Cowichan Capitals – Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

Cowichan alternate captain Max Newton is a veteran of 153 BCHL games. 
The Grand Forks Border Bruins alumni led the Caps with 59 points in 58 games. 
Photo credit: Garrett James (http://garrettjamesphoto.photoshelter.com/index)
Graduating Players
Mitch Skapski (aged out)
Ayden MacDonald (aged out)
Ben Verrall (aged out)
Josh Owings (aged out)
Lane Michasiw (aged out)
Chris Harpur (Niagara University)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Only counting eligible returnees, the Capitals are currently one over the limit of six 1997-born players for 2017-18.

Forwards
Rhett Kingston (97)
Max Newton (97)
Michael Montambault (97)
George Sennott (97)
Haydn Hopkins (97)
Jared Domin (97)
Ty Pochipinski (98)
Justin Perron (98)
John Sladic (98)
Nicholas Wilson (99)
Alex Zawatsky (99)
*
*

Defencemen
Simon Chen (97)
Nii Noi Tetteh (98)
Marshall Skapski (98)
Sean Driscoll (98)
Ben Grist (99)
*
*
*

Goaltenders
Adam Marcoux (98)
*

2016-17 Cowichan Valley Capitals Season Preview:

Cowichan Valley Capitals
Head Coach: Bob Beatty (4th year)
2015-16 record: 27-25-3-3, 60 points (3rd in the Island Division)
2015-16 leading scorer: Kade Kehoe (55 points)
2016-17 leading returning scorer: Jared Domin (39 points)
2016 playoffs: Lost in the Island Division Semi-Final to Powell River, 4 games to 2
2016-17 Division: Island
First regular season game: Saturday, September 10 vs. Powell River
Home opener: Saturday, September 10 vs. Powell River
Twitter: @CowichanCaps

Cowichan Valley Deals Forward Alexis Guilbault Back to QJAAAHL:

After just two games with the Capitals, Cowichan Valley has moved 18-year-old forward Alexis Guilbault back to his home province.
Guilbault was traded ahead of the 6 p.m. PST inter-branch deadline to Longueuil Collège-Français of the Quebec Junior A Hockey League for future considerations.

To Longueuil Collège-Français:
F Alexis Guilbault (95)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=128268To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
Future Considerations

BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)

10-Jan-14: Cowichan Valley trades F Alexis Guilbault (95) to Longueuil Collège-Français for future considerations.

10-Jan-14: Trail acquires F Jakson Elynuik (95) and future considerations from Alberni Valley for F Jake Kauppila (95) and future considerations.

09-Jan-14: Nanaimo trades D Chris Newton (94) to Drumheller for future considerations.

09-Jan-14: West Kelowna acquires F Devon McAndrews (95) and future considerations from Spruce Grove for D Taylor Graham (93).

08-Jan-14: Nanaimo acquires D Shay Laurent (93) from Chilliwack for future considerations.

08-Jan-14: Coquitlam acquires D Mark Whiteley (93) from Salmon Arm for future considerations.

08-Jan-14: Victoria acquires F Travis Stephens (93) from Trail for future considerations.

07-Jan-14: Nanaimo acquires F Luke Sandler (93) from Surrey for future considerations.

07-Jan-14: West Kelowna acquires F Nathan Craft (94) from Langley for future considerations.

07-Jan-14: West Kelowna trades D Zane Schartz (94) to Trail for D Braden Pears (93) and future considerations.

07-Jan-14: Alberni Valley acquires F Mitch Owsley (93) from Whitecourt for future considerations.

06-Jan-14: Chilliwack trades F Austin Plevy (94) to Brooks for F Mason Boh (95) and future considerations.

06-Jan-14: Surrey trades F Brett Mulcahy (93) to Vernon for F Chase McMurphy (94) and future considerations.

05-Jan-14: Chilliwack trades D Cooper Rush (93) to Prince George for D Caleb Thompson (94) and future consideration.

