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.
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 Hockeytube.net, 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.