Tyson Witala is probably more excited than anyone else on the Rivermen to head to Prince George this week, a chance to play a pair of huge division games against his former team, and in his hometown.
Witala started the season in Trail after being traded there from the Spruce Kings in the off-season. A great start to the year was interrupted by a knee injury before the 20-year old was eventually released by the Smoke Eaters. The Rivermen were quick to pick him up and once at full health, Witala made his Langley debut at the end of December putting up a pair of goals in his second game.
Witala has shown his value, there’s no question. He has great puck handling ability and a knack for scoring and has been a big impact player in every game he’s dressed in for Langley, despite the fact he has yet to be able to play in many consecutive games due to being on an affiliate card. But once Saturday rolls around he will be free to dress in every remaining game adding yet another threat to the deep Rivermen offence.
This week will mark his first game in Prince George with the Rivermen and his second in his hometown since being traded in August. It may be a bit of a different feel this time playing with a division rival, but that will make it all the more sweet for him to get back on the Coliseum ice.