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Backs Make Moves in Crease


Salmon Arm B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have acquired 19-year-old goaltender Owen Say from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Powassan Voodoos in exchange for 20-year-old goalie Riley Kohonick.

Say, from London, Ont., was the NOJHL Goaltender of the Year and a finalist for Canadian Junior Hockey League Goalie of the Year in the 2019-20 season. In 36 appearances, he went an incredible 31-2 last year, coupled with a stellar 1.90 goals-against-average and .941 save percentage, helping the Voodos finish first in the regular season standings.

“With our current situation for 20-year-olds, we had to move players to make our roster eligible,” Silverbacks general manager Brooks Christensen said. “We felt acquiring Owen would help us get younger and still help us in net. Riley is a high character kid and we wish him all the best this season.”

Say played for Team Canada East at the World Jr. A Challenge last year as well, winning a silver medal. The 6-foot, 165 lb. goaltender was a sixth round pick of the Sioux City Musketeers in the 2020 USHL Entry Draft.

Kohonick was acquired by the Backs this off-season from the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and posted a 3-7 record, 3.88 G.A.A. and .881 save percentage in 10 games for the Backs in the Okanagan Cup.

The Silverbacks would like to welcome Owen to Salmon Arm and thank Riley for all his hard work and dedication to the Silverbacks organization.