Nelson Leafs forward Patrick Martens is moving on up.
Word came out today the 19 year-old winger has signed with the BCHL's Langley Rivermen, and is on his way to the Lower Mainland to join his new squad.
The Maple Ridge product scored 22 goals in 21 games for the Leafs, including a game-winner Sunday at Osoyoos. He was also named the KIJHL's Player of the Month for the Kootenay Conference earlier this week.
No doubt the Leafs will feel a significant loss up front, but with Junior "A" cuts still being made at a much higher rate thanks to the 21-man rosters in the BCHL, it's not too late either for Nelson to scoop up a new sniper or for someone else on the squad to step up to the plate and fill the void left by the 39-point man. In hearing Martens speak earlier this morning it sounds as though he feels there are several current Leafs who are relishing the opportunity.
Martens by the way did appear in one game for Trail earlier this season as an AP.
Best of luck in Langley Patrick!