The Salmon Arm Silverbacks were required to show a bit of tough love to players who threw a party in a billet house while the owner was out of town last week. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

EDITORIAL: Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ quick action commendable

Hockey organization shows true colours following billet incident

From the daily minor occurrences to the 2016 incident of a Saskatchewan team removing a family from the billet due to having a transgender daughter, there is no drought in the flood of hockey billet horror stories.

Luckily, thanks to the quick action of the Silverbacks, the recent proceeding in Salmon Arm is far removed from the magnitude of those stories.

After recent reports arose that a handful of Silverbacks billeters threw a bash in the home of Gina Leyenhorst, the organization promptly demanded that those at fault leave Salmon Arm immediately.

Related: Salmon Arm Silverbacks make swift response to billet complaint

Leyenhorst, who was out of town at the time of the incident, returned home following reports from a neighbour that there was a crowd of people on her property allegedly consuming alcohol and jumping from a balcony into her pool.

“The biggest part for us is the standard has been set. We’re not looking to push aside the issue when guys do mess up in a situation,” Brooks Christensen, Silverbacks operations manager, told the Observer after the incident had been dealt with. “There are going to be consequences and that standard has to be set for every player on the team.”

While the exact ramifications have yet to be publicized, the organization demonstrated its commitment to upholding their standards by supporting Leyenhorst, who had willingly taken in the unofficial billets.

Billeting is a privilege that demands respect from all parties involved. And, when any one of those parties, regardless of their standing, errs, action must be taken.

That regimented response allowed the backs’ silver to shine.


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Shuswap Connextions seeks inclusion

Group stresses importance of a community that values diverse abilities

Shuswap River vessel restrictions proposal moves forward

North Okanagan electoral area directors unanimously pass amended notice of motions

Fisheries officials puzzled over missing Shuswap sockeye

Abundance in weekend test fishery in Strait of Georgia much lower than expected

Chase council candidates meet the public at open forum

Five people seek mayor’s chair, six vying for council

Cemetery Tour to feature life and times of Mayor Cyril Thomson

Event returns on Oct. 14 with stories of community’s past.

Secret supper clubs test appetite for cannabis-infused food ahead of legalization

Chefs are eagerly awaiting pot edibles to become legal in Canada

BREAKING: Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their 1st child in spring

The announcement of the pregnancy confirms weeks of speculation from royal watchers

Documentary series investigates missing North Okanagan women

APTN Investigates: Dark Valley airs Oct. 19

Enbridge to begin building road to access pipeline explosion site in B.C.

An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line

Andrew Scheer on revamped NAFTA deal: ‘I would have signed a better one’

Conservative leader says he wouldn’t have signed USMCA

Matheson will have NHL hearing after Canucks rookie Pettersson hit

The 19-year-old Swedish centre appeared woozy after the hit

GUEST COLUMN: A better way to manage B.C.’s public construction

Claire Trevena responds to Andrew Wilkinson on NDP union policy

B.C. brewery creates bread beer from food waste

The brew aims to raise food waste awareness and provide funds for the food bank

Dad files Charter challenge after B.C. bans kids from taking transit unsupervised

Adrian Crook is taking his fight to B.C. Supreme Court

Most Read