An integral part of the Cowichan Valley Capitals attack this season, defenceman Dimitri Mikrogiannakis’ strong play has not gone unnoticed as he has earned a scholarship to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers for the 2020-21 season.
Along with fellow dman and Caps leading scorer David Melaragni, Mikrogiannakis has been leading the charge from the backend with three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 20 games. The 19-year-old native of Aurora, Ont. is playing in his first BCHL season after playing the last two years for the Newmarket Hurricanes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). He becomes the fourth player on Cowichan Valley’s roster to earn a scholarship.
Mikrogiannakis is the third current BCHL player committed to the Tigers, joining Coquitlam Express goalie Kolby Matthews and Prince George Spruce Kings forward Sam Kozlowski who are both committed for next season.
This year’s RIT squad features former Surrey Eagle Christian Short, former Powell River King Adam Brubacher, former Langley Riverman Spencer Berry and former Chilliwack Chief Will Calverley.
RIT is an NCAA Division I program located in Rochester, N.Y. playing in the Atlantic Hockey conference along with Air Force, American International, Army West Point, Bentley, Canisius, Holy Cross, Mercyhurst, Niagra, Robert Morris and Sacred Heart. After 10 games this year, the Tigers are off to a 6-3-1 start overall with a 4-2-1 record in conference.