Rockies’ Cormier signs with SJHL’s Mustangs

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Columbia Valley Rockies defenceman Riley Cormier will play for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Melfort Mustangs in the 2023-24 season.

In his first season in the KIJHL, the 17-year-old had 17 points in 39 games. In six KIJHL playoff games, the Vernon product earned one assist. The 6-1, 180-pound Cormier joined the Rockies from the Thompson Blazers U18AAA program.

“Playing in Columbia Valley was very good for my development,” said Cormier. “I felt like I matured as a player and learned a lot playing for Emery Olauson. I am very excited for my opportunity next year with the Melfort Mustangs.”

Olauson, the Rockies’ Head Coach-GM said as a 17-year-old defenceman, Cormier  took his on- and off-ice development very seriously.

“He was another one of our first-year players who was relied upon in all situations throughout the year and he earned our trust more and more with his work ethic,” said Olauson. “Riley will bring that same commitment to Melfort and we can’t wait to see his continued growth as a player at the next level.”