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Kimball Union’s Doré Commits to Backs

Quebec native Paul Doré carries the puck down the wing during a Kimball Union playoff game (Dave Arnold/New England Hockey Journal).

Salmon Arm, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are thrilled to announce the commitment of 2002-born forward Paul Doré for the 2020-21 BCHL season.

The 17-year-old has spent the past three seasons at Kimball Union Academy in the United States High School Prep League, where he compiled 39 goals and 38 assists for 77 points in 104 games. The past two years, he posted 68 points (36 goals, 32 assists) in 67 games for the Wildcats.

“Paul’s skill and work ethic will have a major impact on our on-ice product next season,” Silverbacks General Manager Brooks Christensen said. “We know our fans will enjoy getting to know Paul off the ice and watching him play on it.”

The Gatineau, Que. native finished second on the Wildcats in goals each of the past two seasons (19 and 18, respectively). In the 2018-19 playoffs, Doré scored the game-winning-goal with under one minute remaining in the third period of the New England Prep School Athletic Council Championship game against Salisbury School. The goal delivered a third-straight New England championship for Kimball Union.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward was also listed inside the top-200 on NHL Central Scouting’s List of North American skaters for the 2020 NHL Draft.

“I’m proud to be a Silverback and am really excited to join the organization,” Doré said. “It’s an honour to be part of this team. I can’t wait to be in Salmon Arm.”

Current Silverbacks Drew Bennett and Devan Newhook were teammates with Doré at Kimball Union for two seasons before they joined the Backs last year.

Doré’s father Daniel was a first-round draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques in 1988 and has been an NHL amateur scout for over two decades, first with the Boston Bruins (1996-2007) and then the New York Rangers (2007-2020).