Vees Sign Anthony Brodeur

Anthony Brodeur_Graphic

The Penticton Vees quickly solidified their goaltending position for this season, with the signing of Anthony Brodeur Friday. The 20-year-old puck-stopper is the son of former NHL’er Martin Brodeur and spent the past two seasons in the QMJHL with Gatineau and Drummondville.

Brodeur will bring a strong goaltending pedigree with him to Penticton and he and Brendan Barry should form another strong tandem in goal for the Vees. Remember, the Vees have won the Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy for that past three seasons. That trophy is given out to the team that has the best combined goals-against average in the BCHL. 

With Brodeur today and forward Mitch Brooks acquisition earlier this week, the Vees depth, once again, is impressive. As Head Coach Fred Harbinson said in the Penticton Herald on Tuesday, they do have a spot on the blue-line open but there will be competition for that  come Main Camp in late August; it will sort itself out.

You have to be impressed on how the Vees handled, and quickly, a difficult situation this week with the sudden departure of Hunter Miska. However, as I’ve come to know with the coaching staff, they never look back, just ahead and today’s another example. 

Here’s a scouting report on Brodeur from Hockey’s Future:

“Brodeur plays an aggressive butterfly style that focuses on strong positioning to the shooter. Whenever the shooter comes in close, he’ll come out to pokecheck or cut down the angle. Similar to his father, his glove hand and stickhandling are two of his strengths. He steers shots into the boards with strong kicks leaving few second chances.”


“The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is proud to announce that 1995 born goaltender Anthony Brodeur has joined the club for the 2015-2016 season.

 Brodeur was a 7th round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He joins the Vees after 2 seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Drummondville and Gatineau.  Previously Brodeur won a U-18 national championship with the powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s program.

 The Brodeur bloodlines run deep in the hockey world, as his father Martin had a hall of fame worthy career with the New Jersey Devils, and Anthony’s grandfather, Denis, won an Olympic gold medal for Canada.

 The Vees expect Brodeur will continue the organization’s long line of goaltending success with the likes of recent standouts Joel Rumpel (AHL), Sean Bonar (ECHL), Mike Garteig (NCAA), Oliver Mantha (NCAA), Chad Katunar (NCAA), and Alex Evin (NCAA).

 The opening for Brodeur, who is coming off a tremendous development camp with the Devils, was made possible when Hunter Miska left the club earlier in the week.

 “While we were disappointed by Hunter’s decision to leave us so late in the off-season, I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason,” said Vees President, general manager, and head coach, Fred Harbinson. “We received a ton of calls from people around the hockey world, including USHL goalies ready to make the jump to us.  We are very excited that Anthony chose to finish his junior career as a Vee.”

 “We believe Anthony and returning goaltender Brendan Barry will provide us with a tremendous tandem for the upcoming season,” said Harbinson. “Barry returns after helping the Vees win the Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy as the BCHL’s best goaltending duo, which we have now won three consecutive years.”

 “We are very excited for the season to begin, as we feel we have a championship caliber line-up,” concluded Harbinson.

Brodeur and the Vees open training camp on Monday, August 24th, at the SOEC.”

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Dedication Pays Off for Sexton

Sexton Commitment

I think the title of this post says it all. Patrick Sexton’s dedication to junior hockey, a craft he’s been working at since he was 16, paid off in a big way. Friday the graduated Vees’ Co-Captain announced his commitment to the University of Wisconsin for next season.

In this industry, being a media member / broadcaster you’re no suppose to have favourites but it’s hard not to have a soft spot for “Paddy.” He was the Co-Captain this past season and wore the “C” with a lot of pride and was a great leader on the ice and in the community. Sexton played two seasons in Penticton and if you include his time in the Jr. ‘A’ loop in Ontario, he played over 300 career games. THREE HUNDRED.

Despite all those games, Sexton never really tasted post-season success until this spring when the Vees won both the BCHL and Western Canada Cup championships. He never made it out of the first round in Ontario and the Vees fell a game short to Vernon last year in the Division Final. So, in his final season of junior hockey he got to his first league final and won and got to experience an RBC Cup too. One memory that I won’t soon forget is Sexton hoisting the Fred Page Cup in Nanaimo. What a moment that was.

I know Sexton was unsure about his post-junior hockey future after the season wrapped up so I’m thrilled to see him land at hockey program with such a rich history. He’s going to a great school and will be playing against some of the top programs in the country. Hard work does pay off.


“The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce graduated defenseman Patrick Sexton (94) has committed to the University of Wisconsin for the 2015-16 season.

