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Langley Rivermen: Graduating players and eligible returnees

The Rivermen had a darn good season, finishing fourth in the Coastal Conference after leading it for most of the season. Langley got its furthest in the playoffs since 2014, when it fell in the Mainland Division final to Coquitlam.

This year, the Rivermen topped the Victoria Grizzlies in five games, Alberni Valley Bulldogs in six games, and were knocked out by the Nanaimo Clippers in the Coastal Conference final in a four-game sweep.

The Rivermen have four players committed to NCAA Division I schools, one player off to an NCAA Division III school, and one who has aged out of junior hockey.

Rivermen general manager and head coach Burt Henderson has eight forwards, seven defenders, and a goaltender tandem all eligible to come back in 2022-23. Henderson also has a full complement of six 20-year-olds who can return next season.

These numbers will likely change as players move to other leagues like the Western Hockey League, US Hockey League, or North American Hockey League. They may drop down to junior B, be sent away in trades, retire, or wind up committing to college before September and don’t return to Langley.

The depth chart is based on the league going with a 24-player roster next season and coaches going with 14 forwards, eight defenders, and two goaltenders

Graduating Players

Max Bulawka (Hamilton College)
Tyler Schleppe (Ferris State University)
Max Dukovac (Miami University)
Ryan Upson (Bentley University)
Riley Wallack (Long Island University)
Stephan Sielsky (aged out)

Eligible Returnees (* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 14 forwards and eight defenders)

Daniel O’Neill (02)
Keeton Oakley (02)
Vitaly Levyy (03)
Chase Sandhu (03)
Dylan Fader (03)
Owen Kim (04)
Andrej Kovacevic (04)
Walker Gelbard (05)

Dylan Wormald (02)
Garrett Valk (02)
Joseph Messina (02)
Deven Nagra (03)
Tanner Attew (03)
Josh Wessels (03)
Matthew Loo (05)

Ajeet Gundarah (03)
Jameson Kaine (03)