They may have a new name, but the team that won last year’s roller hockey league has done it again.
One TRADEx Capitals, previously known as the Burger King Game Birds, are the roller hockey champions for the second consecutive season.
Led by the league’s top scorer during the regular season, Dan “Keep Away” Etherington, once again took the Capitals to the roller hockey Promised Land.
After finishing first in the regular season standings, the Capitals faced the Cayman Hot Sauce Flames in the first round and came away winning the best of three-game series, two games to one.
The finals, on Dec. 22, pitted the Capitals against the High Rollers, which was a close, fast-paced series, with the Capitals taking it in two straight games with scores of 9-7 and 7-5.
The High Rollers were a formidable opponent for the Capitals with Jeremy Olynik in net, the league leader in save percentage. However, Capitals goalie Andrew “Timeout” Finlason was equal to the task and had a strong playoffs.
High Rollers also possess a strong defensive core led by Andrew Bowden and Tim Courtis. This was countered nicely by the defensive pairing of Jason “Whirlwind” Windsor and Brendon “Norris” Malice, who had stellar playoff series on the blue line.
This season for the Capitals saw more offensive production with the father-son addition of Dan “Forecheck” Allard and Kai “Sniper” Allard and the triumphant return to Roller Hockey by Claude “Red Light” Plamondon.
The other strong offensive pairing of Devon “Digger” Malice and Colin “Suspended” Wilson rounded out the effective offensive production for the champions.
This season for the Capitals was dedicated to Fiona “Elway” McLeod, who is returning to Canada and retiring from Cayman Roller Hockey, ending as a two-time champion. McLeod is the only female player to participate in any Cayman Islands adult hockey league and was one of the league’s best players over the past two years.
Champions Capitals were captained by Fareed Hosein who were able to hoist the Cherry Cup in consecutive seasons.
The fall roller hockey season will begin in September. Interested players should contact Dennis Paschier at [email protected] for further information.