Vees trade capt., lose voice

The Penticton Vees announced a pair of moves Monday, one on the ice and another in the front office.

The team has traded former captain Massimo Rizzo to the Coquitlam Express to complete the June 1 deal that saw the Vees acquire Alex DiPaolo.

Rizzo, from Burnaby, spent the past two years with the Vees recording 24 goals and 55 assists in 87 games. He missed 21 games this past season.

“This was a difficult decision but in the end was the decision that was best for both the Vees and Massimo Rizzo,” Vees head coach, general manager and president Fred Harbinson said. “The past two seasons have been trying for Massimo, dealing with significant injuries which forced him to start the seasons late and miss substantial stretches of games.

“We felt that with Massimo’s recent surgery, it would be best for him to rehab at home next season. Fortunately we were able to make a hockey trade with Coquitlam that helped our team in the process. Massimo will always be a Vees alum and we wish him the best during his recovery next season,” Harbinson finished.

The broadcast voice of the Vees, Craig Beauchemin, also announced Monday he is leaving Penticton for a similar position with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League.

Beauchemin, from Whitehorse, Yukon, joined the Vees in August of 2017, taking over from Fraser Rodgers who had held the position for the previous six years.

Beauchemin was responsible for running and updating all Vees social media outlets, co-ordinating media requests within the organization, generating content for social media use and handling the play-by-play of all Vees games.

An announcement regarding his successor will be made in the near future.

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