Cary, North Carolina may not be known for exporting hockey players, much less to the BCHL. But Charlie Pelnik is blazing a trail as the newest addition to the Langley Rivermen.
The 18-year old is looking for a fresh start this season after an injury-shortened 2012-13 campaign with the Fargo Force of the USHL. He was selected in the first round of the USHL futures draft in 2011. Pelnik was a +4 notching 1 assist and 19 penalty minutes in 24 regular season games with the Force last season.
Traveling for hockey is nothing new for the 6’4″ 215 pound blueliner having spent the 2011-12 season at Shattuck St. Mary’s where he amassed three goals, eight assists and 80 PIM’s, which proves his point when he says he has a bit of a mean streak. Pelnik has also already committed to play at the University of North Dakota starting in 2015 which allows him the next two seasons to establish himself as a force in the BCHL.
Plain and simple, Pelnik is a steal for the Rivermen. He was ranked 13th among defencemen by USA Hockey at their Select 16 development camp in 2011. Perhaps a shortened season last year saw him fly a bit under the radar but it won’t take long before he’s a familiar name throughout the league and beyond.