Vees business boss leaving

The Penticton Vees have announced a staple in their front office is moving on.

Director of corporate partnerships and alternate governor David Michaud will be leaving for an opportunity in Victoria at the end of October.

Michaud will be joining the newly-created Keycorp Sports and Entertainment as the company's president. The parent company, Keycorp Development, owns the Victoria Shamrocks lacrosse team, and Michaud will serve as the Shamrocks' director of corporate partnerships as well.

Michaud joined the Vees ahead of the 2015-16 season and has run the team's business operations since then.

“David has done a tremendous job in elevating our presence in the corporate community in Penticton and the South Okangan over the past three years,” Vees head coach, general manager and president Fred Harbinson said in a news release.

“We wish him all the best both professionally and personally.”

Michaud said he's proud to have helped develop the Community Heroes Program this season and to have helped the team eclipse 3,000 fans per game a year ago.

"The point I want to get across is how special Penticton is and the support they offer for their hockey club... I think the community needs to be proud of that," Michaud said. 

"I couldn't leave without thanking Fred Harbinson for the opportunity to come in, and have my role expand over the years — being able to be a governor and work at the league level to help enact some change in the league and try and grow things was something really important to me.

Before joining the Vees, Michaud was the general manager of the Okanagan Rockets in the BC Major Midget League for five seasons.

The Rocket's best season in his tenure was in 2013-14 when they won the BCMML title, won regionals and finished third at the Telus Cup national midget championship. That year, the team was led by Tyson Jost who is now a Vees alumni and current playing for the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL.

In the meantime, the Vees said they're searching for a person to fill Michaud's shoes, and said candidates can send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

“This is an attractive opportunity that I’m confident will garner a great amount of interest,” Harbinson said.

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