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Brodeur signs with Vees

The Penticton Vees hope the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.

The BCHL club has signed 20-year-old goaltender Anthony Brodeur, son of hall of fame shoo-in Martin Brodeur.

The younger Brodeur, a seventh round draft choice of the New Jersey Devils in 2013, has spent the past two seasons with Drummondville and Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior League.

He also won a U-18 national championship with the powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s program.

The opening for Brodeur, who is coming off development camp with the Devils, was made possible when Hunter Miska left the club earlier in the week.

“While we were disappointed by Hunter’s decision to leave us so late in the off-season, I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason,” said Vees president, general manager and head coach Fred Harbinson.

“We received a ton of calls from people around the hockey world, including USHL goalies ready to make the jump to us. We are very excited that Anthony chose to finish his junior career as a Vee.”

“We believe Anthony and returning goaltender Brendan Barry will provide us with a tremendous tandem for the upcoming season,” said Harbinson. “Barry returns after helping the Vees win the Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy as the BCHL’s best goaltending duo, which we have now won three consecutive years.”

Brodeur and the Vees open training camp Aug. 24 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. 


Warriors add offensive pop

The West Kelowna Warriors off-season roster remake continued Wednesday.

The Warriors confirmed they have acquired the rights to 19-year-old forward Paul Lovsin from the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

West Kelowna gave up future considerations in the deal.

Lovsin had 19 goals and 50 points in 51 games for the Saints last season and added another four goals and seven points in 14 playoff games.

In 103 games over two plus seasons with the Saints Lovsin amassed 24 goals and 69 points.

He also helped the club to back-to-back AJHL titles.

The 5'9", 175 pound left winger will join the Warriors when they open training camp Aug. 24.

This is the fifth deal the Warriors have completed since the end of last season bringing in a goaltender, defenceman and three forwards.

Three-team BCHL trade

The West Kelowna Warriors and Vernon Vipers were involved in a three-team, three-player B.C. Hockey League trade.

The Warriors sent overage defenceman Mac Ferner to the Vipers in exchange for 19-year-old blueliner Mitch Meek.

The Warriors then sent Meek to the Prince George Spruce Kings for the "BCHL-CHL listing rights" to 20-year-old forward Luke Harrison.

Harrison, a native of West Kelowna, has spent five seasons in the Western Hockey League with Chilliwack, Victoria and currently the Kamloops Blazers. In 179 games, he has amassed 17 goals and 30 points, including a career best 12 goals and 23 points in 69 games last year.

The Blazers currently have six 20-year-old players on their roster and, per league rules, can only have three once the season begins.

The Warriors took advantage of that in plucking captain Andrew Johnson from the WHL last season.

Meantime, Ferner, who spent two-plus seasons with the Warriors, will be reunited with his father, Vipers head coach Mark Ferner.

In 101 games with the Warriors, Ferner had three goals and 17 assists and 109 minutes in penalties.

Meek had six goals and 16 points in 50 games with the Vipers last season.


Vees coach assists Leafs

The head coach of the Penticton Vees is lending a hand to the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs.

Fred Harbinson is in Toronto this week, where he will serve as a guest coach at the Leafs' development camp.

The camps runs through Sunday in Toronto and Collingwood, Ont. Fifty-seven players are taking part, including the Leafs' entire 2015 draft class.

Leafs director of player development Scott Pellerin is overseeing the camp.

Harbinson will be on the ice over the six-day camp, helping to instruct and coach some of the team’s top prospects.

The Vees’ coach just completed his eighth season behind the bench in Penticton and helped guide the Vees to a Fred Page Cup championship, a Western Canada Cup championship and a semi-final berth at the RBC Cup.

The Vees have won three BCHL championships, an RBC Cup, Doyle Cup and Western Canada Cup under Harbinson's direction.

Penticton will open its main training camp Aug. 24, with the Vees' first pre-season game scheduled for Aug. 26 in West Kelowna.

Season tickets are on sale and available at the Valley First Box Office at the South Okanagan Events Centre or by phone at 250-493-VEES (8337).

Warriors continue to retool

The off-season makeover of the West Kelowna Warriors continued Monday.

The Warriors completed their third deal in 10 days, Monday, snagging 20-year-old forward Garrett Forster from the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for overage forward Brayden Gelsinger.

The Warriors also receive future considerations from the Grizzlies in the deal.

Forster, a native of Delta, has played four seasons in the B.C. Hockey League with four different teams. In Victoria last season, he recorded 17 goals and 45 points in 45 games.

“We are very excited to be adding a player with this experience level and offensive ability,” said head coach and GM Rylan Ferster.

In Gelsinger, the Warriors give up a player who put up 37 points, including 12 goals, in 39 games after he was acquired Nov. 3 from the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Last week, the Warriors added 19-year-old defenceman Tyler Anderson in a deal that saw forward Josh Bly go to the Kindersley Klippers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Prior to that, West Kelowna sent 19-year-old goaltender Scott Patton to Oakville of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in exchange for overage netminder Daniel Mannella.

The Warriors open up training camp at the end of August.

They open the regular season with a home-and-home series with Merritt Sept. 11 at Royal LePage Place and Sept. 12 in Merritt.

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