Over the past few months there has been speculation, discussion, and ultimately significant changes for the home of the Langley Rivermen, which will now be at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
The announcement of the team relocation brought about much concern over the state of the Recreation Centre. It was noted that many areas of the existing siding have deteriorated over a number of years, exposing the building envelope to the elements of nature. Due to this, the Township of Langley has scheduled some significant renovations to be completed prior to the Rivermen home opener. The new exterior treatment will reflect the look of a Lodge paying homage to the original pioneers and explorers of Langley. The new aesthetic will help make it feel like home for the Rivermen.
Once fans walk through the doors to the ‘Lodge,’ there will be additional upgrades that will benefit all of the user groups of the arena. Some of the updates include: improvements to help with humidity levels and ice conditions; the addition of loge style seats in the upper mezzanine areas of the arena bowl; arena lighting upgrades, and a new video display system.
Roy Henderson, Langley Rivermen’s President stated, “We are thrilled to be moving into ‘The Lodge’ for our upcoming season. We are proud to be the “Langley” Rivermen. Our goal is to put a competitive team out on the ice that the people of Langley can be proud of”
The BCHL was recently in the spotlight with a record-setting three first round NHL Draft picks. Tyson Jost (Penticton Vees) went 10th overall to the Colorado Avalanche, Dante Fabbro (Penticton Vees) went 17th to the Nashville Predators and Dennis Cholowski (Chilliwack Chiefs) went 20th to the Detroit Red Wings. The draft spotlight will help to further elevate the level of play in the BCHL as well as bring more scouts to prospect the league.
The Langley Rivermen begin their season in September 2016 – their inaugural season at George Preston Recreation Centre. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a season ticket holder starting at just $99. Email tickets@langleyrivermen to secure your season tickets today!