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18-year-old Ontario forward commits to Warriors for upcoming season

Warriors ink playmaker

The West Kelowna Warriors have added size and skill up front.

The Warriors this week announced they have received a commitment from six-foot-four, 192 pound forward Luke Devlin.

Devlin, born in Memphis and now residing in the Toronto area, led the St. Andrew's College Saints (CAHS) in scoring this past season with 19 goals and 47 points over 44 games.

"We are very excited for Luke to join the Warriors family," said head coach and GM Simon Ferguson while making the announcement.

"Luke is a player we followed for a couple seasons. He brings size, speed and an ability to make plays and put the puck in the net."

Devlin is familiar with the league after his older brother Ian made the journey west last season, playing with the Coquitlam Express.

The two teams are scheduled to face each other March 11 when Coquitlam make their lone trip to Royal LePage Place.

"March 11 is definitely circled on my calendar," said Devlin.

"I'm stoked to take our basement mini stick battles from years ago to the BCHL."

Devlin will join the Warriors when they open training camp later this summer.



BCHL board of governors approve the sale of the Nanaimo Clippers franchise

BCHL Clippers sold

The BC Hockey League's Nanaimo Clippers are officially under new ownership.

The league announced Tuesday the sale of the club to Northern Lights Hockey Canada has been approved by the board of governors.

The new ownership group is headed up by Brad Kwong, a former captain of the Harvard men's hockey team.

He also heads up a group that owns the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the US Hockey League, and is a former chairman of the USHL's board of governors.

“The BCHL is a leader in junior hockey and we have been very impressed with the strategic plan the league and board members have in place to take things to even greater heights,” said Kwong.

“We’re excited to be a part of that plan and, with our staff, we hope to establish the Nanaimo Clippers as one of the preeminent junior hockey franchises in all of North America.”

As one of the league's storied franchises, BCHL board chairman Graham Fraser says the league is excited to see what's in store for the team with new ownership taking over.



West Kelowna deal for WHL defenceman

Warriors acquire veteran D

The West Kelowna Warriors have acquired the rights to Kelowna resident Aiden Reeves.

The defenceman, who will be entering his final year of junior eligibility, was acquired from the Prince George Spruce Kings for future considerations.

The Spruce Kings held Reeves' BCHL junior A rights despite the fact he played the better part of the last three seasons with the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars.

In 62 games with the Cougars, the 6'3", 190 pound Reeves had three assists and 13 penalty minutes.

“Aiden adds veteran experience to our group” said head coach and GM Simon Ferguson.

“He’s a tenacious player that can shut down the rush, skate and distribute the puck. He also has the ability to find offence in the attacking zone . We’re excited to add Aiden to our lineup."

Ferguson is familiar with Reeves after coaching him during his time with the Okanagan Rockets in 2018-2019.



West Kelowna Warriors get commitments from two players from US camp

Warriors add 2 from camp

The West Kelowna Warriors didn't come away empty handed from their recent US development camp.

The Warriors announced Tuesday they have received commitments from two players who were prominent during the camp in Boston.

Nineteen-year-old defenceman Bobby May and 16-year-old forward Matthew Lee will both don Warrior colours in the fall.

May had three goals and 23 points with USHS-Prep Kimball Union Academy last season.

“Bobby was one of the top defenders on his team this season at KUA. He’s a player who keeps the game simple and will frustrate the opposing teams forwards," said Warriors head coach Simon Ferguson.

For his part, the 5'11", 181 pound May describes himself as a shutdown, puck moving defenceman who likes to jump into the rush.

Lee meantime was an offensive force with Bishop Kearney's U16 selects. Over 82 games, Lee scored 60 times and added 56 assists for 116 points and just four penalty minutes.

"Matt plays the games with a high level of IQ and compete, but also has the ability to put the puck in the net," said Ferguson.

The two join other high-level recruits expected to suit up next season, including defenceman Nolan Joyce, and forwards Ben MacDonald, Jaiden Moriello, Kailus Green & Felix Caron.

The Warriors will hold another US development camp next month in Anaheim.



Penticton Vees add a new forward and defenceman to their lineup for next season

Vees roster adds new talent

The Penticton Vees Hockey Club has acquired two players in a pair of moves, the team announced Friday.

Next season forward Dovar Tinling (‘03) and defenceman Ben Brunette (‘02) will join the BCHL team on the ice.

Tinling comes from the Hawkesbury Hawks in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), in exchange for future considerations.

In a separate transaction, Penticton picked up Brunette from the Powell River Kings, for forward Liam Tanner (‘03) and future considerations. Tanner’s rights were acquired from the Chilliwack Chiefs to complete the Anthony Allepot (‘01) trade from January 3rd.

Tinling split his time last season between the University of Vermont and the Des Moines Buccaneers in the United States Hockey League (USHL).

In 39 games with Des Moines, Tinling posted 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points. He is eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft and will be attending Philadelphia Flyers' Development Camp later this summer.

“Dovar is an elite offensive talent that will be a big addition to our forward group. He’s a smart player and we feel he will play an important role in our lineup,” Vees’ President, General Manager & Head Coach Fred Harbinson said in the press release.

Brunette, who turns 20 in August, played last season with the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL but was limited to just 15 games due to injury.

He is no stranger to the BCHL, as he played the 2020-21 season with Powell River. In 20 games with the Kings, the North Bay, ON native posted four goals and six assists for 10 points. Brunette is committed to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

“Ben is a good, two-way defender that has a lot of potential now that he is fully healthy. We feel he will bolster our depth on the blueline for the upcoming season,” Harbinson said.

The Vees organization said they are excited to welcome Dovar and Ben to Penticton and the South Okanagan.



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