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Debating the BCHL’s best players, decade by decade

Vote for best BCHL players by the decade, including Brett Hull, Mark Recchi and Jamie Benn

Continuing the celebration of its 50th anniversary, the B.C. Hockey League has opened the polls to name the best hockey player from each decade of existence.

Does Tyler Bozak get the nod as the best player of the 2000s based on his beast of a season in 2006-07, in which he scored 128 points with the Victoria Grizzlies? Or does Grizzly Jamie Benn take it because he’s the only BCHL player to be named to this year’s NHL all-star game.

And if it’s by NHL merit over BCHL accomplishment, then surely it’s Coquitlam Express player  Andrew Ladd, a Stanley Cup winner and captain of the Winnipeg Jets.

Some decades, however, will be less debatable.

Ray Ferraro (Penticton Knights), Mark Recchi (Langley Eagles) and Geoff Courtnall (Cowichan Valley Capitals) are all valid contenders for the 1980s.

But none matched the accomplishment of Brett Hull’s (Penticton Knights) record-setting 1983-84 season of 105 goals and 188 points, followed by a hall of fame NHL career with two Stanley Cups.

The debate goes on from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.

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