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2024 U14, U15, U17 & U18 Spring League

Spring Hockey ID Skates

U17/U18 Spring Hockey ID Skates

March 26th,  Cowichan Community Arena: 7pm -9pm
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March 31st, Cowichan Community Arena:  5pm-7pm
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The Cowichan Valley Capitals Junior Hockey Club will be hosting tryouts for the opportunity to play in the BCHL’s Spring Hockey League. The league will provide players an excellent opportunity to learn and develop with Capitals staff and some of BC’s top development coaches, as well as showcase their abilities and talent to our organization and the other BCHL teams.

The Capitals will host four teams this season:

U14 – Born 2011

U15 – Born 2009/2010

U17 – Born 2008/2009

U18 – Born 2006/2007

 

This Spring League runs from Mid April until the end of June 2024. This League will see the U15, U17 and U18 teams cpmpete against other BCHL teams in showcase style format and will conclude with a playoff weekend. This league provides phenomenal opportunity to play with and against some of the top prospects in BC, as well as sharpen your skills, and train with some of the best hockey developers in BC including  Clayton Stoner, Mike Stutzel, Curtis Toneff and Mike Vandekamp

U14’s will compete in 2 showcases – The BC Cup April 26-28th and BC Quest for the Cup May 31-June 2 in the AA 2011 division

Coaches will put an emphasis on individual skills and team tactics, while focusing on the mental side of the game and preparation forBCHL and WHL camps.

Top players from the U17 team may be invited to the Spring ID camp this spring.  We are pleased to announce that at least one of the showcases for each age group will be a traveling showcase and players will travel on the Capitals team bus and experience what a typical Jr. A weekend looks like.

 

ICE TIME – Shawnigan Lake School
U18 Cowichan Capitals Spring Team
April 17th – June 20th
Thursday  745pm – 945pm
20 hours

U17 Cowichan Capitals Spring Team
April 17th – June 20th
Weds 715pm – 915pm
20 Hours

U14/15 Cowichan Capitals Spring Team
March 22nd – May 3rd (NO APRIL 26th)
Friday 615pm – 815pm
12 Hours

*NOTE as of May 3rd U14 ice is done, but U15’s will continue with U17’s on May 8th until the end.

*Please note: Practices/Ice Times are subject to change

The Capitals U17/U18 Spring League program includes the following 

  • The selected team with have 20 hours of development ice.
  • Select Players for BCHL training Camp in Cowichan Valley
  • Exhibition games vs Island based teams.
  • Elite instruction and development for on ice training with our coaches (bios below)
  • Uniforms and apparel
  • Practice times will be twice a week
  • This league’s philosophy is to serve as a fast track for talented hockey players from the early years of training and thereafter, are prepared to advance through the junior, college, pro, and/or international levels.

 

The Capitals U14/15 Spring League program includes the following

  • The selected team with have 12 hours of development ice.
  • U15 will continue with U17/18 after May 3rd
  • Exhibition Games vs Island based teams.
  • Elite instruction and development for on ice training with our coaches (bios below)
  • Uniforms and apparel
  • This league’s philosophy is to serve as a fast track for talented hockey players from the early years of training, thereafter, are prepared to advance through the junior, college, pro, and/or international levels.

U14’s will compete in 2 showcases
The BC Cup April 26-28th
BC Quest for the Cup May 31-June 2 in the AA 2011 division

 

  • *Please note: Practices and Showcases are subject to change

Spring Team Coaches

MIKE STUTZEL
mike@cowichancapitals.com

Mike Stutzel will serve as both the Capitals assistant coach for the 2023-2024 season and the Director of Player Development.  Mike played 4 seasons in the BCHL before playing Div. 1 NCAA hockey at Northern Michigan University. Mike went on to play several years of professional hockey in the NHL, AHL, ECHL and Europe.

He rounded out his North American pro career with the Victoria Salmon Kings notching 52 points in 61 games before one season in the EIHL with the Edinburgh Capitals.
Mike has recently Coached the U15 – U18 levels at PCHA, South Island and Island Wild.

 

CLAYTON STONER
clayton@cowichancapitals.com

The Vancouver Island native Clayton Stoner enjoyed a 10-year NHL career with the Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks and, the Vegas Golden Knights.

Drafted in the 3rd round by Minnesota Wild in 2004, he then went to play in the AHL to further develop his skills to prepare him for the NHL.

As a defenseman, Stoner learned all aspects of the game throughout his 17-year Pro career and has now enjoyed coaching for the past 5-years to pass his knowledge along.

Recently, he has joined the Cowichan Capitals as a skills coach and a Partner with the team. He is excited to keep developing players at the Junior A level.

 

CURTIS TONEFF
Curtis joins the program with ten years of experience coaching junior hockey in the BCHL, SJHL, and VIJHL.

Curtis is excited to instruct spring hockey to help players with both on and off ice  development while being a part of a great experience for the athletes.

Curtis is looking forward to coaching spring hockey as it reminds him of some of his favourite hockey moments.

Curtis will work to help athletes accomplish their goals for the next season and beyond and has worked with over 50 players who went on to play in the NCAA, USPORTS, or professional hockey.