Forward Ethan Anstey was traded from the Cowichan Valley Capitals to the Flin Flon Bombers along with goalie Ben Montgomery ahead of the BCHL trade deadline. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Forward Ethan Anstey was traded from the Cowichan Valley Capitals to the Flin Flon Bombers along with goalie Ben Montgomery ahead of the BCHL trade deadline. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Capitals make flurry of deadline deals

Three in, three out as Caps prepare for playoffs

The Cowichan Valley Capitals closed out a flurry of deals before the B.C. Hockey League’s trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. on Monday.

The Caps made several transactions with teams inside and out of the BCHL in the 10 days before the deadline, and when the dust settled, the club had added three new players and sent another trio off to new destinations.

Among the additions is a familiar face in the form of Adam Grenier, a 2002-born centre who played for the Caps during the 2020-21 pod season, posting three assists in 17 games before he was traded to the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League during the offseason. Grenier posted a goal and eight helpers in 18 games with Bonnyville before he expressed an interest in returning to the coast and was allowed to sign with the Caps.

“Adam will add depth to our forward lines,” Caps head coach and general manager Brian Passmore commented. “He is a great teammate and we look forward to seeing him back in a Capitals uniform.”

The Caps also acquired KT Walters from the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. A 2002-born centre from Vernon, Walters had 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 27 games with the North Stars in his first full season of junior hockey. He previously played six games for the Coquitlam Express in 2019-20, posting a goal and an assist.

“KT has performed well this season for Battlefords in the SJHL and will provide additional scoring depth to our forward group,” Passmore said. “He is a smart player, anticipates and understands the speed of the game. KT has BCHL experience and has had good offensive output at all levels he has played.”

Monday saw the Caps bring in 2002 defenceman James Bohn from the Prince George Spruce Kings for future considerations. The Coquitlam product started the season with his hometown Express, putting up seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 19 games before he was dealt to P.G., where he went without a point in six games. Bohn has played 93 career BCHL games, mostly with the Express, with three goals and 22 points.

“James comes to us in his third year in the BCHL,” Passmore noted. “We’re getting a mature individual who has learnt how to be an effective player at this level through his work ethic and passion for the game.”

This past weekend, the Caps traded goalie Ben Montgomery and forward Ethan Anstey to the Flin Flon Bombers of the SJHL for future considerations. Montgomery played in seven games, recording two wins and four losses, but was stuck in a three-way battle for playing time with fellow netminders Evan May and McCoy Bidewell. Anstey appeared in 27 games with the Caps this season, scoring one goal and assisting on two others.

The Caps also sent little-used forward Daniel North to the Chilliwack Chiefs for future considerations. North had a goal and two assists in 15 games this season. Chilliwack immediately traded North to the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

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