Smithers’ Luke Santerno has inked a deal with the Cowichan Capitals.
The 6’3” 185-pound powerhouse forward led the 100 Mile House Wranglers in scoring last season with 45 points and 18 penalty minutes in 47 games. He also led the team with 24 goals and 10 power play goals.
According to Santerno, signing with the Caps was a no-brainer.
“I’m really excited, I’m looking forward to being on the [Capitals] and playing in the [BCHL],” he said in a press release. “My coach from midget [Brendan Hutchinson] used to play there and he had a bunch of great things to say about the team so we talked about it for awhile with my parents and him and decided this was a good choice to make.”
According to Capitals head coach and general manager Bob Beatty, Santerno’s size and skill are game -changers.
“Luke is a forward with a great set of hands and good offensive instincts,” said Beatty.
“Luke was coached by former Capital captain Brendan Hutchinson in midget hockey in Smithers and has a year of Junior-B under his belt. We like the combination of size and skill that Luke brings and feel he will develop into a top-end forward in the BCHL.”
Santerno also appeared in five BCHL games last season as an affiliate with the Merritt Centennials, one of which was against the Capitals.