Langley and Cowichan Swap 19-Year-Old Defensemen:

The Cowichan Capitals traded a player who didn’t even suit up for them on Wednesday, moving 19-year-old defenseman Jacob Kearley to Langley in exchange for 19-year-old defenseman Charlie Pelnik and future considerations.

Kearley was acquired by the Caps back in June from Victoria in a move which was contested by the Newmarket, Ontario native and his family. They stated he had a no-trade clause with the Grizzlies, but the move eventually went through anyway. 
There’s no word whether Kearley’s move to Langley had anything to do with the original deal between Victoria and Cowichan. Both Kearley and Pelnik are very good players and this is a trade that has the potential to work out well for both teams.

To Cowichan Capitals:
D Charlie Pelnik (95) Future Considerations

To Langley Rivermen:

D Jacob Kearley (95)’s the release from the Capitals:

The Cowichan Capitals Hockey Club has acquired 19 year-old defenceman Charlie Pelnik from the Langley Rivermen in exchange for defenceman Jacob Kearley.

The 6’4″ 215 pound Pelnik hails from Cary, North Carolina and is entering his second season in the BCHL having put up 10 points and 88 penalty minutes in 53 games last year. 

“Charlie is a big body with a physical presence that can move pucks and make it difficult for opponents,” said Capitals Head Coach and General Manager Bob Beatty.

“He adds a veteran presence that will compliment our defensive core very well.”

Pelnik has already secured an NCAA Division I scholarship to the University of North Dakota for the 2015-16 season.  He is responsible with the puck in his own zone and is an intimidating force with plenty of grit.

The Capitals would like to welcome Charlie to the Cowichan Valley and look forward to seeing him at training camp later this month.

And from the Rivermen:

The Langley Rivermen have acquired defenceman Jacob Kearley from the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for Charlie Pelnik.

The 19 year-old Kearley hails from Newmarket, Ontario and at 6’3″ and 216 pounds, the physical blue liner adds some serious size and grit to the Rivermen’s back end.

“We’re adding a big body with a lot of skill, who can play both offensively and defensively,” said Rivermen head coach Bobby Henderson.

As a rookie last season with the Grizzlies, Kearley had 6 goals and 20 assists and 46 penalty minutes in 57 games.

Pelnik played in 53 games with the Rivermen last season, accumulating 10 points and 88 penalty minutes.

“Charlie’s a good quality defenseman and he’ll fit in well with Cowichan Valley,” said Henderson. “It’s a good move for both organizations.”

The Rivermen would like to welcome Jacob to Langley and look forward to seeing him on the ice for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

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