The 22-man roster for this season's edition of the Langley Rivermen is now finalized.
With the team's inaugural B.C. Hockey League season in the books, the Rivermen vow to be a lot more competitive this time around.
The make-up of the roster is a good mix of veterans and rookies.
There is a total of six 1992-born players, seven 1993s, five 1994s, three 1995s, and one 1996 born player.
Overall a total of 12 players have Junior A experience under their belt, which is more than double when last year started.
The 2012/2013 Langley Rivermen, including their year of birth and the team they played for last year include:
#30 James Barr, Surrey (1993, Rivermen)
#35 Darren Hogg, Penticton (1993, Osoyoos Coyotes)
#3 Thomas Nitsche, Charlotte, NC (1992, Rivermen)
#8 Valik Chichkin, Burnaby (1994, Rivermen)
#4 Logan Smith, Littleton, Colo. (1992, Lincoln Stars)
#17 Bo Pellah, New Westminster (1995, Rivermen)
#20 Aaron Dolby, Maple Grove, Minn. (1994, Osseo High)
#21 Tyler Vanscourt, Corona, Calif. (1992, Vancouver Giants)
#22 Viktor Dombrovskiy, Coquitlam (1996, Vancouver NE Chiefs)
#6 Mitch McLain, Baxter, Minn. (1993, Brainerd High)
#7 James Robinson, Cochrane, Alta. (1994, Calgary Edge)
#9 Kurt Thrussell, Langley (1995, Langley Midget AAA)
#10 Evan Campbell, Port Coquitlam (1993, Rivermen)
#11 Austin Azurdia, Wenatchee, Wash. (1993, Dallas Ice Jets)
#12 Derek Sutliffe, Las Vegas, NV (1992, Rivermen)
#14 Ben Butcher, Bellingham, Wash. (1995, Pursuit of Excellence)
#15 Jakob Reichert, Langley (1993, Merritt Centennials)
#16 Trevor Cope, Commerce, Mich. (1994, Victory Honda U18)
#18 Mario Puskarich, Fort Walton, Fla. (1992, Rivermen)
#23 Ben Greiner, Fairbault, Minn. (1993, Rivermen)
#26 Matt Ustaski, Glenview, Ill. (1994, Lake Forest Academy)
#28 Scott Moyer, Chilliwack (1992, Rivermen)
The coaching staff includes:
Head coach/GM - Bobby Henderson
Associate head coach - Jordan Emmerson
Athletic therapist - Brayden Tonogai
The season begins this weekend at the BCHL Showcase at Chilliwack's Prospera Centre.
The Rivermen's first game is this Friday (Sept. 7) against Alberni Valley starting at 3:30 p.m.
The Rivermen will close the Showcase on Sunday, (Sept. 9) against Prince George at 6 p.m.
Langley's home opener is Saturday, Sept. 22 against Alberni Valley. Opening faceoff is 7:15 p.m. at the LEC.
Wenatchee Wild 3, Rivermen 2
In their last tune up before the season-opening Showcase, the Langley Rivermen hosted the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild to Aldergrove Arena Sunday night.
The Rivermen last played on Tuesday in Merritt, while the Wild were in Penticton Saturday.
Coming into the game, the 'Men had just one more decision to make before the team could become finalized.
The Wild showed no signs of fatigue early on as they got out to the early lead on a powerplay goal from Jacob Barber.
In the dying seconds of the period, when it looked like the Wild were going to take a one-goal lead after 20 minutes, Langley's Mario Puskarich had other plans.
In the midst of a Wenatchee line change, new defenceman Tyler Vanscourt put a perfect pass on the tape of Puskarich, who with one second left on the clock rifled home a snap shot to the top right corner.
The second period was not the most exciting frame as it was scoreless, but the referee did hand out three powerplays for each squad.
Both goaltenders (James Barr for Langley, Jordan Kaufer for Wenatchee) did not see a lot of action facing a combined total of 10 shots.
The goals started to come fast and furious in the final period, but unfortunately for Langley it was coming against them.
The Wild were able to score two quick goals to open up the third period including one on the power play to open up a 3-1 lead with not even two minutes gone by.
The Rivermen's Ben Greiner was able to cut the lead to one on a long wrist shot from the blue line with under nine minutes to play, but that was as close the Rivermen would come in what would turn into a 3-2 final in favour of Wenatchee.
The Rivermen finished with an exhibition record of 2-2-1. The showcase begins Friday, when the Rivermen takes on Alberni Valley in their season opener. Game time is at 3:30 p.m. at Chilliwack's Prospera Centre.
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