Saturday, July 13, 2013

'Men Add New Staff in Off-Season

Press Release

The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey club is proud to announce Barry Hicks as the new Strength and Conditioning Coach. Coach Hicks has 10 years Power Lifting experience and has reached great success by winning a gold medal at the BC Provincial Powerlifting Championships and also won silver at the World Police and Fire Games, while maintaining a career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

“I am excited to be able to work with young aspiring minds and with athletes that are totally committed to moving on to the next level whether that being college or the pro ranks,” said Hicks.

Barry has been involved in hockey for a long time both as a player and coach. He has coached minor hockey for many years and was involved at the North Shore Winter Club as part of the Hockey Committee that focused on development and building a winning strategy. His junior playing career started with the Rockland Nationals in Junior “B” and the Metcalfe Jets.

 “With Barry’s policing background, his playing experience as well as his dedication to training and competition, he is a great addition to the hockey club as he will be a great mentor to our young players off the ice,” said Taylor Henderson the Director of Operations for the Langley Rivermen.
Upon graduating from junior hockey, Barry entered the RCMP and was recruited to play on the RCMP Depot team. The RCMP Depot Team is made of the best RCMP hockey players from across Canada.  Over a course of 30 years with the RCMP, Barry has played on various Provincial rep teams that had many players with Major and Junior “A” experience as well as the professional ranks.  While with the RCMP, Barry reached Staff Sergeant designation. 

The Rivermen would also like to welcome Jordan and Jennifer Bateman as the team’s official Pastors.  "We are pleased to be a part of the Langley Rivermen family, to offer encouragement and help these young hockey players as they pursue their dream,” said Jordan Bateman.

Both are licenced ministers with the Canadian Ministers Association. Previously, they served on staff at Friends Langley Vineyard Church and are lead pastors of Springbrook Church in Langley. They are sought-after wedding chaplains, having married off hundreds of couples over the past few years. Jenn is a single mother’s services coordinator with the YWCA, while Jordan is the B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
“As an organization we are very excited and honored to have Jordan and Jenn as our official team Pastors. We feel that Jordan and Jenn can really help connect with our players on a personal level when requested, especially when the majority of them are a long way from home,” finished Henderson.

Hockey is just around the corner with the Rivermen’s main camp schedule to start on August 19th at the Langley Sportsplex. Exhibition games will be announced shortly.  

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