Waniek Warms Up

Jackson Waniek fights off Jarrett Brown of the Capitals

Jackson Waniek fights off Jarrett Brown of the Capitals
Photo Credit: Garrett James

It’s never easy to make the move to a new team mid season let alone in a higher league.  But Jackson Waniek has been finding his form with the Langley Rivermen now posting five goals and three assists in 25 BCHL games.

The 17-year old started the year with the Aldergrove Kodiaks of the PJHL before being traded to the Richmond Sockeyes where he put up a combined 14 goals and 12 assists in 19 games.  Waniek played two games as an affiliate with the Prince George Spruce Kings earlier this season where he actually scored against the Rivermen for his first BCHL goal.

Shortly after the Surrey native joined the active Rivermen roster.  While it has been an adjustment for him, the last several weeks Waniek has been noticeably confident and poised on the ice, rewarded with his fifth of the season Sunday in Victoria as he was sprung on a breakaway opening scoring in the final minute of the first period.

The 6’2″, 195 pound forward continues to work on the physical part of his game admitting he can do a lot more with his big frame.  With a point in each of his last two games, Waniek’s work to become a regular in the lineup is paying off.


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