Two Vees Chosen at NHL Draft



Photo Courtesy of: Ottawa Senators Instagram Account

Newest Ottawa Senator Miles Gendron takes a moment to pose for photo earlier Saturday, after the Senators took him in the third round, 70th overall at the NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia. Later in the morning, Gendron’s future teammate Jack Ramsey was scooped up by the Chicago Blackhawks in the seventh round, 208th overall.





Friday morning, I wrote that we could see anywhere from 1-6 former & current Vees drafted today but we’ll happily settle for two. Now, for those that didn’t get drafted, it’s not the end but merely the beginning. They have next year’s draft in Florida or they can go the free agency route once they’re done their collegiate career.

For the second straight season, the Vees had two players taken in the NHL Entry Draft, as last June Wade Murphy and Jedd Soleway were seventh round selections of the Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes respectively. In all, five players who played in the BCHL last season were taken and another two, including Gendron, who are coming in as fresh recruits; nine in total with BCHL connections. For a good recap on who from the BCHL got drafted, check Brian Wiebe’s blog here. As he wrote, “It was a red-letter day for the BCHL” and he’s right. Another strong representation of past and current players getting drafted on Saturday.

Vees Press Release 

Senators Media Scrum with Gendron

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Vees at the NHL Draft

NHL Draft_2014

It’s finally here. The 2014 NHL Entry Draft from Philadelphia gets going tonight around 5pm PST on TSN (Canada) / NBCSN (United States) and the NHL Network. The first two rounds will be broadcasted live on those two networks tonight, with rounds 3-7 going tomorrow.

There’s a handful of new, current and former Vees that may have their name called this weekend by an NHL team. Incoming defensemen Miles Gendron and Mike Lee have a strong chance to be taken in one of the seven rounds this weekend. Those two have been profiled on SB Nation’s College Hockey website, as they did features on college recruits who may be chosen this weekend. Click HERE for the Gendron profile and HERE for the Lee profile. Both features were written by Jeff Cox, who covers the junior and college hockey circuit for SB Nation. He’s one to follow on Twitter throughout the weekend and his Twitter handle is @JeffCoxSports 

Other Vees names to keep tabs on are defensemen Brett Beauvais and Paul Stoykewych from this past season and also alum Troy Stecher. Beauvais was the highest ranked Vee by NHL Central Scouting this season and could be a late round steal. Speaking of steals, one NHL team should come to its senses and scoop up Stecher, who’s in his third year of eligibility. Remember, another former Vees defenseman had to wait his third year of eligibility, when Joey Laleggia was taken by the Oilers in 2012. Stoykewych is another “dark horse” pick and I mean that in the best way possible; he could be solid 6-7 round pickup this weekend.

Hunter Miska was ranked among the top 35 goalies in North America earlier this season, in NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term rankings. He’s coming off a very solid rookie campaign and still has two years of eligibility left in junior; high ceiling for the Vees goaltender. Jack Ramsey is another Vee that could have his named called late in the draft, as the two-way forward really came into his own during the BCHL playoffs. He was flirting with a point per-game pace in the Vees 11 playoff games last spring and was one of their best penalty-killers.

A good crop of current and former Vees this season could see themselves selected by an NHL team this weekend. The BCHL ran a story on its website, profiling current and recent BCHL players who may be selected this weekend; that story is below.


“Last year matched a record high for BCHL players taken at the NHL Entry Draft since the event went to seven rounds. In all, seven players heard their names called, mostly the ones everyone thought but a few surprises as well.

 This year, it will be tough for the BCHL to match that number but there are sure to be at least a few BCHL products snapped up by NHL teams.

