Recent changes in both the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) will result in more junior players for the upcoming season.
The BCHL has reverted to a 22-person roster after trialing an extremely limiting 21-person roster template for last seasons play. In addition, they have implemented a long-term injured reserve position which allows for a replacement call up. In a worst case scenario, if all 16 teams used an injured reserve the end result becomes 32 addition players in the league (call-ups plus gained roster spots).
The VIJHL opted for expansion this season and has increased from seven to nine teams. Joining the league are the Nanaimo Buccaneers and Westshore Wolves. An increase of two full rosters provides developmental opportunities for players exiting midget level hockey. It also increases scouting opportunities for BCHL and WHL teams.
Season schedules are set and play commences in September. Expect camps to be busy as teams solidify rosters and affiliate players!