The Salmon Arm Sports Inc group which consists of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL, Steamboat Wranglers RMJHL, Salmon Arm Elite Hockey & Power Skating School & the Maximum Edge Hockey shop have made some changes.
Vernon’s Troy Mick, who is currently the president & GM of the B.C. Hockey League Silverbacks, will now be president-GM business operations Salmon Arm Sports Inc. He will oversee all four-business operations.
Scott Atkinson, the current head coach of the Silverbacks, will now add GM & Director of player personal to his job description. Atkinson will be responsible for all hockey operations pertaining to the players, scouts, transactions and camps.
Mick, 48, began his coaching career as an assistant with the Vernon Vipers in 1995-96, runner-ups in the Royal Bank Cup nationals in Melfort, Sask. He was head coach when Vernon won the 1999 RBC in Yorkton, Sask. He later coached the Tri-City Americans and Kamloops Blazers in the WHL.
A Pittsburgh Penguins draft, Mick compiled 203 goals in four WHL seasons with Portland and Regina (1). He spent three years playing in the ECHL before numerous knee injuries forced his retirement.
Atkinson just joined the Silverbacks from the Edge School for Athletes in Calgary, where he served as head coach for the school’s hockey program since 2009.
With Atkinson behind the bench, the team from the Edge School recorded an impressive .801 winning percentage. Before coaching there, Atkinson had a successful career coaching university hockey at both the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.
Atkinson led the Mount Royal University Cougars to six Alberta College Conference gold medals as well as two silvers and two bronzes. In addition, Mount Royal won the Canadian College Athletic Association title five times under Atkinson’s direction.
Atkinson then coached the University of Calgary Dinos men’s team to seven consecutive Canada West semifinal appearances.