CHL announced dates for their awards to be handed out
2019-20 #CHLAwards are coming 👀
10 prestigious individual honours to be presented May 28 through June 10.
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) May 27, 2020
CHL President Dan MacKenzie announced via twitter the Canadian Hockey League’s intention to begin handing out their 10 yearly awards. It will begin tomorrow with the winner of CHL Top Scorer. The WHL candidate is Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman who completed the 2019-2020 season with 107 points in 63 games. (48G, 59A). He is the highest-scoring Spokane Chief since Mitch Holmberg had 118 points in 72 games in 2013-14. The awards will be celebrated through June 10th.
Silvertips ink another 2019 WHL Bantam Draft selection
SIGNED✍️ // U.S. born prospect, forward Matthew Ng, WHL SPA 🇺🇸
Welcome to #SilvertipCountry
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) May 27, 2020
Everett Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson announced today that they have signed 2019 fifth-round draft pick Matthew Ng. The Cupertino, CA native played last season with the Culver Academy U16 team in Culver, Indiana. The forward scored 11 goals and added 25 assists for the Culver team in 36 games. Ng is the fifth player in the 2004 age group signed by the Silvertips, all of them forwards.
Former WHL defenseman wins AHL’s Eddie Shore Award
Jake Bean of the @CheckersHockey is the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s outstanding defenseman for the 2019-20 season.
— AHL (@TheAHL) May 27, 2020
Jake Bean (219GP, 49G, 147A with Calgary Hitmen & Tri-City Americans, 2014-18) has won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Defenseman. The 21-year-old spent his second full season with the Charlotte Checkers, the affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. This season he had 10 goals and 38 assists to lead the AHL, edging out by a single point another former WHLer in Brennen Menell.
Five WHL Bantam Draft picks make the CSSHL Bantam Prep All-Academic Team
— CSSHL (@CSSHL) May 27, 2020
Five WHL Bantam Draft picks have been named to the CSSHL Bantam Prep Division’s All-Academic Team including; Justin Kipkie (Victoria Royals), Marcus Pacheco (Kelowna Rockets), Eastyn Mannix (Brandon Wheat Kings), Liam Hallett (Prince George Cougars), and Emmitt Finnie (Kamloops Blazers).
Montreal Canadiens decide not to sign Fonstad to an entry-level contract
2018 @CanadiensMTL draft picks Allan McShane, Cole Fonstad and Samuel Houde won’t get any contract offers before June 1st. They’ll be available for the next draft.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) May 27, 2020
Despite three seasons of more than 70 points, Cole Fonstad will not be signed by the NHL club that drafted him, the Montreal Canadiens. Per the NHL/CHL Agreement, the team had two years to sign their 2018 draft picks with the date of June 1st considered the deadline. The 20-year-old will be eligible to re-enter the NHL Draft when the league determines it to be held. Fonstad will also be eligible to play with the Everett Silvertips when the WHL season commences.
Royal promote Dan Price to dual roles
BREAKING: We are proud to announce that Dan Price has been promoted to the role of General Manager & Head Coach!
— Victoria Royals (@victoriaroyals) May 26, 2020
After eight WHL seasons, the Victoria Royals announced they had let Cam Hope go from the organization. The team did not need to search very far for his replacement as Head Coach Dan Price added the General Manager title to his name on Tuesday. Our Ryan Sinclair has more here.
Former Blazer commits to University of British Columbia
Congrats to Vernon Vipers D Jackson Caller on his commitment to the University of British Columbia!
— BC Hockey League (@GoBCHL) May 26, 2020
Jackson Caller spent parts of four seasons before moving onto the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. In his four seasons, he played for the Portland Winterhawks, Saskatoon Blades, and Kamloops Blazers scoring six times and adding 31 assists.
Broncos sign fourth-round WHL Bantam Draft pick
NEWS: The Broncos have signed Van Eger to a WHL Standard Player Agreement. He was drafted 88th overall in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.
— Swift Current Broncos (@SCBroncos) May 25, 2020
Swift Current used the 88th overall pick on Willow Bunch, SK native Eger following his season with the Notre Dame Hounds Bantam AAA program. In 30 games with the team, he scored 18 times and added 18 assists. Eger is the fifth 2005 born player to be signed by the Broncos, including their first-round selection Brady Birnie.
Crossley signs with Swedish third-tier pro team
— PrinceGeorgeMatters (@PGMatters) May 27, 2020
Following parts of four seasons in the WHL with both the Prince Albert Raiders and Prince George Cougars (159GP, 8G, 13A), Crossley has signed with Kalix HC of Sweden’s Division 1 hockey league. This is the third professional tier in Sweden. His deal is for two seasons and he is set to leave for Europe at the end of July.
Graduates commit to USports teams
In addition to Jaden Peca, I'm also hearing the UPEI Panthers have Victoria Royals goaltender Shane Farkas committed for '20-21, per sources.
With Simon Hofley using up all 5 years of eligibility, that fills the void in net for the Panthers moving forward.
— Victor Findlay (@Finder_24) May 25, 2020
Defenceman Dom Schmiemann of the Brandon Wheat Kings is set to join the MRU Cougars for '20-21, per sources.
Schmiemann played 249 career WHL games between Swift Current, Calgary, Tri-City, and Brandon.
— Victor Findlay (@Finder_24) May 27, 2020
Over the last few days the Victor Findlay has reported that Victoria Royals netminder Shane Farkas and Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Dom Schmiemann have committed to USports teams for the upcoming season. Farkas (Portland/Victoria 112GP, 65-31-4-4, 2.76, .909 ) joins former WHLers Riley Whittingham (Spokane Chiefs), Bobby Zinkan (Swift Current Broncos) at the University of Prince Edward Island. Scmniemann (249GP, 7G, 45A) joins Mount Royal University, home to numerous former WHL players.
Former Giant signs with Sport Vaasa in Finland’s Liiga
Marcin Kolusz (Vancouver, 2003-2004) signed one-year plus option contract with Sport Vaasa (Finland, Liiga). The contract includes a two-month try-out period. This season with Katowice (Poland, PHL) 44 GP, 8+21. Second on team in assists, third in points.
— MacBeth Report (@MacBethReport) May 27, 2020
Polish defenseman Kolusz spent one season in the Western Hockey League with the Vancouver Giants where he scored six goals and added 12 assists in 64 games. Since returning to Europe the now 35-year-old has played professionally in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. This will be his first venture into the Finish top league.