Vees acquire D-man in 3 team swap

The Penticton Vees have acquired veteran defenceman Sean Flanigan in a three team trade involving the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Powell River Kings.

Penticton sent 18-year-old defenceman Noah Henry to Powell River for the rights to 19-year-old forward Steven Iacobellis.

They then packaged Iacobellis and 18-year-old forward Alex Jewell to Salmon Arm for the 20-year-old Flanagan.

Vees head coach and general manager, Fred Harbinson says Flanagan fills a void on the back end.

“In the last couple of weeks it came apparent we needed to add a veteran to our back-end. Flanagan, with his experience, is the player we feel satisfies our need. In saying that, we had to give up two young and talented players which is never easy to do," says Harbinson.

Flanagan, in his second season with the Silverbacks has three goals and eight points in 20 games.

He has amassed 11 goals and 39 points in two seasons with the Silverbacks.

Prior to joining the Silverbacks, Flanagan played two seasons for his hometown Kindersley Klippers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, compiling 42 points in 108 games.

Flanagan was also a member Team Canada West at the 2010 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Penticton, appearing in all five games for Team Canada West, which finished fourth.

Noah Henry was in his first season with the Vees, appearing in 20 games and collecting four assists along the way. Prior to Penticton, Henry spent the past two seasons at the prestigious Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep School in Minnesota, where he won the 2012 US National U-18 Championship in Buffalo, New York.  Alex Jewell was in his first full season with the Vees, playing in 19 of the Vees 20 games, where he tallied two goals and seven points.

The 18 year-old appeared in 10 games with the Vees last season as an Affiliate Player, scoring once and finishing with five points. The Clearwater product will join former teammates Evan Anderson and Mitch Ferguson in Salmon Arm.

The moves leave the Vees with 12 forwards and seven defencemen; one under the league maximum 22 player roster. The entire Vees organization thanks both Noah and Alex for their contributions with the Vees and wish them the best of luck in their future hockey endeavors in Powell River and Salmon Arm respectively.

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