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Salmon Arm Silverbacks: Graduating players and eligible returnees

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks had a fantastic regular season, finishing second in the Interior Conference. The Backs had a disappointing playoff though as Salmon Arm defeated the Wenatchee Wild in seven games and was eliminated by the West Kelowna Warriors in five games.

Salmon Arm has five players committed to NCAA Division I schools, and three players aging out of junior hockey.

Silverbacks general manager Brooks Christensen and head coach Tyler Shattock have seven forwards, four defenders, and one goaltender eligible to come back in 2022-23. Christensen and Shattock also have two 20-year-old defenders returning for next season.

These numbers will likely change as players move to other leagues like the Western Hockey League, US Hockey League, or North American Hockey League. They may drop down to junior B, be sent away in trades, retire, or wind up committing to college before September and don’t return to Salmon Arm.

The depth chart is based on the league going with a 24-player roster next season and coaches going with 14 forwards, eight defenders, and two goaltenders.

Graduating Players

Simon Tassy (Minnesota State University, Mankato)
Noah Serdachny (Colorado College)
Daniel Panetta (Colgate University)
Brandon Santa Juana (University of Connecticut)
Lucas Matta (Western Michigan University)
Owen Say (Mercyhurst University)
Tucker Hartmann (Yale University)
Zack Smith (aged out)
Kieran Ruscheinski (aged out)
Michael Ladyman (aged out)

Eligible Returnees (* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 14 forwards and eight defenders)

Mathieu Cobetto-Roy (03)
Mathieu Bourgault (03)
Ethan Ullrick (03)
Aidan Lindblad (04)
Nathan Morin (04)
Nathan Mackie (04)
Owen Beckner (05)

William Lavigne (02)
Jake Lammens (02)
Lynden Hanvold (04)
Owen Desilets (04)

Liam Vanderkooi (03)