Category: Langley

Langley Rivermen – Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

20-year-old Ryan Barrow of Banff led Langley in scoring in 2016-17 with 68 points in 51 games.
He’s off to the University of Denver in September 2017.
Photo credit: Garrett James (http://garrettjamesphoto.photoshelter.com/index)

Graduating Players

Ryan Barrow (University of Denver)
Frank Boie (College of the Holy Cross)
Andrew Dumaresque (College of the Holy Cross)
Bo Didur (Penn State University)
Cameron Ginnetti (Clarkson University)
Max Kaufman (University of Vermont)
Gavin Payne (Rochester Polytechnic University)
Reid Yochim (Princeton University)
Zac Masson (aged out)
Cooper Leitch (aged out)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Forwards
Satchel Clendenin (97)
Eric Butte (97)
Nicholas Ponak (97)
Baylee Wright (98)
Angus Crookshank (99)
Sean Gulka (00)
Brendan Budy (00)
*
*
*
*
*
*

Defencemen
McKay Flanagan (97)
John Schuldt (97)
Spencer Berry (98)
Jake Livingstone (99)
*
*
*
*

Goaltenders
Braedon Fleming (99)
*

Top 20 BCHL Defenceman Scoring Leaders:

Image: Garrett James Photography (http://garrettjamesphoto.photoshelter.com/)

Name
Team
GP
G
A
PTS
PPG
PIM
1.
Cameron Ginnetti
Langley
35
5
35
40
1.14
14
2.
Jake Stevens
Victoria
36
5
33
38
1.06
10
3.
Trevor Cosgrove
Alberni Valley
31
8
23
31
1.00
24
4.
Chris Harpur
Cowichan Valley
37
5
23
28
0.76
34
5.
Alex Bates
Wenatchee
33
2
25
27
0.82
20
6.
Nick Minerva
Surrey
36
7
18
25
0.69
42
7.
Michael Ufberg
Vernon
36
7
17
24
0.67
22
8.
Tyler Anderson
West Kelowna/Prince George
32
10
13
23
0.72
64
9.
Connor Russell
Prince George
34
7
16
23
0.68
49
10.
Connor McCarthy
Chilliwack
32
8
14
22
0.69
25
11.
Jacob Dupont
Surrey
35
4
18
22
0.63
28
12.
Callum Volpe
Vernon/Powell River
30
3
19
22
0.73
22
13.
Mitch Stapley
Trail
35
0
22
22
0.63
10
14.
Cody Van Lierop
Victoria
31
3
18
21
0.68
28
15.
Josh Owings
Cowichan Valley
36
3
18
21
0.58
22
16.
Ryley Booth
Salmon Arm
36
5
14
19
0.53
51
17.
Brett Stirling
Victoria
27
3
16
19
0.70
32
18.
Zach Metsa
Merritt
35
2
17
19
0.54
4
19.
Chris Jones
Wenatchee
34
7
11
18
0.53
49
20.
John Schuldt
Langley
29
5
13
18
0.62
40

2016-17 Langley Rivermen Season Preview:

Langley Rivermen
Head Coach: Bobby Henderson (5th year)
2015-16 record: 31-22-3-2, 67 points (3rd in the Mainland Division)
2015-16 leading scorer: Matthew Graham (66 points)
2016-17 leading returning scorer: Max Kaufman (52 points)
2016 playoffs: Lost in the Mainland Division Semi-Final to Wenatchee, 4 games to 1
2016-17 Division: Mainland
First regular season game: Friday, September 9 vs. Chilliwack
Home opener: Friday, September 9 vs. Chilliwack

Trail Trades Cooper Leitch to Langley for Troy Ring:


The Trail Smoke Eaters and Langley Rivermen hooked up on the first trade of the BCHL off-season, with forward Cooper Leitch headed to Langley and defenceman Troy Ring and future considerations off to Trail.
Leitch, who is entering his final year of junior hockey, played the last season and half with the Smoke Eaters, after being acquired from Prince George during his rookie BCHL season of 2014-15. The 20-year-old from London, Ontario had 23 points (11-12-23) in 56 games with in 2015-16.

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Ring is a year younger than Leitch and made his BCHL debut last season after playing half the year with the junior B North Van Wolf Pack of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. The Vancouver native is a veteran with North Van, having skated in 94 games since the 2013-14 season, his point totals increasing each year.
The 6’1″, 188 pound blueliner won a PJHL Championship with the Wolf Pack in 2015 and was also chosen by Portland in the 14th round, 306th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. 

Leitch is a veteran of 157 junior A games in the BCHL and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Junior B Langley Knights Relocate to Surrey:

(Image: Doug Abbott/PJHL)

There always seems to be a trickle down effect when a hockey team at a higher level makes a geographic move within the Lower Mainland of BC.

