Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Capitals have acquired forward Ayden MacDonald and defenceman Chris Harpur from the Victoria Grizzlies.
The transaction completes an earlier trade which saw forward Thomas Gobeil head to Victoria in exchange for future considerations.
Hailing from Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, the 1996-born Harpur just completed his rookie season with the Grizzlies with two goals and 13 assists in 56 regular season games adding a goal and an assist in Victoria's first round playoff series with Powell River. At 6'3" and 195 pounds, the soon-to-be 19 year-old adds some significant size and scoring ability to the Capitals' blue line.
"Chris is a big, mobile, physical puck-moving defenceman that we think is one of the very best defenders in the BCHL," said Capitals Head Coach and General Manager, Bob Beatty.
Also born in 1996 and coming off his rookie BCHL season, MacDonald is a Langley, BC native who at 6'3" and 200 pounds adds a little bit of everything to the Capitals' forward group.
"Ayden is a solid physical force that finished his rookie season putting up good numbers offensively," said Beatty.
"He also put up an impressive amount of points the previous season for the Richmond Sockeyes in the PJHL. He has an excellent skill set for a big man and is a solid penalty killer."
MacDonald finished his rookie campaign with five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 50 regular season games. A very impressive playoff series saw him score three goals while adding an assist in five games. Including the playoffs, MacDonald finished his rookie campaign with nine points in his final 11 games.
"We are extremely pleased to add the size, skill, and physical presence that Chris and Ayden bring to our team," added Beatty.
The Capitals welcome Chris and Ayden to the Cowichan Valley and are excited to see them in action this fall!