The Penticton Vees made it official on Tuesday, announcing the signing of forward Desi Burgart to their 22-man roster. Burgart, who doesn’t turn 17 until late September, played last year with the NW Giants of the BCMML.
Burgart first made an impression on the Vees’ coaching staff at their annual Spring Camp in May. He earned an invite to the Vees Main Camp in August on his Spring Camp and again impressed at Main Camp and in the pre-season. He’s young but already has a good frame, standing at 6’1 and weighing in around a buck 80. He didn’t look out-of-place on a line with fellow 98-born players in Ben Brar and Taylor Ward.
Those three played a good depth role in the Vees three exhibition games last week, as they seemed to always make something happen on the ice. Burgart centered the line and got better as the pre-season went on; certainly didn’t look like a wide-eyed rookie.
Burgart grew up in Vancouver but has strong family ties to Penticton, as both of his parents, Brad and Donna, were born and grew up in the Peach City. Desi still has family here in town and there seems to be a lot of buzz about him joining the team. Hopefully we see some new faces in the stands because of it. But don’t kid yourself, Burgart made the team not because of his name but his efforts in two camps and the pre-season. Burgart played his way right onto the team.