One of the BCHL’s most trusted, reliable, and smartest defencemen has been rewarded with an NCAA Division I scholarship as Zach Urban will be headed to Northern Michigan University this fall.
The veteran of over 200 BCHL regular season and playoff games has enjoyed an exceptional junior hockey career which includes an RBC championship as a member of the 2011-12 Penticton Vees. Urban Captained the Victoria Grizzlies the following season to a division title and was sent to Salmon Arm in the summer before being acquired by the Rivermen early this past season.
I’m not actually sure it can be understated how big of an effect Urban had on this Rivermen team. The 6’4″, 215 pound blueliner logged heavy minutes in all situations all season and to echo the comments of Head Coach and GM Bobby Henderson, he was an absolute soldier. Reliable in his own zone, he plays physical and smart. His awareness is exceptional and he’s able to use his long reach as a big advantage in prying the puck away from opposing forwards.
In addition to his defensive prowess, Urban was a regular contributor on offence putting up 23 points in the regular season this past year while adding another six in 12 playoff games. One of his biggest contributions to the team was his experience and leadership. Especially with the younger rookies on the team, Urban’s demeanor and ability to connect, encourage, and lead by example was huge. He communicated on the ice and on the bench, he was the definition of a workhorse.
Aside from his hockey talent, Urban is an excellent person and Northern Michigan is getting a gem. All the best Urbs, you’ve made us proud!