Vees Add Strength & Conditioning Coach

Gym graphic


From the Vees:

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to welcome Brent Mosses to the team as the new Strength & Conditioning Coach ahead of the 2014-2015 season.

 President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson says the Vees focus on their off ice needs just as much as they do with their on ice product, “Teams are constantly trying to upgrade their programs. The addition of Brent Mosses as our full-time Strength & Conditioning Coach definitely enhances ours.”

 “We have always placed a high value on player development; having someone specialized in the development of our players in the weight room will pay off on the ice,” said Harbinson.

 Brent Mosses is the Owner-Operator of Accelerate Personal Fitness Training in Penticton ( Brent graduated with a diploma in Personal Fitness Training from the Northern Alberta Technical Institute and is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) under the governing body of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). Brent has a background in hockey, as he grew up playing in the Penticton Minor Hockey Association and played junior hockey in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) with Nelson and Columbia Valley.

 Brent, a Penticton native, will be responsible for developing, initiating, and monitoring the in-season training programs for the Vees. Brent will also be responsible, along with the Vees Training Staff, for player nutrition and rehabilitation of injured players.

 The Vees organization is thrilled to welcome Brent to the staff and looks forwards to working with him throughout the upcoming BCHL season.

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More Mask Art

Via Brendan Barry's Twitter account

Via Brendan Barry’s Twitter account

A few weeks back I posted Hunter Miska’s completed mask that he’ll wear for the 2014-2015 season (CLICK HERE for a refresher). Today we bring you Miska’s partner Brendan Barry’s mask for the upcoming season.

Simple yet effective is the phrase that comes to mind when looking at this freshly painted bucket. What makes this mask even more unique is the fact Hunter Miska painted it himself and boy he hit a home run. It’s a simple concept with a team theme to it but the longer you look at the mask, you realize it isn’t that simple.

There is plenty of detail in the background, as Miska airbrushed faded maple leafs and the word “Penticton” throughout the mask. What stands out is the two Vees logos on each side of the mask, separated by a striking blue stripe down the middle that has black and white trim. As most goalies do, the surname “Barry” is featured prominently on the chin of the mask in an aggressive/edgy looking font. Barry’s backplate features the number one which is bunched together with a four-leaf clover.

Can’t wait to see it action.


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Vees Add Significant Piece Upfront

Vees Press Release 

Demico Hannoun? Demico Hannoun.

The Vees continued to solidify their depth for the 2014-2015 season on Wednesday, by announcing the acquisition of Demico Hannoun from the Surrey Eagles. To complete the transaction, the Vees sent the Eagles the CJHL playing rights of defenseman Alex Coulombe and future considerations.

Hannoun’s BCHL Page 

The first thing that jumps out for in this trade is the amount of experience Hannoun will be bringing to the Vees. He’s already played in two Fred Page Cup Finals, winning one in 2013 with the Surrey Eagles who bettered the Vees in six games. Last year Hannoun and the Vernon Vipers advanced to the league Final before losing out to the Cinderella-story Coquitlam Express in four games. He’s also played in two Royal Bank Cup tournaments, each tome advancing to the Semi-Finals. In 2013 the Eagles were out in Summerside, P.E.I and last year the Vipers played hosts for the national Junior ‘A’ Championship. He’s played a total of  138 regular season BCHL games and another 44 in the Fred Page Cup Playoffs.

It’s been well documented how “young” this year’s Vees squad is. The roster is dotted with 13 rookies who haven’t played at the junior level (Junior ‘B’). The team is returning a good chunk of returnees but they only have half of the allotted six 20-year-old spots filled. No they’re not urgently needing experience, as some of these fresh faces have played at high levels in lower tiers (Tyson Jost, Liam Finlay and Brendan Barry playing in the Telus Cup this past May). However,  you rarely say no to adding a player with Hannoun’s resume and his experience at this level and he’ll also be good for the younger faces on the team.

Let’s not forget Hannoun has shown he can score and be a point producer in the BCHL as he’s  improved his point total in each of his three seasons. He had 26 points in his rookie season in 2011-2012  and last year he was nearly a point per-game guy, with 44 in 48 games. He’s also improved upon his goal-scoring total every year (12,14,15). He’s battled injuries in his career and was banged-up against the Vees in the Interior Conference Final last spring but even then he showed flashes of how much of an impact player he can be.

A taste of what he can do:

Courtesy of our friends over at, that’s Hannoun, 18 in white, dangling around a Cowichan Valley Capitals defender before slinging a one-handed pass out front to his teammate. 

