Salmon Arm, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are thrilled to announce that defenceman Akito Hirose has been named team captain for the 2019-20 BCHL season.
Hirose enters his fourth season in Salmon Arm and has already accumulated 72 points in 151 career games thus far. He is the only defenceman in the BCHL this year who is coming off two straight seasons of 30 or more points. In 2017-18, the Calgary, Alta. native recorded 32 points in 55 games and last season he recorded 30 points in 52 games.
"We just think that he is emblematic of what we're about here," Silverbacks head coach and general manager Scott Atkinson said. "He's certainly one of the most skilled players in the league and he's a real leader in our dressing room so I think it makes it a fairly easy decision."
"The guys have immense respect for him in the room and when he speaks, it carries a lot of weight," Atkinson added. "That's how I think he's going to be: leading by example and when he does say something, it's going to be poignant and guys are going to be paying attention."
This will be Hirose's final year of junior hockey, as next season he will head to Minnesota State University of Mankato to play NCAA Div. I hockey.