Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Capitals have acquired veteran defenceman Mitch Meek from the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for 20 year-old blue liner Rylan Bechtel.
It’s a bit of a homecoming of sorts for the soon to be 19 year-old Meek who hails from nearby Victoria. Traded from the Grizzlies to the Vernon Vipers early last season, Meek put up a combined seven goals and 11 assists in 56 games with 38 penalty minutes. He was sent to Prince George earlier this off-season as part of a three-way deal also involving the West Kelowna Warriors.”Mitch is an experienced, solid, puck-moving defenceman that we expect will help solidify our back-end as well as contribute on the power play,” said Capitals Head Coach and General Manager Bob Beatty.”He’s excited to make his return to Vancouver Island and we are equally excited to have him with the Capitals.”Meek actually played his first three BCHL games with the Capitals as an affiliate back in the 2011-12 season.The 6′, 200 pound defenceman comes to Cowichan with an NCAA Division I scholarship in hand to Clarkson University starting next season.Entering his fourth BCHL campaign, Meek has a total of ten goals and 31 assists in 145 regular season games with an additional eight points in 34 playoff games.Bechtel leaves Cowichan having played all three of his full BCHL seasons with the Capitals amassing seven goals and 62 assists in 167 games.
The Capitals thank Rylan for all he’s done for the Capitals and wish him well in Prince George. The team also wishes Mitch a warm welcome to the Cowichan Valley.Fans can see Mitch at Capitals’ training camp which begins on Saturday, August 22nd at the Island Savings Centre.
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