Dennis Cholowski has been relegated to Detroit’s taxi squad as his third National Hockey League season begins. ( photo)

Dennis Cholowski has been relegated to Detroit’s taxi squad as his third National Hockey League season begins. ( photo)

Chilliwack Chiefs alum Dennis Cholowski on Detroit taxi squad as NHL season starts

Cholowski is one of 32 BCHL grads surviving training camp to find spots with big-league clubs

Forty-eight BCHL alums started this month in National Hockey League training camps, and 32 remain on big-league rosters as the NHL season gets underway.

Twenty six BCHL grads are on 26-man rosters. Five are on the taxi squads that are able to travel and practice with their team and one more is on injured reserve (IR).

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The Detroit Red Wings feature the most BCHL content with four players on their roster, although only Penticton Vees alum Troy Stecher made the 23-man. Chilliwack Chiefs grad Dennis Cholowski and Kevin Boyle (Westside) are on the taxi squad and Danny DeKeyser is on IR.

The Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators both lead the way with three former BCHL players apiece on their active 23-man roster.

Here is a full list of former BCHLers on NHL rosters to start the 2020-21 regular season.


Anaheim Ducks

Derek Grant – Langley Chiefs

Danton Heinen – Surrey Eagles

Josh Manson – Salmon Arm Silverbacks


Buffalo Sabres

Matt Irwin – Nanaimo Clippers


Calgary Flames

Milan Lucic – Coquitlam Express


Chicago Blackhawks

Duncan Keith – Penticton Panthers


Colorado Avalanche

Devon Toews – Surrey Eagles

Tyson Jost – Penticton Vees

Hunter Miska – Penticton Vees (taxi squad)


Columbus Blue Jackets

Riley Nash – Salmon Arm Silverbacks


Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn – Victoria Grizzlies


Detroit Red Wings

Dennis Cholowski – Chilliwack Chiefs (taxi squad)

Danny Dekeyser – Trail Smoke Eaters (injured reserve)

Troy Stecher – Penticton Vees

Kevin Boyle – Westside Warriors (taxi squad)


Edmonton Oilers

Jujhar Khaira – Prince George Spruce Kings

Kyle Turris – Burnaby Express


Minnesota Wild

Brad Hunt – Burnaby Express

Andrew Hammond – Surrey Eagles/Vernon Vipers (taxi squad)


Montreal Canadiens

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


Ottawa Senators

Mike Reilly – Penticton Vees


Pittsburgh Penguins

Brandon Tanev – Surrey Eagles


St. Louis Blues

Tyler Bozak – Victoria Grizzlies


Toronto Maple Leafs

Alex Kerfoot – Coquitlam Express


Vancouver Canucks

Jordie Benn – Victoria Grizzlies


Washington Capitals

Daniel Carr – Powell River Kings (taxi squad)

Justin Schultz – Westside Warriors


Winnipeg Jets

Laurent Brossoit – Cowichan Valley Capitals

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