Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Submitted by Langley Rivermen
The Langley Rivermen are proud to announce Zach Urban has accepted an NCAA Division I scholarship to Northern Michigan University.
The 20-year old just finished his final year in the BCHL, capping off an excellent career where he played in over 200 regular season and playoff games as one of the league's most reliable blueliners. Winning the RBC Cup as a member of the Penticton Vees in 2012, Urban captained the Victoria Grizzlies to a division title the following year.
"I'm definitely happy that I finally know what I'm doing next year," said Urban, who started the 2013-14 season in Salmon Arm before the Rivermen acquired the veteran defenceman early this past season.
"The Hendersons brought me in and made me feel right at home and I couldn't have asked for a better place to play. We had a tremendous regular season and I know we didn't finish the playoffs the way we wanted but it was a heck of a year to go out on."
Urban had a major impact on the Rivermen and was a big part of the team's success winning the Mainland division and earning the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy as the top team in the regular season.
While logging heavy minutes defending the Rivermen's own zone, Urban routinely contributed offensively putting up five goals and 18 assists in 58 games this season with another six points in 12 playoff games.
"I'm grateful he's getting a well-deserved Division I scholarship," said Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson. "Zach was one of our top defenceman, an absolute soldier for us every game. He put everything on the ice every night."
Urban joins a solid program with an excellent coaching staff under Walt Kyle.
"It's a team that's competitve every year. Walt does a great job developing players and this is an excellent fit for Zach," said Henderson.
"He has a great resume, he's coached professional hockey and I just feel it would be the best fit for my hockey career," added Urban.