Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Valley Capitals junior A hockey club is pleased to announce the commitment of forward Caleb Franklin (99) for the 2017-18 season.
Franklin, from Lake Cowichan, has spent the past two seasons with the Kerry Park Islanders in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). After 13 goals and 25 points as a rookie with the club two years ago, Franklin led the Islanders in goals (20), assists (27) and points (47) in 47 games this past season, and would be named a first-team all-star in the junior B league. The 17-year-old also led the Isles with 11 points in 11 playoff games, as Kerry Park advanced to round two of the VIJHL playoffs for the first time since 2012. Franklin also was an alternate captain for the Islanders.
His commitment to the Capitals is a “no brainer”, according to Islanders head coach Aaron Spotts, who helped Franklin follow a development plan in the past two seasons. Spotts is a Capital alumni himself, having played 141 games with the club between 2003-2006.
“Frankie is a hard working two-way forward capable of playing center or wing. He has a high compete level and a great team-first attitude,” Capitals head coach and general manager Bob Beatty commented.
Franklin got in to five games of BCHL action as an affiliate with the Caps last season and practiced regularly with the club.