Bastion Elementary student Jared Peterson sneaks a shot past Silverbacks’ mascot Kong during the shootout competition in the Road to World Juniors event in Salmon Arm Oct. 24. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks and BCHL entertain excited Bastion students

Road to World Juniors builds excitement for international hockey tournament

The cheers of the crowd were deafening at Bastion Elementary in Salmon Arm as local hockey celebrities paid a visit to the school to build some excitement for the World Junior Hockey Championship that B.C. is hosting this year in Victoria and Vancouver.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Bastion classes assembled in the school gym to spend some time with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks junior A and midget players, learn a few stick-handling skills and play a few fun floorball (ball hockey) games. At the end of the event the floorball equipment was donated to the school so students can continue to enjoy the new take on a much-loved sport.

Related: Organizers expect full arenas for world juniors

The excitement of the students was on full display as they cheered on fellow students and Silverbacks’ players who took on a few hockey-themed challenges such as stick-handling drills and a shootout contest.

Star forward Nick Unruh and freshly recruited ‘Backs goalie Matthew Armitage were both a part of the event, and they said the hugely positive reaction from Bastion students reminded them of their younger days and the excitement of meeting their local sports heroes.

“It was great, I thought it was really cool. It’s important for us to reach out into the community,” Unruh says. “I remember as a kid having these junior guys talk to you or reach out to you really sicks with you. You definitely remember it and it’s important and can be huge for the kids.”

“I thought that was awesome to see, it was a good eye opener to see our team doing that,” says Armitage. “It seems like we are very involved in the community and to see all the little kids out there who are huge fans, it puts a smile on your face. It’s just something so simple that can give back and bring joy to so many kids.”

Related: Silverbacks sign new goalie, Unruh receives player of the week mention

The IIHF World Junior Championship kicks off Dec. 26 and runs to Jan. 5 in Victoria and Vancouver, marking the 13th time Canada has hosted the tournament.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Bastion Elementary student Chay Hutchinson moves the ball through the slalom pylons during a stick0handling competition in the Road to World Juniors Event Oct. 24 in Salmon Arm. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Bastion Elementary student Will Heckrodt moves up to take a shot in the shootout competition during the Road to World Juniors event while the BCHL’s George Cochrane gets the crowd fired up. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Nick Unruh hands out a stuffy version of the BCHL’s mascot, Celly, to a Bastion Elementary student who answered a bit of hockey trivia during the Road to World Juniors event Oct. 24. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Just Posted

Semis obstruct westbound lane of TCH near Sicamous

Traffic is moving slowly, alternating the use of the eastbound lane

Man charged in Salmon Arm 7-Eleven fire granted bail

Accused facing arson charges released with 23 conditions including a 7 p.m. curfew

Signs commemorating Japanese interment in the Shuswap planned

Information on each of the five internment camps in the area will be provided at camp locations

Outdoor ice rink opens in the North Shuswap

Those looking to skate in the fresh air can do so at Farrell’s Field in Celista

Man admits responsibility for 2016 death of Shuswap motorcyclist

Brian Watson, 60, died after being struck while riding his motorcycle on Squilax-Anglemont Road

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

One-third of pregnant women think cannabis won’t harm their baby: UBC

Review of six U.S. studies found doctors didn’t communicate health risks of pot use

No cash, no election sign policy pondered by B.C. city

A deposit could be required to put up election signs in 2022.

Heavy snowfall expected for Coquihalla, Okanagan valley

Coquihalla highway, the Connector, and Highway 3, from Princeton to Allison Pass are getting snow.

China demands US drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

China detained two Canadians on Dec. 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng

9 brains, 3 hearts: Some wild facts about octopuses

Things to know about the giant Pacific octopus, which is naturally found in the waters of the U.S. West coast, the Aleutian Islands and Japan

Hollywood announces 2019 Oscar nominations

Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Most Read