Caps get D-man for Craighead

Darien Craighead's return to the Cowichan Valley Capitals didn't last long.

Darien Craighead’s return to the Cowichan Valley Capitals didn’t last long.

One of the Caps’ most productive players last season, Craighead rejoined the team in mid-September after a tryout with the U.S. Hockey League didn’t work out, and had two points in four games before he was traded to the Chilliwack Chiefs on Wednesday.

Craighead didn’t even have a chance to play on the Island Savings Centre ice before the trade, as the Caps were on the road for both weekends in his brief return.

In exchange, the Caps received 19-year-old defenceman Carter Cochrane. A native of Kamloops, Cochrane had 47 points (16 goals and 31 assists) as a rookie two years ago before spending last year in the Western Hockey League, where he had four points in 40 games with the Everett Silvertips and Tri-City Americans.

Cochrane scored in his Cowichan debut last Friday.

“Carter is a gritty, hard-nosed competitor that also brings offence to our blue line,” said Capitals head coach and general manager Bob Beatty. “He had a very impressive rookie season in Chilliwack and with his added experience is a solid addition to our club.”