Vees to honour alumni

The Penticton Vees have announced alumni and former NHL players Paul Kariya and Brendan Morrison will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honour at the 2017 Western Canadian Cup.

The pair will be in Penticton to see their names join the original 13 members of the Ring of Honour on May 4, during a pre-game ceremony before the Penticton Vees final round-robin game at the WCC.

"The creation of the Ring of Honour was a huge part of our Western Canada Cup bid.  We felt it would add tremendous character to the SOEC, and the additions of Brendan Morrison and Paul Kariya were obvious choices for the WCC,” WCC Chair, David Michaud said.  

“We thank them for coming back and celebrating this big night in person with us"

Kariya’s epic career started in Penticton with the Panthers in 1990, scoring 92 goals in just 94 games over two BCJHL seasons. He broke into the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks, playing 15 seasons in the league.

He was named an NHL All-Star five times, and won the Lady Byng Trophy (most sportsmanlike) twice. He also won two Olympic medals, winning gold with Canada in 2002 and silver in 1994.

Morrison played for the Panthers in the 1992-93 season, scoring 35 goals in 56 games. He made his NHL debut with the New Jersey Devils in 1997, going on the play 14 seasons around the league, including the Vancouver Canucks.


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