Cowichan Capitals add Adam Grenier for 2020-21 campaign

Forward was a high scorer for BWC last season

Adam Grenier has committed to the Cowichan Valley Capitals for the 2020-21 season. (Submitted)

Adam Grenier has committed to the Cowichan Valley Capitals for the 2020-21 season. (Submitted)

The Cowichan Valley Capitals’ first new recruit of the off-season is Adam Grenier.

The 16-year-old forward from Coquitlam committed to the team last month, just before the hiring of new head coach Geoff Grimwood was announced.

Born in 2003, Grenier played this past season for Burnaby Winter Club’s midget prep team in the Canadian Sports School Hockey League, finishing second on the club with 39 points on 15 goals and 24 assists in 36 games. The 2019-20 season was all about getting ready for the next step.

“The staff prepared us for junior, coached us like we were in junior,” he said in a press release from the Capitals. “I’ve heard it’s a challenging jump from prep league to junior but I’m excited.”

Grenier comes to the Caps already familiar with the B.C. Hockey League. He was picked by the Regina Pats in the 2018 Western Hockey League bantam draft, but felt that junior A was a better fit.

“Growing up in Coquitlam, I’ve always been around the BCHL,” he said. “I have a lot of buddies that have chosen the BCHL; they say nothing but great things about the league. I chose this route because of the academics and my style of play. School is really important to me.”

Grenier put up 22 points in 25 games with BWC’s Elite 15s team in 2018-19, and 25 points in 30 games with the bantam prep squad in 2017-18.

“I see the ice pretty well,” Grenier said. “I like to play on both sides of the puck, skate well too, and obviously producing offence and points is fun.”

Dan Whiteford, an assistant coach with the Caps who will continue his duties under Grimwood, likes Grenier’s hard-nosed style of play.

“Adam’s got good hockey sense,” Whiteford said. “He’s a hard-working guy with a nose for the net and a high ceiling. He was successful at a very good program in Burnaby Winter Club and we think he can produce at the junior level.”

The Caps’ playoff success over the past two seasons, and the fact that a dozen members of the 2019-20 roster committed to post-secondary teams was a big part of the attraction.

“They move guys on, which is important to me,” Grenier said. “I think this is a good spot to go to help me get to the next level and the NCAA.”

Grenier got a brief taste of junior hockey last year, suiting up as an AP for one game with the Chilliwack Chiefs.

“It was really nice to get a game in,” he said. “It was Teddy Bear Toss so that was a lot of fun, it was nice to get that experience in. I’m really excited to come to Cowichan and play for the Capitals.”

BCHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

Egg producers in B.C. aren’t obligated to reveal their production sites. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Not enough local eggs to meet demand: officials

BC Egg Marketing Board doesn’t regulate labelling

The new Malahat Skywalk is expected to be completed by this summer. (Submitted graphic)
Malahat Skywalk expected to be complete by this summer

$15-million project will see 650-metre elevated wooden pathway constructed

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Frustrated family denied access to B.C. Indigenous woman’s police shooting report

Independent investigation into B.C. woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Dezi, a Delta police dog, retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

Nurses collect samples from a patient in a COVID suspect room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
5 British Columbians under 20 years old battled COVID-19 in ICU in recent weeks

Overall hospitalizations have fallen but young people battling the virus in hospital has increased

Canada released proposed regulations Jan. 2 for the fisheries minister to maintain Canada’s major fish stocks at sustainable levels and recover those at risk. (File photo)
New laws would cement DFO accountability to depleted fish stocks

Three B.C. salmon stocks first in line for priority attention under proposed regulations

Trees destroyed a Shoreacres home during a wind storm Jan. 13, 2021. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay woman flees just before tree crushes house

Pamala DeRosa is thankful to be alive

Gin, one of the Kantymirs’ two sheep. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Sheep start up ATV, sit in cars and go for walks in Salmon Arm

Until they bought two sheep, Ken and Karleen Kantymir didin’t realize just how social the animals are

Most Read