Capitals’ Kade Kehoe commits to Colorado College

The Cowichan Valley Capitals will bid farewell to their leading scorer from last season.

Kevin Rothbauer Citizen

The Cowichan Valley Capitals will bid farewell to their leading scorer from last season.

Kade Kehoe led the Caps in points with 55 in 57 games during the 2015-16 campaign, and was second in goals with 22 and assists with 33. Despite having one year of junior eligibility left, Kehoe has committed to the NCAA Div. I Colorado College Tigers for next season.

A native of Saskatoon, Kehoe came to the Caps early in the 2014-15 season in a trade with the West Kelowna Warriors. Over his two seasons in the B.C. Hockey League, he compiled 94 points in 38 goals and 56 assists in 109 games, playing all but 11 of those contests with Cowichan. His four shorthanded goals were tied for the third-most in the BCHL, and his five game-winners were tied for 11th.

He helped the Caps reach the BCHL playoffs for the first time in four years, but was held scoreless as Cowichan was ousted in six games by the Powell River Kings.

“Kade is a natural competitor who can make plays and goes to the hard areas of the ice,” Colorado College head coach Mike Haviland said.

Kehoe is one of five players from last year’s Cowichan team to earn a college scholarship for next season, joining Ryan Burton (Div. I Clarkson), Corey Hoffman (Div. I Cornell), Mitch Meek (Div. I Clarkson), and Jake Switzer (Div. III Concordia-Wisconsin).