Schultz shares cup stage

Former West Kelowna Warriors and West Kelowna native Justin Schultz has accomplished what not many have been able to.

Get his name on the Stanley Cup two years in a row.

Schultz and the Pittsburgh Penguins did just that Sunday night, clinching back-to-back titles with a 2-0 win over another former Warrior, Colton Sissons and the Nashville Predators.

The Penguins become the first team since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings to hoist Lord Stanley in back-to-back seasons and are the first team in the salary cap era to do so.

Schultz played a prominent role, scoring what proved to be the game winner in game five's 6-0 win, and drawing the primary assist on Sunday's cup-clinching goal, scored with less than two minutes left in regulation time.

Schultz played parts of three seasons in West Kelowna from 2006 to 2009 before heading off to the University of Wisconsin for a successful three seasons with the Badgers. Schultz scored 25 goals and 91 points in 107 career regular season games with the Warriors, including 4 goals and 11 points in 17 playoff games.

Schultz and his mom, Kim, were interviewed by Hockey Night in Canada’s David Amber after the Penguins Game #6 Stanley Cup victory

The entire Warriors organization would like to congratulate Justin on back-to-back Stanley Cup victories. It is unknown for now if Schultz will be making another tour with Lord Stanley as he did last season.

2017-18 Warriors season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Warriors office or by calling Kim or Alex at (250) 769-7051.

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Vees find their voice

The Penticton Vees are announcing the hiring of Craig Beauchemin as the new voice of the team.

Beauchemin comes to Penticton with two years of play-by-play experience with the Powell River Kings and Battlefords North Stars.

“I’m incredibly excited to be given this opportunity with an organization like the Vees,” Beauchemin said. “The history, professionalism and culture of this team make it a very attractive place to be. I’ve seen first hand how Vees fans support this team and I can’t wait for the season to get underway and to be a part of it.”

Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson is happy to bring Beauchemin into the fold.

“Craig is enthusiastic and brings great energy to his broadcasts. I think our fans will really enjoy his call and we’re excited for the next chapter of Vees hockey on EZ Rock.”

The team’s previous director of broadcasting, Fraser Rodgers announced this week he was hanging up his headset after six seasons.

Vees lose their voice

The Penticton Vees Jr. A Hockey Club is losing its voice.

After six years in Penticton, calling 474 games, broadcaster Fraser Rodgers is hanging up his headset and stepping down as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the Vees’ ownership group and Fred Harbinson for giving me the opportunity to work for such a prestigious organization for the last six years. I also want to thank the incredibly passionate and loyal fan base for their tremendous support; it was an incredible experience and one I will cherish forever,” said Rodgers in a news release.

A statement posted to Twitter by Rodgers said he is starting the “next chapter” of his life, but it's not clear if he is leaving broadcasting all together. He did not immediately respond to request for comment.

“Fraser has been a huge part of our fans experience over the past six years.  His voice has connected our fans & families from all over North America and he will be greatly missed.  We wish Fraser the best of luck,” said President, General Manager & Head Coach Fred Harbinson.

The Vees say they expect to announce a replacement in the coming days.


Warriors acquire scorer

The West Kelowna Warriors hope a change of scenery is just what Matt Kowalski needs to rediscover his scoring touch.

The Warriors acquired Kowalski, 18, from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday, in exchange for 20-year-old forward Logan Mostat.

Kowalski spent two seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers. In 56 games, he had nine goals and 16 points.

Prior to joining the Clippers, Kowalski had 17 goals and 42 points in just 23 games with the BC Major Midget League Okanagan Rockets.

“Acquiring Matt, we hope to play him in a role that will allow him to be an offensive player. He has proven in the past to be a scorer and we are hopeful he can find that touch in West Kelowna," said Warriors head coach and GM Rylan Ferster.

Mostat was acquired in early December from the Surrey Eagles.

Over the course of the season, he put up 18 goals and 42 points.

Kowalski and the rest of the Warriors will hit the ice in late August for main camp. Season tickets for the upcoming 2017-2018 season are now available at the Warriors office or by calling Kim at (250) 769-7051.

Vees' name new captains

The Penticton Vees have announced Grant Cruikshank and Owen Sillinger as co-captains for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

The Vees’ made the announcement Tuesday evening at a media conference, also attended by fans. Sillinger will wear the ‘C’ for all home games and Cruikshank for every road game.

“When you look at Vees’ Captains in my time here they all have the same characteristics and Owen and Grant are cut from that mold. They’re natural leaders and will work well together,” said President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson.

Sillinger, 19, is returning for his third season with the Vees and served as alternate captain last season. Cruikshank just completed a very successful rookie season, where he led the Vees with 32 goals in 57 regular season games, and finished second in team scoring behind Jones with 53 points.

The Vees also announced several new recruits, including goaltender Adam Scheel and defensemen Garrett Ewert, Ryan O’Connell and Luke Reid.

The team has launched their 2017-18 season ticket program, capping this year’s new memberships at 300. A 12-month interest free payment plan is being offered, at just $28, $30 or $32 per month.

Fans still have the option to pay in full and those packages start at $189.

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