Former Salmon Arm Silverbacks defenseman Josh Manson was traded in the National Hockey League from the Anaheim Ducks to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.
Manson, 30, posted four goals and nine points in 45 games for the Ducks this season, his eighth in Southern California and third as an alternate captain for Anaheim.
The native of Hinsdale, IL spent two seasons in the BC Hockey League with Salmon Arm. He had a combined 22 goals and 71 points in 111 games for the Silverbacks in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
He was selected by the Ducks in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft and has played more NHL games than any other player with BCHL experience chosen that year.
In 453 career NHL games in Anaheim, Manson has put up 26 goals and 113 points. He is a pending unrestricted free agent earning a salary of 4.1 million dollars this season.
Manson becomes the fourth BCHL alumni on the Avalanche roster, joining defenseman Devon Toews (17 goals, 59 assists in 102 games with Surrey from 2011-13) along with forwards Tyson Jost (65 goals, 84 assists in 97 games with Penticton from 2014-16) and Alex Newhook (60 goals, 108 assists in 98 games with Victoria from 2017-19).
Heading to Anaheim in the deal that sends Manson to the Avs is defenseman Drew Helleson and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.