It was a quiet week around the AJHL with only a few pieces of news coming out.
Grande Prairie stayed busy as Mike Vandekamp continues to improve his roster, Lloydminster trim down their ’20-year-old group, and a former Oil Baron and Canucks defenceman commitment to an ACHA program
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Bobcats Move Nameth To SJHL
Chase Nameth’s time in Lloydminster was short-lived after the Bobcats opted to move him to the Humboldt Broncos for a player development fee.
Nameth was acquired last week from the Merritt Centennials in exchange for goaltender Josh Dias.
He played two seasons in the BCHL splitting time between the Chilliwack Chiefs and Merritt Centennials. In 98 career games, Nameth scored nine goals and 25 points.
The Bobcats are now back down to six ’20s for next season – Cole Jungwirth, Gunner Kinniburgh, Tanner Mack, Brendan Morrow, Tyler Schendel and Ty Mosiman.
Storm Acquire Two From BCHL
The Grande Prairie Storm have been the busiest team in the AJHL the past week or so.
Last week, they brought in goaltender Carl Stankowski from Penticton and then also announced the acquisition of defenceman Cameron Vassos from the OJHL.
Now, Mike Vandekamp has brought in two players from his old team the Cowichan Valley Capitals – forward Cole Broadhurst (2000) and defenceman Johnny Howie (2001). Going the other way is defenceman Jackson Murphy-Johnson (2002) who was part of the deal that sent Jarin Sutton (1999) to the Prince George Spruce Kings last season.
Broadhurst is a 6’2, 185 lbs forward from Ladysmith, BC. He’s played 157 BCHL games all with the Capitals scoring 14 goals and 35 points while collecting 233 PIMs. Before his time in the BCHL, he played 47 games for the Nanaimo Buccaneers in the VIJHL.
Also coming over in the deal is Johnny Howie. Howie is another big body standing at 6’2. 190 lbs from Carp, Ontario. Last season was his first full year of Junior A hockey, and he played in 41 games scoring one goal and seven points.
The big take away from this deal is the size. With both players standing at 6’2 and weighing over 180 lbs, it shows that Vandekamp won’t let the Storm be pushed around next season.
Former Fort McMurray Oil Barons and Calgary Canucks, Jackson Verstraete has committed to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (ACHA).
Verstraete played 107 AJHL games over four seasons split between the Oil Barons, Canucks and two with Okotoks as an affiliate. He scored 14 goals and 31 points and was the assistant captain of the Canucks before being traded to the Melville Millionaires.
Verstraete becomes the eighth former AJHLer to join UNLV in the last five years.