A significant trade kicked off the summertime signing season for the Rivermen yesterday as a three-way deal saw Langley transfer 18 year-old defenceman Viktor Dombrovskiy to the Trail Smoke Eaters who in turn sent 19-year old blue liner Joel Webb to the Kindersley Klippers of the SJHL. Completing the deal has the Rivermen receiving 20-year old goaltender Tyrell King from the Klippers.
Acquiring the 6’0″, 180 pound King solves a big piece to the puzzle of what the Rivermen’s roster will look like for the 2014-2015 BCHL season. After the departure of both Brock Crossthwaite (University of Nebraska-Omaha) and Lyndon Stanwood (Lake Forest College) there was a void in net for the coming year. And a quick look at King’s numbers from his time with the Klippers shows he’s certainly more than a capable starter in the BCHL. Playing in a total of 69 games for the Klippers over the past two seasons, King had an impressive rookie year followed by an even better 2013-14. With a record of 23-13-3 last season, King boasted a 2.16 Goals Against Average and a .930 save percentage, among the very best in the SJHL. If the veteran can put up similar type numbers with the Rivermen this coming year, he’ll be among the best in BC.
A native of Eston, Saskatchewan, population just over 1,000, the move west will be a new experience for King as he had the chance to play the past two years just about an hour away from home. But the opportunity to close out his final junior season in Canada’s best Junior A league and gun for a scholarship at the same time is a big one. King sounds excited to come to Langley, and the Rivermen are excited to have him.
While the Rivermen welcome King to the family, it’s a farewell to Dombrovskiy who spend the past two seasons with Langley. The 18 year-old Coquitlam native finished his second season in the BCHL with one goal and 14 assists with 22 penalty minutes in 45 games. He also had 6 points in 12 playoff games and competed at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge where he helped Team Pacific capture the bronze medal. The Smoke Eaters are getting a quality defenceman in Vik who will add a big presence to Trail’s blue line in any situation. They’re also getting a great individual. Both on and off the ice, Vik has contributed a lot to the Rivermen over the past two years and I wish him all the very best in Trail and look forward to seeing him on this year’s circuit.