Thursday, 31 May 2012

Futures starting to be announced

Victoria Grizzlies/Penticton Vees trade, futures from the
Wade Murphy trade:

Announced today, as part of the Wade Murphy trade made with the Penticton Vees from last season at the trade deadline, the Victoria Grizzlies welcome two defencemen in 19 year old Zach Urban and 20 year old Chad Bannor. Also reported to be part of this trade according to the website is, highly rated 19 year old, forward Curtis Loik. Although I trust the source in, I would be a little guarded at this time as to Loik status, as he is committed to play for the NCAA Div 1, Penn State Team for the 2012/13 season; unless this has been deferred until the following year.

Breaking down this trade at this time, the Grizzlies certainly have some exciting pieces to add to their 2012/13 season roster

Zach Urban

Zach Urban: Is a versatile 6'3', 185lbs, defenceman who can do it all. He is a rarity in the BCHL, as he is a big puck moving defenceman, with skill and who can chip in with his fair share of points. Playing on the record breaking Penticton team from last season, Urban's experiences from last season took him all the way to the RBC cup with the Vees and should be invaluable to the Grizzlies for this upcoming season coming from a winning attitude/enviroment.
Expect Urban to increase his points total from last season and add some real quality to the Grizzlies defence.
If Grizzlies fans want a reason to be excited, Zach Urban is a good reason!!!!!

All stats taken from

    SEASON                         TEAM                                              LEAGUE         GP  G      A     PTS   PIM                                        

2010-2011 Penticton Lakers KIJHL 39 3 5 8 160 |
Vernon Vipers BCHL 1 0 0 0 0 |
Powell River Kings BCHL 5 0 0 0 4 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0 0
2011-2012 Penticton Vees BCHL 58 4 18 22 88 | Playoffs 15 0 0 0 26
2012-2013 Victoria Grizzlies BCHL - - - - - |
PLAYOFFS                                      TEAM                                                               TOURNAMENT                        GP     G    A     PTS    PIM

2011-2012 Penticton Vees Doyle Cup 5 0 0 0 10 |
Penticton Vees RBC Cup 6 0 1 1 6

Chad Bannor
Chad Bannor: A 6'1', 188lbs, defenceman who has spent the last two years with the Vees playing in over 80 games with 4 points to his credit. Bannor, looks to be more of a stay at home defender and with his experience going through the RBC cup and as a 20 year old, will be looked upon for leadership with the Grizzlies this season.

All stats taken

 SEASON                                       TEAM                                                   LEAGUE               GP G A PTS PIM                                     
2010-2011 Penticton Vees BCHL 30 0 0 0 19 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0 7
2011-2012 Penticton Vees BCHL 51 0 4 4 39 | Playoffs 12 0 0 0 6
2012-2013 Victoria Grizzlies BCHL - - - - - |

     PLAYOFFS                                            TEAM                                                                  TOURNAMENT                                    GP   G     A     PTS  PIM
2011-2012 Penticton Vees Doyle Cup 4 0 0 0 5 |
Penticton Vees RBC Cup 6 0 0 0 0

Curtis Loik: I will have more on Loik, once it looks to have been made official. As a rule of thumb, I never posts trades until It is a certainty, despite the good sources, I'll hold off at this time.

Wade Murphy

In regards to this trade, Wade Murphy status at this time cannot be confirmed that he is coming back to the Grizzlies yet.

Victoria Grizzlies/Prince George Spruce Kings futures, believed to be part of the Jarryd Ten Vaanholt trade:


Cody Bardock
Cody Bardock: As part of the Grizzlies trade with Prince George for forward Jarryd Ten Vaanholt, the Grizzlies have acquired the right to 18 year old defenceman Cody Bardock, Another big bodied
D-man at 6'4', 210lbs, Bardock who just finished his rookie season on a much improved Prince George team, should be a nice addition to the roster and with defenceman like Urban, Gonzales, Ursic, Urban, Bilious, Schmeisser, DeJong and Bannor creates a bit of a numbers game at the defensive position, but, certainly not a lack of size.

SEASON                                                TEAM                                                                   LEAGUE        GP G A PTS PIM                                     
2011-2012 Prince George Spruce Kings BCHL 35 1 7 8 8 | Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0
2012-2013 Victoria Grizzlies BCHL - - - - - |

I believe there should be more futures coming from the Spruce Kings this summer, stay tuned folks.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great info Dave. You are definitely up on things as usual!! Now if we could only announce some forwards and goalies----?