 NHL Central Scouting listed the following players this at some point over the last 10 months:

Jason Cotton – F – West Kelowna Warriors

6-foot-1, 180 pounds   HOMETOWN: Plano, TX
23G – 39A – 59Pts   

Committed to NCAA Northeastern, returning to West Kelowna for 2014-15

 Alec Dillon – G – Victoria Grizzlies

6-foot-5, 170 pounds   HOMETOWN: Victoria, BC

21W – 7L – 2 T/OTL   .910sv%   2.76GAA

Committed to NCAA RPI but returning to Victoria for 2014-15

 Dylan Chanter – D – Vernon Vipers

6-foot-3, 205 pounds   HOMETOWN: Armstrong, BC

11G – 22A – 33Pts in 128 career BCHL games

Headed to NCAA U. of New Hampshire for 2014-15

 Jeff Wight – F – Merritt Centennials

6-foot-2, 180 pounds   HOMETOWN: Coquitlam, BC

22G – 27A – 49Pts

Committed to NCAA Connecticut but returning to Merritt for 2014-15

 Jeff Smith – G – Powell River Kings

6-foot-2, 205 pounds   HOMETOWN: Maple Ridge, BC

20W – 10L – 1T/OTL   .923sv%   2.25GAA

Headed to NCAA UMass-Lowell for 2014-15

 Evan Anderson – F – Salmon Arm SilverBacks

6-foot-3, 205 pounds   HOMETOWN: Denver, Colorado

21G – 31A – 52Pts   

Headed to NCAA Michigan Tech for 2014-15

 Brett Beauvais – D – Penticton Vees

6-foot-1, 185 pounds   HOMETOWN: Summerside, PEI

13G – 45A – 58Pts

Headed to NCAA Bemidji State for 2014-15

 Jack Ramsey – F – Penticton Vees

6-foot-2, 185 pounds   HOMETOWN: Chanhassen, MInn.

9G – 16A – 25Pts

Headed to U. of Minnesota for 2014-15

Players not listed but possible selections:

Liam Coughlin, F, Vernon Vipers
Danton Heinen, F, Surrey Eagles
Matt Ustaski, C, Langley Rivermen
Connor LaCouvee, G, Alberni Valley Bulldogs

From the NCAA:

Shane Hanna, D, Michigan Tech (Penticton/Salmon Arm, 2011-13)
Devon Toews, D, Quinnipiac (Surrey Eagles, 2011-13)
Troy Stecher, D, North Dakota (Penticton Vees, 2010-13)
Kevin Guiltinan, D, Harvard (Vernon/Prince George, 2012-13)”


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Bauer BCHL Showcase Schedule Released

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The third annual Bauer BCHL Showcase is set for September 19-21 in Chilliwack and yesterday the league office released the schedule for the event at Prospera Centre. All sixteen teams in the BCHL will play two games, both against non-divisional opponents and in front of a large contingent of NCAA, CIS and NHL scouts.

The Vees anchor the first night of the three-day event, as they tangle with the Surrey Eagles on Friday, September 19th at 7:30pm on the main rink. Some history between these two franchises, as the Eagles dethroned the Vees as BCHL champs in 2013. The following afternoon the Vees and Alberni Valley Bulldogs hook-up for a matinée contest at 3pm on the secondary rink. It’s the second straight year the Vees are playing the Bulldogs at the Showcase and again in the afternoon.

One stat for you to chew on over the summer: The Vees are 4-0-0 in the two previous installments of the Bauer BCHL Showcase; can they keep the streak alive?

2014 Bauer BCHL Showcase schedule:

Friday, Sept. 19:

  • 3:30pm Vernon Vipers vs. Cowichan Valley Capitals  Secondary Rink
  • 4pm Salmon Arm Silverbacks vs. Langley Rivermen    Main Rink
  • 7pm Coquitlam Express vs. West Kelowna Warriors   Secondary Rink
  • 7:30pm Penticton Vees vs. Surrey Eagles
    Main Rink

Saturday, Sept. 20:

  • 11:30am Cowichan Valley Capitals vs. Merritt Centennials – Secondary Rink
  • 12:00pm Trail Smoke Eaters vs. Coquitlam Express     Main Rink
  • 3pm Alberni Valley Bulldogs vs. Penticton Vees      Secondary Rink
  • 3:30pm Victoria Grizzlies vs. Vernon Vipers               Main Rink
  • 6:30pm Nanaimo Clippers vs. Prince George Spruce Kings – Secondary Rink
  • 7pm Chilliwack Chiefs vs. Powell River Kings
    Main Rink

