Silverbacks make roster moves on deadline day

The Silverbacks' roster will be missing some familiar faces including captain Mitch Skapski heading into the second half of the season.

Mitch Skapski takes a shot from up close in a game against the Trail Smoke Eaters on Dec. 3 2016. Skapski was traded to the Cowichan Capitals on Jan. 10 2017.

The Silverbacks’ roster will be missing some familiar faces including captain Mitch Skapski heading into the second half of the season.

The team made major roster adjustments immediately before the BCHL roster deadline at 8 p.m. on Jan. 10.

Forwards Mitch Skapski, Haydn Hopkins and Josh Blanchard as well as defenceman Carter Cochrane will be leaving the team.

Skapski and Hopkins were dealt to the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for Trevor Ayre and Ryan Hogg as well as future considerations. Forwards Hogg and Ayre are younger than the outgoing Silverbacks, both are born in 1998.

Skapski was the Silverbacks’ captain and a proven force on offence with 14 goals and 22 assists in the 2016/17 season. He will be playing alongside his younger brother Marshall in Cowichan.

Salmon Arm local and former WHL player Carson Bolduc was chosen to wear the ‘C’ in Skapski’s place.

“Carson has been amazing for our hockey club since he has joined the Silverbacks from the WHL 3 years ago and is an amazing young man to lead this team into the second half of the season,” stated head coach Misko Antisin.

“This was a very good hockey trade for both clubs” said Silverbacks GM Troy Mick. “We would like to thank Mitch and Haydn for their time in Salmon Arm and wish them the very best of luck in the future.”

In the second set of trades announced, former WHL defenceman Carter Cochrane was sent to the Trail Smoke Eaters and forward Josh Blanchard was traded to the Nanaimo Clippers. Both former Silverbacks were dealt for future considerations.

Both Cochrane and Blanchard are 20 years old.

“It is never easy to trade 2 quality players like Carter & Josh but looking at the bigger picture we felt as an organization this was the right thing to do,” Mick said.



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