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Silverbacks land two young prospects

SALMON ARM, BC- The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are excited to announce the commitments of forward, Nick Wellenreiter (’06) and defenceman, Aidan Souligny (’06) for the 2023-24 season.

Wellenreiter, 17, joins the Silverbacks after playing his past season for the Bishop Kearney Selects in the 16U AAA league. The Dundas, Ontario product had a strong season producing 40 goals, 52 assists, and a total of 92 points in 59 games throughout the regular season.

General Manager (GM) Brooks Christensen said, “We’re excited to add Nick to our forward lineup. Coming off a strong season, we were impressed with his play at 16U Nationals in San Jose and believe he can translate to be a factor for us next season.”

On the Bishop Kearney Selects team, Wellenreiter finished second in assists and goals, and first in total points throughout the 2022-23 regular season. The 5’11 forward is committed to Maine University and can’t wait to get started with the Silverbacks.

“I am super excited to join the Silverbacks organization, I have heard many good things about the community and fan base,” said Wellenreiter. “I think it will be a challenge to make the jump to junior, but I’m ready to do that and looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get up to Salmon Arm and get started.”

Souligny, 17, comes to the Silverbacks from the New Jersey Rockets in the 16U AAA league after starting his season with the Navan Grads in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). The 6’3 defenceman had a total of 15 points, 4 goals, and 11 assists in 27 games with the New Jersey Rockets. GM Brooks Christensen said, “We believe with Aidan’s size and speed he will bring another element to our backend to help form the defensive core we envision. He’s a high-character kid and excited to see him develop working with our coaching staff.”

The Navan, Ontario-born player is committed to Boston University and is thrilled to be joining the Silverbacks organization.

“I’m honoured and excited to be joining the Silverbacks family this upcoming season,” said Souligny. “I’ve heard nothing but positive things about this organization, the community, and the people of Salmon Arm. I’m grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to playing on a deep and talented team in the hopes of bringing a championship to SA.”

The Silverbacks would like to welcome Nick Wellenreiter, Aidan Souligny, and their families to the Silverbacks organization and Salmon Arm, BC.