Bill Dellebuur Cup raises $1,000 for hospital foundation in Cowichan

Annual intrasquad game named for long-time volunteer

Bill Dellebuur was a longtime volunteer for the Cowichan Valley Capitals. (Citizen File)

Bill Dellebuur was a longtime volunteer for the Cowichan Valley Capitals. (Citizen File)

The Cowichan Valley Capitals’ fourth annual Bill Dellebuur Cup was held Sept. 4 at the Cowichan Community Centre Arena and Team White prevailed by a 6-4 score.

Admission to the yearly red versus white intrasquad game was by donation and $1,000 was raised for the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation.

The Caps renamed their annual intrasquad game in 2018 in honour of the longtime volunteer who died at the age of 84.

“Dad was one of those people who loved volunteering and being around the players from year to year. His primary involvement was to operate the visitors penalty box door alongside longtime volunteers,” said his son in a statement on the Cowichan Valley Capitals’ website. “He would frequently tell me that it was going to be his last year at the end of each season for doing the penalty box. When training camp rolled around he would be right back at the rink talking to the coaches and prospective players about the upcoming season.”

Three games into their exhibition schedule, the Caps have two wins and a loss. Cowichan split a pair against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Sept. 3, first losing 5-1 and then winning 3-1. Both games were on the road at Weyerhaeuser Arena. On Sept. 5 Cowichan beat the Victoria Grizzlies by a 5-2 score.

The Capitals’ regular season kicks off at home on Sept. 23 against West Kelowna. So far head coach Brian Passmore likes what he’s seen in training camp.

“It’s been a very competitive camp so far and tough decisions will have to be made,” Passmore said Monday. “I’m pleased with the efforts so far into our second week of camp and we are getting the team down to where we want it to be.”

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