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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.

Warriors land tough D-man

The West Kelowna Warriors have beefed up their back end.

The Warriors announced Wednesday the acquisition of 19-year-old defenceman Tyler Anderson in a two player deal with the Kindersley Klippers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

The Warriors gave up 19-year-old forward Josh Bly in the deal.

Anderson, who hails from Niverville, Manitoba, had three goals and eight assists in 48 games this past season. The 6’4, 200 pound rearguard also picked up 95 penalty minutes.

“We’re adding a quality defenseman with Tyler,” said head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster.

“He is a big body who will play some quality minutes for our team.”

Bly will be returning to Saskatchewan where he lit up the midget league in 2013-2014. He registered 65 points in 41 games that season, while putting up 40 points the year prior.

The Klippers are also familiar with Bly, as he played one game as an affiliate three seasons ago.

“We would like to thank Josh for his time with the hockey club, and wish him the best of luck in the SJHL,” added Ferster.

Bly finished with 9 goals and 7 assists for the Warriors last season.

Anderson will be in town when the Warriors open up training camp at the end of August.

Warriors acquire goalie

The West Kelowna Warriors have gotten older between the pipes.

On Friday The Warriors announced the acquisition of goaltender Daniel Mannella (95) from the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in exchange for goaltender Scott Patton (96).

Mannella, who played the last three seasons in the OJHL, finished this past season with a 17-14-1 record, posting a 2.08 GAA and a .927 save percentage.

He finished second in the league in goals against average and save percentage.

In 122 games with the Blades Mannella was 53-53-1 with a 2.82 GAA.

"I'm excited to be joining a quality organization like West Kelowna. I feel that I'm ready to take the next step and play at the highest junior level possible." Mannella said recently.

"I've also heard lots of positive remarks about living in Kelowna and look forward to joining the community and helping the team win hockey games."

Patton was set to enter his second season with the Warriors. As a rookie he appeared in 20 games last season posting a 10-2-0-5 record with a 3.65 goals against average.

Injuries hampered him for much of the second half of the season and parts of the playoffs.

"We would like to thank Scott Patton for his time with the Warriors," said head coach/GM Rylan Ferster.

"He is a great kid and stepped up throughout the season with great efforts between the pipes. He always gave us a chance to win and we wish him the best of luck."

Meantime, the Warriors have also made a change behind the bench.

Shea Naka has rejoined the club. He will serve as assistant coach replace Brent Gough who is moving on to a position with the Arizona Bobcats AAA program.

Gough spent five seasons as assistant coach/assistant general manager with the Warriors.

"Brent is one of the hardest working guys in the BCHL,” said Ferster.

“I’ve always maintained that he could be a great head coach in this league, and I know he will do great things in Arizona.”

Gough will remain a member of the Warriors organization as the assistant GM and director of player personnel.

Naka was an assistant coach with the Warriors two seasons ago before moving on to the Pursuit of Excellence program last season.

“Shae is so good when it comes to video,” said Ferster.

"We have done a lot of video analysis work with our players in the past, and that will continue to be a strong component of what we do. He is also an excellent teacher of the game, and I look forward to working with him again.”

West Kelowna will open training camp Aug. 24.

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