A Langley Rivermen rookie has a hockey home, once his junior A playing days are done.
Justin Szeto, a 5â€™9â€ 165-pound forward who committed to the Rivermen this past spring, has a NCAA Division 1 scholarship to Harvard University starting in 2016/17.
The 17-year-old native of Vancouver is coming off a spectacular season with the BC Major Midget Leagueâ€™s Vancouver North West Giants.
Szeto led the team in scoring with 77 points, and the entire league with 52 assists.
Szeto is now set to attend one of North Americaâ€™s most prestigious universities, where he will play for the Crimson.
â€œIâ€™m super excited, it came together pretty quickly this past weekend and I couldnâ€™t be happier with how things have materialized,â€ Szeto said over the summer. â€œThe feeling was always there that I wanted to compete and get an education from an Ivy League school and thereâ€™s no better way to do that than through Harvard.â€
Rivermen assistant coach and director of player personnel Kurt Astle said Szeto is one of the first players who caught his attention when he started with the Rivermen, calling him â€œa very intelligent hockey player.â€
â€œGetting to know Justin over the years, I have been impressed with the work he puts in during the off season and away from the rink,â€ Astle said. â€œHe has always been an honour student and we are fortunate to have Justin represent the Rivermen.â€
Heading into his final year of high school this fall, it was a summer full of change for Szeto.
Securing his longer-term future now also allows him to focus on shifting to the BCHL and his Grade 12 year.
On Sunday afternoon, Szeto scored his first goal with the Rivermen and added an assist in a 5-2 loss to the host Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
He now has a goal and two assists in nine games with the Rivermen.