Seattle Kraken defenceman Dennis Cholowski is one of 31 BCHL grads dotting the rosters of National Hockey League rosters as the pros start regular season play this week.
The Chilliwack Chiefs alum was plucked from the Detroit Red Wings roster in the Seattle expansion draft and is joined on the Kraken roster by ex-Surrey Eagle Brandon Tanev.
The Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche have the most BCHL alums with three. Nashville’s group includes Dante Fabbro and Ryan Johansen, both of whom have roots with the Penticton Vees. Colton Sissons skated with the Westside Warriors in 2009-10.
The Avs have two of the highest-ever drafted BCHLers in Alex Newhook (16th overall in 2019) and Tyson Jost (10th overall in 2016) along with currently-injured blueliner Devon Toews.
The Vancouver Canucks have one BCHL alum on the roster. Defenceman Brad Hunt played for the Burnaby-now-Coquitlam Express from 2006 to 2008.
The full list below only includes players with at least 10 games in the BCHL.
Derek Grant – Langley Chiefs (2007-09)
Josh Manson – Salmon Arm Silverbacks (2009-11)
Andrew Ladd – Coquitlam Express (2002-03)
Mike Reilly – Penticton Vees (2011-12)
Milan Lucic – Coquitlam Express (2004-05)
Jujhar Khaira – Prince George Spruce Kings (2010-12)
Tyson Jost – Penticton Vees (2014-16)
Alex Newhook – Victoria Grizzlies (2017-19)
Devon Toews – Surrey Eagles (2011-13)
Jamie Benn – Victoria Grizzlies (2006-07)
Detroit Red Wings
Danny DeKeyser – Trail Smoke Eaters (2008-09)
Troy Stecher – Penticton Vees (2010-13)
Duncan Keith – Penticton Panthers (1999-01)
Kyle Turris – Burnaby Express (2005-07)
Jordie Benn – Victoria Grizzlies (2005-08)
Brandon Duhaime – Merritt Centennials (2014-15)
Carey Price – Quesnel Millionaires (2002-03)
Dante Fabbro – Penticton Vees (2014-16)
Ryan Johansen – Penticton Vees (2008-09)
Colton Sissons – Westside Warriors (2009-10)
Danton Heinen – Surrey Eagles (2013-14)
San Jose Sharks
Jasper Weatherby – Wenatchee Wild (2016-18)
Dennis Cholowski – Chilliwack Chiefs (2014-16)
Brandon Tanev – Surrey Eagles (2011-12)
St. Louis Blues
Tyler Bozak – Victoria Grizzlies (2004-07)
Toronto Maple Leafs
Alex Kerfoot – Coquitlam Express (2011-13)
Brad Hunt – Burnaby Express (2006-08)
Vegas Golden Knights
Laurent Brossoit – Cowichan Valley Capitals (2009-10)
Matt Irwin – Nanaimo Clippers (2005-08)
Justin Schultz – Westside Warriors (2007-09)
Riley Nash – Salmon Arm Silverbacks (2006-07)