Thursday, October 3, 2013

Urban aquired for Whiteley

Press Release

Township of Langley, BC, Wednesday, October 2, 2013: The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” hockey club have swapped defensemen acquiring Zach Urban from the Salmon Arm SilverBacks in exchange for Mark Whiteley. Urban, a 6’3 defensemen, brings in some experience and grit to an already strong defensive core that keeps getting better.

Urban has played in a 127 regular season games and 26 playoff games in the BCHL. His career started with a short stint with the Powell River Kings in 2010-11, moving on to play his first full season with the Penticton Vee’s during the 2011-12 season where he played in 58 regular season games, adding 4 goals and 18 assists. The successful year didn’t end in the regular season for Urban as he and the Vee’s went on to win the 2012 RBC Cup.

Urban continued his career with the Victoria Grizzlies the following year where he collected 3 goals and 23 assists in 54 games. He also helped the lead the Grizzlies into the playoffs but Urban was unable to get back to the RBC Cup for a second straight year.

The newly acquired Urban will add some significant playoff experience to the Rivermen lineup that continues to build on their deep roster.

“Obviously he has the playoff experience,” said Head Coach Bobby Henderson,

“We felt it was invaluable to add that to our culture and it addresses some of our needs on the back end.”

This trade was however made with a price as the Rivermen gave up Mark Whiteley who had been with the team since 2011.

“It was tough to let him go,” said Coach Henderson,

“He was one of the most popular players among his teammates, at the end of the day it was a hockey decision.”

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