28 BCHL graduates featured as NCAA Div. I hockey comes to Burnaby


by Brent Mutis

December 31, 2013 (ISN) – Here is a schedule for the Great Northwest Showcase, which takes place this Friday and Saturday, January 3 and 4 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby. It will be a rare chance for hockey fans to see NCAA Div. I hockey teams live in action.


(Autograph signings at all Open Practices)

January 1st, 2014
1:00 pm: UBC Open Practice at Doug Mitchell Sports Center

January 2nd, 2014
12:30 pm: Princeton Open Practice at Burnaby Winter Club
2:30 pm: UND Open Practice at Burnaby Winter Club
2:45 pm: SFU Open Practice at Bill Copeland Sports Centre

January 3rd, 2014
4:00 pm: SFU vs Princeton
7:00 pm: UBC vs UND

January 4th, 2014
1:00 pm: Recruiting Information Session Presented by TheCoachesSite.com – SFU Head Coach Mark Coletta and Princeton University Head Coach Robert Prier will discuss what they look for in a player both on and off the ice. This event is free and open to the public. Please click here to sign up.

4:00 pm: UBC vs Princeton
7:00 pm: SFU vs UND **Ceremonial Puck Drop with Former Vancouver Canuck and UND Alumni Garry Valk

Here’s the list of BCHL graduates taking part:

University of North Dakota (NCAA Div. I, National Collegiate Hockey Conference)

  • D Troy Stecher, Freshman, Richmond B.C. – Penticton Vees
  • F Wade Murphy, Freshman, Victoria, B.C. (Nashville, 7th Rd. 2013) – Victoria Grizzlies/Penticton Vees
  • F Adam Tambellini, Freshman, Port Moody, B.C. (New York Rangers, 3rd Rd. 2013) – Vernon Vipers/Surrey Eagles
  • F Mark MacMillan, Junior, Penticton B.C. (Montreal, 4th Rd. 2010) – Penticton Vees
  • F Mitch MacMillan, Senior, Penticton, B.C. – Alberni Valley Bulldogs
  • F Brendan O’Donnell, Junior, Winnipeg, Man. (Tampa Bay, 6th Rd. 2010) – Penticton Vees
  • Asst. Coach Dane Jackson, Castlegar, B.C. (Vancouver, 3rd Rd. 1988) – Vernon Lakers

Princeton University Tigers (NCAA Div. I, ECAC Hockey)

  • G Sean Bonar, Senior, Delta, B.C. – Penticton Vees
  • D Tom Kroshus, Junior, Calgary, Alta. – West Kelowna Warriors
  • D Marlon Sabo, Freshman, Surrey, B.C. – Alberni Valley Bulldogs
  • D Kevin Ross, Senior, Cranbrook, B.C. – Alberni Valley Bulldogs
  • F Garrett Skrbich, Freshman, Hermantown, Minn. – Cowichan Valley Capitals/Victoria Grizzlies/West Kelowna Warriors 

University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (Canadian Interuniversity Sport, Canada West)

  • D Linden Saip, 2nd year, White Rock, B.C. – Surrey Eagles
  • D Ilan Cumberbirch, 4th year, Vancouver, B.C. – Surrey Eagles
  • D Jason Yee, 3rd year, Victoria, B.C. – Powell River Kings
  • F Ben Schmidt, 4th year, Campbell River, B.C. – Powell River Kings
  • F Greg Fraser, 1st year, Nanaimo, B.C. – Nanaimo Clippers
  • F Matt Wray, 3rd year, Qualicum Beach, B.C. – Powell River Kings/Salmon Arm SilverBacks
  • Asst. Coach Tyler Kuntz, Regina, Sask. Burnaby Bulldogs

Simon Fraser University (B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League)

  • G Graeme Gordon, North Vancouver, B.C. – Salmon Arm SilverBacks/Merritt Centennials/Vernon Vipers
  • D Tyler Mah, Burnaby, B.C. – Nanaimo Clippers
  • D Trevor Esau, Abbotsford, B.C. – Prince George Spruce Kings
  • D Jared Eng, North Vancouver, B.C. – Victoria Grizzlies/Coquitlam Express
  • F Trent Murdoch, Nanaimo, B.C. – Williams Lake Timberwolves/Alberni Valley Bulldogs/Prince George Spruce Kings
  • F Yan Kalashnikov, Minsk, Belarus – Alberni Valley Bulldogs
  • F Nick Sandor, North Vancouver, B.C. – Alberni Valley Bulldogs/Trail Smoke Eaters
  • F Mike Sandor, North Vancouver, B.C. – Victoria Grizzlies
  • F Ryan Donohoe, Peterborough, Ont. – Chilliwack Chiefs

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