The Salmon Arm SilverBacks Junior “A” Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Matt Walters is heading to the University of Toronto this fall.
The twenty-year-old defenseman played three years in Salmon Arm and was the team captain in his final season. This September he will be suiting up for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Men’s Hockey Program.
During his three seasons, the 6′ 1″, 195 lbs Walters tallied 12 goals, 41 assists for 53 points along with 252 penalty minutes in 163 regular season games. In 30 playoff games, Matt added 3 points and 46 penalty minutes.
The Winnipeg native had several university options but in the end felt the University of Toronto was the best fit for him.
“Matt is a heart and soul player that brings it every night,” commented General Manager Rylan Ferster. “He was a great captain and equally as good in the community. Many nights he would play against other top lines which is not an easy task. Matt is really big on education and took his time finding the right fit for his scholastic future.”
“You don’t often get players that commit to your organization for three years,” said team owner Randy Williams. “And you don’t often get such a classy young man like Matt Walters. He was a great part of our roster, represented us well and I wish him nothing but the best at the University of Toronto.”
With Matt’s appointment, 12 players from this past season are moving onto post-secondary education this fall, the most-ever from a single SilverBacks season. In eight seasons, the SilverBack Hockey Club have sent a grand total of 70 players onto post-secondary education.
The entire SilverBack organization would like to congratulate Matt and his family on this accomplishment.