Cowichan Valley Capitals Press Release
Two leaders in the Cowichan Valley Capitals dressing room this season are heading south to the world of U.S. college hockey.
Alexandre Gagne and Jeff Kinrade have both been awarded hockey scholarships to Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan.
The MSU Spartans have picked up both 19-year olds, and their acceptance into the Central Collegiate Hockey Association means the Caps have now had more than 70 of their players moved into the U.S. college hockey system since the team was founded a dozen years ago.
“The BCHL is the top Junior A league in Canada when it comes to scholarship placements,” says Caps coach Scott Robinson. “While we’d love to have these two guys in our lineup for one more year, we also recognize that moves like this are a huge benefit to their academic and personal development, and we would never want to get in the way of that.”
Kinrade is finishing his second season with the Caps. The Nelson, B.C., native has 13 goals and a total of 34 points this season, and has proven to be a real leader both on the ice and in the dressing room. Gagne came to the Cowichan Valley from Rock Forest, Quebec. He’s currently tied for top spot on the team in terms of total points, and he’s the leading goal-scorer in the line-up with 35 goals and 33 assists on the season.
The two will play out the balance of the playoffs with the Caps before going to Lansing in September.
“I’m looking forward to the contributions these two young men can still make to our club in the upcoming playoff run,” says Caps GM Clayton Wright. “But the entire organization also wants to congratulate them on their achievement, both in terms of their hockey skills and the academic records that have allowed them to win this honour.”