Silverbacks defenceman Akito Hirose has been named to the BCHL first-team All-Star squad after an impressive 2019-2020 regular season. (File photo)

Silverbacks’ Hirose named to All-Star squad

Veteran defenceman coming off an impressive 2019-2020 season.

Akito Hirose of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks has been named to the first-team in the BCHL All-Stars following a season of impressive offensive production.

The four-year BCHL vet, who has been with the Silverbacks since the 2016-2017 season, and is this season’s team captain, led the league’s d-men in points, racking up 51. He also finished out the regular season tied for the third-most assists among all skaters with 42.

Hirose’s goal and assist tallies were bolstered by a mid-season hot streak in which he was credited with 19 points in 14 consecutive games; this was the third-longest point streak in the entire BCHL this year.

Read More: Salmon Arm Silverbacks bound for playoff showdown versus Victoria Grizzlies

Read More: Stanley Cup returning to Salmon Arm after 15 years

Hirose put up 19 more points this season than his previous best total from the 2017-18 campaign. Unsurprisingly, he is up for the league’s top defenceman award.

In their own awards ceremony, the Silverback’s named Hirose their top d-man for the 2019-20 season. Netminder Ethan Langenegger was named Most Valuable Player, while Daniel Rybarik was named Top Scorer and rookie Sam Schofield received the honour of being Fan Favourite. Rookie of the Year went to Drew Bennett, Most Improved Player was Simon Tassy, Hunter Sansbury was recognized as Hitman of the Year, William Poirier won the Academic Award, Logan Shaw the Wellness in Action award, Tony Andreozzi received the nod for Most Sportsmanlike Player and Noah Wakeford for Unsung Hero. Noah Wakeford was awarded the Score for School scholarship, and Langenegger, Poirier and Rybarik were the SASCU Star Tracker winners.

Hirose is bound for Minnesota State University’s NCAA hockey squad next season.

Read More: Eight times a charm: Larch Hills skiers win team trophy at Teck BC event

Read More: Salmon Arm boy is only Para-Nordic athlete at BC Winter games



jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Accused in suspected Shuswap home invasion faces additional charges

One of men charged in Dec. 28 incident faces four counts from two weeks earlier

Driver ticketed after rollover on Highway 1 near Salmon Arm

Jeep Cherokee hit rock face before rolling multiple times

Foul play not currently suspected in death of man found near Sicamous

Body found in woods near vehicle linked to Edmonton police investigation of suspicious death

Boil water notice issued for North Shuswap community hall

Notice applies only to water system used by Scotch Creek facility

RCMP make request after safety flares prompt search on Shuswap Lake

Marine search and rescue crew finds boat unoccupied, no one in distress

B.C. records 62 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths since Friday

Province has just over 200 active cases

Summerland approves solar project

Despite community opposition, council voted 4-3 for Cartwright Mountain location

Police search for suspect in assault on woman in downtown Kelowna

Kelowna police received a report a woman had been assaulted by an unknown man on July 12

Hotel rooms for B.C. homeless too hasty, NDP government told

Businesses forced out, but crime goes down, minister says

Two positive COVID-19 cases at Oliver farm

The risk of exposure to the general public related to this farm is considered to be low

Oliver Town Hall closed to public as staffer displays COVID-19 symptoms

One staff member at Oliver Town Hall is being tested for coronavirus

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

B.C. government prepares for COVID-19 economic recovery efforts

New measures after July consultation, Carole James says

Horoscopes for the week of July 13

Weekly horoscopes by Morgan Fava

Most Read