Knights Matchim signs with Grizzlys

Knights defence man Ethan Matchim (4) spent two seasons in the KIJHL. Next season he will join the Olds Grizzlys of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.


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North Okanagan Knights defenceman Ethan Matchim is headed to the Alberta Junior Hockey League to play for the Olds Grizzlys this fall.


Matchim will play for head coach/GM Scott Atkinson, who he met as an affiliate player with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks when Atkinson was the head coach/GM there.


“I am incredibly grateful to Scott Atkinson and the Olds Grizzlys Hockey Club for this amazing opportunity,” says Matchim.


Matchim, a Calgary native, only dressed in 18 games this season after dealing with a major injury. He worked hard on his rehab to be ready and was able to make an impact immediately. He put up a goal and eight points after collecting 10 points in 45 games as a rookie the previous season. Matchim also added two goals in five playoff games.


“I was able to develop as a young player which allowed me to better my game so I could have a chance to play at the next level,” says Matchim, who enjoyed playing in the KIJHL. “My time was good with the North Okanagan Knights. I will always appreciate my teammates and all the friendships that I made.”


The Grizzlys have won three AJHL championships since joining the league in 1981. Their three championships came in ‘92, ‘93 and ‘94.