Cowichan Caps add young Dman in deadline deal

With the B.C. Hockey League trade deadline approaching this Saturday, the Cowichan Valley Capitals made a pair of moves on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Caps acquired 18-year-old defenceman Connor Russell from the Penticton Vees in exchange for future considerations.

Russell has played 27 games with the Vees this season, his first in the BCHL, collecting one goal, five assists and 10 penalty minutes.

A native of Guelph, Ontario, the six-foot-one, 188-pound Russell spent the 2013/14 season playing at the prestigious Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York.

"Connor is a solid young defenceman that we’re pleased to add to our group going forward," said Capitals head coach and General Manager Bob Beatty. "He’s a talented blueliner with some good size and we feel he’ll be able to grow well with our good crop of young players."

On Thursday, the Caps sent the junior A playing rights of Ryan Coghlan to the Nanaimo Clippers, also for future considerations.

The Nanaimo native last played in the BCHL in 2012/13, when he had two goals and three assists in 47 games with the Caps. Since then, he has skated in the major junior Western Hockey League with the Saskatoon Blades and Prince Albert Raiders.

Reports on Twitter from Saskatoon indicate that Coghlan has left the Blades and will report to the Clippers.