The Langley Rivermen have added two forwards with leadership qualities and a blueliner from Las Vegas to their fold.
Last week, Langleyâ€™s junior A hockey team announced the commitments of Ryan Barrow (born in 1997), and 1996-born Chase Zieky and Brenden Russ to the its roster for the 2015/16 season.
â€œWeâ€™re excited to have these three young men join the Rivermen organization,â€ Langley head coach and general manager Bobby Henderson said. â€œTheyâ€™re outstanding players and each will make immediate impacts with the team.â€
Barrow, born in Banff, Alta., played for the Banff Hockey Academy Prep team where he finished second in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) in scoring in the 2014/15 season.
As captain, Barrow netted 65 points (25 goals, 40 assists) in 27 games, leading the team in scoring.
â€œHeâ€™s a great playmaker with excellent vision who will bolster our offence this season,â€ Henderson said.
The forward also finished in the top 10 in scoring in the Heritage Junior â€˜Bâ€™ Hockey League with 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 31 games with Banff.
â€œAfter talking with the coaching staff, the program sounded first class,â€ Barrow said. â€œIt was a pretty easy decision for me and my family.â€
He added, â€œIâ€™ve seen the rink a couple times and compared to other junior â€˜Aâ€™ rinks, itâ€™s seems pretty unbelievable.â€
Zieky, from Avon, Conn., played for the Avon Old Farms, a prep school in Avon.
As team captain, he scored 45 points (26 goals, 27 assists) in 26 games this past season.
â€œIt was one of my first junior teams I talked to,â€ Zieky said. â€œI did some research, looked it up and knew thatâ€™s where I wanted to play. Iâ€™ve heard nothing but good things about Langley.â€
â€œChase is a natural goal scorer whoâ€™s got size, strength and skill,â€ Henderson said. â€œWeâ€™re excited to see him play in a Rivermen jersey.
Russ, from Las Vegas, Nev., played at Choate Rosemary Hall, a prep school in Wallingford, Connecticut.
In 28 games, the defenceman scored 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) this past season.
â€œBrenden is a puck-moving defenseman who is very good on the power play,â€ Henderson said.
Describing his style, Russ said, â€œI like to play defence first. I can also jump into the rush and help put points on the board.â€
All three players will be taking part in the Rivermenâ€™s training camp in August.
Season tickets for next season are on sale now for $99.
For details visit www.langleyrivermen.com.