January 26, 2019
Langley Rivermen captain Alec Capstick accepted an offer to the University of Miami-Ohio in early January, not so long after the defenceman was told he’d never play hockey again.
Just one game into the 2016-17 season, Capstick’s second in the BCHL, a rare medical condition put him on the sidelines and the prospects of him ever playing again were not good.
But hockey remained on his mind and after almost a full year away, Capstick returned to the Rivermen lineup in 2017-18 and posted new highs in points while remaining a rock on the blueline.
Now he wears the ‘C’ for Langley and in 41 games so far this season has bettered the numbers he put up over two full seasons prior.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound, soon-to-be 20-year-old has four goals and 21 assists along with 39 penalty minutes.
Add in the adversity he’s overcome to stay in the game and it adds up to an enticing prospect that Miami-Ohio couldn’t pass on. Capstick is set to join the RedHawks for the 2019-20 season.
Capstick came out of the Langley Bantam A1 program before moving to Yale Hockey Academy Prep for one year (3-13-21, in 2014-2015), and then onto the Rivermen.
At Miami, Capstick joins a RedHawks program that hasn’t had a BCHL recruit since Powell River’s Matt Joyaux in 2013.
The team competes in the NCAA’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) along with North Dakota, Denver, Nebraska-Omaha, St. Cloud State, Western Michigan, Colorado College and Minnesota-Duluth.