Monday, October 21, 2013
The Salmon Arm SilverBacks worked to a win, loss, and tie over this past weekend; playing three games in three days; against the likes of the Merritt Centennials, Coquitlam Express, and West Kelowna Warriors.
Salmon Arm tied Merritt 5-5 on Friday, beat Coquitlam 4-3 on Saturday, and lost 4-1 in West Kelowna on Sunday Afternoon.
Here's how those games broke down for the 'Backs.
Friday - Merritt 5-5:
Salmon Arm's Alex Gillies scored with 7 minutes remaining in the 3rd Period, to force the two Interior rival teams into extra minutes; and while Blake Box was able to break in, alone, for a chance to win the game, he got nothing but post; as the 'Backs settled for a single point. Adam Clark's 35 made saves in what ended as the 'Backs first tie of the season.
Saturday - Coquitlam 4-3:
Another big night of hockey from 'Backs Forward Landon Smith; who potted a goal and two assists, helping his team to battle back from an early deficit on home ice, during the 'Backs Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Angus Redmond got the nod in goal, making 30 stops for his 4th win of the young season.
Sunday - West Kelowna 4-1:
This was a game to be quickly forgotten for Salmon Arm, as they allowed a goal in the first minute of hockey, and were held off the score sheet until the 3rd Period. Mitch Ferguson had the lone goal of the Afternoon for the 'Backs who are now 0-3 against the Warriors on the season. The 'Backs next chance at redemption against West Kelowna comes on November 12th, in West Kelowna.
Your 'Backs host Penticton and Merritt on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, with fans asked to wear a Halloween costume on Saturday Night for a chance to win Flex Tickets on behalf of the team!
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
|Get your seat today!|
'Backs fans were very supportive of a number of Fan Bus trips last season, and this year we're getting an early start by hitting the road as soon as possible!
Those who have taken the Fan Bus before know that the players love having that extra support while away from home, and we hope you'll be there this season to provide that excitement; and noise in opposing buildings, starting on the 20th.
The Bus will leave from the Shaw Centre at 11:45am, sharp, on the 20th, at a price of $30 per ticket.
Interested parties can contact the 'Backs Box Office for ticketing information at 832-3856 ext 108, or on weekdays between 9am and 4pm.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Salmon Arm SilverBacks are sad to announce that veteran Marketing Director Josh Gordon has tendered his resignation due to family reasons.
Gordon has served as the 'Backs Director of Marketing for the past two seasons after moving to the Shuswap during the 2010-2011 to become the Director of Ticket Sales.
SilverBack's General Manager Troy Mick says the front office has lost a great team member.
"In many facets, Josh has been the face of the franchise for the better part of three years. His work during my time in Salmon Arm has been second to none; we couldn't ask for a better individual to represent this organization, both in the community, and at the league level. We are very sad to see him go but at the same time very grateful for his contributions to the organization and we are proud to support him in his future endeavors."
In a statement made on Tuesday, Gordon noted how much he's enjoyed his time in Salmon Arm, stating that the relationships created with the business partners, season ticket holders, volunteers and fans have been the pinnacle of his experience in Salmon Arm.
“It is with a heavy heart that I informed Troy Mick of my decision this morning. We started to build something very special this past season and I wish I could be here to see it come to fruition over the next few years. While I am sad to be leaving, Salmon Arm will always hold a special place in my heart. My wife and I were married on Mara Lake in the fall of 2011 and although I am an avid supporter of the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge I will continue to bleed purple from afar with a keen eye on the SilverBacks and all of Salmon Arm."
Josh's departure will become official on April 30th but he will remain in Salmon Arm to assist with the SilverBacks upcoming Spring Camp from May 3rd to 5th.
Gordon will be moving back to Montreal to reunite with his wife after nearly 3 years of living in separate cities.
The organization would like to thank him deeply for his dedication and tireless work to solidify the SilverBacks as a premier club within the BCHL and the Shuswap.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
|Redmond and Iacobellis in action shots from their early games in Salmon Arm.|
After a quiet few weeks following the end of the season, the SilverBacks were ecstatic last week to announce the commitments of forward Steven Iacobellis and goaltender Angus Redmond to NCAA Division I schools.
Iacobellis will join the University of Massachusetts next season while Redmond has committed to Michigan Tech for the fall of 2015.
I'd like to thank Steven and Angus for taking the time to talk to me about their wonderful achievements; they're both great people and players and it's a joy to see their hard work rewarded.
Enjoy; and remember, the 'Backs are hosting Spring Camp from May 3rd – 5th at the Shaw Centre. Volunteers are both needed and appreciated, please contact the Main Office at (250) 832-3856 for more information.
Friday, April 12, 2013
|Steven and his line-mates celebrate in his 1st big game as a SilverBack.|
Iacobellis, a Burnaby, B.C, native and BCHL veteran of over 150 games; joined the SilverBacks in November before posting 15 goals and 42 points while pushing the 'Backs into the post-season.
Steven played on the 'Backs top line along with Alex Gillies and Brandon Mistal. Troy Mick says the arrival of Iacobellis really sparked the Salmon Arm offence.
"Steven is one of those players that has the ability to make the people around him better, and that's what we saw from him on a night-to-night basis this season. Not only did he lead the majority of our offense late in the season, but he took over as a leader in our dressing room and we know that his work ethic certainly rubbed off on his teammates."
Iacobellis played over 100 games between the Penticton Vees and Cowichan Valley Capitals before joining Salmon Arm this season; notching exactly 100 points in his BCHL career along with six points in 15 playoff games.
Troy Mick notes that Iacobellis was awarded the Unsung Hero award for the SilverBacks this season and he believes Steven’s game should transition well into the NCAA with UMASS.
"He's a proven scorer and player, and he's put up great numbers at every level. We see a player with excellent speed and a wonderful hockey IQ that will be a great addition for the Minutemen."
The organization would like to congratulate Steven, and his family on this great news; while thanking him for his contributions to the organization during his time with the SilverBacks.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
|Fun fact: Angus is 2/2 on BCHL penalty shots, starting with this one in his 1st career game against Cowichan.|
The Salmon Arm SilverBacks are extremely proud to announce that 17 year old Goaltender Angus Redmond has committed to play for the NCAA's Michigan Tech Huskies in the fall of 2015.
The Langley, B.C, native and rookie BCHL net-minder became a hit with his teammates and Salmon Arm hockey fans this season after joining the organization in January from the PIJHL's Port Moody Panthers.
Angus' cool demeanor and natural athleticism in the goal helped establish his status as a quality BCHL goaltender. 'Backs General Manager Troy Mick says Redmond's growth as a person and athlete over the past few months has been phenomenal.
"There's no way that we could have asked for any more out of Angus; his play down the stretch for our club made him a difference maker and for a player to go from Junior 'B' to an NCAA Div I scholarship in just four months shows just how remarkable this young man really is."
Redmond played 19 games in Port Moody before joining the SilverBacks just prior to the Christmas break. His Junior 'A' career began with quite the streak, as 'Backs fans watched Redmond pick up points for his club in his first five career BCHL games. Angus finished the season with a record of 4-3-1, a GAA of 2.59 and a .911 save % while earning two starts post season starts against the Penticton Vees.
GM Troy Mick says that playoff experience should go a long way for the young net-minder.
"We liked his game against the Vees and it's become clear that Angus is going to be a premier player in our league and it’s nice to see that has also been recognized by the staff at Michigan Tech."
The organization is thrilled for Angus and and the Redmond family; we would like to congratulate him on this accomplishment. We're excited to continue to watch him grow as a student and athlete, as he prepares for his future at Michigan Tech.