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McKay Flanagan commits to Riv for 2016-17

Township of Langley, BC (Friday, January 15, 2016) – The Langley Rivermen are pleased to announce defenseman McKay Flanagan (1997 born) has committed to the team for the 2016-17 season.

The 18-year-old from Ridgefield, CT is in his first season with The Gunnery Prep (Washington, Connecticut) in the USHS, and in 26 games, has recorded 3 goals and 7 assists for 10 points.

“I am extremely excited to commit to the Rivermen. The BCHL is one of the best junior leagues in the world and I can’t wait to be a part of it. I look forward to moving out to British Columbia and experience everything Langley has to offer,” said Flanagan.

Flanagan was a very highly sought after prospect and decided on the Rivermen after meeting with Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson.

“I was most impressed with Coach Henderson’s excitement for not only the Rivermen organization, but also the city of Langley and how great it is to play there. He made me feel like I would fit right in with the program and community and also be a vital member of the team who can contribute right away,” continued Flanagan.

Henderson was very impressed when taking in Flanagan’s games and feels his style of play will make him a great fit on the blueline.

“McKay skates well for a big guy and plays with an edge to his game. He makes a good first pass out of his own end, which will help us get up ice quicker. We believe he is going to turn out to a nice defenseman for us next year,” said Henderson.

Flanagan stands at 6’0″, 209 pounds and describes himself as a blue liner who likes to keep the game simple.

“I am a puck moving defenseman who is reliable defensively. I can also jump up in the play and create offense with my skill set. I feel like I have a heavy shot and like to use my size out there as much as I can and be a physical presence,” Flanagan finished.

The Rivermen have two games scheduled this weekend. On Friday, January 15, they are in Coquitlam to take on the Express at 7:00pm at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre. A night later, they play host to the Nanaimo Clippers at 6:00pm at the Langley Events Centre. For tickets, please visit http://www.ticketmaster.ca  or call 604-882-8800.