04-Jan-14: Penticton trades F Anthony Conti (95) and future considerations to Surrey for F Nic Pierog (93).

03-Jan-14: Vernon trades D Jason Bird (93) and future considerations to Merritt for D Dylan Chanter (95).

03-Jan-14: Coquitlam acquires F Brendan Lamont (94) from Penticton for F Mike Rebry (93).

10-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley acquires F Alexis Guilbault (95) from Cégep de St-Hyacinthe for future considerations.

10-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley trades F Ambrose Firkus (94) to Okotoks for F Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations.

01-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley trades D Taki Pantziris (93) to West Kelowna for F Ambrose Firkus (94).

01-Dec-13: Penticton trades D Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93), D Clint Filbrandt (95) and future considerations to Cowichan Valley for F Steen Cooper (95).

01-Dec-13: Coquitlam trades D Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93) to Penticton for future considerations.

Trades Made: 21
Trades Made Within BCHL: 14
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 7
Players: 34
Future Considerations: 21

Cowichan Valley Snags Cégep de St-Hyacinthe Lauréats Leading Scorer Alexis Guilbault:


The Cowichan Valley Capitals swung a pretty significant trade that might actually fly under the radar for many casual fans.

The Caps picked up 18-year-old Alexis Guilbault from the Cégep de St-Hyacinthe Lauréats of the QJAAAHL for future considerations today. The move comes a day after Cowichan Head Coach and GM Bob Beatty sent Ambrose Firkus to the Okotoks Oilers for Taylor Allan and future considerations.

Guilbault was leading the Lauréats in scoring at the time of the deal, with 39 points in 31 games. Remarkably, those totals are only good enough for 31st in the QJAAAHL overall. However, those point totals are more than any current Capitals player has. 

It remains to be seen what kind of impact Guilbault has in coming west, but his point totals from this year and last can’t be ignored.
Nothing posted officially from the Caps, Lauréats or QJAAAHL, but it is posted under Transactions on the BCHL website.

To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
F Alexis Guilbault (95)

http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=128268

To Cégep de St-Hyacinthe Lauréats:
Future Considerations

BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)

10-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley acquires F Alexis Guilbault (95) from Cégep de St-Hyacinthe for future considerations.


10-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley trades F Ambrose Firkus (94) to Okotoks for F Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations.


01-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley trades D Taki Pantziris (93) to West Kelowna for F Ambrose Firkus (94).


01-Dec-13: Penticton trades D Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93), D Clint Filbrandt (95) and future considerations to Cowichan Valley for F Steen Cooper (95).


01-Dec-13: Coquitlam trades D Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93) to Penticton for future considerations.



Trades Made: 5

Trades Made Within BCHL: 3

Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 2

Players: 7

Future Considerations:4

Cowichan Valley Flips Ambrose Firkus to Okotoks for Taylor Allan:


After not playing a single game for the Cowichan Valley Capitals, 19-year-old Ambrose Firkus is headed back to his home province of Alberta.

Firkus was dealt by the Caps today to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Okotoks Oilers in exchange for 18-year-old forward Taylor Allan, who is in his first season of junior A hockey as a full-time player and future considerations.


To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
F Taylor Allan (95)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=62310+ Future Considerations

To Okotoks Oilers:

F Ambrose Firkus (94)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=51705Here’s the release as posted on the Capitals website:

The Cowichan Capitals have traded the playing rights of Ambrose Firkus to the Okotoks Oilers in exchange for the playing rights of 1995 born Taylor Allan.

Taylor is in his first year with the Oilers and has 5 goals, 10 assists and 55 penalty minutes in 31 games.

Coach Beatty says, “Taylor is an 18 year old forward that has skill and grit. He is a player that has been on the Caps radar and is a good fit for our team.”

Albeta scout Ray Robak identified Taylor as a top Alberta prospect.

The Capitals welcome Taylor to the Cowichan Valley and look forward to seeing him on the ice.


