Township of Langley, BC (Tuesday, November 3, 2015) – The Langley Rivermen have announced two trades today. The team has acquired defenseman Austin Cho (1997 born) from the Vernon Vipers in exchange for forward Ben Butcher (1995 born). In addition, the Rivermen have traded defenseman Domenic Masellis (1997 born) to the Penticton Vees for future considerations.
Cho, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, is in his first season in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). In 17 games with Vernon, he recorded one assist and 15 penalty minutes. He is committed to RPI (NCAA Div.1) for 2017-18. Last season, the 6 foot 1, 195 pound defenseman played for the St. Andrews College Saints and racked up 12 goals and 52 assists for 64 points in 80 games, and was listed at #100 on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2015 Draft.
“Austin is a guy that has been on our radar since his St. Andrews College days. He is a very highly touted player that will bring a lot to our lineup. He is a bigger body that moves the puck well and will really help stabilize the back-end for us,” said Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson.
Butcher appeared in 17 games with the Rivermen this season and recorded 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points and 21 penalty minutes. Masellis also played in 17 games and registered three assists and 36 penalty minutes.
The Rivermen would like to thank Ben and Domenic for their contributions to the Rivermen and welcome Austin to the franchise.