Victoria Cougars make two trades

Jake Calverley

The Cougars also received Dalman, 18, from Nanaimo as well

By Peter Kung

The Victoria Cougars are pleased to announce the signings of Jake Calverley, Owen Dalman, and Kyle Wade for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

All three players were acquired for cash considerations.

Calverley, 20, is a rugged defenseman who joins Victoria after playing four years in the Nanaimo Buccaneers organization.  At 6’1” and 195-pounds, Calverley amassed 70 points and 634 penalty minutes in 165 games for Nanaimo.

“I am extremely excited to be joining such a great and prestigious team,” Calverley said.  “I cannot wait to go to battle with the Cougars this September and begin the quest to bring the Cyclone Taylor Cup back to Victoria.”

The Cougars also received Dalman, 18, from Nanaimo as well.  At 5’11” and 170-pounds, Dalman is a solid two-way forward who played the past two seasons for the Buccaneers.  In 76 games, Dalman registered 11 goals and nine assists.

According to Dalman, it is a huge honour to be joining a high-calibre organization like the Cougars and is excited to be moving his junior career forward in Victoria.

“Owen is a very talented young man with tremendous upside.  The coaching staff is really looking forward to working with him and helping him work towards his fullest potential,” Cougars head coach Mark Van Helvoirt said.

Wade, 19, was the Comox Valley Glacier Kings third leading scorer last year.  At 6’0” and 170-pounds, Wade will be counted on to put points on the board.  The native of Victoria split time between the Oceanside Generals and Comox Valley the past two seasons where he posted 70 points in 108 games.

“I am very honoured to be a part of a first class organization from players to coaches and all the way through to management and volunteers,” Wade said.  “I was born in Victoria so it will be a bit of a homecoming for me to play in front of all my family on a regular basis all while playing for a great team excites me. I cannot wait to see what the season has in store for us.”

When asked, Van Helvoirt said that he is excited about his newest acquisitions.

“We acquired not only a great player but great leadership and character in Jake.  We also believe there is a huge upside in Kyle and if we can round out his overall game he will be an effective player at this level,” Van Helvoirt said.

Despite the recent signings, Cougars president Gary Boyer stresses that there are still a lot of vacant spots to be filled.

Last April, former Cougars forward Nathan Looysen and defenseman Nico Somerville both came to terms with the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League.

Registration for summer ice (July 21-August 18, 2016) and training camp (August 26-September 7, 2016) are currently being accepted.