Sunday, Sept. 21:

  • 10:30am Powell River Kings vs. Trail Smoke Eaters      Secondary Rink
  • 11am Prince George Spruce Kings vs. Alberni Valley Bulldogs – Main Rink
  • 2pm Langley Rivermen vs. Victoria Grizzlies
    Secondary Rink
  • 2:30pm West Kelowna Warriors vs. Nanaimo Clippers   Main Rink
  • 5:30pm Surrey Eagles vs. Salmon Arm Silverbacks       Secondary Rink
  • 6pm Merritt Centennials vs. Chilliwack Chiefs
    Main Rink


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McKenzie Shines Bright in Texas

Photo: Texas Stars Facebook page

Photo: Texas Stars Facebook page

Another former Vee ended his pro season on a winning note, as Curtis McKenzie and the Texas Stars won the AHL’s Calder Cup on Tuesday night. Texas, the Dallas Stars affiliate, beat the St. John’s IceCaps 4-1 in the Final, capping off their first Calder Cup title with an overtime win in Game Five in St. John’s.

McKenzie had a solid playoffs for the Stars in his first pro season, as the former Vee had three goals and 14 points in 21 games. In the Calder Cup Final he had impressive numbers as well, scoring once and finishing with five points in as many games. This on the back of his breakout regular season campaign, where he notched 27 goals and collected 65 points in 75 games, en route to being named the AHL Rookie of the Year.

Congrats to McKenzie and the Texas Stars!

Here’s the highlights from the championship clinching Game Five:

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Fabbro & Jost off to U-17 Camp



Photo: Hockey Canada

Photo: Hockey Canada

Incoming recruits Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost, both 98-born players, were invited to Hockey Canada’s national Under-17 Development Camp, July 29 to August 4th in Calgary. Fabbro is one 36 defensemen invited and Jost is in a pool of 36 forwards that will take part in the camp, which helps identify players for the 2014 World Under 17 Challenge. This year’s tournament is scheduled to run October 31 to November 8 in a yet-to-be-determined location.

Fabbro and Jost are vying for two of the 66 spots on the three Hockey Canada teams that will compete in the World Under 17 Challenge. A new twist for this year sees the formation of three new teams (Black, Red and White). In previous years, the Canada was divided into five regional teams (Pacific, West, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic).

This tournament is a best-on-best for players born in 1998 or later, so it’s a big deal for younger players, especially considering the list of notable NHL’ers who’ve played in the World Under 17 Challenge.  The camp is just one step for the two Vees in trying to make the squad, as they’ll also be evaluated on their early season play next fall before the three teams are announced sometime in October.

World Under 17 Website 

Penticton Vees Press Release:

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce newly committed players Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro have been invited to participate in Hockey Canada’s U17 development camp.

 Jost, 16, just completed a record setting season in the BCMML, producing 44 goals and 88 points in just 36 regular season games. He followed that up with 9 goals and 18 points in 7 BCMML playoff games, and led the team to a Telus Cup National Championship Bronze medal.

 Fabbro, still just 15, was the BCMML’s top scoring defenseman, racking up 22 goals and 61 points in 38 regular season games. He then added another 2 goals and 10 points in 6 playoff games, before bowing out to Jost’s Okanagan Rockets in the BCMML finals. To benchmark Fabbro’s strong season, Vees’ former standout & present Denver Pioneer leader, Joey Laleggia, scored 15 goals and 54 points in 40 regular season games during his secondseason in the BCMML.

 “We regard Tyson and Dante as being the two best 1998-born players in Western Canada”, stated Vees’ Head Coach & GM, Fred Harbinson. “We are happy that the boys secured a try-out and wish them all the best in locking down a roster spot on one of the three teams that will represent Canada at the international tournament that runs from October 31st to November 5, 2014.”

