Salmon Arm, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are excited to announce the commitment of 1999-born forward William Poirier for the 2019-20 BCHL season.
The 6-foot-1, 212 lb. forward brings with him 255 games of major junior experience over the past four seasons, split between the Drummondville Voltigeurs and the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 2018-19, he had a career year with the Sea Dogs, posting 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points in 62 games, while also serving as an assistant captain.
“Will is a guy that brings a lot of experience at a high junior level. He’ll be able to show our young guys what it takes to be a good professional day in and day out,” Silverbacks assistant coach and assistant general manager Tanner Cochrane said. “We think on the ice that he will be able to produce offensively and he has a strong 200-foot game. He fits the mold of what we’re looking for and we’re excited to have him be a part of our team.”
Over the course of his four seasons in the QMJHL, Poirier recorded 34 goals and 49 assists for 83 points. His 13.9 shooting percentage last season was the highest of his career, as were his 115 shots on goal and five power play goals. The 19-year-old was drafted by the Voltigeurs in the first round of the 2015 QMJHL Draft, 18th overall.
The Silverbacks regular season opener is set for Sunday, September 8 at 3 p.m. at the Shaw Centre. For tickets to that or any other game this season, click here.