It was a whirlwind three weeks for Rivermen defenceman Viktor Dombrovskiy who has returned to Langley with a bronze medal in hand from last week’s World Junior A Challenge as he and team Canada West defeated Switzerland 5-3 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Describing the whole experience as “surreal”, Dombrovskiy has finally been able to spend a couple nights back in his own bed after three weeks on the road starting with the Canada West selection camp in Calgary. The 17-year old went in with an expectation to simply play his best and work as hard as possible and hope the coaching staff saw in him what the Rivermen already know, that he is a heady, responsible puck-moving defenceman. Sure enough, Dombrovskiy cracked the elite squad.
The Coquitlam native had never been to the Maritimes before let alone playing on this sort of stage but the increased attention certainly didn’t phase him. Starting as a 6/7 defenceman on the team, Dombrovskiy quickly worked his way up into more and more ice time eventually finishing the tournament in the top four, setting up the bronze medal game winning goal.
Having been at the 2011 gold medal game as a spectator when the Langley Events Centre played host, Dombrovskiy had a special appreciation for the tournament and wore the Maple Leaf with pride.
Dombrovskiy is now back with the Rivermen, bringing that experience back home as Langley looks to continue what has been a great start to the season, a year in which his bronze medal is hopefully just the beginning of something special.