 Sexton went out on top in his final season of junior hockey, as he guided the Vees to the BCHL Fred Page Cup and Western Canada Cup championships and a berth in the RBC Cup National Jr. ‘A’ Championship. The 20-year-old spent two seasons in Penticton, playing in 103 BCHL regular season games and another 33 playoff games. The rugged defenseman tallied four goals and 21 points in two seasons but was considered one of the best defenders across the league.

 The Ottawa, Ontario, product was a true heart and soul leader in Penticton, Co-Captaining the Vees his final season and he was a two-time recipient of the team’s Most Inspirational Award. He also authored one of the most memorable moments in recent Vees’ history, scoring the game-winning goal in the dying minutes of Game Seven of the Interior Division Final against the Vernon Vipers; a game no Vees fan will soon forget.

 Sexton is brining plenty of junior hockey experience with him to Madison, Wisconsin, this fall as the blue-liner played in 320 career games between the BCHL and the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). Sexton spent two seasons in the CCHL with the Gloucester Rangers and Smith Falls Bears before landing in the South Okanagan.

 The Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team plays in the Big Ten Conference under Head Coach Mike Eaves, who’s been behind the Badgers’ bench since 2002. Eaves guided the Badgers to their sixth NCAA National Championship in 2006.  Vees’ alum Jed Soleway is entering his junior season at Wisconsin and fellow alum Joel Rumpel just graduated from the Badgers program and signed with the San Jose Sharks organization this past spring.

 The entire Vees organization would like to congratulate Patrick on his commitment and wish him all the best in his future hockey endeavors in Wisconsin.”

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Murphy Transferring to ASU

Murphy Transfer

It was made official this morning as you can see above, as former Penticton Vees standout Wade Murphy is transferring from North Dakota to Arizona State University. Murphy played his freshman and sophomore seasons at UND, posting four assists in 35 games over those two years. He will have to sit out the 2015-16 season but will play his junior and senior seasons for the Sun Devils starting in the fall of 2016.

From the Vees’ Website:

“You’re told not to look into the sun but former Penticton Vee standout Wade Murphy is and it seems like the right thing to do. Murphy has announced he is transferring from North Dakota to Arizona State this fall, as he will suit up for the Sun Devils in 2016-17.

Murphy, who spent parts of two seasons with the Vees, played a combined 35 games in his freshman and sophomore seasons at UND. The Victoria, BC, product had four assists over his first two collegiate seasons and is hoping the move to Tempe, Arizona, will heat up his offense. 

The 2012 RBC Cup champion will have to sit out the 2015-16 season but will be eligible to play his junior and senior seasons at ASU starting in the fall of 2016. 

Murphy can score, as he authored 37 goals and 99 points in 72 games in a Vees sweater. In the RBC Cup season of 2011-12, Murphy had 36 goals and 91 points in 60 games split between the Vees and Victoria Grizzlies. In his second season with the Vees, the Nashville Predators draft pick led Penticton in scoring with 70 points in 50 regular season games.

The Sun Devils were granted Division l status in NCAA men’s ice hockey this past season and will play as an independent school in 2015-16. ASU’s roster this season will feature six BCHL alumni: Jake Clifford (Merritt), Nic Gushue (Nanaimo), Matt Kennedy (Victoria), Jordan Masters (West Kelowna), Charlie Zuccarini (Trail) and David Jacobson (Chilliwack).”

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Former Vee Resigns with Penguins

Bennett Deal

This week the Pittsburgh Penguins announced they’ve signed former Penticton Vees’ forward Beau Bennett to a 1-year deal. Bennett’s career with the Penguins has been handcuffed by injuries but he’s looking to finally putting that all behind him.

The Penguins have a story on their website about Bennett’s summer and how he’s getting ready for hopefully a breakout season.


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Vees, Past and Present, in the News


Two good articles came out today, profiling Vees past and present. Alum Mike Reilly was profiled on and current Captain Tyson Jost and Assistant Captain Dante Fabbro, had a feature written about them on Yahoo! Sports “Buzzing the Net” blog. Both are worth your time reading.



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Vees at Summer Development Camps

Development Camp

From the BCHL:

NCAA-bred hockey players now account for 30 per cent of the talent in the NHL and with that in mind, teams are inviting huge numbers of college players to their summer prospects camps.

This year, of the 438 442 NCAA players invited to NHL camps, 52  54 are BCHL graduates and two are current players.

There are just eight NHL teams that did not have a BCHL alum at their camp this summer. Of the 22 clubs that did, 12 of them had multiple BCHLers attending. There are 13 BCHL clubs represented by these graduates.

