The Penticton Vees continue to put the pieces together for next season, as they announced three more recruits for the 2015-2016 season. Forwards Ben Brar (98), Owen Sillinger (97) and Jason Lavallee will join the squad next fall.
The three, along with yesterday’s announcements of forwards Dixon Bowen and Easton Brodzinski committing, will help fill the void up front that’s left by 10 players graduating onto the next level.
To date, the Vees now have Ben Brar, Easton Brodzinski, Dixon Bowen, Jason Lavallee and Owen Sillinger added as forwards for next year. They join returning forwards Mitch Newsome and Demico Hannoun. Tyson Jost, is eligible to return next year and we should hear an announcement on him soon. So if everything falls into place, the Vees have some great pieces up front already.
Ben Brar: ’98 Forward / 6’2 – 160 / Yale Academy Lions (CSSHL Prep)
Brar, who doesn’t turn 17 until November, just completed a very successful season at the Yale Academy in his hometown of Abbotsford, BC. Brar and the Yale Academy Prep Lions were runners-up in the Canadian Sports Schools Hockey League (CSSHL) playoffs. In the regular season, he finished third on the team in scoring and inside the top five in the CSSHL with 29 goals and 59 points in 28 games. His 29 goals was a team-best and he finished with the third-most in the CSSHL. Brar is another recruit who brings a nice compliment of size and skill to the Vees line-up and was a standout out at the Vees recently completed Spring Camp. Brar is committed to play at Denver University.
Owen Sillinger: ’97 Forward / 5’9 160 / Regina Pat Canadians (SMAAAHL)
17-year-old Owen Sillinger chose to play in Penticton after receiving heavy interest at both the Jr. ‘A’ and Major Junior level. Sillinger captained the Regina Pat Canadians to a bronze medal finish at the Telus Cup Midget National Championship in April. The Regina, Saskatchewan, product was the Telus Cup MVP, Top Scorer and Top Forward after amassing six goals and 17 points in just seven games. Sillinger led the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMAAAHL) in playoff scoring, totaling 17 points in 10 games, as the Pat Canadians knocked-off Battlefords in the Provincial Championship. Sillinger was fifth in the SMAAAHL scoring race in the regular season, putting up 25 goals and 64 points in 42 games. Owen is another recruit with strong bloodlines, as he’s the son of former NHL player Mike Sillinger. Mike played over one thousand games in the NHL with 11 different teams and now is the Director of Player Development for the Edmonton Oilers.
Jason Lavallée: ’96 Forward / 5’9 162 / Sorel-Tracy Rebelles (QCHL/ RSEQ)
Lavallee follows in the footsteps of former Vee Olivier Mantha. The 19-year-old comes from the Sorel-Tracy Rebelles of the Quebec College Hockey League (QCHL), the same league Mantha played in before landing in Penticton. Lavallee, who hails from Thetford Mines, Quebec, helped lead the Rebelles to the QCHL championship this spring. In nine playoff games, the right-winger recorded five goals and 11 points, as the Rebelles lost just twice on their run to the championship. In the regular season, Lavallee finished with 28 goals and 50 points in 31 games.
*Note the height and weight numbers are based on the 2013-2014 season.