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‘Backs Acquire RBC Cup Champion Blueliner

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks have completed a trade with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

The SilverBacks have acquired defenseman Zach Urban (93) from the Oil Barons in exchange for forward Colten Meaver (93).

The six-foot three Urban is a veteran of 118 BCHL regular-season games with Powell River, Vernon, Penticton and Victoria, winning a BCHL Fred Page Cup, Doyle Cup and RBC Cup with his hometown Penticton Vees during the 2011-12 season. Last season, as captain of the Victoria Grizzlies, Urban scored 23 points (3-20) and had 83 penalty minutes in 54 games played. He added 2 goals and 4 points in 10 playoff games, including a series-winning overtime goal against the Powell River Kings.

“Anytime you can add a player who has won an RBC it’s a good thing,” said SilverBacks head coach/general manager Troy Mick. “You can’t recruit those types of players as it is earned by playing until early May and now our backend just got a lot tougher to play against.”

“Zach is going to be a great addition to our hockey club. He can play in all situations and obviously by being a captain in this league brings that veteran leadership to the dressing room. He has been where we want to go and he knows the sacrifices it will take to get there,” Mick added.

Meaver, a 20 year-old native of Edmonton, was acquired by the SilverBacks earlier this summer from the AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines.

Urban will report to SilverBacks training camp beginning Sunday, August 18th in Salmon Arm.

For more information, please contact the SilverBacks Hockey Operations office at 250-832-3856 Ext 106.