June 23,2014(ISN) – Langley – After an outstanding season, a pair of Rivermen forwards are headed to NHL prospect
camps this summer.
Langley native Jakob Reichert will be attending the San Jose Sharks Prospects Camp
next month while fellow 20-year-old Matt Ustaski will be at the Washington Capitals
Prospects Camp, also in July.
At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Reichert possesses a unique combination of size and
skill. In his final year of junior hockey this past season he put up 20 goals and
24 assists in 57 games, by far his best production in his four years in the BCHL.
His point production increased again in the post-season with five goals and nine
assists in 12 playoff games, second on the team only to Ustaski’s 15 points.
“I can’t thank the coaching staff here enough,” said Reichert. “Bobby (Henderson)
really helped me the last two years I was here and especially my teammates. Playing
with some good guys this year like Ustaski and (Mitch) McLain really helped.”
Thanks to an outstanding season, Reichert also secured an NCAA Division I
scholarship to Bowling Green State University where he will join McLain this fall.
Like Reichert, Ustaski finished the BCHL season playing his best hockey leading the
team in playoff scoring with seven goals and eight assists. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound
centre also led the Rivermen in goals this past season with 29, finishing with 49
points in 54 regular season games. The Illinois native has incredible finishing
ability given his big frame and has also established himself as a faceoff
Ustaski is eligible for this year’s NHL Draft and recently attended the Chicago
Blackhawks’ combine and will be off to the Capitals’ Prospects Camp in a few weeks,
providing several possible options in the near future as he joins the University of
Wisconsin Badgers in the fall.
“It will be a busy summer ahead for myself,” said Ustaski. “I’m humble heading into
the NHL Draft and if I’m not selected I’ll still be really looking forward to
attending the Capitals’ camp.”
A year after Rivermen alumnus Evan Campbell was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in
the 2013 NHL Draft, and in a season that saw 15 players on the roster with NCAA
scholarships, Reichert and Ustaski continue a tradition of moving to the next level.
“We are extremely excited for Matt and Jake for being invited to NHL camps,” said
Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson. “Both made lofty goals at
the end of the 2012-2013 year and trained religiously through the off-season taking
major strides this past year. Both Jake and Matt became ‘go to guys’ for us and
contributed in big ways to our success.”