Official press release from the Langley Rivermen:
The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey club is proud to announce Derek Sutliffe has committed to College of St.Scholastica for next season. Sutliffe (1992 born) played two seasons with the Rivermen and wrapped up his last BCHL season with a career year recording 15 goals and 20 assists in 52 games.
“We are very happy Derek gets to continue his Hockey career at St. Scholastica. He has been a solid player for us since day one and has done everything asked of him on and off the ice. He was an outstanding citizen in the community and had a strong passion to play in this city. He is very deserving of this,” said Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson.
“Derek was a guy that we could put out on the ice in any situation. His speed was a constant threat whenever he was out on the ice and had a soft pair of hands that allowed him to score goals. St.Scholastica is a solid program and we believe Derek will flourish in that environment.”
Sutliffe is one of the few players that have been in the organization since day one. He ranks in the top three all-time in goals, assists, points, and games played in Langley Rivermen history. One highlight that Sutliffe will be remembered for was back on January 28th, 2012 when he recorded 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in a win over Victoria. That performance still stands as the all-time record of points scored in a single game in franchise history.
College of St.Scholastica is located in Duluth, Minnesota. The Men’s hockey program plays out of the NCHA conference (division 3) and are coming off a record of 13-14-1. Last season there were over a handful of BCHL alumni on the roster and expect that number to grow when the 2013-2014 campaign begins.
The Rivermen organization would like to thank Derek for his contributions on and off the ice in the past two seasons and wish him the best of luck at College!