The Victoria Cougars have acquired 1999-born forward Booker Chacalias and 1999-born forward Noah Kelly from the Nanaimo Buccaneers in exchange for future considerations.
“I am very happy with our recent acquisitions. We are pushing to getting back to where we have been in the past as an organization by going after these two players,” Cougars head coach Suneil Karod said.
In 54 games last year, Chacalias scored 22 goals and added 30 assists for 52 points.
Kelly, meanwhile, recorded 19 goals and chipped in with 22 assists for 41 points in 52 games.
Both players are a welcome addition to a Cougars squad that managed to score only 145 goals last season.
“Booker is an offensive threat who knows how to find the back of the net. Noah is a great two-way player that brings energy and tenacity to our front end,” Karod said. “They are both great kids who would help any club.”
Although making Junior A is the goal for both players, Karod and his coaching staff will be focused on helping them pursue their aspirations and achieve their goals.
But if things do not work out for Chacalias and Kelly, both players will be gladly received.
“We will welcome Booker and Noah back with open arms if they find their way back to us. They will fill a big role for us especially in the scoring department which we lacked last season,” Karod said.
Chacalias and Kelly were both named to the VIJHL Top Prospects Game for Team North last year.
Preparations for next season continue.
Registration for the Cougars Spring Camp, which runs May 4-6, is currently being accepted.
Log onto www.victoriacougars.com for more information.