Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Northwest Hockey talent to watch for in 2019-20

From the time the first skates are pulled on, for many youngsters the dream is to play at as high a level as possible during their hockey journey.

And while many bring an end to their competitive hockey by the time their Midget days have wrapped up, others take the dream to the next stage

And across British Columbia and in some cases far beyond, players from the Northwest can be found in small and large communities which play temporary home for  some of the talented players that once took to the ice in arenas from Vanderhoof to Prince Rupert.

For North Coast hockey fans there are three names to keep track of through the 2019-20 junior season, with former Rupertites found at the Junior A and Junior B level.

Drew Fudger continues his on ice journey moving to the British Columbia Junior league with the Vernon Vipers, that after a few years of Major Midget play in Prince George.

Reid Lindsay a defenceman who continues to hold down the blue line for the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL this season.

One tier down from the BCHL, Lyndon Drummond takes to the ice with the Kerry Park Islanders.

Hockey fans around the rest of the Northwest have no shortage of players to watch the stats sheets for this season as well.

The largest volume of players from this region can be found playing in the Kootenay Junior League once again, followed by those playing in  the British Columbia Hockey League and Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

One player with Northwest roots, Kitimat's Justin Almeida has moved on to the pro.  Almeida who signed a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins last year and now has been assigned to their American Hockey League farm club in Wilkes-Barnes/Scranton.

The list of Northwest players and links to all of the team stats pages can be found below:

Players from Prince Rupert

British Columbia Junior Hockey League

Vernon Vipers
Brett Fudger, Forward

Vipers Stats Page

News items for the Vipers

October 13 -- Vernon Vipers avenge mid-week loss to Chilliwack
October 9 -- Vernon Vipers blueliner player to watch
October 6 -- Vernon Vipers shutout at Showcase
September 22 -- Vernon Vipers blank Powell River
September 21 -- Vernon Vipers drop home opener to Victoria Grizzlies
September 19 -- Vernon VIpers add to den for home opener
September 7 -- Vipers double up Warriors to win season opener
September 1 -- Ice issue forces Vernon Vipers venue change

August 29 -- Vernon Vipers score OT pre-season win
August 20 -- Vernon Vipers open BCHL training camp

July 17 -- Junior A hockey on the horizon for Prince Rupert player
July 3 -- Okanagan city added as second Showcase for BCHL's annual Showcase event

Victoria Grizzlies
Reid Lindsay, Defence

Grizzlies Stats Page

News Items for the Grizzlies

September 29 -- Grizzlies defeated 3-1 at home opener
September 7 -- Caps beat Grizzlies 8-2 in home opener

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League

Kerry Park Islanders
Lyndon Drummond, Defence

Islanders Stats Page

October 8 -- Isles notch first win of 2019-20
October 2 -- Isles get within one goal of beating Braves

September 26 -- Isles battle hard in loss to Cougars
September 19 -- Islanders still hunting for first win
September 11 -- Isles show promise in rough season opener
September 6 -- Isles' new owner excited for season opener Saturday

August 23 -- New owner, new ear for Junior B Islanders


Players From Terrace

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals
Carson Golder  D ( Stats Page )

Kootenay Junior League

Sicamous Eagles
Trevor Ebeling, F  ( Stats Page )

100 Mile House Wranglers
Quinn Mulder ( Stats Page )

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League

West Shore Wolves
Dalan Marleau, F  ( Stats Page )


Players from Kitimat

American Hockey League

Justin Almeida, F  ( Stats Page )

Signing a contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, Almeida was assigned to the team's AHL farm club in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the start of this season

Kootenay Junior League

Kamloops Storm
Adam Ferrera, DStats Page  )

Princeton Posse
Jake McCulley F ( Stats Page )


Players from Houston

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars
Josh Maser, LWStats Page )

Returning to the Cougars for this season, Maser will no doubt find more than a few familiar faces in the stands from Houston as the WHL campaign moves along.


Players from Fraser Lake

Kootenay Junior League

100 Mile House Wranglers
Tristan Williams, FStats Page )

100 Mile House Wranglers
Sam Kelto, F ( Stats Page )


Players from Vanderhoof

Western Hockey League

Tri-City Americans
Daniel Booker, LW ( Stats Page )

Kootenay Junior League

Beaver Valley NiteHawks
Simon Nemethy, FStats Page )

100 Mile House Wranglers 
Kolby Page, F Stats Page )

Kamloops Storm
Brody Johnston, D ( Stats Page )


The anchor page for this feature can be found on our Prince Rupert Minor Hockey Association archive page, the link to our PRMHA page is available here,  as well as from our right hand column archives.

We will update the page regularly, should there be any need for additions or changes to be made during the course of the season.

If you know of a regional player we may have missed, drop us a line at Northcoastreviewpr@yahoo.ca or through our twitter feed, and we'll add the player to our listings.

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