Most noticeable player was Sommerville - at least had a bit of jam to his game.

 

Playing West Kelowna tonight, will update further on guys to watch.

Struble is going to Northeastern as a true freshman. The school was worried that Montreal is going to get him to turn pro quickly, so they decided to bring him in sooner. That's a big loss for the Grizzlies.

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As Promised:
 

CJHL ANNOUNCES ITS INITIAL TOP 20 RANKINGS FOR THE 2019-20 SEASON

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Penticton Vees (BCHL) start the campaign at No. 1 in 132team CJHL

CALGARY, Alta.  Another Canadian Junior Hockey League campaign is upon us and with that, means the weekly installment of the CJHL Top 20 Rankings.

Topping the initial tabulation for 2019-20, in listings compiled by an independent scouting source, are the Penticton Vees (BCHL).

A perennial CJHL power, the Vees under team president, head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson, have begun their season going 6-0 while registering a BCHL-best 32 goals to date.

Earning the No. 2 nod nationally to kick things off are the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) who have won five straight in Alberta early on.

Meanwhile the Oakville Blades (OJHL) sit at No. 3 as the defending Buckland Cup and Dudley-Hewitt Cup title holders have yet to taste defeat to begin their year having gone 4-0.

At 5-0, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) are slotted No. 4 in the CJHL in Week 1 while the 5-0 Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) round out the Top 5 across the country.

The remaining CJHL sides in the Top 10 include the Burlington Cougars (OJHL) 6th; Brooks Bandits (AJHL) 7th; Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ) 8th; Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) 9th and the 2020 Centennial Cup-host Portage Terriers (MJHL) 10th.

201920 CJHL Top 20 Rankings (As of Sept. 23)
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) 
1. Penticton Vees (BCHL)
2. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) 
3. Oakville Blades (OJHL) 
4. Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)
5. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)
6. Burlington Cougars (OJHL)
7. Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
8. Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ)
9. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL)
10. Portage Terriers (MJHL) 
11. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL)
12. Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL)
13. College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)
14. Pictou County Weeks Crushers (MHL)
15. Virden Oil Capitals (MJHL)
16. Waywayseecappo Wolverines (MJHL)
17. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL)
18. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL)
19. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (14)
20. Blind River Beavers (NOJHL)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Wenatchee Wild (BCHL); Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL); Wellington Dukes (OJHL); Kanata Lasers (CCHL); Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL)

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League Standings as of today:

 

1    Penticton Vees    6    6    0    0    0    
2    Salmon Arm Silverbacks    6    6    0    0    0    
3    Wenatchee Wild    6    5    0    0    1    
4    Coquitlam Express    6    5    1    0    0    
5    Powell River Kings    7    5    2    0    0    
6    Cowichan Valley Capitals    7    5    2    0    0    
7    Vernon Vipers    5    3    2    0    0    
8    Surrey Eagles    6    3    3    0    0    
9    Alberni Valley Bulldogs    7    3    4    0    0    
10    Victoria Grizzlies    7    3    4    0    0    
11    Prince George Spruce Kings    7    2    3    2    0    
12    Nanaimo Clippers    6    2    3    0    1    
13    Trail Smoke Eaters    8    2    5    1    0    
14    Chilliwack Chiefs    6    2    4    0    0    
15    West Kelowna Warriors    8    1    5    2    0    
16    Langley Rivermen    6    1    5    0    0    
17    Merritt Centennials    6    1    5    0    0    

https://bchl.ca/stats/standings?standingstype=league&context=overall&specialteams=false&season=40&sortkey=points&league=1

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League Leaders (Skaters):

 

1   Levi Glasman 23   F '99 PR 7 5 7 12 1.71 2 5 0 0 0 2 0.29 Lacombe, AB
2   Noah Wakeford 20   F '00 SA 6 4 7 11 1.83 1 3 0 0 0 4 0.67 Salmon Arm, BC
3   Kent Johnson 19   C '02 TRA 8 3 8 11 1.38 0 5 1 1 0 4 0.50 Port Moody, BC
4   Danny Weight 7   F '01 PEN 6 6 4 10 1.67 2 3 0 0 2 12 2.00 Lattingtown, NY
5   William Poirier 10   F '99 SA 6 5 5 10 1.67 2 2 0 0 1 10 1.67 Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC
6   Lucas Cullen 27   RW '99 WK 8 3 7 10 1.25 0 4 0 0 0 9 1.13 Kelowna, BC
7   Daniel Rybarik 18   F '99 SA 6 5 4 9 1.50 0 1 0 0 3 4 0.67 Calgary , AB
8   Jay O'Brien 9   F '99 PEN 6 4 5 9 1.50 2 2 0 0 1 8 1.33 Hingham, MA
9   Mitch Deelstra 9   F '99 AV 7 6 2 8 1.14 3 0 0 0 1 4 0.57 Gowanstown, ON
10   Levi Stauber 28   LW '00 WK 8 6 2 8 1.00 3 1 0 0 0 2 0.25 Hermantown, MN
11 * Nick Cafarelli 11   C '01 WEN 6 5 3 8 1.33 2 0 0 0 2 8 1.33 Middleton, MA
12   Holden Katzalay 29   F '00 SUR 6 4 4 8 1.33 1 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 Vancouver, BC
13   Olivier Gauthier 11   LW '99 CV 7 4 4 8 1.14 0 3 0 0 0 10 1.43 Ferme-Neuve, QC
14   Brandon Dent 21   LW '01 WK 8 4 4 8 1.00 2 1 0 0 1 12 1.50 Prince George, BC
15   Akito Hirose 21   D '99 SA 6 2 6 8 1.33 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.67 Sicamous, BC
16   David Silye 12   F '99 PEN 6 2 6 8 1.33 0 2 0 0 1 2 0.33 Arnprior, ON
17   Michael Colella 13   LW '99 TRA 8 2 6 8 1.00 0 2 0 0 0 4 0.50 Turnersville, NJ
18   Tyrell Boucher 6   LD '99 CV 7 0 8 8 1.14 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.29 Grande Prairie, AB
19   Tristan Amonte 28   F '00 PEN 6 5 2 7 1.17 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.67 Norwell, MA
20   Daniel Tkac 14   F '00 MER 5 4 3 7 1.40 0 1 0 0 1 2 0.40 Presov,
* indicates rookie
x indicates inactive


https://bchl.ca/stats/player-stats

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Planning on going to a couple Cowichan Valley Capitals games will try for a Grizzlies game as well. 

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Just wondering , did the BCHL BOG charge Cranbrook owners the same $1.2 million dollars expansion fee like Wenatchee when they entered the league?

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57 minutes ago, Fanuck said:

Just wondering , did the BCHL BOG charge Cranbrook owners the same $1.2 million dollars expansion fee like Wenatchee when they entered the league?

Yes

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I wonder if this means that one team will be transfered out of the Interior div - already quite big

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