Late Thursday night, the Summerland Steam announced the acquisition of ’98 born Forward Josh Pilon from the Revelstoke Grizzlies. Pilon, a native of Revelstoke, has 2 goals and 2 assists in 11 games for the Grizzlies this season. In 2014/15 he posted 14G and 16A for 30 points in 49 games as a 16-year-old for his hometown Grizzlies while playing in their top 6 and on the powerplay.
In exchange for the playing rights to the 17 year old Pilon, the Summerland Steam send the playing rights of ’97 F Cole Woodliffe (Currently with the Weyburn Red Wings of the SJHL), the playing rights of ’96 F Tyson Klingspohn (Currently with the Springfield Falcons of the WSHL), and Future Considerations to the Grizzlies to complete the trade.
For a 17 year old, Pilon is built like a grown man and is a lot to handle for opposing defensemen, standing 6’1″ and weighing in at 190 lbs. Built like a power forward, he could see time on the top line with the likes of Paulsen Lautard and Jack Mills. It is also very likely that the new addition lengthens the Summerland lineup even more, and gives them four very useful and very dangerous lines to use.
Pilon is best described as a power forward, from what I’ve heard from around the league. He’s a player that isn’t afraid to get into the corners and dig, and isn’t afraid to get to the front of the net, which is something Summerland sorely needs.
It remains unknown whether or not Pilon will be ready to play Friday night when the Steam take on the Kelowna Chiefs at 7:30. Make sure to get in the door early with your food donations for the Summerland Food Bank, as IGA Summerland is giving away 100 FREE tickets to the first 100 people who come to the door with a small food donation!