Kamloops Storm players join BCHL, WHL squads for shortened seasons

Six players who toiled for the junior B Kamloops Storm last season have joined the junior A ranks.

Owen Barrow and Branden Toye of Kamloops, along with Lex Friesen of Brandon, Man., Jakob Drapeau of Prince George and Brody Johnston of Vanderhoof will take to the ice with Powell River Kings for the remainder of the 2020-2021 B.C. Hockey League campaign.

Devin Benson of Kamloops was sent to the Merritt Centennials, according to Storm GM Matt Kolle.

The Storm played two Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games before the 2020-2021 season was postponed amid the pandemic in November and cancelled in February.

Provincial health authorities last week approved a return to competitive action in the BCHL.

There will be five BCHL pod cities set up throughout the province, with the Kings expected to play in the Burnaby pod, along with the Coquitlam Express and Surrey Eagles.

Pod teams are expected to play 18 to 20 games each before the season wraps up in May.

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Meanwhile, former Storm members Aidan Sutter of Kamloops and Braden Smith of Valemount have joined WHL clubs in time for their truncated campaigns.

Sutter and Smith are with the Everett Silvertips and Victoria Royals, respectively.


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