The Vees added some offensive punch to the line-up today, as the officially announced the signing of forward Patrick Newell. The 18-year-old spent the last two seasons in the USHL and NAHL south of the border. In May Newell and the Indiana Ice won the USHL Clark Cup championship over the Waterloo Blackhawks.
An odd twist to that story, as earlier last season the Ice announced they would be suspending operations for the 2014-2015 season; they definitely went out with a bang. The USHL held a dispersal draft shortly after the season was over and Newell was picked third overall by the Tri-City Storm. Rather then play his final year of junior with the Storm, Newell elected to come to Penticton before heading to St. Cloud State.
What the Thousand Oaks, California lacks in size (listed at 5’9) he makes up for in speed, skill and vision. Newell was nearly a point per-game player in the USHL last year, posting 13 goals and 43 points in 59 games. In a league that is known to be defensively minded, those are very impressive numbers. The scouting report I got on Newell is that he’s a speedy forward who has excellent vision that makes him a natural play-maker. He’ll bring experience at the junior level; championship experience. That will help a Vees squad that’s dotted with plenty of young faces.
Vees Press Release:
The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce the signing of forward Patrick Newell (96) for the 2014-2015 season.
President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson on the addition of Newell, “Patrick’s skill set will only add to our depth upfront and he’ll be looked upon as an impact player for us. It’s always a great benefit to an organization to add a player with championship experience.”
Newell, 18, spent parts of the last two seasons with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL), but earlier this year, that franchise announced they will suspend operations for the 2014-2015 season. Newell was selected third overall by the Tri-City Storm in the corresponding USHL dispersal draft, but has elected to play his final season of junior hockey in Penticton, before heading to St. Cloud State University for the 2015-2016 season.
Newell helped Indiana capture their second USHL Clark Cup championship in May when they bested the Waterloo Blackhawks in five games. On Indiana’s run to the championship, Newell finished second in team playoff scoring, putting up four goals and seven points in 12 games. In the regular season Newell finished fourth in team scoring, amassing 13 goals and 43 points in 59 games and was an impressive plus 24.
The dynamic forward split the 2012-2013 season between Indiana and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In 42 games with Fairbanks, Newell tallied 10 goals and 22 points before his move to the USHL. In 20 games that season with the Ice, he was nearly a point per-game player, finishing with 15 points in 20 games. For his USHL career, Newell finished with 16 goals and 58 points in 79 regular season games.
The entire Vees organization would like to welcome Newell to the team and the South Okanagan.