Team officially adds affiliates

Nanaimo’s B.C. Hockey League team brought a couple more young prospects aboard the Clipper ship. The team added North Island Silvertips Nick Gomerich and Liam Shaw on Monday in the BCHL’s first ever 15-year-old affiliate player draft.

Nanaimo’s B.C. Hockey League team brought a couple more young prospects aboard the Clipper ship.

The team added North Island Silvertips Nick Gomerich and Liam Shaw on Monday in the BCHL’s first ever 15-year-old affiliate player draft. Chase Lang, a Nanaimoite who attended Clippers training camp, was chosen by the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

“It will give each team a season to build a relationship with the young player,” said Dave Sales, BCHL executive director, in a press release. “Perhaps more importantly for the league as a whole, even if a player doesn’t stay with the team that drafted them, they may sign with another BCHL team because of their exposure to the league and we will have been successful as a group in keeping players versus them choosing other options.”