Silverbacks deserve city’s support

Congratulations, Salmon Arm, last year we almost won the Kraft Hockeyville title thanks to a well-organized campaign

Congratulations, Salmon Arm, last year we almost won the Kraft Hockeyville title thanks to a well-organized campaign (thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, Salmon Arm Minor Hockey, the Economic Development Corporation and the community) However, did we really deserve to be a semi-finalist in Kraft Hockeyville?

Personally, I don’t think so if we cannot support our most high-profile community hockey team. Our Salmon Arm Silverbacks Junior A Hockey team deserves the support of this community.

The last five years have been a struggle at the box office. The ownership group that hurt our team’s reputation and drove people away have now been gone for two years. The new management team deserves to see the business community and the fans supporting the team again.

All ticket prices are the lowest in team history. On ice, things look really good as the team was 4-1-1 in the preseason and is now 2-0 in the regular season after two excellent wins at the BCHL showcase.

The team is bigger, faster, more exciting and looks to be extremely competitive.

Local minor hockey products Shane Danyluk and Carson Bolduc have left the WHL to join our team. Bryden Marsh, also a local success story, is the team captain.

This is a key year for our community as the Silverbacks contract with the Shuswap Recreation Society is up for renewal.

Everyone in Salmon Arm benefits from a full arena due to the partnership between the Silverbacks and the rec society.

Let’s “fill the barn” for the season opener against Merritt at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.)

As an avid fan, longtime season ticket holder, and corporate sponsor, this is my appeal to everyone in Salmon Arm. Come out and see the Silverbacks – Our team, our town, our game!

Kevin Flynn