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Silverback off to NHL camp

Former Salmon Arm Silverback Landon Smith has landed an NHL tryout.

Smith, who graduated from the Silverbacks following this past season, has been invited to attend the Colorado Avalanche development camp in early July.

Smith, who is from Denver, was the BCHL's MVP and leading scorer this past season with 43 goals and 40 assists 

He spent one season with the Silverbacks and is joining NCAA Div. I. Quinnipiac University for the 2014/15 season.
 
"This is a proud day for Landon, his family and the Silverbacks," said Associate Head Coach Brandon West.

"Landon was a special player here in Salmon Arm and we are happy for him to get this opportunity. We have no doubt that he will have success at the next level due to his work ethic and passion for the game."

Smith is the fifth BCHLer to confirm attendance at an NHL development camp along with Brad McClure (Pittsburgh), Ryan Rosenthal (New Jersey), Luke Sandler (Detroit) and Reid Sturos (Winnipeg).



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Ex-Warrior off to school

Another member of the 2013-2014 West Kelowna Warriors has secured a scholarship for next season.

Assistant captain Tyson Dallman has committed to Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. 

Dallman will begin playing for the Brock Badgers, and begin his studies, at the start of the 2014-15 season.

“One of their scouts talked to me near the end of this season,” says Dallman. 

“Then their head coach Murray Nystrom met me at home in Prince Albert after the season. I did have other options, and took some time, but I felt in the end Brock was the best for me.”

Dallman played just one season for the Warriors after playing two years with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL.

He tallied 22 goals, and 20 assists in 53 games for the Warriors, and added 2 assists in 6 playoff games.

Dallman said he’ll play the same role he had here with the Warriors. 

“I’ll be used as a top-six utility forward who can play in all situations, and do whatever is asked of me.

I’m definitely excited to get out there, and start the semester and hockey season. I’ve heard it’s a beautiful part of the country, so I’m eager to get out there and see it for myself.”

Dallman is the eighth Warriors player off the 2013-14 roster to secure a scholarship for the 2014-15 season. 

More than 50 Warriors players have advanced to further education through hockey.

The entire Warriors organization wants to congratulate Tyson for all his efforts on and off the ice, and wish him nothing but success in the future.



Vees, City reach new deal

The City of Penticton and Penticton Vees have reached an agreement for the BC Hockey League team to continue operations in the South Okanagan Events Centre.

“The City of Penticton is a proud supporter of its junior hockey club. This is good news for hockey fans and the community at large, because reaching an agreement with the Vees means economic activity generated during home games will continue to benefit local businesses,” said Penticton Mayor Garry Litke.

An economic impact study of the South Okanagan Events Centre found that, while the majority of Vees fans primarily come from Penticton, home games see a significant number of attendees spending money at local businesses.

Each season generates more than $2.7 million in economic activity in the South Okanagan region.

“As an anchor tenant for the SOEC, the Penticton Vees bring a lot of energy and activity into the building, and we are happy that will continue for years to come,” said Dean Clarke, General Manager of the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The Penticton Vees have called the SOEC home since the facility opened in 2008. The agreement is a revenue-sharing partnership between both parties covering four years.

“This is an excellent partnership that will go a long way to building on the momentum our team has seen and keeping tickets affordable for our fans. With an agreement in place, we are now excited about the season ahead,” said Fred Harbinson, President, General Manager and Head Coach of the Penticton Vees.

The 2014-2015 season begins in September. Season’s tickets are available at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC.
 



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Selfie could earn RBC tickets

As a record number of passengers fly through YLW, they might be a little surprised to see a very large decal of a hockey player holding a Champion cup on the Arrivals floor.

It’s not something you see every day at the airport, but it’s there because Kelowna International Airport – YLW is a proud sponsor of the 2014 RBC Cup being held in Vernon next month, May 10 – 18.

For a chance to win a full-event ticket package, which includes all 10 preliminary round games, two semifinals and the championship game, valued at $239, YLW is inviting you to take a photo of yourself with the RBC Cup floor decal located on the airport’s Arrivals floor, post on Instagram naming the Kelowna International Airport as the location and use the hash-tag #YLWRBCCup. 

Photos must be posted before 10 p.m. May 6 and the winner’s photo will be randomly drawn on May 7th. 

Just popping in to take the #YLWRCBCup #selfie?

Parking is free for the first 15 minutes when parking in the short-term lot at YLW.



Vees captain off to pro camp

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce graduating forward and Captain Brad McClure (93), has been invited to the Pittsburgh Penguins Prospect Development Camp.

McClure, 20, just completed his two-year Vees career and led the team in scoring in both the 2013-2014 regular season and playoffs.

The Stratford, Ontario native finished fourth in the BCHL with 80 points in 58 regular season games and second in goals with 41.

In the playoffs, “Captain Clutch” led the Vees to a first round sweep of the Merritt Centennials, where he had six goals and nine points in four games.

In the Interior Division Final against the Vernon Vipers, McClure led the Vees with four goals and 12 points in seven games.

At the time of the Vees exit of the BCHL post-season, McClure still sits first in playoff scoring with 10 goals and 21 points in 11 games.

In his two-year BCHL career, McClure played in 137 games, racking up 85 goals and 159 points.

McClure was named to the BCHL All-Rookie team in 2012-2013 and this past season was named a BCHL First Team All-Star. The right-winger is committed to Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks next fall.

The Penguins annual Prospect Development Camp is slated for July at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



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