The Cowichan Capitals had the shortest season in comparison to their 16 other BCHL counterparts, but with a new coach, almost an entirely new team, and a new mindset, the Caps look to start the 2018/19 campaign on a high note at home on Friday Night. After facing off twice in the preseason, once in each barn, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs roll into town for the first of eight meetings this year between the two. Last season Cowichan went 1-4-2-1 (W-L-OTL-T) against the Dogs, claiming points in 3 of the 4 home contests.
Cowichan enters with just four returning players on the roster from last season, forwards Caleb Franklin and Cole Broadhurst, as well as defensemen Boo Grist and Marshall Skapski. Former Nanaimo Clippers head coach Mike Vandekamp is at the helm, and he brought some help from his former team. Cowichan traded for defenseman David Melaragni and forwards Preston Broadziak, Lucas Vanroboys, and Vincent Millette in two separate deals. Local product Luc Wilson also adds some punch up front, scoring in all four preseason games he played in as a 17-year-old. Franklin scored twice in exhibition play, both in Alberni Valley in a 6-1 road win.
Paul Selleck scored three goals in two games versus Cowichan, but when he arrives at the Island Savings Centre Friday, he’ll stand on the home bench. He was acquired on Sunday in exchange for future considerations.
Puck drop is at 7PM at the big stick, with doors opening at 6PM. THE FIRST 500 people through the doors get a free slice of pizza courtesy of Panago Pizza, and there will be live music by Reid Williams! Come meet your 2018 Cowichan Capitals and pack the Island Savings Centre!
If you can’t make it to the rink, every Capitals game, home and away, is broadcasted on 89.7 Juice FM – Cowichan’s biggest variety including a pre and post game show with Justis Doucet, or you can tune in on Hockey TV pay-per-view.
For tickets, select general under the Ticket section of the hot bar on the home page of the site. Adult single game tickets are just $14, and students are only $11. Or you can pick up a 10 game flex-pack for only $112 for adults, saving you $38!