Silverbacks defenceman Ryan Hogg races for the puck against Vipers forwards Jesse Lansdell and Niko Karamanis during the Silverbacks final playoff game March 7. The Silverbacks will hit the ice at the Shaw Centre July 27 for a Pro-Am game featuring several former ‘Backs who went on to the NHL. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

NHL players join Silverbacks for Pro-Am game and golf tournament in Salmon Arm

Riley Nash, Curtiz Lazar among ‘Backs alumni to hit the ice

Salmon Arm hockey fans will get the chance to see NHL players take the ice at the Shaw Centre alongside the Silverbacks for their Pro-Am game July 27.

The event, which began as a yearly feature of the Salmon Arm Hockey School, will bring Silverbacks alumni back to the city for a night of fun on the ice, mixing up the Junior A roster with a handful of former ‘Backs who have gone on to the WHL, AHL and NHL for a fast-paced scrimmage.

Curtis Lazar of the Calgary Flames, Riley Nash of the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets, and Angus Redmond, newly drafted goaltender with the Anaheim Ducks, are among the NHL alumni confirmed to be joining the Pro-Am game.

Other former Silverbacks such as national championship winner Lucas Nichols (University of Alberta) and Jake Bean (Team Canada) will also be skating in the Pro-Am game.

Related: Pro-Am game excites fans

“I am looking to fill it in with some more junior spots, college players, we’re going to mix up the lineup,” says Brooks Christensen, Silverbacks operations manager. “What we have done in the past is mix them to be as close as they can and put on an entertaining show and give the fans some fun. That’s my goal and what we’re looking to do there.”

In addition to getting a chance to share the ice with hockey pros that once wore the Silverbacks jersey themselves, a bit of a prize is on the line for players with the Junior A team.

“It’s a scholarship game, so we usually put up a scholarship towards something,” Christensen says. “Whether it’s giving a local player an opportunity for them to go off to school or something like that, we like to put together a scholarship opportunity for this game.”

For the fans, the pro-am game is also a rare chance to meet some of the top hockey players who have come out of B.C. in recent years. During intermissions between periods there will be photo opportunities and autograph-signing sessions with the NHL players attending the pro-am game.

In addition to the Pro-Am hockey game July 27, the Silverbacks are partnering with Shuswap National Golf Course for a Pro-Am golf tournament the same weekend. Club pros will join Silverbacks players and alumni, along with any members of the public who sign up, for a tournament complete with prizes for best performance on individual holes and putting contests.

The tournament will be a scramble format, meaning each member of a team takes a shot from the first tee and the best shot out of the team is played as the next ball.

Related: Silverbacks buy hockey school

The Silverbacks are also starting their summer hockey school beginning July 16 and running until Aug. 24. Their hockey school is open to all skill levels and training will be geared toward different levels of play. Registration will be open throughout the camps and more information can be found at www.shuswapelitehockey.com.


 

@Jodi_Brak117
jodi.brak@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Salmon Arm RCMP seeking car involved in hit and run

Small blue car struck a young man near Okanagan Avenue and 20 Street Monday

Shuswap homing pigeon in need of new abode

Carrier pigeon wearing outdated identification band takes up residence in Yankee Flats

Dog control ramping up on Okanagan Rail Trail

RDNO taking extra precautions to ensure dogs remain on leash

Phone scam uses false RCMP ID on call display

North Okanagan RCMP say there are applications that allow people to change, hide call display info

Fears that speculation tax, if imposed, could kill Shuswap tourism

Regional district directors wrestle with concern of seasonal residents leaving the area

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

Okanagan College student population climbs

Enrolment up nearly 14 per cent

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

Coldstream supports Okanagan College Campus residence project

Project would see a 100-bed residence on the Vernon campus in Coldstream

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Okanagan show supports youth mental health, suicide prevention

Robb Nash will be performing Oct. 2 and 3 at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

Most Read