18 year-old Quinn Lenihan joins the club from the PJHL's Grandview Steelers, with whom he spent the last two seasons, capping off a Junior "B" career with a 14-goal output in 2013-14. Lenihan opened his BCHL account back on January 10th with a goal against the Spruce Kings in Prince George; his 6'3" frame provides an injection of size into Surrey's forward ranks too.
19 year-old Sam Chatterley returns to the Nest, but in a full-time role next season after 12 regular-season and playoff appearances as an AP in 2013-14. Chatterley spent most of last season with the PJHL's Delta Ice Hawks, and will bring a hard-hitting, energetic style of play to the South Surrey Arena next year.
With the club's renewed philosophy on developing and celebrating local talent, it's no surprise to see Lenihan and Chatterley, who both put in workmanlike efforts during their call-ups last year, given a shot this coming season. And with the departures of top-six pieces like last year's captain Danton Heinen, the Renouf twins and Braedan Russell, the opportunity certainly exists for the new recruits to earn plenty of ice-time, and responsibility, up front.
The full releases from the team follow:
SURREY – The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club are pleased to announce the commitment of forward and Surrey native Quinn Lenihan for the 2014-15 BCHL season.
Lenihan, 17, joins the Eagles from the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Grandview Steelers, with whom he recorded 14 goals and 28 points in 44 games played during the 2013-14 season, finishing fourth in team scoring. Lenihan also tied for the team lead in power-play markers with 8. In two campaigns with the Steelers, the 6’4”, 210-pound forward totalled 41 points and 44 minutes in penalties from 77 games played.
Lenihan was signed by the Eagles as an affiliate player during the 2013-14 season, appearing in 4 regular-season and 5 playoff games. He scored his first BCHL goal January 10th “It was always a big goal of mine to play with the Surrey Eagles, as a local kid, so this is very exciting.”
Said Lenihan. “When we were playing in Semi the Eagles were the guys we look up to and now getting to be one of those guys is a big responsibility and I will take a lot of pride in it.”
Lenihan, a Semiahmoo product, is a player than went through the local Minor Hockey Development at Semiahmoo and also attended the Earl Marriott Hockey Academy and is now going to be suiting up for his local Junior A team.
“Quinn is a local player that we have big hopes for this coming season.” Said the Director of Hockey Operations, Blaine Neufeld, “He is a big skilled player, but I believe his most effective aspect of his game is his awareness. He will be able to fit in and contribute right away with our group.”
Further player announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Welcome, Quinn, to the Eagles family!
SURREY - The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club are pleased to announce the commitment of forward and White Rock native Sam Chatterley to the 2014/15 BCHL Season.
Chatterley was signed by the Eagles as an affiliate player during the 2013/14 season, appearing in 8 regular-season and 4 playoff games. His intensity and never stop attitude was electric at the South Surrey Arena.
"Becoming an Eagle is an honour and I am very excited about the opportunity," said Chatterley. "Growing up in White Rock/Surrey I have always wanted to play for the Eagles and I cannot wait to feel the continued support from family and friends at the South Surrey Arena."
When asked what type of player he is, Sam responded, "I feel that I have a lot to offer our team. I don't shy away from the tough areas on the ice and my focus is to give it my all night in and night out."
Chatterley, a Semiahmoo product, is a player who went through the local minor hockey development at Semiahmoo before suiting up for the Valley West Hawks, of the Major Midget League, for two seasons and played last season with the Delta Ice Hawks.
"Sam is a mature player. Coming in as a 19 year old allows us to look to him to be consistent in his efforts night in and night out," said the Director of Hockey Operations, Blaine Neufeld. "He plays on the edge and I would imagine the local players will feed off his energy and passion. Sam will be a fun player to watch and lines up with our local player model towards building a community team."
The Surrey Eagles continue to grow with local players, be sure to come out and support your local boys!
Welcome, Sam, to the Eagles Family!