Former Vee returns to team

Former Penticton Vees captain Patrick Sexton is returning to the team as an assistant coach.

He fills the shoes of departing Jason Becker, who has accepted a position as head coach of the midget prep team at St. George’s School in Vancouver. Becker spent three seasons on the Vees bench, primarily responsible for defence and penalty kill.

“Jason has been a great asset to our program and myself these last three seasons,” said Vees head coach, general manager and president Fred Harbinson. “Our mandate is to provide opportunities not only for our players, but also for our staff to enhance their careers. This move gives Jason an opportunity to run his own program and we wish him the best of luck in doing so.”

Sexton recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he attended after five season of junior hockey.

In two seasons with the Vees, Sexton scored four goals and 17 assists in 103 career games from the blue line. He was the captain of the 2014-15 Vees championship team and is perhaps best known for his game-winning goal in game seven against the Vernon Vipers.

“Patrick was the quintessential Vee when he wore our jersey and I’m confident he will bring that same attitude and passion to our coaching staff,” Harbinson said. “I felt it was important at this time to bring an alum onto our staff, and an alum that understands what it takes on a day-to-day basis to win in our league. Paddy will be well respected by our players, as he accomplished what they set out to do in our program.”


Warriors add D-man

The West Kelowna Warriors continue to reshape their roster ahead of the new BCHL season.

The Warriors have added 18-year-old defenceman David Dach to the roster.

Dach, who spent the past three seasons with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers in the Alberta Midget league, has committed to the Warriors for the 2019-2020 season.

This past season, Dach scored seven times and added 13 assists in 34 games with Fort Saskatchewan.

“We are very excited to announce David’s commitment to West Kelowna”, said Warriors coach and GM Brandon West. 

“David is a puck moving defenseman who can bring his two way game to our d-core. His game has continued to develop over the past couple seasons with the Fort Sask Rangers Midget AAA team and we look forward to continuing that here in West Kelowna .”

Dach likens his game to Minnesota Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon.

“We share a similar stature and play the game with skill, smarts, and physicality," said Dach.

"Spurgeon also played minor hockey in the same league as me, so I draw lots of comparisons naturally.”

Dach and the Warriors open training camp in West Kelowna at the end of August.

Warriors add defenceman

The West Kelowna Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce the commitment of defenceman Nick Ardanaz for the 2019-2020 season.  

Ardanaz, 16, spent the past four seasons with the Delta Wild Academy of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.

He was able to register almost one point per game this past season, making him a highly sought-after BCHL player.

“We are very excited to announce Nick’s commitment to our program”, said Warriors head coach and general manager Brandon West. “Nick is a dynamic playmaking defenseman that plays strong defence as well. He’s been a key factor in the power play at Delta Academy for a few seasons and I look forward to seeing him develop here as a Warrior.”

“Seeing myself in a Warriors jerseys felt right for my family and I”, said Ardanaz. “With the coaching, great facilities, location and team history, I felt like it was the most comfortable fit for me to develop as a player and person.”

The Langley native recently committed to the University of New Hampshire for 2021-2022. With the Warriors, he will be playing alongside friend and former Delta teammate John Evans, another 2019-2020 add to the team.

“John and I have played with each other for as long as I remember," said Ardanaz. “It will be great to play out our first years of junior together on the same team. John’s a great player and a better teammate.”

Ardanaz likes to consider himself a two-way defender with an offensive touch.

 “I try to model my game after Torey Krug. You can expect an offensive minded puck moving defender who can play a two way game. I’m not afraid to jump in and create opportunities.”


3 former Vees at Worlds

The Penticton Vees now have three alumni at the World Hockey Championships in Slovakia, with Tyson Jost joining Team Canada after his Colorado Avalanche  were eliminated from Stanley Cup contention.

Jost, from St. Albert, Alberta, finished his second season in the National Hockey League with the Avalanche this past season. He appeared in 70 games scoring 11 goals and 15 assists.

With the Vees, Jost played two seasons from 2014-16 scoring 65 goals and 84 assists in 97 games. As team captain in 2015-16, Jost finished third in league scoring with 104 points.

He was named the BCHL’s MVP, CJHL’s Player of the Year, won gold at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge, gold at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and named captain of Team Canada at the World Under-18 Championship. He holds the Canadian record for most points at one Under-18 tournament with 15.

He was drafted 10th overall by the Avalanche that summer before moving on to the University of North Dakota.

This will be the second time Jost has played at the World Hockey Championships as he had a strong showing last year with four goals and two assists in nine games. This will be the eighth time he has represented Canada at the International level.

He joins Troy Stecher and former Vees teammate Dante Fabbro who are already with Team Canada at the event. Canada is 0-1 at the tournament after a 3-1 loss to Finland Friday morning.

Vees lineup taking shape

The Penticton Vees have announced they’ve received a pair of commitments from new two players for the 2019-20 season.

Defenceman Cade Webber comes to Penticton with imposing size, listed at six-foot-six and 194 pounds. He spent most of last season playing for The Rivers School prep team in Weston, Massachusetts, scoring 12 goals and adding 14 assists in 29 games.

Forward Danny Weight has also committed for the coming season. He spent last year with the US National Development Program, splitting time with the U17 team, U18 team and the USHL Junior team.

With the USHL team, Weight played 23 games scoring eight goals and seven assists. He is six feet tall and 185 pounds and has already secured a NCAA commitment to Boston College.

The Vees also announced 2000-born defenceman Conner Hutchison will return to the Vees for the 2019-20 season.

He was a rookie last year scoring two goals and adding eight assists in 22 games. His season was cut short due to an injury suffered November 10 against the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Vees start training camp in mid-August.

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