The 2001-02 BCHL Season Begins

By Glenn Fugate

The BCHL added two new teams over the off season. Coquitlam and Salmon Arm are now in the league. Early on, both teams have posted wins. I guess the owners won`t have to become head coach like Don Cherry. For the first article of the new season here is a look at three players. One from the Prince George Spruce Kings and two from the Vernon Vipers.

Nick Binder(83) Vernon Vipers:
Nick is a rookie in the BCHL but looks good. He plays right wing and has OK size. Nick looks like the type of player that coaches like.He plays his position and does it well. Being that he is a rookie nothing too fancy so far but this guy isn`t going to hurt you out there on the sheet. He has a point a game in the early going. With his solid two way play and if he keeps up the point pace he`ll earn a scholarship one day in the future.

David Morelli(83) Vernon Vipers:
Morelli will attend Nebraska at Omaha next season and you can see why. He is only 5’10”-180 but this kid can power past players 40 pounds heavier than him. Not much bad you can say about Morelli. He can pass, skate, shoot. Dave plays center and has a bright future ahead of him. He is impressive He doesn`t take nights off and that`s why he has a scholarship before the season begins.

Josh Ciocco(83) Prince George Spruce Kings:
This kid from Atco, New Jersey is hard-nosed. Ciocco is 5’10”-185lbs but plays like a 200 pounder. Never afraid of the corners or dropping the leather Josh has also developed better skills in the last season. Nicknamed The Yankee he plays tough,hard-nosed hockey but can put the move on you from time to time. This is the type of kid you could put through the end of the rink and he would just smile at you. He skates hard and puts in a good effort every night. If he can add a little more offensive punch to his game, he will move on to the next level. Ciocco is a solid, hard-nosed, two way player.