Also, Penticton Vees head coach Fred Harbinson attended the Toronto Maple Leafs development camps as a guest coach.

The following is the complete list of BCHL talent on display at this summer’s camps along with their college program and BCHL club.

(*Drafted by club) (+Signed as free agent)

Anaheim Ducks
Nick Nonis, New Hampshire (played last season and will play coming season with Powell River Kings)

Scott Conway (Penticton Vees)


Boston Bruins
Mark Hamilton, Maine (Vernon Vipers)
*Danton Heinen, Denver (Surrey Eagles)
Brandon Tanev, Providence (Surrey Eagles)

Mike Garteig, Quinnipiac (Penticton Vees)

Buffalo Sabres
+Matt Garbowsky, RIT (Powell River Kings)

Calgary Flames
Adam Clark, New Hampshire (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)
Jon Jutzi, Minnesota State (Powell River Kings)
+Kenney Morrison, Western Michigan (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)

Chicago Blackhawks
*Liam Coughlin, Vermont (played last season with Vernon Vipers – Drafted in 2014 by Oilers, traded July 6 to Blackhawks)
Connor LaCouvee, Boston University (Alberni Valley Bulldogs – Also to attend New York Rangers camp)

Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Scarfo, Union College (Powell River Kings)

Detroit Red Wings
*James de Haas, Clarkson (Penticton Vees)
Bryce Gervais, Minnesota State (Salmon Arm Silverbacks/Penticton Vees)

Edmonton Oilers
*Evan Campbell, UMass-Lowell (Langley Rivermen)
Luke Esposito, Harvard (Chilliwack Chiefs)
*Joey LaLeggia, Denver (Penticton Vees)
Mike Rebry, Western Michigan (Penticton Vees)

Los Angeles Kings 
*Joel Lowry, Cornell (Victoria Grizzlies)
Reid Sturos, Michigan Tech (Nanaimo Clippers)

Minnesota Wild
*Nolan De Jong, Michigan (Victoria Grizzlies)
+Grayson Downing, New Hampshire (West Kelowna Warriors)
*Mario Lucia, Notre Dame (Penticton Vees)
+Mike Reilly, Minnesota (
Penticton Vees – Originally drafted by Columbus in 2011)

Brad McClure, Minnesota-Mankato (Penticton Vees)

Louie Nanne, RPI (Penticton Vees)

Montreal Canadiens
+Dan Carr, Union College (Powell River Kings)
*Mark MacMillan, North Dakota (Alberni Valley Bulldogs/Penticton Vees)
Ryan Rosenthal, Northeastern (Coquitlam Express)

Nashville Predators
*Garrett Noonan, Boston University (Vernon Vipers – played last season with Milwaukee Admirals)

New Jersey Devils
*Alex Kerfoot, Harvard (Coquitlam Express)

New York Rangers
*Steven Fogarty, Notre Dame (Penticton Vees)

Connor LaCouvee, Boston University (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)

Ottawa Senators
*Miles Gendron, UConn (played last season with Penticton Vees)

Pittsburgh Penguins
*Dane Birks, Michigan Tech (Merritt Centennials)
*Sean Maguire, Boston University (Powell River Kings)

San Jose Sharks
+Joel Rumpel, Wisconsin (Penticton Vees)

Toronto Maple Leafs
+Casey Bailey, Penn State (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)
Vancouver Canucks
Matt Ginn, Holy Cross (Victoria Grizzlies)

Washington Capitals
Marcus Basara, Alaska (Vernon Vipers/West Kelowna Warriors)
Kevin Lohan, Michigan (Merritt Centennials)

Winnipeg Jets
Craig Dalrymple, Ohio State (Powell River Kings)
James Kruger, Dartmouth (Langley Rivermen)
Tyler Morley, Alaska (Surrey Eagles)
*Jamie Phillips, Michigan Tech (Powell River Kings)
Landon Smith, Quinnipiac (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)
Troy Stecher, North Dakota (Penticton Vees)
*Matt Ustaski, Wisconsin (Langley Rivermen)


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Tyson Jost on the Pipeline Show

On Saturday morning, Tyson Jost was an in-studio guest on the “Pipeline Show,” on TSN 1260 out of Edmonton. Jost was with Sam Steele of the Regina Pats, alongside host Guy Flaming. The “Pipeline Show” is a bi-weekly hockey prospects show, profiling the latest top prospects across junior and college hockey.

Check out their website HERE

Tyson Jost Part 1

Tyson Jost Part 2

Tyson Jost Part 3

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