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Salmon Arm, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are ecstatic to announce that 19-year-old forward Cameron Recchi has committed to play NCAA Div. I hockey at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
The Pittsburgh, PA native has been a spark plug for the Backs since joining the team last fall, always providing energy and playing hard. His offensive game started to take off as the pod season went on, recording nine points in his final 11 games (4G, 5A). He finished the pod season with 12 points (5G, 7A) in 20 games, finding good chemistry with centre Drew Bennett.
“We are extremely proud to see Cam’s hard work pay off. The University of St Thomas is getting an outstanding player and an even better person,” Silverbacks general manager Brooks Christensen said. “This shows how important it was having our players get the opportunity to play this pod season.”
Last season, Recchi suited up for the Maryland Black Bears in the NAHL, recording 23 points in 41 games, while the season prior he won a Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League championship with the Notre Dame Hounds, providing 48 points in 44 games.
The University of St. Thomas Tommies are one of the oldest collegiate ice hockey programs in the nation and were just recently given the green light to jump from Division III to Division I. They will compete in the re-formed Central Collegiate Hockey Association, which disbanded after the 2012-13 season but will now have eight teams in the 2021-22 season: Bemidji State, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State, Northern Michigan and the University of St. Thomas.
Congrats to Cam on this amazing accomplishment!