The Penticton Vees landed a significant piece for their forward group this week with the signing of Scott Conway. The 20-year-old comes to Penticton from Penn State University, where he was named to the Big Ten All-Rookie team last year. Conway will be looking to a go to a different college hockey program in 2016-17.
Conway will be a big boost up front and certainly be in the Vees top-six once the regular season rolls around in September (two months away!?). Conway had a standout freshman season with the Nittany Lions last year, scoring 10 goals and adding 16 assists in 34 games. He was the second-highest scoring freshman in the Big Ten Conference.
Conway knows how to score goals and he’s done at multiple levels. Prior to playing college puck at Penn State, Conway lit up the USHL with the Indiana Ice in 2013-14. Conway tied for the league goal-scoring lead with 33 and had a share of the league’s best plus / minus, finishing that season at plus 40. He’s a winner too, as he and Ice (along with graduated Vee Pat Newell) won the USHL Clark Cup that year; valuable experience.
The Vees were turning over scorers this off-season to graduation and college, so getting a guy like Conway is a huge get upfront. Not only does he have a touch around the net, he’s also known as a hard-nosed type that plays the prototypical 200 foot game; he should fit into the Vees’ system nicely. Also, he’ll be a big boost for the Vees power-play, which took a bit of a dip last year, but it should get back on track with this signing.
Conway is at the Anaheim Ducks development camp this week and calls the Orlando, Florida, area home in the off-season. He’s a dual citizen, holding Canadian and British passports, as his dad Kevin played professional in the UK for a number of years.
Fans should get excited about having Conway in Vees colours next season. We should be seeing his name on the stat sheet quite a bit.
Switching gears somewhat, I chatted with Head Coach Fred Harbinson about the Conway signing and a variety of off-season topics. I’ve split the interview up into two parts and just read the descriptions for what you want to listen to.
Fred does touch on the passing of team Chaplain Jamie Weberg and has some very kind words on what Jamie meant to the team. Listen for that in Part 2. Fred is also going to Toronto to be a guest coach at the Leafs Development Camp and shares details on his trip next week.
Harbinson Part 1 (Conway signing, Captaincy, Recruiting)
Harbinson Part 2 (Roster makeup, Leafs Development Camp, Jamie Weberg)