Township of Langley, BC, Wednesday, December 5, 2012:
The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club has announced two key
signings after the December 1st roster cut down. The team has signed
defenseman Tanner Johnson (1995 born) from the Castlegar Rebels of the
KIJHL and forward Marco Romano (1994 born) from the North Delta Devils
of the PIJHL.
Johnson was having a fantastic rookie season in
Castlegar before signing in Langley full time. The young blue-liner had 6
goals and 9 assists in 25 games to go along with 41 penalty minutes. He
has played in three games for the Rivermen and has picked up an assist
“He is a young defenseman in this league at 17 years of
age and he has shown that he has a ton of upside and already I think he
has developed into a pretty good offensive defenseman,” said Rivermen
Head Coach/GM Bobby Henderson.
The Castlegar native is still
growing at 6’1”, 175 pounds and has impressed the coaching staff every
day since his arrival. The Coaches have shown confidence in him already
as he has been out on the blue line on the first power play unit in all
three of his games thus far.
“Tanner is a responsible player
with a ton of offensive flair. He has tremendous stick skills and can
really skate and sees the ice really well. Right now we are just trying
to groom him into becoming another weapon back on the point.”
Romano is a Burnaby native and was in his first season with North Delta
in the PIJHL before joining the Rivermen. In 23 games for the Devils
the 18 year old had 9 goals and 9 assists and 14 penalty minutes. He
will play his first game with the Rivermen this weekend.
can be defined with one word and that is speed. We believe he will
create a lot of opportunities with his skating ability and that always
is an added bonus to your line-up,” said Henderson.
5’9”, 165 pounds and had a very good training camp with the Rivermen in
September. He has practiced with the club throughout the year and has
been on Coach Henderson’s radar for quite some time now.
training camp to now, Coach John Craighead (Devils coach) has been
keeping me up to date on his progress. He has continued to improve in
all areas in his game and we feel he will be a good fit on this roster.”
the December 1st roster deadline over and done with the team had to let
go of three players. Tanner Clarkson, Tyler Vanscourt, and Ben Greiner
were all given their release to make room for Nathan Craft, Tanner
Johnson, and Marco Romano.
“I think our roster has evolved in
the past week a little bit. We got younger and I think we added some
more speed to our line-up. We are confident in the players we brought in
and we feel we are going in the right direction,” finished Henderson.
Langley Rivermen organization would like to thank Clarkson, Greiner,
and Vanscourt for their contributions and wish them the best of luck in
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)