June 16,2014(ISN) – Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Capitals Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL playing rights of defenseman Jacob Kearley (’95) and future considerations from the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of forward Dane Gibson (’94).
Kearley, 19, joins the Capitals with a year of BCHL experience with Victoria. In 57 games, he accumulated 26 points (6g-20a) along with 46 penalty minutes. Kearley added another eight points (4g-4a) in 16 playoff games with the Grizzlies last season.
The Newmarket, Ontario native not only gives the Capitals an offensive upside on a defense that lost Jarrett Brown to University, and Matthew Berry-Lamontagna, Blake Butzow, and Reilly O’Connor who all aged out, but Kearley also adds size and grit with a 6’4″, 220 pound frame.
“We are extremely pleased to add Jacob to our D-core,” said Capitals Head Coach and General Manager, Bob Beatty. There aren’t many players that have the combination of skill, size, and character that this young man has.”
Gibson had a career year this past season with the Capitals collecting 53 points (20g-33a) in 57 games to sit second in team scoring and goals, while leading the Capitals with nine power play goals.
“We would like to thank Dane Gibson for his contribution over the past two years and wish him continued personal success,” said Beatty.
The Capitals would like to thank Gibson for his efforts of the last two years and would like to welcome Kearley to the Capitals family.