Dan McIntyre has been named the Cowichan Valley Capitals’ captain for the 2020-21 B.C. Hockey League season. (Citizen file)

Dan McIntyre has been named the Cowichan Valley Capitals’ captain for the 2020-21 B.C. Hockey League season. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Caps name McIntyre captain on cusp of new season

Energetic forward entering third season in Cowichan

As they prepare to kick off an extended exhibition season this weekend, the Cowichan Valley Capitals announced that energetic veteran forward Dan McIntyre will serve as team captain for the 2020-21 B.C. Hockey League season.

A 20-year-old from Almonte, Ont., McIntyre is embarking on his third campaign with the Caps after establishing himself as both a leader and a sparkplug for the club over the past two seasons.

“We are really excited to name Dan McIntyre as our captain,” Caps head coach and general manager Geoff Grimwood said. “He has been with the Capitals the last two years and has grown into an exceptional leader with our program. Throughout the summer and through training camp, Dan has consistently shown a team first attitude, leadership and commitment to our program. He has a strong command of the dressing room and is a tremendous example to our younger players.”

The Caps acquired McIntyre from the Kanata Lasers of the Central Canadian Hockey League during the summer of 2018. He collected five goals, 13 points and 68 penalty minutes in 54 games that season, then added two more goals — including the series-clincher against the Penticton Vees — in the 2019 playoffs.

McIntyre got the 2019-20 season off to a hot start with a hat trick in Cowichan’s season-opening 8-1 win over the Victoria Grizzlies, and finished an injury-shortened regular season with eight goals, 21 points and 46 penalty minutes in 36 minutes before adding three points, including one goal, in five playoff appearances.

The 2019-season also saw McIntyre commit to play NCAA Div. 1 hockey for the Cornell Big Red once his junior career is finished.

“I feel extremely honoured and humbled to be chosen to wear the ‘C’ this season for the Caps,” McIntyre said. “After the extended summer due to COVID-19, everyone in our organization is itching to get the season started. We have an unbelievable amount of character in our room and we are full of leaders and guys that will always compete. I also want to say thank you to the city of Duncan for their selfless support and to all the volunteers that make our program run. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play in your city. The Blue Collar Boys are back.”

The Caps will play two months of exhibition games against Vancouver Island teams before the planned regular season starts in December. The exhibition matches start this weekend when the Caps visit the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, both starting at 7 p.m. All games are carried live on HockeyTV, which can be reached from cowichancapitals.com

The Caps will host the Bulldogs for a pair of games on Oct. 9 and 10, and will play against the Nanaimo Clippers and Victoria Grizzlies for the remainder of the month. They are scheduled to play all six of their November games against the Powell River Kings, at the Cowichan Community Centre five times, and at Powell River’s Hap Parker Arena once.