The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has traded 17-year-old forward Liam Finlay to the Vernon Vipers for future considerations.
Finlay, who’s committed to the University of Denver, had one goal and five points in 10 games with the Vees this season. The Kelowna, BC, native came to the Vees via the Okanagan Rockets of the BCMML. Last year with the Rockets, Finlay was third in team scoring with 17 goals and 51 points.
With Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost off at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Ontario, the Vees will have a few affiliate players in their line-up this week. Two highly regarded 15-year-olds in Griffin Mendel and Jordy Bellerive from the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA), made their BCHL debuts Wednesday night in the Vees 10-0 win over Surrey. Mendel, from Kelowna, BC, is second in team scoring for defenseman on the OHA’s Midget Prep team. The rear-guard has two goals and eight points in 10 games. Bellerive leads the Prep team in scoring with 12 goals and 21 points in 10 games.
The Vees will also get their first look at Tak Anholt (98), who will be in the line-up on Halloween night as they travel back down to Surrey tomorrow to face the Eagles in the back half of a home and away series. Anholt is committed to the Vees for next season and will be making his BCHL debut. The 16-year-old currently leads the Yale Hockey Academy in scoring, amassing an impressive eight goals and 17 points in just five games in the Canadian Sports Schools Hockey League (CSSHL); Anholt currently sits third in CSSHL scoring.
Mendel will join Anholt in the line-up as the blue-liner is expected to play a second consecutive game for the Vees in the absence of injured Co-Captain Patrick Sexton.
The Vees organization would like to thank Liam Finlay for contributions to the club and wish him all the best in his future endeavors with Vernon.