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Salmon Arm, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are extremely excited to announce that 18-year-old forward Noah Serdachny has committed to play NCAA Div. I hockey at Colorado College.
The Edmonton, Alta. native was one of the top rookies in the entire BCHL during the pod season, recording six goals and 18 assists for 24 points in 20 games. He was named the Top Rookie in the Vernon pod, as voted on by coaches and broadcasters.
“Colorado College was the right fit for me because I really believe in the coaching staff they just hired in Kris [Mayotte] and Pete [Mannino] and Mark [Stuart],” Serdachny said. “I think they’re going to be building a championship program and it was just really intriguing to me to be a building block of that program. It’s also one of the best conferences in college hockey in my opinion.
“I’d like to thank coach Tyler [Shattock] and Carter [Cochrane] — they were awesome in pushing us this season and obviously I couldn’t have done this without my teammates. They were awesome, especially the older guys. They were great for us younger guys to look up to. I’d also like to thank my family, who have been a huge support for me throughout my whole career, especially my dad.”
Serdachny’s 18 assists in the pod season led all rookie skaters in the BC Hockey League, while his 24 points were the most of any 2003-born player or younger.
“It was great to see Noah’s success in the pod get recognized with him earning a scholarship to a great school like Colorado College,” Silverbacks general manager Brooks Christensen said. “Noah took massive steps during an uneasy year and focused on development on and off the ice. We look forward to seeing what he can do at the BCHL level next season and believe he will make a significant impact to the Colorado College line up when the day comes.”
Before joining the Backs, Serdachny had a standout U-18 season at RINK Academy in Winnipeg, recorded 60 points (18G, 42A) in 36 games, leading their prep team in scoring.
The Colorado College Tigers compete in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with seven other teams. They have named an all-new coaching staff for the 2021-22 season, with former Michigan and Providence College assistant Kris Mayotte taking over as head coach, plus former NHLer Mark Stuart and Peter Mannino being hired as assistants last month. The Tigers are scheduled to play at a brand new arena this fall, Ed Robson Arena.
Hear from Serdachny about his decision in the video below: