Rivermen make pair of roster moves adding even more local flavor
The Langley Rivermen are pleased to announce the signing goaltender Braedon Fleming and defenseman Spencer Berry.
Fleming, a 17-year-old Langley minor hockey product, played at Yale academy last season where he had a 2.4G goals against average and a 91.8% save average. Fleming saw duty as a affiliate player last season with the Riv. The Rivermen staff were impressed with Fleming during pre-season but wanted to see the young goaltender take the next step in his development before making the jump to Jr A full time. Fleming did just that posting an impressive 1.78 goals against average with a 94.6% save average in 5 games with the Ridge Meadow Flames of the PIJHL. During that time, he also recorded two shut outs. “We wanted to be sure not to rush Braedon into the league” remarked coach Henderson. “We decided, the time is right to add him to our roster, with the added confidence he has gained in his Jr B experience.”
Spencer Berry joins the Rivermen Defense core as an 18-year-old from the Richmond Sockeyes, also of the PIJHL. Previously, Berry played major midget in Langley with the Fraser Valley Hawks. Last season with the Sockeyes, he recorded 6 goals 11 assists. Berry also gained valuable Jr A experience playing 8 games as an affiliate player with cross town rivals the Surrey Eagles. “Spencer is a solid two way defenseman. He has a good feel for the game. He skates very well and shows good poise with puck. In the defensive zone, he battles extremely hard night in and night out. Spencer is what we want our team identity to be.”
To make roster room, the Rivermen traded veteran defenseman Zach Bleuler to the Merritt Centennials for future considerations and are in the process of facilitating a trade for goaltender Nick Trenciansky. Both of the former Rivermen were outstanding volunteers in the community with various charities and causes, as well as being great teammates. The Rivermen organization is extremely grateful for their contributions and would like to wish both players all the best as they continue their hockey careers.