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The Cowichan Valley Capitals Welcome Dale Purinton as Head Coach

The Cowichan Valley Capitals Welcome Dale Purinton as Head Coach

Dale Purinton brings a unique blend of experience, leadership, grit and energetic excitement to the Cowichan Capitals bench.    With 17 successful hockey seasons as a player, including 181 games with the New York Rangers where he served as an Assistant Captain, and Captaining the Lethbridge Hurricanes to the 1997 Memorial Cup, he has a lot of experiences to draw on.  He was selected in the fifth round, #117 overall, by the New York Rangers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.  

Dale said he has played for some great coaches and will be calling on the things he learned from the likes of John Paddock, Bryan Maxwell, Jim Schoenfld and Glen Sather to help him guide the Capitals.  His goal is to inspire and support the players and team to be the best they can be and to find ways to go deeper and find that extra that can not only make them winners in hockey, but winners in life too.  Purinton noted that, ?it is an honour to have this responsibility for the team, and to have an opportunity to help shape the lives of the young men who play on our team.  If the players feel they are getting better as players, getting better as a team and developing into leaders who will be a credit to our team and their families, whatever direction their career takes them, then I will have done my job ? because if that happens we will be winning games too.?

Purinton?s style is all about leading by example.  ?You never, never, ever give up.  You always try to find something more that you can call upon to help you and the team to succeed.  My job is to help the players and the team to find that.  I?ll work my butt off to help and support the players and the team and they had better be ready to work their butt off to help the team and to give our fans the style of hockey they pay to see.?  Fans coming out to practice will often see Purinton on the ice, pushing himself alongside the team in the drills and skates.  ?I won't ask them to do what I won't do and they know that and it makes them work harder.?

Purinton?s career was built on hard work and determination.  He is the first to admit that he may not have always been the most talented player on his teams, but he was always at or near the front of the line for the hardest worker.  He played a strong, physical game, but was much more than a simple enforcer.  He was a leader throughout his career.  As team Captain he led Lethbridge to the Memorial Cup and throughout his 11 year pro career, including a stint as Assistant Captain of the Rangers, his hard work and willingness to support his teammates in every way made him a leader on and off the ice.

Dale and his wife Temple began living in the Cowichan Valley during the off-season while he was still playing and now it is home for them and their three children (Vaughn, 3, Brando 2, and Hagan who is 3 months).