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Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ defenceman Akito Hirose (left) is one of nine players from the team that are part of a season-high BC Hockey League record for college commitments. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Nine Salmon Arm Silverbacks part of BCHL college commit record

A total of 172 players have committed to US or Canadian universities during 2019-20 season

Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ defenceman Akito Hirose (left) is one of nine players from the team that are part of a season-high BC Hockey League record for college commitments. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks won the B.C. Hockey League’s simulated NHL 20 video game version of the Fred Page Cup final, beating the Cowichan Valley Capitals in six games. (BCHL photo)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks capture BCHL video game glory

Silverbacks defeat Cowichan Valley in six, winning title at Shaw Centre, in simulated final

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks won the B.C. Hockey League’s simulated NHL 20 video game version of the Fred Page Cup final, beating the Cowichan Valley Capitals in six games. (BCHL photo)
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks advanced to the BCHL’s Interior Conference final against the Vernon Vipers in the B.C. Hockey League’s NHL 20 simulated video game version of the 2020 playoffs. (BCHL photo)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks meet Snakes in BCHL simulated conference final

BCHL turns to video game and players from remaining teams to crown a simulated league playoff winner

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks advanced to the BCHL’s Interior Conference final against the Vernon Vipers in the B.C. Hockey League’s NHL 20 simulated video game version of the 2020 playoffs. (BCHL photo)
Surrey Eagles players celebrate a goal during video-game simulation of the BCHL team’s second-round playoff series with Coquitlam Express. (Youtube photo)

BCHL hockey playoffs continue – in video game action involving players

‘We were looking for a way to keep our fans engaged during this unfortunate downtime,’ commish says

Surrey Eagles players celebrate a goal during video-game simulation of the BCHL team’s second-round playoff series with Coquitlam Express. (Youtube photo)
David Silye breaks in on teammates Steve Holtz (right) and Evan McIntyre during a practice March 12 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)

BCHL suspends 2020 playoffs until further notice

Games and hockey-related activity have been cancelled until further notice, due to COVID-19

David Silye breaks in on teammates Steve Holtz (right) and Evan McIntyre during a practice March 12 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Hockey stick and puck. (Black Press Media files)

BC Hockey cancels all provincial championships due to COVID-19 outbreak

In B.C., provincial hockey championships were slated to begin this Sunday, March 15

Hockey stick and puck. (Black Press Media files)
Penticton Vees fans may soon find themselves without any games to watch due to COVID-19. (Mark Brettt - Western News)

COVID-19 puts fate of BCHL season in question

Hockey Canada and the CJHL currently in talks to come up with plan for remainder of season

Penticton Vees fans may soon find themselves without any games to watch due to COVID-19. (Mark Brettt - Western News)
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks swept their playoff series against the Victoria Grizzlies. (File photo)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks sweep first round in playoff series

The ‘Backs bested the Victoria Grizzlies to advance to the second round of the BCHL playoffs

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks swept their playoff series against the Victoria Grizzlies. (File photo)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Coalson Wolford will be presented with his Shaw BCHL Community Hero Award at Salmon Arm’s final home game at the Shaw Centre on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Garrett James Photography)

Silverbacks forward receives BCHL Community Hero Award

Award presentation for Coalson Wolford to take place Sunday, Feb. 23

Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Coalson Wolford will be presented with his Shaw BCHL Community Hero Award at Salmon Arm’s final home game at the Shaw Centre on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Garrett James Photography)
The Silverbacks’ Simon Tassy waits on a pass during play versus the Wenatchee Wild on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. The visiting Wild picked up a 4-1 win. (Clancy Whiteside - Salmon Arm Observer)

Wild weekend results in pair of losses for Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Away games ahead before Feb. 23 contest versus Cents at Shaw Centre

The Silverbacks’ Simon Tassy waits on a pass during play versus the Wenatchee Wild on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. The visiting Wild picked up a 4-1 win. (Clancy Whiteside - Salmon Arm Observer)
The 2020 BCHL Showcase Festival will see18 clubs play two regular season games at the Shaw Centre over the course of the four-day event. (File photo)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks to host 2020 BCHL Showcase Festival

