The Penticton Vees will mark their return to action at home on Thanksgiving weekend with a special ceremony prior to puck drop.
The 2008 BC Hockey League champion Vees will be in attendance on Friday.
That championship season was a special one for Head Coach Fred Harbinson, marking his first year behind the bench in Penticton and the first of his five BCHL championships.
The Vees opened the 2008 BCHL playoffs with an epic seven-game series win over the Vernon Vipers. From there, Penticton earned back-to-back series sweeps over the Westside Warriors and Nanaimo Clippers to capture the team’s first Fred Page Cup in 22 years.
Nine players and five staff members from that team will be attendance, including former Captain Brett Hextall and Alternate Captain Michael Guzzo, and former defenceman and Assistant Coach Michael Hengen. Also, in attendance this weekend: Kyle McMurphy, Devon Krogh, Elias Grossman, James Bettauer, Nic Knudsen, Bryan Mountain, former General Manager Scott Carter, former Assistant Coaches Mike Needham and Aaron Wilbur, and support staff Alana Dyrland (Trainer) and Don Cameron (Equipment Manager).
“It’s great to see players and staff from the 2008 Championship team come back; many of them I haven’t seen in 15 years,” Harbinson said. “It was an amazing season, that team really helped restore the pride of the organization which was so vibrant in the 60s, 70s & 80s.”
The Vees host the Merritt Centennials Friday and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Saturday at the SOEC.
This “Thanks-Giving” weekend, the Vees will announce their Vegas Giveaway Season Ticket winner on Friday and they will announce five Season Ticket members who will win one or more of their season tickets back on Saturday.
This year’s squad is looking to keep their perfect record intact as they face the Centennials for the first time this season on Friday, at 7 p.m.
Single game tickets for adults are $17, seniors are $15. Youth under 19 are free, courtesy of Peter’s Brothers Construction. Single game tickets are available at the Valley First box office, or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com