The Cowichan Capitals Jr. A Hockey Club is pleased to announce that former forward Mitch Skapski has committed to play at Ryerson University for the Rams in the 2017-18 season.
Skapski, who turned 21 earlier this month, is from Abbotsford, BC. He was acquired by Cowichan on Jan 10 from Salmon Arm, where he served as the Silverbacks captain until that point. In 17 regular season games with the Capitals he totalled 11 points, including seven goals.
Skapski played regularly on a line with Ayden MacDonald and Max Newton late in the season. That trio combined for 33 points in 10 games in the month of February. His four-game goal streak from Feb 3-12 matched a season-high among all Capitals players.
On the year, Skapski totalled 21 goals and 47 points in 55 games between Cowichan and Salmon Arm. He added a goal and an assist in four playoff games with the Capitals.
In his junior career, Skapski played in 141 BCHL games, split between the Capitals, Silverbacks and Chilliwack Chiefs, as well as 143 WHL games between the Everett Silvertips, Victoria Royals and Saskatoon Blades.
“Mitch is a feisty, skilled forward that has a tremendous compete level, along with a good skill set. He’s capable of adding offence along with playing a strong 200 foot game,” commented Capitals head coach and general manager Bob Beatty. “He has good speed and is relentless hunting pucks on the forecheck and coming back to help turn pucks over in the neutral zone and defensive zone.
“We wish Mitch and the Rams continued success going forward.”
Per Andrea Elliott on a release on ryersonrams.ca, “Skapski describes himself as a ‘small, fast player who plays with an edge’, and should fit in to the Rams quick-paced system. He toes the line of playing with an edge without being undisciplined and had 90 penalty minutes over the last two years in the BCHL.”
Ryerson University is located in Toronto, ON, and the Rams’ men’s hockey team is a member of USports Canada. The Rams led the West Division with a 22-4-2 record last season.
Skapski is the fourth player to commit to the Rams recruiting class and will be entering the Creative Industries program this fall.