Cowichan Caps open at home Sept. 26

For the third year in a row, the Cowichan Valley Capitals and their fellow B.C. Hockey League teams will open the season with the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.

After that, the Caps’ proper home opener will take place on Sept. 26 as they kick off 28 dates at the Island Savings Centre.

All 16 teams will start the 2014/15 campaign at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre on Sept. 19-21. The first two events were extremely successful, drawing many NHL and NCAA scouts.

"The Showcase has proven to be a popular event for both the people looking for talent and also our teams and players," BCHL communications director Brent Mutis said. "The chance for scouts to see all players under one roof in one weekend is extremely valuable and the city of Chilliwack has been an ideal host for this event each of the last two years."

The Caps will kick off the Showcase at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 against the Vernon Vipers. On Sept. 20, they will face the Merritt Centennials at 11:30 a.m. Both games will count in the regular-season standings.

The Caps will play their B.C. Hockey League season home opener on Friday, Sept. 26 against the Victoria Grizzlies, and close out the regular season against the same team on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

The BCHL released its full 2014/15 regular season schedule last week, announcing the Caps’ 58 games, 28 home games at the Island Savings Centre and 28 road dates.

The Caps will play nine games against the Grizzlies (four at home and four in Victoria) and the Powell River Kings (five at home and four on the road), and eight each against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Nanaimo Clippers (split evenly between home and road contests).

Cowichan will also play one game at home and one on the road against each of the Mainland and Interior division teams, except for Vernon and Merritt, who the Caps play at the Showcase.

In addition to the home opener and regular-season finales, other important dates for the Caps include Saturday, Oct. 11, when they host the defending league champion Coquitlam Express; Wednesday, Oct. 29, when they host the Clippers for the first time; and Sunday, Nov. 9, when homegrown star Steen Cooper and the Penticton Vees visit.

The Caps’ longest home stand runs from Oct. 25 to Nov. 9, a run of five games against five different teams. Their longest road stretch is from Oct. 3-10, and also includes five games.