Jack Coulthard comes to the Creston Valley Thunder Cats after a successful junior debut in Aldergrove with the Kodiaks. During the pandemic shortened 2020-21 season, Coulthard led all defensemen on his team in ice time and many other statistical categories. He comes to the Thunder Cats as part of a handful of new blue line acquisitions in what has been a bit of a blueline renovation. While solid returning players will make up the majority, new acquisitions of Berg, Boutcher, and now Coulthard strengthen what has the potential to be one the deepest defensive corps in the last few years in Creston.
Prior to playing with Aldergrove, Coulthard played two years with Yale Hockey Academy’s prep team, and one year with both Burnaby Winter Club and Delta Hockey Academy.
When questioned, Coulthard describes himself as a “steady defense-first player that uses my skating ability to join the rush and efficiently move pucks up the ice”. He continues to reflect on the trade: “I’ve heard we have a great team this year as well as a great group of guys, so the bar is set high for us”.
Going the other way in the deal are conditional future considerations. The organization indicated this trade was months in the making and required a combination of future considerations acquired from previous and recent trades that sent Aiden Szautner (Princeton) and Easton Weasel Head (Campbell River) to fresh starts.
General Manager and Head Coach Bill Rotheisler commented, “He is an exceptionally well-rounded player. His elite-level skating and intellect make him very hard to get away from defensively. Offensively, he makes quick puck decisions that relieve pressure for the forwards that almost always lead to successful exits. We expect Jack to be able to successfully eat up substantial 5v5 and special teams’ minutes for us”.
Coulthard will wear #5 for the Thunder Cats this season.