New Capitals goalie Zach Borgiel was named the top netminder in the GOJHL’s Western Conference last season. (Submitted)

New Capitals goalie Zach Borgiel was named the top netminder in the GOJHL’s Western Conference last season. (Submitted)

Caps add top goalie from GOJHL to round out tandem

Zach Borgiel was an all-star in Ontario last year

The Cowichan Valley Capitals swapped out goaltenders last month to solidify their goaltending tandem for the 2019-20 B.C. Hockey League season.

The Caps announced the addition of Zach Borgiel on June 20, then six days later reported that Jack Grant had been traded back to the Maritimes.

The 6-foot-2 Borgiel was stellar last season for the Leamington Flyers of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, posting a 20-7-1 record with a 2.25 goals-against average and .924 save percentage over 28 games. The 19-year-old native of Fort Gratiot, Michigan, was honoured with the Roy Caley Award for the league’s best GAA, and was also named Western Conference Goaltender of the Year, a Western Conference All-Star, and the Flyers’ MVP.

Earlier in June the Caps added Ben Howard, who played last season for the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Howard became a free agent this summer when the Mustangs decided to take the 2019-20 season off.

Grant, who played 31 games for the Caps last season with an 8-22-0 record, one shutout, a 3.55 GAA and .893 save percentage, was traded to the Fredericton Red Wings of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. The Red Wings were formerly the St. Stephen County Aces, for whom Grant played before joining the Caps last offseason.

Capitals playoff hero Pierce Diamond aged out of junior hockey.