The play of Darien Craighead since he joined the Cowichan Valley Capitals earlier this season has been recognized at the highest levels as he has been selected to play in the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Prospects Game in Oakville, Ontario on Jan. 20.
The annual game showcases the top undrafted young players in the CJHL, as identified by NHL Central Scouting. The CJHL and NHL work together to select players for the game. Craighead will play on Team West, made up of players from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario.
"It’s a huge honour but I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates and coaching staff here in Cowichan," Craighead said. "To be recognized for individual success is just a bonus. It’s a chance to throw yourself out there, get exposed, and just really enjoy the experience."
Craighead joined the Caps last fall in a trade with the Langley Rivermen. In 25 games this season – two with Langley and 23 with Cowichan – Craighead has scored eight goals and added 16 assists for 24 points. In his rookie season a year ago, he scored three times and added 19 assists for 22 points in 49 games with the Rivermen.
"The Capitals are excited on Darien’s behalf on his selection to the Prospects Game," Caps head coach and general manager Bob Beatty said.
"It’s a great opportunity for him to showcase his talent with and against some of the best young prospects in Canada. Darien has a great skill set and tremendous vision with the puck and will continue to be a big part of our exciting young forward group."