Vees add ex-Viper forward

The Penticton Vees have added a veteran forward just days before training camp.

The team said Wednesday it has acquired Demico Hannoun from the Surrey Eagles.

In exchange for Hannoun, the Vees sent Surrey the CHL playing rights to 19-year-old defenceman Alex Coulombe and future considerations.

“Demico is a player who we are very familiar with, and I look forward to working with him so can he achieve his maximum potential," said Vees President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson.

Hannoun, who turns 19 in October, brings a wealth of experience to the Vees as he prepares for his fourth BCHL season.

The North Delta product has played in 182 career regular season and playoff games in the BCHL with Surrey and Vernon. He has has twice played in the RBC Cup.

Last season with the Vipers, Hannoun was nearly a point-per-game player, collecting 15 goals and 44 points in 48 regular season games. He added 12 points in 18 playoff games as the Vipers advanced to the Fred Page Cup Final against Coquitlam.

Hannoun represented Canada on the international stage last season as a member of Team Canada West at the 2013 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Nova Scotia.

He is committed to Michigan Tech University.

Hannoun started his BCHL career in Surrey in 2011 and won a Fred Page Cup championship with the Eagles in the spring of 2013 when they edged the Vees in six games in the league final.

Hannoun and the Eagles won the inaugural Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Nanaimo that year and advanced all the way to the RBC Cup Semi-Final in Summerside, P.E.I.

Coulombe, from Granby, Quebec, played in 54 regular-season games with the Vees last season while adding three goals and 19 points to go along with 50 penalty-minutes. Coulombe played in all 11 of the Vees playoff games, registering one assist.


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