Langley-Alberni Valley Trade:

The Langley Rivermen added a forward with a lot of potential yesterday in their second trade of the season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

The deal sees the Rivermen grab 18-year-old forward Nathan Craft from the Dogs in exchange for future considerations. The trade was precipitated by the fact that Alberni Valley had a number of players returning from injured reserve and needed to make room on its roster.

To Langley Rivermen:
F Nathan Craft (94) Alberni Valley Bulldogs:

Future Considerations
Here’s the release from the Bulldogs website:
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce today that club has made yet another trade with the Langley Rivermen.

In a continued effort to make roster space available for players returning from the injury reserve leading up to the December 1 roster deadline, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce that they have traded 1994 forward Nathan Craft to the Langley Rivermen for future considerations.

Craft, from Kitimat, BC, had a good start in his rookie campaign with the Bulldogs, putting up 7 points in his first 9 games, along with 18 PIMs. However, Craft only managed to register 3 points in his last 15 games with the Bulldogs.

“The Bulldogs organization would like to thank Nathan for all his hard work and dedication to the team,” said Bulldogs general manager and head coach Kevin Willison. “In addition to being good in the room, Nathan’s efforts in the community were also very appreciated,” added Willison.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs wish Nathan all the best in Langley and with all his future endeavors. 

And from the Rivermen website:

The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club is has announced a trade with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Rivermen have acquired forward Nathan Craft (1994 born) for future considerations.

Craft is a Kitimat, B.C. Native and has played in 24 games this season recording five goals and five assists. The previous year he played in the BC Major Midget League for the Cariboo Cougars and had a fantastic season registering 27 goals and 21 assists in 35 games.

“Nathan is a guy that we noticed a lot when we saw Alberni earlier in the year. He has decent size, likes the physical play and has great touch around the net,” said Rivermen Head Coach and GM Bobby Henderson.

Craft is a winger that stands at 6’0”, 191 pounds and the Rivermen coaching staff believes that he will be a great fit on the roster,

“Alberni earlier in the year had him in a top six role and ever since he has been rotating throughout the line-up. We will give him plenty of opportunity to prove himself and we expect good things from him.”

Coach Henderson was quick to point out what he likes about the 18 year-olds’ game, but the thing he was impressed with the most was his combination of grit and skill,

“Players like him are hard to come by now days. He is a power forward that brings a lot to the table and when he finds his niche with us he will be a hard player to stop,” finished Henderson.

Oddly enough Craft’s first game will be against his former club this Saturday at the Weyerhaeuser Arena.

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