The focus has officially shifted to the 2015-2016 season today, as the Vees announced the first four players of their recruiting class. The Vees revealed today that Americans Colton Poolman, Dixon Bowen, Easton Brodzinski and Seamus Donohue will for the team next fall.
Poolman will be a 20-year-old next season and the other three will be 19-year-olds once the puck is dropped in September. Poolman and Bowen are UND commits, Brodzinski is committed to St. Cloud State, and Donohue is committed to Air Force Academy.
Poolman and Donohue are significant additions to the blue-line and same with Bowen and Brodzinski up front. All four played quite a bit of high school hockey in Minnesota and all four had a lot of success at their respective programs; they should be impact players for the Vees.
Vees Press Release:
The Penticton Vees Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce four American additions for the 2015-2016 season. Defensemen Seamus Donohue (96) and Colton Poolman (95), along with forwards Easton Brodzinski (96) and Dixon Bowen (96) have committed to play in Penticton this fall.
Donohue, who turns 19 in June, played four years of High School hockey at St. Thomas Academy Cadets in Minnesota. Donohue was considered one of the top defenseman in Minnesota and is known as a responsible, puck-moving rear-guard who has offensive tools and plays with an edge. In his senior year at St. Thomas, Donohue had 35 points in 25 games and helped the Cadets to the Minnesota State 1A Semi-Final. Donohue and the Cadets won back-to-back 1A State Championships in 2012 and 2013. Donohue is committed to play at the Air Force Academy after his junior career in Penticton.
Poolman, 20, chose to finish his junior career in Penticton, after parts of two seasons with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Poolman had 10 assists in 46 games this past season in Fargo but is known for his play away from the puck, as a solid defensive defenseman. Prior to joining the Force, Poolman played High School hockey in his hometown of East Grand Forks, Minnesota. In 2014, Poolman helped lead East Grand Forks to the 1A Minnesota State Championship. Poolman comes from a hockey family, as his older brother Tucker, a Winnipeg Jets draft pick, is a sophomore defenseman at North Dakota and his father Mark is UND’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. Poolman’s experience and leadership will be a welcome addition to the Vees blue-line. Colton is committed to play at North Dakota in 2016.
Like Poolman, Easton Brodzinski comes from a family with strong hockey ties in Minnesota. Easton’s two older brothers play NCAA Division l hockey in Minnesota. His oldest brother, Johnny, just finished a 3-year career at St. Cloud State University and signed a pro contract with the LA Kings. His other brother Michael is entering his junior year at the University of Minnesota. Easton played three years of High School hockey in Blaine, Minnesota, where he tallied 72 points in 80 games. Easton brings a nice blend of size and skill to the Vees line-up this fall and like his brother Johnny and father Mike, he’ll play his college hockey at St. Cloud State, where he’s committed to play after his time in Penticton.
Bowen played with Poolman in Fargo this past season, splitting the season between the USHL and East Grand Forks (EGF) High School. Bowen and the East Grand Forks Green Wave just won their second consecutive Minnesota State 1A Championship. Bowen was the recipient of the Herb Brooks Award after leading all scorers at the State Tournament. This past season, Bowen had 21 goals to go along with 29 assists in 23 games. He had another seven goals and 15 points in six playoff games. Bowen adds size and high-end skill to the Vees roster, as he’s led the Green Wave in scoring in both the regular season and playoffs. Bowen is committed to play his collegiate hockey at UND.
The Vees organization is excited to welcome Colton, Easton, Dixon and Seamus to the organization and the South Okanagan.