September 27, 2012, Vancouver – Going into their final seasons of junior hockey, a number of current BCHLers found themselves caught in the numbers game at the major junior hockey level but are now making noise in this league.
The best and most recent example of this is Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Ryan Hanes. The veteran of 181 Western Hockey League games with the Kamloops Blazers sniped a hat trick against the Nanaimo Clippers on the weekend and is currently second in BCHL scoring. The Caps also recently acquired Teal Burns via a trade with the Powell River Kings. Burns is a veteran of 203 junior hockey games, 96 in the WHL and 107 in the BCHL. He had 25 points in 21 games last year with the Kings.
In Prince George, former Regina Pats forward Lyndon Martell has five points in five games and scored the overtime winner in a dramatic triumph over Langley at the BCHL Showcase.
The Salmon Arm SilverBacks have recently received reinforcements from the WHL as Brock Balson, who began last season with the Gorillas before going to Kamloops, has returned to the fold. It should help for a team that has been shutout three times in five games as Balson had 10 goals and 10 assists in 20 BCHL games last season. The ‘Backs also have Jason Trott on the roster who played last year with the Portland Winterhawks. Trott is one of just two players with multiple points so far for Salmon Arm.
In Nanaimo, the Clippers have added homegrown talent Greg Fraser after the 20-year-old spent the last four seasons with the Prince George Cougars scoring 56 points over the last two campaigns.
Shifty Langley Rivermen rearguard Tyler Vanscourt has notched two goals and an assist in four games so far after splitting last year between Vancouver, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.