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Defenceman Lemay Commits to Silverbacks

Left: Lemay on the ice at Mount St. Charles Academy in Rhode Island (Submitted). Right: Lemay hails from Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, Que., roughly two hours north-east of Montreal (Stéphane Lévesque/Le Courrier Sud)

Salmon Arm, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are excited to announce the commitment of 2002-born defenceman Joaquim Lemay for the 2020-21 BCHL season.

The 17-year-old spent last season at Mount St. Charles Hockey Academy in Rhode Island, one of the top midget programs in the United States. Lemay compiled 23 points in 53 games for their U-18 team, helping them go 48-11-4 and qualify for the state championships in March.

“Adding a puck-moving defenceman like Joaquim was an important piece for our roster, with Akito Hirose, Jeremy Gervais and Antonio Andreozzi moving on to the NCAA,” Silverbacks General Manager Brooks Christensen said. “We thought it was important to bring in a player who had strong skating and puck moving ability who will help us transition the puck quickly. We look forward to our fans getting to see Joaquim showcase his skills in Salmon Arm before heading off to Nebraska-Omaha.”

The Quebec native was taken by the Rimouski Oceanic in the 2018 QMJHL Entry Draft but chose the Junior A route after securing an NCAA scholarship to the University of Nebraska-Omaha last March.

“I am proud and honoured to be part of a professional organization like the Salmon Arm Silverbacks,” Lemay said. “I can’t wait to start this new chapter in my life in such a great environment that can help me become a better player and also a better person.”