The Penticton Vees quickly solidified their goaltending position for this season, with the signing of Anthony Brodeur Friday. The 20-year-old puck-stopper is the son of former NHL’er Martin Brodeur and spent the past two seasons in the QMJHL with Gatineau and Drummondville.
Brodeur will bring a strong goaltending pedigree with him to Penticton and he and Brendan Barry should form another strong tandem in goal for the Vees. Remember, the Vees have won the Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy for that past three seasons. That trophy is given out to the team that has the best combined goals-against average in the BCHL.
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With Brodeur today and forward Mitch Brooks acquisition earlier this week, the Vees depth, once again, is impressive. As Head Coach Fred Harbinson said in the Penticton Herald on Tuesday, they do have a spot on the blue-line open but there will be competition for that come Main Camp in late August; it will sort itself out.
You have to be impressed on how the Vees handled, and quickly, a difficult situation this week with the sudden departure of Hunter Miska. However, as I’ve come to know with the coaching staff, they never look back, just ahead and today’s another example.
Here’s a scouting report on Brodeur from Hockey’s Future:
“Brodeur plays an aggressive butterfly style that focuses on strong positioning to the shooter. Whenever the shooter comes in close, he’ll come out to pokecheck or cut down the angle. Similar to his father, his glove hand and stickhandling are two of his strengths. He steers shots into the boards with strong kicks leaving few second chances.”
“The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is proud to announce that 1995 born goaltender Anthony Brodeur has joined the club for the 2015-2016 season.
Brodeur was a 7th round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He joins the Vees after 2 seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Drummondville and Gatineau. Previously Brodeur won a U-18 national championship with the powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s program.
The Brodeur bloodlines run deep in the hockey world, as his father Martin had a hall of fame worthy career with the New Jersey Devils, and Anthony’s grandfather, Denis, won an Olympic gold medal for Canada.
The Vees expect Brodeur will continue the organization’s long line of goaltending success with the likes of recent standouts Joel Rumpel (AHL), Sean Bonar (ECHL), Mike Garteig (NCAA), Oliver Mantha (NCAA), Chad Katunar (NCAA), and Alex Evin (NCAA).
The opening for Brodeur, who is coming off a tremendous development camp with the Devils, was made possible when Hunter Miska left the club earlier in the week.
“While we were disappointed by Hunter’s decision to leave us so late in the off-season, I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason,” said Vees President, general manager, and head coach, Fred Harbinson. “We received a ton of calls from people around the hockey world, including USHL goalies ready to make the jump to us. We are very excited that Anthony chose to finish his junior career as a Vee.”
“We believe Anthony and returning goaltender Brendan Barry will provide us with a tremendous tandem for the upcoming season,” said Harbinson. “Barry returns after helping the Vees win the Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy as the BCHL’s best goaltending duo, which we have now won three consecutive years.”
“We are very excited for the season to begin, as we feel we have a championship caliber line-up,” concluded Harbinson.
Brodeur and the Vees open training camp on Monday, August 24th, at the SOEC.”