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Silverbacks Sign N.J. Forward Garozzo

Domenic Garozzo (centre) broke a single-season goal scoring record at Gloucester Catholic High School previously held by Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau (RYAN LAWRENCE/SOUTH JERSEY WEEKLY)

Salmon Arm, B.C. — The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are pleased to announce the signing of 2000-born forward Domenic Garozzo for the 2019-20 BCHL season.

The dynamic forward exploded for 31 goals in just 17 games this past season while leading the Gloucester Catholic High School Rams to a non-public state semifinal appearance in New Jersey. Garozzo, who wore the ‘C’ for the Rams, added nine assists for a total of 40 points in his final year of high school hockey. His 31 goals in 2018-19 broke a single-season school record previously held by NHL all-star Johnny Gaudreau, who scored 30 for the Rams in 2009.

“Dom possesses a very impressive offensive skill set, excellent offensive instincts and has speed to burn,” Silverbacks head coach and general manager Scott Atkinson said. “The recruitment process also revealed a person and family of high integrity and character.  We feel Dom will make an immediate impact on the ice and in the community.  Everyone in our organization is extremely excited about this signing.”

The 18-year-old forward also tallied 18 goals and 13 assists in 16 games playing for Virtua Hockey’s U-18 program in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) during the 2018-19 season. His 31 points ranked sixth among all U-18 AYHL players, while his 18 goals were tied for the third-most.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the Silverbacks family,” Garozzo said. “It’s an honour to play in the BCHL. As an American player, the BCHL is one of the best junior hockey leagues you can play in.”

The Sewell, N.J. native committed to St. Lawrence University this past January, who compete in the ECAC Hockey conference of the NCAA.

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.