Township of Langley, BC (Tuesday, March 15, 2016) – The Langley Rivermen are pleased to announce defenseman Reid Yochim (1998 born) has committed to the Rivermen for the 2016-17 season. Yochim is a Port Robinson, Ontario native and is in his third season with St. Andrews College. In 66 games this year, he recorded 17 goals and 35 assists for 52 points. In 123 career games, he has registered 19 goals and 54 assists for 73 points. Yochim is committed to Princeton University for 2017-18.
“I am very excited to commit to a great Junior “A” franchise like the Rivermen for next year. I am impressed with the program and the support of the community that surrounds the team. I am confident in the coaching staff and I look forward to playing at the Langley Events Centre,” said Yochim.
Yochim was named Captain in his Senior year at St. Andrews College, a post held by current Rivermen player Adam Sinclair during the 2014-15 season before he arrived in Langley.
“Reid is a great player on both defense and offense, and I am sure he will fit into the BCHL style of play very nicely. He will also add to the team environment with his tireless work ethic,” said Sinclair of his teammate at St. Andrews.
St. Andrews College Head Coach David Manning believes the sky is the limit for the future Ivy-League defenseman.
“Reid is a two-way d-man, who has the ability to control the pace and tempo of the game from the defensive position. He was our captain for a reason, as he led by example on and off the ice and is the type of person/player championship teams are built upon,” said Manning.
Standing at 5 foot 7, 181 pounds, Yochim likes to model his game after undersized NHL blue-liners Torey Krug (Boston Bruins) and Jared Spurgeon (Minnesota Wild).
“I am puck-moving defenseman, and I like to use my speed to jump up in the play and contribute offensively. Despite my size, I am not afraid of the physical side of the game and I like to compete hard. I first spoke with Bobby at the beginning of the season and he believes that I will be able to fit in well with the team and be a large contributor, so I am really excited to have the opportunity,” finished Yochim.