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Silverbacks Acquire Veteran D-man Gervais

Defenceman Jeremy Gervais joins the Silverbacks with 140 Junior A games under his belt, during which he has totalled an impressive 92 points (Lakeland Today).

Salmon Arm B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are excited to announce the acquisition of 1999-born defenceman Jeremy Gervais from the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Bonnyville Pontiacs, in exchange for future considerations.

The Prince George native provides a mix of offence and sandpaper, tallying 35 points (7G, 28A) in 36 games this season for the Pontiacs, while leading the team in penalty minutes with 113 and serving as an assistant captain. Before the trade, Gervais had 21 points (2G, 19A) in his last 15 games for Bonnyville, including a nine-game and five-game point streak.

Last season, the 5-foot-11 rearguard recorded 41 points (8G, 33A) and 125 penalty minutes in 56 games.

“Anytime you can add a player with a track record like Jeremy’s, it’s tough to pass up on,” Silverbacks general manager Brooks Christensen said. “He plays a style that is conducive to winning in the playoffs. We are excited to add a defenceman that can play in all situations and add a different element to our blue line.”

Prior to his two seasons in the AJHL, Gervais suited up for the Nanaimo Clippers, posting 16 points (2G, 14A) in 48 games as a rookie in the 2017-18 season.