Backs acquire Import defenseman, and begin home-and-home with Vees.

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After trading away 19-year-old defenseman Andy Chugg of Mesa, Arizona earlier in the week, the Silverbacks have announced the acquisition of 18-year-old defenseman Damion Chrcek of Marysville, Michigan.

Chrcek comes to Salmon Arm this season from the USHL, after two seasons of U18 with HoneyBaked where he captained his team in his final season.

Head Coach Brandon West explains the acquisition.

Chrcek, along with Josh Blanchard will debut tonight in Penticton as the Silverbacks begin a home-and-home set with the Vees on the road at 7p.m. The Silverbacks are coming in off of a 4-2 road win in Trail on Saturday night, September 27th. The Vees will be playing their first home game of the regular season and are coming off of a 5-0 shutout loss to the Centennials in Merritt last Saturday night.

The Vees finished first in the Interior Division last season (36-16-2-4), 19 points ahead of the fifth place Silverbacks. Penticton had a 19-7-0-3 record at the South Okanagan Events Centre last season while the Silverbacks are 3-0 on the road to begin this season. The Vees have 10 returnees with Hunter Miska back between the pipes but their top four leading scorers from 2013-14 have moved on. Rookies Tyson Jost and Mitch Newsome are leading the way for Penticton with seven points each in their first four games.

The Silverbacks won the 2013-14 season series 5-1-0-1, outscoring the Vees 22-14. The Backs won the first five games and had a record of 2-1-0-1 in Penticton with all four of the games decided by one goal, including two in OT.

This is the Vees sixth home opener at the SOEC and they have won their previous five including last year’s 4-1 win over Merritt. The Silverbacks will host Penticton tomorrow (Saturday October 4) at 7p.m. at the Shaw Centre.

All Silverbacks regular season and playoff games are webcast via http://www.fasthockey.com as well as audio only http://mixlr.com/sasilverbacks/ Also, all Silverbacks road games are broadcast on CKVS-FM 93.7 http://www.voiceoftheshuswap Tonight’s broadcast begin’s with the Pre-game show at 6:45p.m., the opening Face-off is set for 7p.m.

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