It must be a pretty cool feeling for young defenseman Viktor Dombrovskiy. He hasn’t even played his first BCHL game and he already knows where he will be playing in the NCAA in 2015. Late last week the 16-year-old Coquitlam native committed to Yale University. Interest from Yale started early in Rivermen training camp where Dombrovskiy showed poise beyond his years and took his strong play into the pre-season. Yale decided they wanted this kid on their team in the future and committed to him soon after the game in Merritt. Dombrovskiy has been nothing short of impressive from what I have seen from him thus far. He brings a lot of poise and skill with the puck and is a great decision maker. He may not be the biggest guy on the ice at 5’11”, but his smarts and hockey IQ is what makes him a special player. Off the ice he is a very kind kid and a pleasure to talk to. Just by chit-chatting with him you can tell right away he is very intelligent.
For the second straight year the Rivermen coaching staff has hit the jackpot on they’re mandatory 16-year-old. Last season it was Bo Pellah turning heads in his first year in the BCHL and eventually committed to Penn State by season’s end. Coincidence or not, Viktor will be wearing Pellah’s old # 22 as Bo is set to dawn the # 17 this season.
Smith and Vanscourt bring impressive resume’s to Langley:
Sticking with the defenseman theme, the Rivermen have brought in two 20-year-old players to complete the back-end. Logan Smith and Tyler Vanscourt.
Vanscourt, a California native, has played junior hockey since 2008-2009 and has played in both the Junior “A” ranks and the WHL. He spent last season split between the Prince Albert Raiders, Moose Jaw Warriors, and ended the year with the Vancouver Giants. Overall in 68 games he registered 12 goals, 20 assists for a total of 32 points. At 5’11”, 185 pounds, Vanscourt will provide both leadership and an offensive punch on the blue line. He played only one pre-season game with the ‘Men and that was on Sunday night against Wenatchee. You notice right away just by watching him that he “get’s it” as he is smart and very sound defensively. Look no further to the beautiful pass he made to Puskarich during a Wenatchee line change that led to the first Rivermen goal.
Logan Smith hails from Littleton, Colorado and played last season in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars. In 37 games he put up 3 goals and 9 assists for a total of 12 points. He is a big hulking defenseman at 6’4”, 210 pounds and brings stability and a veteran presence to the defense core. Smith has already committed to college next season at Holy Cross. From what I have seen from Smith so far in the few pre-season games that he has participated in is that he is physical and a good decision maker. He uses his big frame very well out on the ice and also has a great shot from the blue line.