BCHLers College Bound

By Glenn Fugate
With 20 games left in the BCHL season 24 players are committed to college or university, in the U.S. I think you can look for this number to increase as I look at some of the players around the league who haven`t committed yet.One player who made his decision the other day was 1999/2000 co-BCHL rookie of the year John Morlang of the Prince George Spruce Kings. Morlang has decided to attend Alaska Fairbanks next season. Not bad for a kid who almost hung up the blades a few years ago. Morlang started the season in the training camp of the Portland Winter Hawks(WHL) but left after deciding to go after a scholarship instead. According to my sources Morlang was a cinch to make the team. Morlang is a speedy forward who seems to be moving faster with the puck than without it. With pretty good size at 6’2″-195 Morlang is receiving some NHL attention.Columbus and the Boston Bruins have contacted him so far. The NHL likes big forwards who can skate, and Morlang fits that mould.The Spruce Kings often use Morlang on the point during the power plays which is another asset of this player. Look for John Morlang`s name in the 2001 NHL draft. Whether he is drafted or not. After college,this player will play pro hockey somewhere.

I attended a game featuring the Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL) recently. The Capitals are coached by former NHLer Greg C. Adams (not to be confused with current player Greg Adams). Looking good for the Capitals was winger Derek Campbell. Campbell is currently at a point a game with over 100 PIMS. This player has a great stride. The word I think of when describing him would be slick. Campbell looked dangerous every time on the ice. No college by his name yet but if he wants to do that it will be a peice of cake. Campbell is 18 years old with a bright future. Also looking good for the Capitals were Yann Poirier and Matt Ellison(83). On defense, it appeared like Brendan Hutchinson and David Mills both 20-year-olds played the whole game. Enough said about that. The leading scorer of this team is Ryan Melbourne (80). He will be attending St. Cloud State next season. Well, that`s the outlook for this time from the BCHL. Remember ,keep your eye on the puck it sometimes goes into the crowd.