West Kelowna deal for WHL defenceman

Warriors acquire veteran D

The West Kelowna Warriors have acquired the rights to Kelowna resident Aiden Reeves.

The defenceman, who will be entering his final year of junior eligibility, was acquired from the Prince George Spruce Kings for future considerations.

The Spruce Kings held Reeves' BCHL junior A rights despite the fact he played the better part of the last three seasons with the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars.

In 62 games with the Cougars, the 6'3", 190 pound Reeves had three assists and 13 penalty minutes.

“Aiden adds veteran experience to our group” said head coach and GM Simon Ferguson.

“He’s a tenacious player that can shut down the rush, skate and distribute the puck. He also has the ability to find offence in the attacking zone . We’re excited to add Aiden to our lineup."

Ferguson is familiar with Reeves after coaching him during his time with the Okanagan Rockets in 2018-2019.

West Kelowna Warriors get commitments from two players from US camp

Warriors add 2 from camp

The West Kelowna Warriors didn't come away empty handed from their recent US development camp.

The Warriors announced Tuesday they have received commitments from two players who were prominent during the camp in Boston.

Nineteen-year-old defenceman Bobby May and 16-year-old forward Matthew Lee will both don Warrior colours in the fall.

May had three goals and 23 points with USHS-Prep Kimball Union Academy last season.

“Bobby was one of the top defenders on his team this season at KUA. He’s a player who keeps the game simple and will frustrate the opposing teams forwards," said Warriors head coach Simon Ferguson.

For his part, the 5'11", 181 pound May describes himself as a shutdown, puck moving defenceman who likes to jump into the rush.

Lee meantime was an offensive force with Bishop Kearney's U16 selects. Over 82 games, Lee scored 60 times and added 56 assists for 116 points and just four penalty minutes.

"Matt plays the games with a high level of IQ and compete, but also has the ability to put the puck in the net," said Ferguson.

The two join other high-level recruits expected to suit up next season, including defenceman Nolan Joyce, and forwards Ben MacDonald, Jaiden Moriello, Kailus Green & Felix Caron.

The Warriors will hold another US development camp next month in Anaheim.

Penticton Vees add a new forward and defenceman to their lineup for next season

Vees roster adds new talent

The Penticton Vees Hockey Club has acquired two players in a pair of moves, the team announced Friday.

Next season forward Dovar Tinling (‘03) and defenceman Ben Brunette (‘02) will join the BCHL team on the ice.

Tinling comes from the Hawkesbury Hawks in the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), in exchange for future considerations.

In a separate transaction, Penticton picked up Brunette from the Powell River Kings, for forward Liam Tanner (‘03) and future considerations. Tanner’s rights were acquired from the Chilliwack Chiefs to complete the Anthony Allepot (‘01) trade from January 3rd.

Tinling split his time last season between the University of Vermont and the Des Moines Buccaneers in the United States Hockey League (USHL).

In 39 games with Des Moines, Tinling posted 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points. He is eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft and will be attending Philadelphia Flyers' Development Camp later this summer.

“Dovar is an elite offensive talent that will be a big addition to our forward group. He’s a smart player and we feel he will play an important role in our lineup,” Vees’ President, General Manager & Head Coach Fred Harbinson said in the press release.

Brunette, who turns 20 in August, played last season with the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL but was limited to just 15 games due to injury.

He is no stranger to the BCHL, as he played the 2020-21 season with Powell River. In 20 games with the Kings, the North Bay, ON native posted four goals and six assists for 10 points. Brunette is committed to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

“Ben is a good, two-way defender that has a lot of potential now that he is fully healthy. We feel he will bolster our depth on the blueline for the upcoming season,” Harbinson said.

The Vees organization said they are excited to welcome Dovar and Ben to Penticton and the South Okanagan.

Penticton Vees name team captain for upcoming BCHL season

New captain for the Vees

The Penticton Vees Hockey Club announced a seasoned defenseman as their team captain for the upcoming BCHL season.

Frank Djurasevic, 20, will enter his third season with the team, playing in 73 career regular-season games through his two seasons with the Vees.

He has amassed nine goals and 30 assists for 39 points over his tenure.

The New Rochelle, New York native wore an ‘A’ as the team’s assistant captain throughout the 2021/22 campaign and took on a majority of the captain’s roles once team captain Fin Williams went down with a season-ending injury on Jan. 1.

Djurasevic will be playing collegiate hockey with Merrimack College following his junior hockey future.

“Frank did an outstanding job taking over for Fin at Christmas this past season,” President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson said in a press release.

“He proved to everyone that he has all the leadership qualities you want in a great captain. I look forward to having Frank back as our captain as we attempt to defend the Fred Page Cup.”

“Having the opportunity to put on the Vees jersey for the past two years has been a dream come true and something I never take for granted,” Djurasevic said.

“I am extremely honoured to be named captain of such a prestigious and historic program in junior hockey. I look forward to all the challenges of leading this organization this upcoming season in our goal to become back-to-back champions.”

Djurasevic is the 56 player to don a ‘C’ on his jersey for the Vees in their history, taking over from two-year captain Fin Williams.

2012 National Champion Penticton Vees featured in upcoming BC hockey Hall of Fame induction class

Vees make BCHL history

The BC Hockey Hall of Fame will hold its first induction ceremony since 2019, bringing back the ceremony after the pandemic with a celebration for a local honouree.

The 2012 National Champion Penticton Vees will be recognized on Friday, July 22 at the South Okanagan Events Centre for their season which became one for the history books.

The team managed to break numerous records en route to a 54-4-0-2 regular season before dropping just three games in the playoffs. The Vees won 42 consecutive games, a Canadian Junior Hockey League record, as well as setting the record for most wins (54), points (110) and highest winning percentage (.917) in BCHL history.

Penticton was crowned 2012 RBC Cup Champions that season.

Many of the players on the roster of the 2012 club went on to play pro hockey while forward Steven Fogarty and defensemen Troy Stetcher and Mike Reilly have all played games in the National Hockey League.

“Every championship team has a unique story behind it,” President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson said in a press release. “The 2012 team created so many story lines while breaking many of Junior hockey’s records along the away. It will be great for the fans of Penticton to have a chance to see that group of players come back for what should be an outstanding weekend.”

Ten years after winning the National Championship in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, the 2012 Vees will be placed amongst hockey’s best in the province of BC and joined by former NHL Official Jay Sharrers, former NHL defenseman Eric Brewer, former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund, Junior hockey builder, the late Ray Stonehouse and 2002 Memorial Cup champion Kootenay Ice.

The event has tickets available for purchase at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC as well as online at valleyfirsttix.com priced at $75.

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