The newest member of the Langley Rivermen didn’t take long to impress fans and even more importantly, his coaches. Jamie Vlanich was signed earlier this week out of the KIJHL where the 20-year old forward was leading the league in scoring this season with 12 goals and 37 points in just 15 games for the Nelson Leafs.
Last night playing on a line with Will Cook and James Robinson while Austin Azurdia served the first of a two-game suspension, Vlanich fed the puck to Robinson who found the back of the net early in the third period as Langley re-took the lead 3-2 in a game they eventually won 4-3 over Chilliwack. Aside from picking up his first point with the Riv, Vlanich had a couple of good scoring opportunities including a first period shot from the slot that went off a Chiefs defender.
Vlanich describes himself as a playmaker and his statistics over the past several years prove that point. Last year with the KIJHL’s Castlegar Rebels Vlanich put up 19 goals and 32 assists in 51 games. In 130 career Junior B games, Vlanich has 48 goals and 99 assists for 147 points with 184 PIM’s. As an 18-year old the Trail, BC native played with the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers and amassed nine goals and 17 assists in 44 games.
Vlanich becomes the second member of his family to play in Langley as cousin Danny was a member of the Rivermen during the 2011-12 season.
As a 20-year old in his final season of junior hockey, Vlanich is looking for a special finish to his career and he feels the Rivermen are heading towards a very promising year.