Cowichan Caps name new broadcaster

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have named Jeff Sargeant as their new play-by-play broadcaster and media and communications director.

The B.C. Hockey League team announced last week that Sargeant will take over for Dustin Forbes this week.

Sargeant was the play-by-play voice for the Caps’ BCHL rivals, the Langley Rivermen last season, and also served as a season ticket sales and client rep for both the Rivermen and the Vancouver Stealth of the National Lacrosse League.

"I am extremely excited to join the Capitals and begin working in the beautiful Cowichan Valley," Sargeant said. "I’m really looking forward to working with such a great staff and a team on the rise both on and off the ice. The Cowichan fans are known for their passion and I can’t wait to get started working to help continue to grow this franchise." A native of Richmond, Sargeant hopes to bring excitement to his radio broadcasts.

"I definitely share the Capitals fans’ passion for hockey," he said. "You might say my call is a bit of a mixture of old school and new. I like to add in a lot of context and of course, a lot of fun too. I’m really big on stories; I like to include a lot of history and insight into players past and present and hope to be able to connect the fans to the team by doing so."

Before he worked in Langley, Sargeant was a news reporter and anchor in Prince George, where he helped with Spruce Kings broadcasts. He also handled playby-play duties along with media relations and website management for the Cariboo Cougars of the B.C. Major Midget League.

In 2008/09, Sargeant called games for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks of the junior B Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

"Jeff’s resume speaks for itself," Caps head coach and general manager Bob Beatty said. "We believe he is the right person to continue building what we are trying to do in the community and his experience in the BCHL and skill set will prove to be a valuable asset."