Shambeau inks with Runnin’ Rebels

The Langley Rivermen have announced forward Donovan Shambeau has committed to play at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) for the next four years.

“I am extremely excited to play hockey in Vegas next fall and be a part of a great program,” said Shambeau. “I hope to be an impact player with a physical presence and chip in with some offense when needed.”

Shambeau signed with the Rivermen at the BCHL deadline and appeared in 11 games recording one goal and one assist and 11 penalty minutes. He also suited up in four playoff games.

“Donovan was a nice deadline addition to our hockey team,” said Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson. “He is a prototypical power forward that skates very well for a big body and brought some needed physicality. Donovan was a late bloomer and we expect him to continue to improve his game while pursuing his studies.”

UNLV competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Div. II level. They compete against programs such as San Jose State, Long Beach State, University of Texas-El Paso, Boise State and San Diego State. Former Salmon Arm Silverbacks captain Bryden Marsh is on the UNLV roster and posted 52 points in his freshman season

Shambeau describes his time with in the Rivermen organization as an unforgettable experience.

“My teammates were great and made it an easy transition for me when I came to Langley. The Rivermen organization is first class and have a great coaching staff. I can’t thank Bobby (Henderson), Kurt (Astle), and Mitch (Fyffe) enough for all they did for me.”