Former Vee returns to team

Former Penticton Vees captain Patrick Sexton is returning to the team as an assistant coach.

He fills the shoes of departing Jason Becker, who has accepted a position as head coach of the midget prep team at St. George’s School in Vancouver. Becker spent three seasons on the Vees bench, primarily responsible for defence and penalty kill.

“Jason has been a great asset to our program and myself these last three seasons,” said Vees head coach, general manager and president Fred Harbinson. “Our mandate is to provide opportunities not only for our players, but also for our staff to enhance their careers. This move gives Jason an opportunity to run his own program and we wish him the best of luck in doing so.”

Sexton recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he attended after five season of junior hockey.

In two seasons with the Vees, Sexton scored four goals and 17 assists in 103 career games from the blue line. He was the captain of the 2014-15 Vees championship team and is perhaps best known for his game-winning goal in game seven against the Vernon Vipers.

“Patrick was the quintessential Vee when he wore our jersey and I’m confident he will bring that same attitude and passion to our coaching staff,” Harbinson said. “I felt it was important at this time to bring an alum onto our staff, and an alum that understands what it takes on a day-to-day basis to win in our league. Paddy will be well respected by our players, as he accomplished what they set out to do in our program.”

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