Hannoun’s size is an attractive quality for the Vees, as he’s listed at 6′ and 185. On the ice he has shown he can play a heavy game and use his size effectively but the key this year will be doing that consistently. This is his last year in the BCHL, as he’s off to Michigan Tech University in the fall of 2015.

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Fabbro, Jost Shine at U-17 Camp

Tyson Jost, left, and Dante Fabbro made last impressions at Hockey Canada’s Under-17 Development Camp.

Two incoming Vees were recently at Hockey Canada’s Under-17 Development Camp over the long weekend in Calgary, Alberta. Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost, both 16, had strong camps and earned rave reviews.

David Crompton from the Penticton Herald spoke with Vees GM & Head Coach Fred Harbinson, who was in Calgary to watch the pair, about Fabbro and Jost’s performances.  CLICK HERE


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Garteig Impresses at Canucks Camp


Photo Credit: Devin Manky / Vancouver Canucks

Photo Credit: Devin Manky / Vancouver Canucks

Former Penticton Vees puck-stopper Mike Garteig recently attended the Vancouver Canucks Development Camp in Vancouver. The free-agent goaltender is getting ready for his junior year at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

Emmanuel Sequeira of the Penticton Western caught up to Garteig and they spoke about his experience with the NHL club. CLICK HERE 

Troy Stecher also was in attendance at the Canucks camp and just for the sake of it, here’s Troy hanging out with pretty awesome looking bird. Falcon?

Photo Credit: Devin Manky / Vancouver Canucks

Photo Credit: Devin Manky / Vancouver Canucks

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BC’s Impact

BC Impact

A great infographic from College Hockey Inc. on the impact BC born players have had on NCAA hockey.

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Fuher Added to Staff; Ramsey a Captain


Monday the Vees made it official, adding Nick Fuher to the staff as an Assistant Coach.  Fuher replaces the departed Michael Hengen. Fuher comes to the Vees with a wealth of coaching experience, having been behind the bench at a variety of levels for the past 15 years.

Most recently Fuher was in Winkler, Manitoba as an Assistant Coach with the Flyers in the MJHL. Fuher actually started his junior hockey career in the late 90’s with the Flyers and spent the 2013-2014 season on Ken Pearson’s staff. Prior to his time in Winkler, Nick was the Head Coach of the North Dakota Development Team and was an Assistant Coach at Grand Forks Central High School. His first stop in coaching was with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and has worked at University of North Dakota Hockey Schools as an instructor/coach for eight years.

Jayson Hajdu Assistant AD / Media Relations

Jayson Hajdu
Assistant AD / Media Relations

Fuher will be responsible for the Vees defensive corps and they’ll be in good hands. Fuher was a defenseman when he played, splitting his junior career between Winkler and Lincoln. He was the MJHL Rookie of the Year runner-up in 1998-1999 and was named to the USHL All-Star Game in 2000. He earned himself a scholarship to the University of North Dakota where he patrolled the blue-lines for four years. In his senior season (2005) he put up 27 points in 41 games and in the process was named to the WCHA and NCAA Regional All-Tournament teams. His “Fighting Sioux” were NCAA national runners-up that year losing out to Denver in the championship game. After he graduated from UND, Fuher signed a professional contract with the Phoenix Coyotes organization but his career was cut short after an eye injury while playing with their AHL affiliate in Utah.

Recently Fuher returned to playing and won an Allan Cup senior men’s national championship in 2012 with the South East Prairie Thunder and the 2013 Manitoba provincial championship with the Altona Maroons.


The Vees also announced Jack Ramsey as an Assistant Captain for the 2014-2015 season. Ramsey is coming off a successful rookie season, where he had 25 points in 56 regular season games and developed into one of the Vees best defensive forwards. The future Minnesota Golden Gopher elevated his play in the BCHL playoffs, where he compiled eight points in 11 games. Ramsey was drafted this past June by the Chicago Blackhawks in the seventh round, 208th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Ramsey is an excellent choice to wear an “A” for the Vees this upcoming season. He’s got a year under his belt and plays the game the right way. Fred Harbinson has said to me several times that he never has to worry about Ramsey when he’s on the ice. He’s always in position, he’s always busting his butt and he does so many little things right. He’s the type that will say a few words when called upon but for the most part, he’ll let his play do most of the talking. A player who’s developed into an excellent penalty-killer and defensive forward but also has underrated hands around the net. I think we’ll see more offensive out of Ramsey this year and he’ll be a handful around the opposition’s net with his big frame. He comes from a great hockey family and I stress family because the way he carries himself is a direct reflection of his parents. His father Mike was defenseman in the NHL and longtime assistant coach and you can see that rub off on Jack, as he has a professional team-first attitude around the rink.

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