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French inks deal in Texas

Former West Kelowna Warriors captain Max French has found a new home deep in the heart of Texas.

French, who wrapped up a four year collegiate career at Bentley University, has inked a contract with the Texas Stars.

The Stars are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

It's the 24-year-old's second professional contract.

He signed a pro tryout contract with the Vancouver Canucks affiliate in Utica following the conclusion of his senior year, but didn't see any game action.

French spent five seasons with the Warriors, scoring 67 goals and 149 points in 238 games.

He's third in the team's all time Games played, goals and points list.

2009-2013, playing in 193 regular season games while amassing 67 goals and 149 points to go along with 238 penalty minutes.

In his four years at Bentley, French had 67 goals and 143 points in 138 games. He was captain of the team his senior year, and led the club in scoring.

Terms and length of the contract were not disclosed.



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Streaking to Showcase

The West Kelowna Warriors will put a six-game winning streak on the line when they take part in the annual Bauer BC Hockey League Showcase.

The event is taking place for the sixth straight year in Chilliwack, Sept. 20-24.

Each of the league franchises plays twice during the five-day Showcase, under the watchful eye of hundreds of college and NHL scouts.

According to the league, the event continues to get more successful year over year, as more players receive scholarships to U.S. colleges each season.

The Warriors, unbeaten over the past three Showcase events, will kick things off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 against the Coquitlam Express, before facing the Cowichan Valley Capitals the next afternoon at 4 p.m.

West Kelowna beat the Express 5-3 at last year's event, and edged Cowichan 2-1 in 2015.

Overall, the Warriors are 8-2 over the first five events.

Click here for the entire Showcase schedule.

The remainder of the BCHL schedule will be released shortly.

Season tickets for the upcoming 2017-2018 Warriors season are now available, along with news of the brand-new Booster Club!

The Warriors are also in need of billet families for the season. For more information on how to become a billet family, contact Nicole Ellis at 250-878-9110 or email her at [email protected] 



Schultz shares cup stage

Former West Kelowna Warriors and West Kelowna native Justin Schultz has accomplished what not many have been able to.

Get his name on the Stanley Cup two years in a row.

Schultz and the Pittsburgh Penguins did just that Sunday night, clinching back-to-back titles with a 2-0 win over another former Warrior, Colton Sissons and the Nashville Predators.

The Penguins become the first team since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings to hoist Lord Stanley in back-to-back seasons and are the first team in the salary cap era to do so.

Schultz played a prominent role, scoring what proved to be the game winner in game five's 6-0 win, and drawing the primary assist on Sunday's cup-clinching goal, scored with less than two minutes left in regulation time.

Schultz played parts of three seasons in West Kelowna from 2006 to 2009 before heading off to the University of Wisconsin for a successful three seasons with the Badgers. Schultz scored 25 goals and 91 points in 107 career regular season games with the Warriors, including 4 goals and 11 points in 17 playoff games.

Schultz and his mom, Kim, were interviewed by Hockey Night in Canada’s David Amber after the Penguins Game #6 Stanley Cup victory

The entire Warriors organization would like to congratulate Justin on back-to-back Stanley Cup victories. It is unknown for now if Schultz will be making another tour with Lord Stanley as he did last season.

2017-18 Warriors season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Warriors office or by calling Kim or Alex at (250) 769-7051.

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Vees find their voice

The Penticton Vees are announcing the hiring of Craig Beauchemin as the new voice of the team.

Beauchemin comes to Penticton with two years of play-by-play experience with the Powell River Kings and Battlefords North Stars.

“I’m incredibly excited to be given this opportunity with an organization like the Vees,” Beauchemin said. “The history, professionalism and culture of this team make it a very attractive place to be. I’ve seen first hand how Vees fans support this team and I can’t wait for the season to get underway and to be a part of it.”

Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson is happy to bring Beauchemin into the fold.

“Craig is enthusiastic and brings great energy to his broadcasts. I think our fans will really enjoy his call and we’re excited for the next chapter of Vees hockey on EZ Rock.”

The team’s previous director of broadcasting, Fraser Rodgers announced this week he was hanging up his headset after six seasons.



Vees lose their voice

The Penticton Vees Jr. A Hockey Club is losing its voice.

After six years in Penticton, calling 474 games, broadcaster Fraser Rodgers is hanging up his headset and stepping down as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the Vees’ ownership group and Fred Harbinson for giving me the opportunity to work for such a prestigious organization for the last six years. I also want to thank the incredibly passionate and loyal fan base for their tremendous support; it was an incredible experience and one I will cherish forever,” said Rodgers in a news release.

A statement posted to Twitter by Rodgers said he is starting the “next chapter” of his life, but it's not clear if he is leaving broadcasting all together. He did not immediately respond to request for comment.

“Fraser has been a huge part of our fans experience over the past six years.  His voice has connected our fans & families from all over North America and he will be greatly missed.  We wish Fraser the best of luck,” said President, General Manager & Head Coach Fred Harbinson.

The Vees say they expect to announce a replacement in the coming days.



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