Just four games into the BCHL season, Rivermen rookie Justin Fregona is making himself a household name. The Mississauga native has one of the hottest sticks in the league with five goals in his last three games and has already recorded a hat-trick and a game winning goal.
“I can’t really say I am surprised with what he is doing right now. He was one of the most highly touted recruits in the country coming into this year and we got lucky and were able to manage to get him to Langley, and so far he is living up to expectations,” said Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson.
Scoring goals is not something new to Fregona who registered 47 in 81 total games with St. Andrews College last season. After a phenomenal two years at St. Andrews tallying 204 points (91 goals, 113 assists) in 162 career games, the 18 year old was ready to make the jump to Junior “A” and admits Langley was always at the top of the list,
“The coaches at both St. Andrews and Rivermen have a good relationship and a lot of players at my school move on to play out here in BC. I liked what I kept hearing from Bobby in my conversations with him, and at the end of the day, decided the best fit for me was here in Langley,” said Fregona.
St. Andrews College is located in Aurora, Ontario and is one of Canada’s top private schools. Rivermen staff surely agree, as they have three players on their roster that hail from that school (Justin Fregona, Matthew Graham, and Adam Sinclair) and one last year in Jacob Kearley, who is now at the University of Vermont.
“It is a program on the rise that is for sure. What Coach Manning is doing out there is something special and the coaching staff continues to send a lot of players to Junior “A” and division one schools year after year. We just got a brand new rink, which is really nice, and will make St. Andrews that much more appealing to young players. I really enjoyed my time there,” continued Fregona.
Justin is not the biggest player out on the ice listed at 5 foot 7 and 154 pounds, but he plays with heart and is not afraid of the physical aspect of the game,
“Justin is a guy that is not going to be intimidated out there. He is one of those players that if you go at him physically, he rises his game and will expose you if you decide to overcommit. He is so dynamic and is a ton of fun to watch,” said Henderson.
After putting up impressive numbers at St. Andrews, Fregona committed to play his college hockey at the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2016. Receiving a scholarship was always a goal for Fregona, but for now, his main focus is helping the Langley Rivermen,
“I want to do my part with this team. I hope to get on the board and contribute as often as I can, but other than that, I just want to play hard hockey and buy into the team system. I have been very impressed with my teammates so far and just looking at our group, we have some highly skilled forwards, our defense is solid, and our goalies Bo and Nick give us a chance to win every night. I think we will do very well this year,” Fregona finished.