The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are proud to announce that 2003 born forward Ethan Ullrick has committed to play Division I hockey for the Air Force Falcons. Ullrick, a Lakewood, IL product, is in his first season in a Silverbacks uniform. So far this season, he has registered nine points in 27 games. Five goals and four assists. He scored his first BCHL goal at the Showcase on October 21st in a 4-1 win over the Nanaimo Clippers.
Ullrick talked about committing to play Division I hockey, his experience visiting Air Force last week and why it is such a great fit for him moving forward.
Committing to play Division I hockey has been a dream of mine since childhood, so I couldn’t be more excited to have it finally come true”, said Ullrick. “My visit to the academy was an incredible experience. I learned so much and got to see so many cool things. It was a no-brainer for me to commit after going on the visit”, said Ullrick. “The Air Force is such a good fit for me because the main things I was looking for in my college search were a great education and a coaching staff that believed in me. And that’s what I’ve found with Air Force. The education is one of the best in the entire country, and the coaching staff there really believes that I will be a big part of their team in the future,” added Ullrick.
Head Coach Tyler Shattock commented on the news.
“The Silverbacks organization is very happy for Ethan,” said Head Coach Tyler Shattock. “Ricky is a high character kid, a great teammate, and has come in and done everything the right way, and we are happy for him and his family that he has committed to play Division I hockey at Airforce,” added Shattock.
Ullrick plays a vital role on the penalty kill this season for the Backs, which sits 2nd in the BCHL. He spoke about how Salmon Arm is helping him develop for the next step.
“Salmon Arm has helped my development tremendously,” said Ullrick. “Obviously, a lot of that is due to the coaches we have here, but I owe a bunch of credit to my teammates as well. The guys here are always looking to learn from each other, and when you have a team like ours that’s full of great players, it’s very easy to improve,” explained Ullrick.
Ullrick’s commitment brings to total up to 12 players committed to play hockey at the Division I level.