Salmon Arm B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are excited to announce the acquisition of 20-year-old goaltender Riley Kohonick from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Notre Dame Hounds, in exchange for future considerations.
The White City, Sask. native posted a .914 save percentage in 72 career games with the Hounds the past two seasons, including a stellar .920 mark in 38 games over the course of the 2019-20 season, which was tied for the second-best mark in the SJHL amongst goalies that played 30 or more games. Kohonick was named the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division Goaltender of the Year for his standout season, as well as team MVP for the Hounds.
“Going into the off-season, it was our number one priority to find a starting goaltender for next season,” Silverbacks general manager Brooks Christensen said. “After moving both Ethan Langenegger and Grant Adams onto the NCAA, we wanted to make sure we had the right piece. With Riley’s junior experience, we are confident he can step in and be an impact player for us next season.”
In the 2017-18 season, Kohonick was also part of the Telus Cup champion midget AAA Notre Dame Hounds, suiting up alongside current Silverback Coalson Wolford and former Silverback Luke Mylymok. That season, the right-catching netminder won the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League Top Goaltender award after compiling a 20-3 record, .930 save percentage, 1.37 goals-against-average and six shutouts.
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks would like to welcome Riley to the Shuswap.