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Salmon Arm B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are happy to announce the signing of 20-year-old forward Zach Dubinsky, who played NCAA Div. I hockey last season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
Dubinsky, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, recorded 12 points in 22 games for the RPI Engineers last season, who are a member of ECAC hockey. He previously played for the Lincoln Stars in the United States Hockey League for two seasons, tallying 19 points in 72 games.
“We are extremely pleased to add Zach to our roster, who already has experience at the NCAA level,” Silverbacks general manager Brooks Christensen said. “We feel he will be an impact centre for us. He has a strong hockey IQ and he’s a high character kid. We’re looking forward to having him in our lineup.”
In his final season with the Stars in the USHL, Dubinsky was an alternate captain and won the Chad Johnson Award, given to a player that exhibits outstanding leadership and work ethic on and off the ice, takes part in community service, is a mentor to teammates and upholds a professional demeanour at all times.
The 5-foot-8 forward grew up in Deerfield, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago, and played his AAA youth hockey for the Chicago Mission. Zach’s father Steve played 375 games in the NHL over 10 seasons from 1993-2003.
One of Dubinsky’s teammates last season with RPI was former Silverback forward Chase Zieky, who registered 28 goals and 52 points for the Backs during the 2015-16 season.
The Silverbacks would like to welcome Zach to Salmon Arm!