Penticton Vees make two trades for goalie and forward

Trade for goalie, forward

The Penticton Vees have announced a pair of trades, acquiring a new goaltender and forward. 

In the first deal, the Vees received Carl Stankowski, 19, from the Vernon Vipers in exchange for future considerations as a part of a three-team trade. Goaltender Derek Krall heads from Penticton to the Powell River Kings in exchange for future considerations.

Stankowski comes to the Vees from the Calgary Hitman of the Western Hockey League, where he has played in three games this season. He previously played for the Seattle Thunderbirds, with 34 WHL games between the two teams. He also represented Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2016.

“These moves are more about a long-term plan rather than a reaction of a few losses,” said Vees head coach, general manager and president Fred Harbinson, “Adding Carl Stankowski has many prongs; this allows us to give Derek Krall an opportunity to be a #1 goalie in the BCHL, in turn we open an overage spot and add a goaltender that has championship experience, which obviously will be important to us this year and next year in hosting the Centennial Cup.”

In the second transaction, the Vees acquired Ho from the Kanata Lasers of the Central Canada Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.

Ho, 19, began the 2019/20 season with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, playing in four games. The North Vancouver, BC native is a veteran of 80 WHL games split between the Blades and Vancouver Giants and is no stranger to the BCHL, scoring three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 33 games with the Vernon Vipers last season.

“Tyler Ho will give us depth and experience up front,” Harbinson continued, “Tyler played in the BCHL Final last April.”

The Vees cap off their three-game home stand with the first Wicked Wednesday of the season as the Trail Smoke Eaters come to Penticton. Puck drop at the South Okanagan Events Centre is set for 6:30 p.m. with tickets priced for $5 and available for purchase at the SOEC Box Office or online at ValleyFirstTix.com.

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