Storm Acquire Skilled D-man

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Campbell River Storm and Mission City Outlaws Junior hockey clubs have completed a trade involving two veteran players from the lower mainland.

Heading to the PJHL is 1998 born forward Alexandre Furlan. In return, the Storm will receive the services of 19 year old defenseman Erik Bocale.

Bocale is a two year PJHL vet, having played his first year and a half in Aldergrove with the Kodiaks before moving to South Delta last season. In 82 Junior games, the puck moving defenseman has tallied 8 goals, 24 assists for 32 points along with adding 86 penalty minutes.

Campbell River General Manager, Lee Stone, was impressed by what he saw in Bocale while watching two PJHL finals games during a scouting trip last season, “Erik played for two high profile PJHL programs last season starting in Aldergrove and finishing in Delta. Watching him play during the highest level of PJHL competition I came away impressed with how well he moved the puck up ice and provided a steady presence on the backend as a veteran defenseman We feel strongly Erik will take another step in his game here in Campbell River.”

The 5’ 10”, 175 pound Bocale is excited by the winning tradition of the Storm, “I am most excited for the amazing Junior Hockey experience and to play on such a successful team with a supportive squad and coaching staff.” The young man from Surrey, who describes himself as an offensive defenseman models his game after Erik Karlsson and hopes to “take Hockey as far as I can with University as a goal down the road.”

Furlan, who was originally acquired in a trade with the Ridge Meadows Flames, was hesitant about the move to Campbell River which precipitated the trade.

Stone eager to provide a stronger puck moving core from the backend stated, “Anytime you can acquire a two year veteran defenseman with the resume of Erik’s you jump at the opportunity. We feel he brings the types of qualities we look for in defenseman on the ice and more importantly a person off the ice.” He concluded, “We look forward to seeing Erik at camp in August.”