Nanaimo Clippers have added veteran 2001 defenceman, Colton Kitchen, in a trade with the Victoria Grizzlies for future considerations. Kitchen started his BCHL career in 2018-2019 with the Chilliwack Chiefs accumulating 9 points in 43 games that season. He started the 2019-2020 season with the Clippers but was traded to Penticton Vees early in the season. He then was traded to Victoria Grizzlies mid-season as part of a blockbuster trade between the respective teams. He ended up playing 38 games in the BCHL that season.
Colin Birkas, Associate Coach in charge of the defence core of the Clippers noted; “Colton was a D that I really liked last year but with our strong and deep D core, we moved him to the Vees for some much needed help upfront. I am excited to get him back to the squad this season. He will give us some added experience on the back end as we continue to add high end talent to our depth chart.”
Darren Naylor, Head Coach and Vice-President of the Clippers added; “Colton was a player, whom when watching him play against us last season, really caught my eye. When he came available, I jumped on the opportunity as I believe he will be a key part of our defence core this year. He is a mobile defenceman and reads the layers well. He has a great attitude, is liked by his teammates and is easy to coach.”