LaSalle Vipers Jr. B Hockey
Vipers sign pair on Day 1 of training camp
Defenceman Dalton Langlois signs his card to join the LaSalle Vipers Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Vollmer Centre. (Photo by Rob Benneian/LaSalleVipers.com)
The LaSalle Vipers have signed a pair of 1997-born players following the first day of training camp, Aug. 21 at the Vollmer Centre.
Forward Kyler Carter and defenceman Dalton Langlois became the newest additions to the 2014-15 Vipers lineup, joining forwards Brett Primeau and Manny Silverio, who were signed in July.
Carter, a 6' 178 pound, left-shooting centre, played the 2013-14 season with the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League's Amherstburg Admirals. He said having a full year of junior experience under his belt will help smooth the transition to LaSalle.
"It helped me develop. Playing against 21-year-olds with big, huge bodies instead of against my own age group was better for me," Carter, a Belle River native, says. "I'm a two-way forward, I like to move the puck and when I get my scoring chances I like to finish. I like to take the body in the offensive zone whenever I can and I like to win my faceoffs."
Carter was drafted in the eighth round of the 2013 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection by the Saginaw Spirit.
"My goal is still to make Saginaw's lineup," Carter says. "My goal is to make it this year or next year, whenver I get the chance."
Langlois most recently played for the Windsor Jr. Spitfires AAA squad alongside the likes of Primeau, Silverio and Connor Rosaasen.
"It's always been a dream for me to play Junior B," Langlois says. "I always watched Leamington and Chatham, those rivals. I've always wanted to play (for LaSalle). It's a great organization, a great coaching staff and great owners."
The 5'11", 161 pound defender said the success the Vipers have had at developing young hockey players helped him make his decision to sign in LaSalle.
"I love how they're putting guys into the (OHL)," Langlois says. "It shows a lot about their organization."
Comparisons to veteran Vipers defenceman Brett Langlois, who is three years his senior and is no relation, should end at their surname, he added.
"Brett Langlois is a hard, big, fast (defenceman)," Langlois says. "My game is a lot of skating, puck-handling, moving the puck forward."
The Vipers training camp will conclude Friday with a scrimmage at the Vollmer Centre. Fans are welcome to attend from 4-8 pm.
LaSalle will take on the Leamington Flyers in a pre-season home-and-home, beginning 7 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Vollmer Centre and continuing Friday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 in Leamington.
The regular season kicks off with our tailgate party, featuring free food and entertainment, Wednesday, Sept. 10 against the London Nationals.
Vipers forward Kyler Carter is pictured here with the Amherstburg Admirals during a game against the Belle River Canadiens at Lakeshore Arena during the 2013-14 season.