Here’s a list of trades since the December 1 Hockey Canada deadline:

10-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley trades F Ambrose Firkus (94) to Okotoks for F Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations.

01-Dec-13: Cowichan Valley trades D Taki Pantziris (93) to West Kelowna for F Ambrose Firkus (94).

01-Dec-13: Penticton trades D Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93), D Clint Filbrandt (95) and future considerations to Cowichan Valley for F Steen Cooper (95).

01-Dec-13: Coquitlam trades D Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93) to Penticton for future considerations.


BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 4
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 1
Players: 6
Future Considerations:3

Cowichan Valley and Trail Hook Up on a Three Player Deal:


Arguably the biggest trade (thus far) ahead of the December 1st CJHL card deadline went down today between the Trail Smoke Eaters and Cowichan Valley Capitals.

It sees the Smokies send 19-year-old defenseman Valik Chichkin and future considerations to Cowichan for 19-year-old forward Mitch Ball and 18-year-old defenseman Rylan Ball.

For Trail, the trade is the fifth this week which sees the Smoke Eaters add three new players and move out five, while also signing one from junior B (18-year-old defenseman Riley Ostoforoff).


To Trail Smoke Eaters:
F Mitch Ball (94)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=100055D Rylan Ball (95)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=217724To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
D Valik Chichkin (94)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=128298+ Future Considerations

Dustin Forbes Hired as Play-By-Play Voice of Cowichan Valley Capitals:

(Forbes calling an SJHL game during the 2012-13 season)
The Cowichan Valley Capitals, along with 89.7 Sun FM in Duncan, announced yesterday that 2012 BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism grad Dustin Forbes is their new play-by-play announcer.

Forbes spent last season as play-by-play announcer for the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves before stepping down this past March to return to BC for family reasons.

Check out Dustin’s new Capitals blog on the right side of the page.

Here’s the release from 89.7 Sun FM:

The new voice of the BCHL’s Cowichan Capitals is Vancouver Island native Dustin Forbes!

Originally from the Comox Valley, Dustin grew up wanting to be a play by play guy and got his first shot at the age of 17 broadcasting for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League while working for Vista Radio at 98.9 JetFM.

After two years with both the Glacier Kings and JetFM, Dustin went off to attend the Broadcast Journalism program at BCIT where he graduated alongside 89.7 SUN FM News Director Liz Craig. While attending school at BCIT, Dustin did the play by play for the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Richmond Sockeyes for two seasons, along with covering the Western Hockey League’s Chilliwack Bruins and Victoria Royals.

Post graduation, Dustin worked as the Media Relations/Communications guy for the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association before heading off to La Ronge, Saskatchewan where he was the play play guy for the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League where he worked with now Cowichan Capitals Head Coach and General Manager, Bob Beatty.

Entering his sixth season of doing play by play, Dustin is extremely excited about the new challenge that lies ahead while bringing you every single Caps game this season live on 89.7 SUN FM.

Cowichan Valley – Dauphin Trade:


If you include returnees and new recruits, the Cowichan Valley Capitals had way too many players heading into the upcoming season and new GM and Head Coach Bob Beatty made a move to alleviate the surplus of players by trading forward Jamie Waddington and defenseman Brett Seldon to the MJHL’s Dauphin Kings for future considerations.


To Dauphin Kings:
F Jamie Waddington (94)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=102234D Brett Seldon (94)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=97075To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
Future Considerations

Here’s the release from the Kings’ website:


The Dauphin Kings continued to add to their line up by adding two experienced 19 year olds from the BCHL.

Jamie Waddington hails from Coquitlam, BC.  In 51 games last season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals, he picked up 8 goals and 17 points. The 5’10” 160lb forward is highly skilled and will add some scoring punch to the Kings line up.