It happened when the Western Hockey League expanded into Chilliwack and the BCHL’s Chiefs relocated to Langley. It also happened when the WHL’s Bruins left Chilliwack and the BCHL’s Quesnel Millionaires were purchased and moved into Prospera Centre.

And now with the Vancouver Giants nudging the Langley Rivermen out of the Langley Events Centre last month, the Riv jumped to the George Preston Recreation Centre, which left the junior B Langley Knights without a home arena.

Knights owner John Craighead announced on his Facebook page that the team is moving to Surrey.


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The Knights will play out of the North Surrey Recreation Centre, which has two ice surfaces. Arena One was built in 1966 with a bench seating capacity of 1100 and Arena Two was added in 1989 with a capacity of 150. I would expect the Knights will play out of Arena One.


(Image: City of Surrey)

The move keeps the PJHL with five teams on the south side of the Fraser River (Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Delta, Richmond, Surrey) and five teams on the north side (Grandview, Mission, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Ridge Meadows.


2015-16 BCHL Season Team Previews:

Since this is the eve of the 2015-16 BCHL season, I caught up with a member of the staff for each of the 17 teams to preview the upcoming year. Although a number of the questions I asked were similar, if not the same, it is interesting to hear each team’s perspective or philosophy when it came to the answers.

I also spoke with BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale, that interview will be posted in this space tomorrow.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs
 



Chilliwack Chiefs





Coquitlam Express




Cowichan Capitals




Langley Rivermen





Merritt Centennials





Nanaimo Clippers




Penticton Vees




Powell River Kings




Prince George Spruce Kings




Salmon Arm SilverBacks




Surrey Eagles




Trail Smoke Eaters




Vernon Vipers




Victoria Grizzlies




Wenatchee Wild




West Kelowna Warriors

Vees Win 2015 Western Canada Cup, Barrow Commits to Rivermen, Hards Set to Join Spruce Kings, Roseboom Added to Chiefs:

For the second time since the inaugural tournament three years ago, a BCHL team has claimed the Western Canada Cup championship. Connor Chartier scored 2:59 into overtime to give Penticton a 4-3 win over Portage to claim the title Saturday night. The Vees and Terriers were already guaranteed spots in the RBC Cup (Portage as host, and Penticton as one of the two finalists at the WCC), so both teams were playing to have their name engraved on the trophy. The Vees are the second BCHL team to win the Western Canada Cup after Surrey did back in 2013. 

2015 WESTERN CANADA CUP
(at Fort McMurray, AB)

Saturday, April 25: Penticton (BCHL) def. Spruce Grove (AJHL) 11-3 (718)
Fort McMurray (Host) def. Portage MJHL) 3-1 (929)

Sunday, April 26: Portage (MJHL) def. Melfort (SJHL) 6-3 (749)
Penticton (BCHL) def. Fort McMurray (Host) 6-0 (979)

Monday, April 27: Spruce Grove (AJHL) def. Melfort (SJHL) 4-3 (OT) (761)
Tuesday, April 28: Portage (MJHL) def. Penticton (BCHL) 3-2 (705)
Fort McMurray (Host) def. Spruce Grove (AJHL) 5-4 (894)

Wednesday, April 29: Penticton (BCHL) def. Melfort (SJHL) 3-1 (782)

Thursday, April 30: Portage (MJHL) def. Spruce Grove (AJHL) 4-2 (701)
Fort McMurray (Host) def. Melfort (SJHL) 3-2 (OT) (1,154)

Saturday, May 2: Melfort (SJHL) def. Fort McMurray (Host) 4-2 (1,154)
Penticton (BCHL) def. Portage (MJHL) 4-3 (OT) (943)

Sunday, May 3: Melfort (SJHL) vs. Portage (MJHL) – 3 p.m. PST








Langley announced the commitment of 18-year-old forward Ryan Barrow for the 2015-16 season. Barrow is from Cochrane, AB, and had 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 31 games with the Banff Bears of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League. He added 65 points (25 goals, 40 assists) in 27 games with the Banff Hockey Academy Prep team, which plays in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.


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16-year-old forward Darren Hards has committed to the Surrey Eagles for next season. The Prince George product had 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 34 games with the Cariboo Cougars of the BC Major Midget League in 2014-15.




Forward Ryan Roseboom is among the new recruits listed on the Chilliwack Chiefs roster on the BCHL website. The 18-year-old from Terrace, BC spent 2014-15 with the Osoyoos Coyotes of the Kootenay International Junior B Hockey League. Roseboom had 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 45 games with the Coyotes. He also had one goal in three games with the Chiefs as an affiliate player.

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