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Trupp, Aces Win ECHL Championship



Former Vee Evan Trupp and the Alaska Aces secured their third ECHL  Kelly Cup Championship in the last nine years on Monday, blanking Cincinnati 4-0 in GM 6 of league final.

Trupp split time this season between the now defunct Abbotsford Heat of the AHL and Alaska. In 17 games with the Heat, Trupp had a goal and seven points, before being reassigned to Alaska. It was a homecoming for Trupp, who is from Anchorage and the comforts of home did him good, as he averaged nearly a point per-game with the Aces, collecting 17 goals and 50 points in 51 regular season games. The former North Dakota Fighting Sioux continued his strong play in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, finishing fourth in team scoring, with 6 goals and 14 points in 21 games.

Evan Trupp ECHL Bio 

Evan Trupp Career Profile 

Alaska Aces Press Release:

Gerald Coleman earned his seventh career playoff shutout with 23 saves and the Alaska Aces won their ECHL record tying third Kelly Cup championship with a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Cyclones before 3,238 fans at U.S. Bank Arena on Monday night.

Nick Mazzolini scored the game winning goal in the first period, followed by strikes from Drew MacKenzie, Alex Belzile and Turner Elson. The Aces third Kelly Cup title tied the South Carolina Stingrays for most in league history, while Gerald Coleman became the first goaltender to win two Kelly Cup titles as a player.

Assistant coach Louis Mass joined Scott Burt, Jared Bednar and Patrick Wellar as the only individuals to have their name on the Kelly Cup, three times.

GAME 1 – Cincinnati 3 at Alaska 5
GAME 2 – Cincinnati 2 at Alaska 1
GAME 3 – Cincinnati 0 at Alaska 2
GAME 4 – Alaska 1 at Cincinnati 3
GAME 5 – Alaska 4 at Cincinnati 2
GAME 6 – Alaska 4 at Cincinnati 0


The Aces pelted Rob Madore and the Cyclones in the opening period with a 21-6 shots advantage, and finally broke through with 22.8 left on Mazzolini’s power play goal – a snap shot from the right circle after Gerald Coleman stopped Wade Megan on a shorthanded breakaway.

Drew MacKenzie’s power play goal with 2:51 left in the second period bolstered the lead to 2-0, converting a backdoor feed at the left circle. Gerald Coleman preserved the lead with a left pad save in the waning seconds on Logan Shaw, after Cincinnati controlled an end zone faceoff.

Alex Belzile’s wrister beat Rob Madore through the five hole with 4:51 to play in regulation and Turner Elson followed up with an empty net goal with 3:51 remaining.

Madore made 41 saves and earned the Kelly Cup Playoff MVP award. 

NOTES: The Aces scratched Zach Davies, Brad Richard, Andy Taranto, Ross Ring-Jarvi, Olivier Roy and James Martin … Nick Mazzolini, earning his first Kelly Cup title, was the Aces leading playoff scorer with 31 points in 21 games (also leading the ECHL) … Coleman moved into second place, all-time in playoff shutouts (7).

The Aces are scheduled to return home to Anchorage at Ted Stevens International Airport on Tuesday, at 1:09 pm on Alaska Airlines flight #139 and 4:46 pm on Alaska Airlines #93 at 4:46 pm.

Season ticket and sponsorship packages are currently available through the Aces office at 15th & Gambell. For more information, please call the Aces at 907.258.ACES or visit them on Facebook at


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Vees Add 2 More To Roster For Next Season


The Penticton Vees are proud to announce the signing of the top two 16 year old prospects in BC in the likes of centreman Tyson Jost and defenseman Dante Fabbro.

With Jost finishing 1st in BCMML scoring (44-44-88) and Fabbro not far behind at 6th (22-39-61), the Vees have added some potent offensive punch to go along with a collection of the brightest young talent in the game. Here’s all you need to know about the newest Vees:




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