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Silverbacks sign AJHL veteran Rybarik

Former Calgary Mustangs forward Daniel Rybarik has signed with the Silverbacks for the upcoming season, and brings with him an impressive goal-scoring resume. (Photography by Chad Goddard)

Salmon Arm, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are pleased to announce the signing of 20-year-old Daniel Rybarik for the 2019-20 BCHL season.

The much sought-after power forward posted 29 goals and 52 points last year with the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). The Calgary, Alta. product became available when it was determined that the Mustangs would cease operations for the 2019-20 season.

“We are very excited to have Daniel join our organization,” Silverbacks head coach and general manager Scott Atkinson said. “He’s a high character individual who comes from a family background of high performance sport. From a hockey perspective, he’s a proven goal scorer, having recorded back-to-back 25-plus goal seasons in the AJHL.”

“What is extremely impressive is his 25 even-strength goals last year,” Atkinson added. “Daniel fits nicely into our improvement plan, which has five-on-five goal production near the top of the list.”

In 115 career AJHL games, Rybarik recorded 57 goals and 47 assists, for 104 points. His 29 goals last season led the Mustangs and ranked in the top-15 in the league, while his 25 even-strength goals were tied for the fourth-most in the AJHL. The winger also tallied five points in five playoff games.

“I look forward to joining an organization with the history and fan support that the Silverbacks have,” Rybarik said. “After visiting Salmon Arm and meeting with the coaching staff, I was convinced that this was the best place for me to play my 20-year-old year. I feel that the combination of the facilities, staff and teammates the Silverbacks organization has assembled will help me improve my game and give me the best opportunity to continue playing at a high level.”

2019-20 Silverbacks season tickets are now on sale! Call the team office at 250-832-3856 or visit https://www.sasilverbacks.com/season-tickets for more information.