At 6’3” 205lbs, Brett Seldon will add some size and sandpaper to the Kings defence corp. Seldon has over 140 games of junior hockey experience, having played in both the OJHL and BCHL over his career.  Originally from Thornhill, ON, Seldon is the type of player that thrives in the tough area of the arena.

“These are two players that we feel will complement the pieces we already have in place.” said Kings Head Coach/GM Marlin Murray. “Waddington increases our overall team speed and skill level, and Seldon obviously adds size and makes our defensive zone a tougher place for the opposition to play. Add to that the fact they’re both 94’s and could be 2 year guys with our hockey club, we’re looking forward to seeing them both in a Kings jersey this season.”

The Dauphin Kings would like to welcome Brett and Jamie and their families to the Kings organization.

Langley Riverman Play-By-Play Man Brandon Astle Named Voice of the Abbotsford Heat:

(Photo credit: Abbotsford Heat)
Another BCHL broadcast position became open Monday when the Abbotsford Heat announce that Brandon Astle joined the team as Play-by-Play Broadcaster and Media Relations Coordinator for the upcoming season. As a result, Astle leaves the broadcast booth at the Langley Events Centre and with the Langley Rivermen.
The Rivermen are the sixth BCHL team to have a new voice in the booth for 2013-14, joining Trail, Cowichan Valley, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Surrey. Of the six, only the Silverbacks have announced who is calling their games this year as Chris Wahl made the move from Trail to Salmon Arm.

With just 25 days to go before the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack, I’d expect the five teams to make announcements pretty quickly.

Here’s the release from the Heat:
The Abbotsford Heat announced today that Brandon Astle has been named Play-by-Play Broadcaster and Media Relations Coordinator for the 2013-14 American Hockey League (AHL) season.
Astle joins the Heat after five seasons with Langley Chiefs/Rivermen of the BC Junior Hockey League (BCHL), where he broadcasted more than 300 games at the BCHL level. Brandon also served as play-by-play broadcaster for the World Junior A Challenge Tournament in 2011.

Heat President Ryan Walter said: “We are excited to have Brandon as a part of our team. He has great knowledge of hockey in British Columbia and will bring a new energy to our broadcasts this season. We look forward to hearing him call Heat games this year.”

“Being the voice of a professional hockey team has been a dream of mine since I was young and I cannot wait for my first broadcast,” said Astle. “My goal is to keep Heat fans in the Fraser Valley and surrounding areas actively engaged by delivering the latest team news in an energetic manner. I look forward to be working closely with Mr. Walter, Coach Ward, and the rest of the organization as the Heat continue to become a strong community entity. I would like to thank the Rivermen, Chiefs, BCHL, and the passionate fans of Langley for their fantastic support over the years.”

The Heat will announce their home station for radio broadcasts in the coming weeks. Last season, Heat games were broadcast online on teamradio.ca.

Cowichan Valley – Drayton Valley Trade:


New GM and Head Coach Bob Beatty continued to put his stamp on the Cowichan Valley Capitals roster on Thursday, by making his fourth trade in just over week.


This time, the Caps acquired F Mason Malkowich (93) from the AJHL’s Drayton Valley Thunder in exchange for F Hayden-James Berra (94).

Let’s look at the stats.

To Cowichan Valley:
F Mason Malkowich (93)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=96840To Drayton Valley:
F Hayden-James Berra (94)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=102199
Here’s the release from the Caps site:

The Cowichan Capitals have traded the playing rights of Hayden-James Berra to the Drayton Valley Thunder of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of 1993 born Mason Malkowich. 

Malkowich played 56 games last season and ended with 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points and 115 PIM.

“Mason is a skilled forward with an extremely high compete level” said Coach Bob Beatty.

“We expect him to add to our offensive punch and add some spark to our line up. He is a smaller guy, but with a big heart.” Malkowich stands 5’6” and weighs in at 160 lbs.

Of Berra, Coach Beatty said, “He is an outstanding young man with great potential. We wish him nothing but success as he moves forward.”