With two of the six teams in the Mainland Division involved in significant trades this week, the Langley Rivermen got into the act as well, adding a veteran presence to their blueline.
The Rivermen picked up 19-year-old defenceman Ryan Fraser-Lee from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League for future considerations. Fraser-Lee, who's from Grand Rapids, Michigan, gives Langley nine imports on its roster - which is one more than is allowed in the BCHL - but are permitted to because another import is on the injury reserve. 18-year-old defenceman Aaron Dolby is out for eight weeks with a broken thumb.
Obviously the Rivermen will need to deal with their import situation once Dolby is healthy, but until then, they are allowed to be over by one on their roster.
To Langley Rivermen:
D Ryan Fraser-Lee (93) To Pembroke Lumber Kings:
There's nothing on the Rivermen website regarding the trade, but Brandon Astle blogged about it, here's what it says:
The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club has announced a trade with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the CCHL. The Rivermen acquire Defenseman Ryan Fraser-Lee (1993 born) for future considerations.
Fraser- Lee played in seven games for the Lumber Kings this season recording two assists and 10 penalty minutes. The previous year he played for the Chicago Steel of the USHL and picked up five assists in 40 games to go along with 83 penalty minutes. Fraser- Lee is on the taller side at 6’3”, 205 pounds and shoots right.
“Ryan is a big, steady, physical defenseman that will bring experience to our line-up,” said Rivermen Associate Head Coach Jordan Emmerson, “he is a defensive minded player and takes care of his own end first and foremost and that will only help us”.
In 2011 he was drafted by the Chicago Steel in the fourth round in the USHL draft. A year later he was then drafted into the NAHL in 2012 by the Janesville Jets in the third round.
“He is a guy that can play in any situation for us. He will be a big asset not only out on the ice, but in the dressing room as well and we believe he will be a calming influence for our younger players,” finished Emmerson.