The Langley Rivermen held their first annual year end banquet on Monday night. On the agenda, the team handed out individual awards. There were five pieces of hardware given out on the evening.
Hardest Worker- # 12 Derek Sutliffe– TheLas Vegas native had a fantastic first season in the BCHL compiling 15 goals and 27 assists. His motor did not stop running since training camp and was very deserving of the award.
Most Improved- #26 Jackson Playfair– The 17 year old forward had a little bit of a slow start out of the gate, but after the halfway point of the season hit, he really began to find his stride. He was able to put up 6 goals and 12 assists to go along with 69 penalty minutes.
Top Defensemen- #16 Ryan Bakken- The Langley captain was one of the more consistent blue liners all season long. His leadership and steady play are just a few of the qualities that the graduating defenseman possesses. TheLangley product managed to post up 1 goal and 14 assists in 55 games played and will be dearly missed next season.
Top Forward- #10 Darnell Dyck- The most consistent forward all year long was the only point per game player on the squad. Darnell had a career year with 19 goals and 44 assists and is arguably one of the leagues premier playmakers. He is also a graduating player and will be a big hole missing up front next year.
MVP- #18 Mario Puskarich- The import forward was the Rivermen’s top goal scorer with 31 tallies and was 1 of 20 BCHL scorers to hit the 30 goal plateau. Mario has one the league’s great shots and will be a force to be reckoned with come next season when he returns for his last BCHL campaign.
The Rivermen organization would like to thank the fans, volunteers, billets, sponsors and the city ofLangleyfor an unforgettable first season.