WEST KELOWNA B.C. – Five West Kelowna Warriors alumni are currently attending NHL training camps for the 2021 season, featuring a total of 48 BCHL alumni.
Forward Jason Cotton recently signed with the Carolina Hurricanes after a sensational 2019-20 season with Sacred Heart University. The Parker, Texas native joins his brother David Cotton in Hurricanes camp. Goaltender Kevin Boyle is attending Detroit Red Wings camp after spending the past 4 seasons with the San Diego Gulls and the Anaheim Ducks. Boyle is in a very crowded Red Wings goaltending roster which includes Jonathan Bernier, Thomas Greiss and Calvin Pickard.
Colton Sissons rejoins his Nashville Predators team that is expecting more out of the North Vancouver native with the departures of Kyle Turris and Craig Smith up the middle. Sissons played his 16 year old season with the Warriors before joining the Kelowna Rockets for the remainder of his junior hockey career. Known by Warriors nation as the most coveted alumni is Justin Schultz. The West Kelowna native recently signed a two year, $8 million dollar contract with the Washington Capitals and is expected to pair up with BC boy Brendan Dillon on the blue line.
Forward Jack Finley has joined the Tampa Bay Lightning after signing his entry level contract last month. With permission from the Spokane Chiefs(WHL), Finley suited up for the tail end of the Okanagan Cup Tournament registering one goal and one assist in three games played.
The highest amount of BCHL representation can be found on the Detroit Red Wings roster where five former players from the league are listed. Five other NHL teams have three alums at camp.
24 of the 31 teams have at least one former BCHL player on their roster.
Training camps will take place over the next week or so and then teams will need to cut down to their final rosters ahead of opening night of the NHL schedule on Jan. 13.