The Langley Rivermen named its leadership group before puck drop on Saturday night. With the departure of last year’s captain Alec Capstick, who is playing for the University of Miami-Ohio, it meant that the captaincy was up for grabs. Many thought former captain Brendan Budy would be called upon once again, but that wasn’t the case. The leadership group this season is lead by captain Tanner Versluis, and three alternates Brendan Budy, Jake Livingstone and Brian Scoville.
Versluis is in his 20-year-old year and this is the third season with the Rivermen. In 2018-19, Versluis served as an alternate captain where he put up 32 points in 55 games. That was an improvement on his rookie year which saw him tally 11 points in 47 games. The North Vancouver product is looking to make sure his team finds a winning mentality in his final season of junior eligibility.
Budy returns to the team as an alternate captain for his 19-year-old season. In 105 games in a Rivermen jersey from 2016-18, Budy has put up 101 points. Budy returns after spending last season split between the University of Denver and the Tri-City Storm of the USHL. He put up 31 points in 31 games with the Storm last season and is committed to the University of North Dakota for 2020-21.
Livingstone is entering his 20-year-old season and his fourth with the Rivermen. Livingstone, who served as an alternate captain last season, will once again have an “A” on his jersey this year. In 131 games with the Rivermen, Livingstone has put up 55 points and is committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for next season.
Scoville is also heading into his 20-year-old season and his second with the Rivermen. The Agawam, Massachusetts native had 10 points in 51 games last season along with 37 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Rivermen, Scoville played for Springfield in the USPHL.