Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Justin Wilson has played his entire hockey career in the province of B.C. up until this point. The BCHL veteran is currently enjoying his third full season in Salmon Arm after playing his minor hockey in Vancouver. Change is on the horizon for Wilson as he is heading to the college-hockey hotbed that is the state of Massachusetts next year as he has committed to the American International College (AIC) Yellow Jackets for the 2019-20 season.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound North Vancouver native is having his most productive season in the BCHL, putting up 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in only 28 games this year after missing most of October and November, surpassing his previous high of 31 points set in the 2016-17 season. Even after missing 17 games, Wilson is still the Silverbacks second-leading scorer. In total, the 20-year-old has totaled 94 points (45 goals, 49 assists) in 129 career regular-season BCHL games.
The AIC campus is located in Springfield, Mass. and the Yellow Jackets play in the Atlantic Hockey conference, competing against Air Force, Army West Point, Bentley, Canisius, Holy Cross, Mercyhurst, Niagara, Robert Morris, Rochester Institute of Technology and Sacred Heart. AIC are currently in first place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with an in-conference record of 12-7-1.
This year’s Yellow Jackets roster features Wenatchee Wild alums Kyle Stephan and Blake Christensen, Surrey Eagles alum Darius Davidson and Victoria Grizzlies alum and team captain Shawn McBride.
Wilson is the only currently BCHL player committed to AIC.