Salmon Arm B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have made a pair of trades, sending 20-year-old defenceman Devan Newhook to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Notre Dame Hounds in exchange for Jayce Nikbaht, and then subsequently moving Nikbaht and future considerations to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Winnipeg Blues in exchange for 17-year-old forward Braden Fischer.
Fischer, from Winnipeg, Man., was named to the MJHL All-Rookie team this past season, after tallying 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists) in 58 games. The year prior, he attended the RINK Hockey Academy, playing for their prep program in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, where he produced 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 30 games.
“Acquiring a dynamic player like Braden who competes hard and has a scoring touch and junior experience was something we felt we needed to add to our forward group,” Silverbacks general manager Brooks Christensen said. “It’s never easy trading away a kid like Devan with his character. With our 20-year-old situation, we felt it was best to move Devan to a place where he’d have more responsibility and opportunity.”
Newhook spent two years at Kimball Union Academy before committing to the Silverbacks last season, where he was limited to 31 games due to injury. He recorded five points in those games and provided invaluable leadership all season long.
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks would like to welcome Braden to Salmon Arm and thank Devan for all his hard work and dedication to the organization.