Capitals complete goalie tandem with American star

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have rounded out what looks to be one of the top netminding duos in the B.C. Hockey League this coming season with the addition of Alex Corley, a product of the elite Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep School in Minnesota.

Corley will make a tandem with Lane Michasiw, who committed to the Capitals after winning the Telus Cup national midget championship with the Prince Albert Mintos.

"I can’t wait for the season to start and get out there and get back on the ice, I can’t describe how pumped I am," the 5-11, 165-pound Corley said. "I really felt that it was a really good fit with the organization. Coach [Bob] Beatty is awesome, I thought the whole staff was great and when I went up there for a visit it just kind of felt like home up there; I can’t imagine many junior hockey towns are better than Cowichan."

Corley, who turns 18 in November, has played the last three seasons with the midget AA and AAA teams at Shattuck St. Mary’s, the alma mater of such NHL stars as Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Nathan MacKinnon and Zach Parise.

In 2013/14 with the midget AAA program, Corley played in 31 games with a record of 23-6-1, a goals-against average of 1.19 and save percentage of .940 and eight shutouts.

Over three seasons at the academy, the Westminster, Colorado native compiled a record of 67-10-3, with a 1.08 GAA and .942 SPCT.

"Alex had a great season last year at Shattuck’s and is well prepared to start his junior career," said Beatty, the Capitals head coach and general manager. "His stats speak for themselves along with a strong technical package and good size."

Corley is looking forward to joining the Caps and helping to make the team competitive in the BCHL.

"I like to think of myself as a pretty solid, technically sound goalie but also I think the big thing that separates me from a lot other guys is that I thrive on making game changing saves and I like to steal quite a few games.

"I haven’t met the other goalie Lane, but I’m obviously a team player and I’m all about winning and doing whatever it takes to get to that point. Between me and Lane I think we will be one of the hardest teams in the league to score on."

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