Tate Coughlin got his time with the Cowichan Valley Capitals off to a good start last week.
Coughlin opened the scoring in his first game with the Caps, a 4-4 tie with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at the Island Savings Centre on Nov. 22, and scored again in his third game, a 7-5 loss on the road against the Powell River Kings last Saturday.
The winger joined the Caps in a deal with the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League the day before his Cowichan debut. Going the other way were the Canadian junior rights to forward Brandon Stanley, which the Caps got a week earlier from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Waywayseecappo Wolverines in exchange for goalie Yann Dery. Stanley is currently playing with the Philadelphia Rebels of the North American Hockey League, and hasn’t shown any signs of wanting to return to Canada.
He started his junior career by posting 51 points in 43 games for the junior B Peninsula Panthers in 2013-14, where his coach was current Caps bench boss Brian Passmore.
“I know his character and I know he’s a talented player,” Passmore said. “I think I can get the best out of him.”
As he showed in his first few games with the Caps, Coughlin can be dangerous. He had 10 points in 17 games with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Camrose Kodiaks earlier this season before he was dealt to Melville, where he didn’t play. Coughlin played 107 games for the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets between 2013-14 and the beginning of the 2016-17 season, putting up 13 points. He split the rest of 2016-17 between the B.C. Hockey League’s Nanaimo Clippers and the Camrose Kodiaks, putting up 22 points in 34 contests.