‘Semi Pro’ inspires newest Cap

Skylar Pacheco was counting his blessings.

The smooth-skating defenceman was acquired by the Cowichan Valley Capitals from the Prince George Spruce Kings last week, and despite the initial shock, he was able to put it into perspective thanks to a Will Ferrell movie from 2008.

"At least I wasn’t traded for a washing machine like Ed Monix in Semi Pro #hepunchesinbunches," Pacheco tweeted, referring to Woody Harrelson’s character.

The 5-11, 178-pound Pacheco, who will turn 20 on Aug. 1, was picked up in exchange for forward Taylor Allan and blueliner Valik Chichkin. In 2013/14, he set career highs with eight goals, 24 assists and 32 points in 56 games with the Spruce Kings. In 164 career B.C. Hockey league games, the Kitimat native has 11 goals and 60 assists for 71 points.

"Skylar is a three-year veteran of the

BCHL who put up good numbers last season," Caps head coach and general manager Bob Beatty said. "He is a good-skating, puck-moving, dynamic defenceman that can jump into the rush and contribute offensively. He will give us a veteran presence on our side of the red line."

Allan and Chichkin were picked up by the Caps in separate trades last December. Chichkin had nine points in 26 games after coming over from the Trail Smoke Eaters. Allan had 12 points in 24 games after he was acquired from the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Okotoks Oilers.

Both players also tweeted their responses to the trade with Prince George.

"Would like to thank the @cowichancaps for the experience, and excited to be a part of the @SpruceKings organization!" Chichkin wrote.

"I would like to thank the @cowichancaps for the past season, made a lot of memories there! I am very excited to join the @SpruceKings!!" Allan tweeted.

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