Below is the official press release on the team’s announcement regarding assistant captains:
Township of Langley, BC, Friday, September 14, 2012: The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 assistant captains. Mario Puskarich, Logan Smith, Jakob Reichert, and Derek Sutliffe will all dawn the letter “A” this upcoming season. Puskarich and Smith will wear a letter both home and away while Reichert and Sutliffe will rotate. Reichert, a Langley native, will wear it at home, while Sutliffe will assist on the road. Thomas Nitsche was named Captain of the team back in the spring.
Logan Smith is new to the team, but has Junior “A” experience in the past and has really left a good impression on the coaching staff,
“We brought Logan in as a veteran leader and has played in the USHL already and has a scholarship to Holy Cross,” said Rivermen Associate Head Coach Jordan Emmerson, “he is a mature player and is very good in our room and provides a calming influence on and off the ice”.
Mario Puskarich is a returning player and a 20-year-old and has really made strides of becoming a leader since joining the team in August,
“Mario is a high energy guy and is well liked by his teammates and has brought more intangibles in the room,” Emmerson stated, “he is a returning player and was our leading goal scorer last year and is very deserving of this”.
Jakob Reichert is a home town boy and has been in the league for two years before being traded to the Rivermen in the summer,
“Jake is a force in our league and is a very hard working kid that leads by example,” Emmerson continued about his new assistant captain, “he has been around the league a long time and has shown great leadership qualities”.
Finally, Derek Sutliffe was an assistant last season and is a team first type of guy,
“Derek is a returning player that was part of the leadership group a season ago and embodies hard work and will have a more expanded role this year,” Emmerson said, “more importantly he leads by example and shows his teammates what to do on and off the ice to be successful”.