SilverBacks acquire forward Roberts from Smoke Eaters

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December 2, 2013, Salmon Arm (ISN) – The Salmon Arm SilverBacks made two roster adjustments ahead of the December 1st CJHL carding deadline, acquiring Forward Michael Roberts from the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for Future Considerations.

The team also re-assigned Forward Riley Hunt to a yet-to-be determined KIJHL franchise where he will AP with the ‘Backs with the remainder of the season.

Roberts is an 18 year old from Vernon, who spent 53 games with the Vernon Vipers last season, posting 10 points and 4 goals, before a trade that sent him to the Surrey Eagles, where he began this season, before a subsequent trade to the Smoke Eaters that eventually lead to his arrival in Salmon Arm.

‘Backs GM Troy Mick says Roberts has shown that he can be an effective Forward in the BCHL, and that his numbers in the KIJHL show that there’s room for growth “I watched as he posted 49 points a few years ago with Revelstoke in the KIJHL, and I had previously coached him at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, and after another year of watching him play in Vernon, we decided he could be a productive player on our roster as we push towards the Playoffs.”

Mick says Roberts first game as a SilverBack, on Saturday, was a good start “I felt he was one of the better players on the ice that Evening, it’s good to see him gel with our group so quickly and we’re really looking forward to seeing how he builds chemistry with some of our other Forwards.”

As for Riley Hunt, Mick says he hopes the opportunity for added ice-time in the KIJHL will benefit his game “Riley has come back from major surgery and he needs more ice to get his game back to where it should be. There is no question he will be able to do this, but he needs time special teams minutes which he was not getting here at the moment.”

The SilverBacks would like to welcome Michael, and his family to the organization, while wishing all the best to Riley Hunt with this change.

For more information pertaining to this press release please contact Troy Mick at the SilverBacks Hockey Operations office at 250-832-3856, Ext 106.

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