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2013/2014: Time To Roll

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It doesn’t feel like hockey outside (yet) but it’s time to get things rolling for the 2013/2014 version of the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Training camp opens on Monday, August 19th at Prospera Centre, and will run through until the end of that week.

Pre-season games follow right away, as a home and home with the defending Fred Page Cup champs, the Surrey Eagles, begins August 23rd in Surrey. The full pre-season schedule can be seen here.

Returning vets and new faces alike will be divided into four teams at camp over the course of the 19th – 23rd. Click here for the full schedule. Fans are welcome to attend throughout the week.

As far as the roster is concerned, There are 6 blueliners, 11 forwards, and 2 goaltenders locked in, but there will always be battles for the last couple spots.

The most prevalent number that sticks out?

Nine.

There are nine BCHL rookies with this year’s group. Here they are:

Jordan Kawaguchi, F, Abbotsford

16 year-old Jordan did appear in a pair of games with the West Kelowna Warriors last season.

The 5’8, 145 pounder spent last year in the Okanagan with Pursuit Of Excellence hockey academy.  He’s got some punch offensively, racking up six goals and 13 points in just 4 playoff games at the U18 level.

The Spokane Chiefs hold his WHL rights, picking him 80th overall in 2012. Bloodlines are prevalent as well – Jordan’s cousin is Winnipeg Jets forward Devin Setoguchi.

Tyson Giuriato at CSSHL.ca wrote this piece on Kawaguchi after committing to the Chiefs in the off season.

Blake Gober, F, Colleyville, Texas

18 year-old Blake spent the past three seasons with the Dallas Stars major midget program. His numbers last season in the Midwest Elite Hockey League as a Star at the U18 level were solid – 14 goals and 38 points in 40 regular season games. Gober also appeared in 2 games with the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League last season.

Carter Cochrane, D, Kamloops

The younger brother (16) of Chiefs forward Tanner Cochrane should play an important role on the blueline this season if his production with the KIJHL’s Golden Rockets last year is any indication.

Carter came into his own at the Junior B level in 2012/13, tallying 21 points in 34 regular season games, and 14 points in 10 playoff games with the Rockets. Cochrane also appeared in one game as an AP with the Chiefs last year. I’ve heard nothing but good things in regards to his potential around the rink.

Mitchell Plevy, F, Langley

The younger brother (17) of returning Chiefs leading scorer Austin Plevy, Mitchell joins the club after one season with the Ridge Meadows Flames of the PIJHL. Plevy finished with 12 points in 33 regular season games with the Flames last year.

Kyle Westeringh, F, Chilliwack

With the departure of Josh Hansen, 17 year old Westeringh becomes the new local boy to suit up for the club. (along with returning goaltender Josh Halpenny)

Westeringh will get more of an opportunity this season after playing in camp, and appearing in three games as a Chief last year. He spent last season with the Fraser Valley Thunder Birds of the BC Major Midget League, finishing with 11 goals and 20 points in 25 games.

Zach Diamantoni, F, Kalamazoo, Michigan

The 18 year old forward, already committed to Northern Michigan University for next year (although possibly would stick around next season as well)  spent last season with the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League. Diamantoni finished with eight goals and 32 points in 53 games.

T.J. Roche, D, Northport, New York

19 year old Roche will be asked to provide some physicality on the blueline, and use his size (6’2, 205 lbs) to his advantage. Comparable to the since-departed Ben Masella. Roche has suited up for Kent Academy in the eastern U.S., playing against high caliber prep-school talent – The same region that produced former Chiefs Mitch Gillam, Luke Esposito, and Trevor Hills.

Michael Willms, D, Coquitlam

The 17 year-old rearguard spent the past two seasons at the major midget level with the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs – Willms saw his numbers jump significantly from year one to year two in the BCMML, putting up 24 points last season after ten in his rookie campaign. Willms appeared in 40 games during the regular season in both of those years.

Cole Sartorio, F, Calgary

18 year old Sartorio will bring some size up front at 6’1 and 205. He spent last season with the Midget AAA Calgary Flames, posting 5 points in 18 games.

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