Dennis Cholowski hopes to make an impact in his third National Hockey League season. ( photo)

Dennis Cholowski hopes to make an impact in his third National Hockey League season. ( photo)

Chilliwack Chief alum Dennis Cholowski headlines list of BCHLers at NHL camps

The former first round draft pick heads into his third season with the Detroit Red Wings

Forty eight BCHL alums are going to National Hockey League training camps, including one Chilliwack Chiefs grad.

Defenceman Dennis Cholowski embarks on his third big-league season, after producing two goals and eight points in 36 games last season. The former first-round pick (20th overall in 2016) is joined by former BCHLers Taro Hirose (Salmon Arm Silverbacks), Danny Dekeyser (Trail Smoke Eaters), Kevin Boyle (Westside Warriors) and Troy Stecher (Penticton Vees).

Detroit leads the NHL in junior A skaters with five.

No other team has more than three, but 24 of the 31 teams have at least BCHL alum in the mix.

The Vancouver Canucks have two with Jordie Benn (Victoria Grizzlies) and Josh Teves (Merritt Centennials).

Here’s the rest of the BCHL in the NHL list.


Anaheim Ducks

Derek Grant – Langley Chiefs

Danton Heinen – Surrey Eagles

Josh Manson – Salmon Arm Silverbacks


Buffalo Sabres

Steven Fogarty – Penticton Vees

Matt Irwin – Nanaimo Clippers


Calgary Flames

Colton Poolman – Penticton Vees

Milan Lucic – Coquitlam Express


Carolina Hurricanes

Sheldon Rempal – Nanaimo Clippers

Jason Cotton – West Kelowna Warriors


Chicago Blackhawks

Duncan Keith – Penticton Panthers


Colorado Avalanche

Hunter Miska – Penticton Vees

Devon Toews – Surrey Eagles

Tyson Jost – Penticton Vees


Columbus Blue Jackets

Zac Dalpe – Penticton Vees

Riley Nash – Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Brad Thiessen – Prince George/Merritt/Penticton


Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn – Victoria Grizzlies


Edmonton Oilers

Jujhar Khaira – Prince George Spruce Kings

Kyle Turris – Burnaby Express


Florida Panthers

Chase Priskie – Salmon Arm Silverbacks


Minnesota Wild

Brandon Duhaime – Merritt Centennials

Brad Hunt – Burnaby Express

Andrew Hammond – Surrey Eagles/Vernon Vipers


Montreal Canadiens

Jake Lucchini – Trail Smoke Eaters

Carey Price – Quesnel Millionaires


Nashville Predators

Colton Sissons – Westside Warriors

Ryan Johansen – Penticton Vees

Dante Fabbro – Penticton Vees


New Jersey Devils

Travis Zajac – Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Ben Street – Salmon Arm Silverbacks


New York Islanders

Andrew Ladd – Coquitlam Express


Ottawa Senators

Mike Reilly – Penticton Vees


Pittsburgh Penguins

Brandon Tanev – Surrey Eagles


St. Louis Blues

Tyler Bozak – Victoria Grizzlies

Curtis McKenzie – Penticton Vees


Tampa Bay Lightning

Jack Finley – West Kelowna Warriors


Toronto Maple Leafs

Alex Kerfoot – Coquitlam Express


Washington Capitals

Daniel Carr – Powell River Kings

Justin Schultz – Westside Warriors


Winnipeg Jets

Laurent Brossoit – Cowichan Valley Capitals

Cole Kehler – Merritt Centennials

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