Again this season, with the National Collegiate Athletic Association schedule complete and NHL teams filling their rosters with young talent, there are several B.C. Hockey League graduates who have been signed and have joined the pro ranks.
Of the players signing, only Tyson Jost has made his NHL debut. Most are headed for the American Hockey League (AHL) or the ECHL affiliates of the big club as they work to climb the organizational ladder.
The following list includes 17 alumni representing 11 BCHL clubs who have signed to date.
(* indicates player was drafted by that NHL club) Penticton Vees players are highlighted in bold.
Chase Van Allen – Alberni Valley Bulldogs – Alaska-Anchorage – Alaska Aces (Vancouver Canucks affiliate)
Marc Hetnik – Vernon Vipers – Massachusetts – Norfolk Admirals (Edmonton Oilers affiliate)
Mario Puskarich – Langley Rivermen – Vermont – Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings affiliate)
Mason Mitchell – Nanaimo Clippers – Alaska-Anchorage – Washington Capitals
Brett Corkey – Vernon Vipers – Colgate – Wheeling Nailers (Pittsburgh Penguins affiliate)
Max French – West Kelowna Warriors – Bentley – Utica Comets (Vancouver Canucks affiliate)
Brady Shaw – Coquitlam Express/Surrey Eagles – Vermont – Colorado Eagles (Colorado Avalanche affiliate)
Sean Flanagan – Salmon Arm Silverbacks/Penticton Vees – Minnesota State – Reading Royals (Philadelphia Flyers affiliate)
Rob Mann – Penticton Vees – Robert Morris – Utah Grizzlies (Anaheim Ducks affiliate)
Ben Masella – Chilliwack Chiefs – St. Lawrence – Adirondack Thunder (Calgary Flames affiliate)
Mitch Gillam – Chilliwack Chiefs – Cornell – Orlando Solar Bears (Toronto Maple Leafs affiliate)
*Tyson Jost – Penticton Vees – North Dakota – Colorado Avalanche
Angus Redmond – Salmon Arm Silverbacks – Michigan Tech – Anaheim Ducks
*Dennis Cholowski – Chilliwack Chiefs – St. Cloud State – Detroit Red Wings
Luke Esposito – Chilliwack Chiefs – Harvard – Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings affiliate)
*Evan Campbell – Coquitlam Express/Langley Rivermen – UMass-Lowell – Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers affiliate)
Wade Murphy – Victoria Grizzlies/Penticton Vees – North Dakota/Arizona State – Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings affiliate)