Rivermen add two

Langley pulls trigger on pair of minor trades

The Langley Rivermen have swung a pair of moves in advance of the B.C. Hockey League trade deadline on Dec. 1.

The junior A hockey club acquired defenceman Ryan Fraser-Lee and forward Nathan Craft in a pair of separate transactions. Both moves cost Langley future considerations.

Craft comes to the team from within the BCHL as he was with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs while Fraser-Lee played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the CCHL.

The six-foot-three, 205-pound Fraser-Lee is a steady, stay-at-home defenceman.

“Ryan is a big, steady, physical defenceman who will bring experience to our line-up,” said Rivermen associate 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.”

He had four points in seven games with the Lumber Kings.

Emmerson added the 19-year-old will be a presence in the dressing room for the team as well as a calming influence on younger players.

Craft brings more offensive upside with five goals and 10 points this season in 24 games. Prior to that, the 18-year-old played last season in the Major Midget Hockey League with the Cariboo Cougars. He had 27 goals and 21 assists for 48 points in just 35 games.

“Nathan is a guy that we noticed a lot when we saw Alberni earlier in the year,” said Rivermen coach and general manager Bobby Henderson.

“He has decent size, likes the physical play and has great touch around the net.” Craft is six-foot and 191 pounds and brings a combination of grit and skill.

“Players like him are hard to come by now days,” Henderson said.

“He is a power forward that brings a lot to the table and when he finds his niche with us, he will be a hard player to stop.”

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