The Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) today announced they have committed to Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Riley Hayles and Nathan Iannone for the 2016-17 season.
Hayles, 17, has spent the past three seasons with OHA. The Delta, BC product appeared in 24 Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) games with the OHA Elite 15s team during the 2013-14 season, netting 13 points (2-11-13). The blueliner has spent the past two seasons with OHA Prep Red, registering a combined 48 points (7-41-48) in 63 CSSHL games.
Iannone, 17, has also spent the past three seasons with OHA. The Penticton, BC product suited up with the OHA Elite 15s team during the 2013-14 season, registering 12 points (5-7-12) in 24 CSSHL games. He spent the past two seasons with OHA Prep Red, compiling a combined 74 points (39-35-74) in 60 CSSHL games.
The Silverbacks play in the BCHL’s Interior Division. They compiled a 29-20-5-4 record during the 2015-16 season. Notable Silverbacks alumni include Travis Zajac and Andrew Ebbett.
I can confidently say the Okanagan Hockey Academy had an impact on me as a hockey player but more importantly as a person. OHA taught me to bring my best self in all aspects of life including as a student, player and community member. I learned many life skills during my time at OHA that I will take with me much longer than my playing career and that is the greatest gift the staff, coaches, billets and community gave to me. I strongly believe I am a more well-rounded individual because of my time at OHA. I hope any young hockey player with drive, determination and a passion to become a better player and person is able to have the chance to attend somewhere so amazing. For me OHA gave me the best balance of academics, athletics, family and social life. I am extremely grateful for my time at Okanagan Hockey Academy.