Langley Rivermen defenceman Jake Livingstone is enjoying a breakout year. In his third year in the league, he has shattered his previous career-highs in goals, assists and points and is currently tied for seventh in goals and points among all BCHL blueliners. After playing in 126 regular-season games, his success has led to him announcing his commitment to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks.
This season, the 19-year-old has put up nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points in 49 games. In his previous two season combined, all but two games spent with Langley, Livingstone had one goal and 16 assists total. The Creston, B.C. native has also played in 12 playoff games and will look to add to that this year as the Rivermen have clinched a Mainland Division playoff spot. They currently sit in fourth place in the division, but they have a chance to climb into third as they are only three points back of the Coquitlam Express with a game in hand.
Livingstone’s best stretch this season came in November when he had points in seven straight games, including a five-assist night on Nov. 20 in a 7-5 win over Coquitlam.
The University of Alaska is located in Fairbanks, Ala. and competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) along with Alabama-Huntsville, Alaska-Anchorage, Bemidji State, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State and Northern Michigan. The Nanooks are currently in seventh place in the WCHA standings with an in-conference record of 8-11-1.
Alaska’s 2018-19 roster features several BCHL alums, including Matthew Doran, Steven and Chris Jandric, Jake Gresh, Max Newton, Chad Staley, Kylar Hope, Tony Rehm and Kyle Marino.
Merritt Centennials forward Rylan Van Unen is also committed to the Nanooks (2019-20).