Eighteen clubs will play two regular season games during four-day event

The 2020 BCHL Showcase Festival will see18 clubs play two regular season games at the Shaw Centre over the course of the four-day event. (File photo)
Dante Fabbro, Penticton Vees and BCHL alumni, scored his first NHL goal with the Nashville Predators on April 6. The Predators went on to win the game and clinch their division championship. (Photo courtesy of Nashville Predators/Twitter)

BCHL alum nets first NHL goal with Nashville Predators

Penticton Vees alum Dante Fabbro saw NHL action with the Nashville Predators

Dante Fabbro, Penticton Vees and BCHL alumni, scored his first NHL goal with the Nashville Predators on April 6. The Predators went on to win the game and clinch their division championship. (Photo courtesy of Nashville Predators/Twitter)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks award players for performance and commitment

Salmon Arm Silverbacks award players for performance and commitment

Matthew Verboon claims player of the year, top scorer after stellar season

Salmon Arm Silverbacks award players for performance and commitment
Silverbacks alumni Taro Hirose (left) skates in the 2018 Detroit Red Wings development camp. Hirose was invited to the camp as a free agent, and played his first NHL game March 19. (Facebook/Salmon Arm Silverbacks)

Two Silverbacks alumni finalists for prestigious award

Taro Hirose, Chase Priskie make final 10 nominees for Hobey Baker award

Silverbacks alumni Taro Hirose (left) skates in the 2018 Detroit Red Wings development camp. Hirose was invited to the camp as a free agent, and played his first NHL game March 19. (Facebook/Salmon Arm Silverbacks)
Silverbacks’ goalie Ethan Langenegger moves to the corner to block a backhand shot from Vernon’s Ben Sanderson during game 2 of the 2019 playoff series in Vernon. (Vernon Morning Star photo)

Silverbacks’ goalie receives BCHL praise after playoffs

Ethan Langenegger clocks 117 minutes in net in one game, stopping 52 of 56 goals

Silverbacks’ goalie Ethan Langenegger moves to the corner to block a backhand shot from Vernon’s Ben Sanderson during game 2 of the 2019 playoff series in Vernon. (Vernon Morning Star photo)
The Vernon Vipers needed three overtime periods to beat the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-3 in B.C. Hockey League playoff action Friday at Kal Tire Place. The Vipers win the opening round series in five games, and start round two on Friday. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)

Vernon Vipers eliminate Salmon Arm in 3OT

Hometown hero Matt Kowalski scores late in third overtime to send Vipers to next round

The Vernon Vipers needed three overtime periods to beat the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-3 in B.C. Hockey League playoff action Friday at Kal Tire Place. The Vipers win the opening round series in five games, and start round two on Friday. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)
Silverbacks’ forward Aiden Jenner and Vipers’ forward Lane Zablocki grapple for possession during the March 6 playoff game in Salmon Arm. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Silverbacks need win to keep playoff hopes alive

Shuswap skaters looking for an upset on Vernon Vipers’ home ice

Silverbacks’ forward Aiden Jenner and Vipers’ forward Lane Zablocki grapple for possession during the March 6 playoff game in Salmon Arm. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)
Vipers hang on to early lead to make playoff series 3-1 against Silverbacks

Vipers hang on to early lead to make playoff series 3-1 against Silverbacks

Defensive play, steady goaltending keeps Vernon ahead of Salmon Arm

Vipers hang on to early lead to make playoff series 3-1 against Silverbacks
Vernon’s Ben Sanderson faces down Silverbacks’ goalie Ethan Langenegger during game 2 of the playoff series in Vernon. (Vernon Morning Star photo)

Silverbacks down 2-1 in playoff series versus Vipers

Fierce competition pushes two games in a row to extra time

Vernon’s Ben Sanderson faces down Silverbacks’ goalie Ethan Langenegger during game 2 of the playoff series in Vernon. (Vernon Morning Star photo)
Silverbacks’ forward Justin Wilson keeps his eyes up for a passing lane as he skates the puck into the Cowichan Valley Capitals’ zone during their Dec. 15 game. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Silverbacks ready to get in Vipers’ face in playoffs

Salmon Arm coach, forward talk round one of BCHL playoffs against Vernon

Silverbacks’ forward Justin Wilson keeps his eyes up for a passing lane as he skates the puck into the Cowichan Valley Capitals’ zone during their Dec. 15 game. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)