Capitals and Smoke Eaters Swap

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Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Capitals have acquired 19 year-old forward Rhett Willcox from the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for 18 year-old defenceman Mitch Stapley.

Now in his third BCHL season, the Surrey, BC native is coming off a 30 point season with the Merritt Centennials last year.  In eight games so far this season, the 5’10”, 175 pound forward has three goals and an assist.

“Rhett is a veteran player with over 100 games in the BCHL and comes with good puck skills and the ability to make plays,” said Capitals Head Coach and General Manager Bob Beatty.

“He has a fair amount of sandpaper to go along with his skill set and we’re looking forward to adding another skilled forward to our group.”

Beginning his career with Merritt two seasons ago, Willcox was sent to the Smoke Eaters in the off-season as part of a future considerations package from a trade made last season. In 105 career BCHL games, Willcox has 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points and 138 penalty minutes.

Stapley is now into his second season in the BCHL with 14 points and eight penalty minutes in 62 games.  

“Mitch is a good skating, offensive defenceman that can play quality minutes and help at both ends of the ice,” added Beatty.

“He has progressed to become a quality BCHL blue liner.  We thank him for all his time with the Capitals and wish him well in Trail.”

The Capitals also wish Rhett a warm welcome to the Cowichan Valley.

 
Duncan, BC – The Cowichan Capitals have acquired 19 year-old forward Rhett Willcox from the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for 18 year-old defenceman Mitch Stapley.

Now in his third BCHL season, the Surrey, BC native is coming off a 30 point season with the Merritt Centennials last year.  In eight games so far this season, the 5’10”, 175 pound forward has three goals and an assist.

“Rhett is a veteran player with over 100 games in the BCHL and comes with good puck skills and the ability to make plays,” said Capitals Head Coach and General Manager Bob Beatty.

“He has a fair amount of sandpaper to go along with his skill set and we’re looking forward to adding another skilled forward to our group.”

Beginning his career with Merritt two seasons ago, Willcox was sent to the Smoke Eaters in the off-season as part of a future considerations package from a trade made last season. In 105 career BCHL games, Willcox has 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points and 138 penalty minutes.

Stapley is now into his second season in the BCHL with 14 points and eight penalty minutes in 62 games.  

“Mitch is a good skating, offensive defenceman that can play quality minutes and help at both ends of the ice,” added Beatty.

“He has progressed to become a quality BCHL blue liner.  We thank him for all his time with the Capitals and wish him well in Trail.”

The Capitals also wish Rhett a warm welcome to the Cowichan Valley.

 

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