Cowichan Capitals swap blueliners with Langley Rivermen

In a swap of defencemen, the Cowichan Valley Capitals have added a huge presence on their blueline for the 2014/15 B.C. Hockey League season.

Charlie Pelnik, a 6-4, 215, American-born defender, comes to the Caps from the Langley Rivermen in exchange for Jacob Kearley.

Pelnik, who calls Cary, North Carolina home, played 53 games for the Rivermen last season, scoring one goal and adding nine assists for 10 points, while racking up 88 penalty minutes. Prior to coming to B.C., Pelnik attended noted hockey academy Shattuck St. Mary’s, and played one year of junior with the Fargo Force of the U.S Hockey League.

"Charlie is a big body with a physical presence that can move pucks and make it difficult for opponents," Capitals head coach and general manager Bob Beatty said. "He adds a veteran presence that will compliment our defensive core very well."

Pelnik has already secured a scholarship for 2015/16 at the University of North Dakota.

Caps fans never got to see Kearley in action. He was acquired earlier in the off-season from the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for forward Dane Gibson.

The Capitals will hold their main camp on Aug. 29-Sept. 1, with their first exhibition game at home against Victoria on Sept. 3.