Vees Captain Chooses UND





One of the biggest questions going into the BCHL regular season was where would Tyson Jost end up? We now have our answer. One of the top uncommitted players entering the season, Jost announced via his Twitter account, that he has committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2016-17 season.

Jost, along with teammate (and billet brother) Dante Fabbro, were two of the top NCAA prospects throughout last season and going into this year as well. Fabbro is still uncommitted but has a narrowed down his shortlist of schools that he’s heavily considering and will be going on a few schedule visits in the near future.

Jost, who will Captain the Vees in 2015-16, along with Fabbro won a gold medal just last week at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic. By all accounts both played very well for Canada, Jost scored a hat-trick against the Swiss and finished with four points. Fabbro was pointless but many scouts said he was one of the top defensemen in the tournament.

Jost has had a lot of eyeballs on him since playing Bantam and even last year as a 16-year-old in the BCHL. He didn’t disappoint, as he quickly became one of the Vees go-to players and a leader upfront. He averaged nearly a point per-game centering the Vees top line and that’s with missing 12 games due to Hockey Canada tournaments. Clearly a kid who plays beyond his age and acts like a pro on and off the ice and that was evident in the Vees long playoff run. Jost led the Vees in goals with 10 in the Fred Page Cup playoffs and 18 in all competitions. (Western Canada Cup & RBC Cup).

President, GM & Head Coach Fred Harbinson spoke with the Grand Forks Herald about Jost’s competitiveness,

“He takes a lot of pride, not just in scoring points,” Penticton coach Fred Harbinson said. “He’s hard on himself away from the puck and in our own end. He was able, as a 16-year-old, to play in a lot of different situations that are usually for guys four years older than him. His attitude sets him apart. A lot of guys have the talent and say they want to be players, but his attitude is what drives him and makes him into the elite player that he is.”

For quite awhile, ever since Jost was drafted in the top 10 of the WHL Bantam Draft, the question many were asking in the hockey community was, “Will he or won’t he go to the WHL?” Even though he was named Captain by the Vees earlier in the summer, there were still quite a few who were asking that question. Yesterday’s commitment news should throw cold water on the issue and so should this quote from Tyson,

 “We (Dante Fabbro and Jost) really like NCAA, we both think it’s a great route for our path to the NHL. We are the only two players here (non-CHL players) but we hope to make a stride for other players to follow suit. More and more players are coming out of the NCAA and hopefully we can make a little push.”

That was Jost’s answer to a question from a interview he did after winning gold at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He and Dante Fabbro were the only two CJHL players on Team Canada. For the full interview, CLICK HERE. 

Jost will be looking to follow the likes of Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise, TJ Oshie and Travis Zajac. All UND alumni who were first round picks and have gone on to successful NHL careers.

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Jost, Fabbro & Canada Win Gold


Tyson Jost, Dante Fabbro and Team Canada struck gold, again, at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic Saturday. Canada now the 8-time defending gold medalists

Canada downed the Swedes 7-3 in the Gold Medal game. Jost picked up an assist in that win. In fact, he finished with 3 goals and 4 points in 5 games. Fabbro was pointless but by all accounts, was one of the best defensemen for the Canucks; tournament too.

Now the two Vees make the transatlantic journey back to Penticton ahead of Main Camp on Monday, August 24th, at the SOEC.


Cool photo above of Fabbro, former Vees Assistant Coach Matt Sells and Jost. Sells who was a staff member of the 2012 RBC Cup team, now works with Hockey Canada in Calgary. Vees past and present.

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Jost, Fabbro Shine at U-18’s + Vees Trade

Ivan Hlinka Website 

Canada-Switzerland Boxscore (Includes videos of all 9 Canadian goals)

Tyson Jost, Dante Fabbro and Team Canada wrapped up their round-robin schedule at the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, with a convincing 9-2 win over the Swiss. Jost paced the attack, scoring three times as Canada clinched first place in Group A and a date in the Semi-Finals with Russia on Friday.

Tyson Jost’s hat-trick goal against the Swiss.

Not to be outdone, Dante Fabbro, who’s having a strong tournament himself, made this ridiculous pass in the game-mid STRIDE. He casually does the no-look-between-the-legs pass and it almost works.

 Tyler Niven Trade

Press Release

Switching gears, the Vees and Langley Rivermen swapped players yesterday afternoon. Coming to Penticton is 19-year-old defenseman Tyler Niven (pictured above), in exchange for 18-year-old forward Mitch Newsome. 

One of those trades that I think both teams will be very happy with as the deal seems to fill a need fro both organizations. The Vees were looking to add some depth on their blue-line and Niven is just the type of player they were looking for. Langley wanted to add some experience up front to a forward group that had a lot of turnover this off-season, including four of their five top scorers moving onto school.

Niven Captained the Varsity team at Governor’s Academy in Massachusetts last year and spent the past three seasons playing prep hockey at Governor’s. He’s considered to be a “well-rounded defenseman, who’s an exceptional skater.” I’m told he also plays with an edge and has the frame for it too (6’0 / 190). The Vees believe they got their man. 

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Jost, Fabbro Open Ivan Hlinka versus Czechs

Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Website 

Team Canada Roster 


Tyson Jost, Dante Fabbro and Team Canada open the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup this morning at 10 am PT against the Czech Republic. The tournament features some of the best draft-eligible prospects in the world going head-to-head over six days in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Canada is the seven-time defending gold medalists and Jost and Fabbro hope to make it eight straight by weeks’ end.


Jost is wearing number seven for Canada and Fabbro is wearing number three on the blue-line. Speaking of Fabbro, Steve Ellis over at penned an article profiling the “Top Five Players to Watch” at the tournament and Fabbro is ranked number one. Read that feature HERE. 

If you’re on social media and want to follow the tournament, check out @HC_Men & @HlinkaMemorial.

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Alumni Update: Mike Garteig


I spoke with former Penticton Vees’ goaltender and 2012 RBC Cup Champion Mike Garteig on Tuesday, as the Quinnipiac senior was driving through Penticton, on his way back to school. Garteig is entering his final year of collegiate hockey at Quinnipiac. “Garts” talks about his time in Penticton and gearing up for final final season in Hamden.


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Jost, Fabbro on the World Stage…Again

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Hockey Canada announced it’s 22-man roster for the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and it features two Penticton Vees. Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro are among the 22 that will play at the tournament, in the Czech Republic / Slovakia, that features the best NHL draft eligible prospects in the world.

Canada had won the gold medal for the last seven years and only twice has finished outside of the medals in the 24-year history of the tournament. Though this is a non-sanctioned International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) event, it’s considered the best tournament for draft eligible prospects. There’s the IIHF World Under 18 Championship in April every year, but manY top prospects in this age group are still playing in the playoffs at the Major Junior or Junior ‘A’ level.

Fabbro, Jost and Team Canada fly to Europe later this week as they prepare for their tournament opener on August 10th, against the Czech Republic.


The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce defenseman Dante Fabbro (98) and forward Tyson Jost (98), have both been named to the Team Canada’s Under-18 team for the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

 Fabbro and Jost are only one of three sets of teammates to be named to the 22-man roster, with the Brandon Wheat Kings (three) and Calgary Hitmen (two), the other two teams with multiple representatives.

 The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup has been held annually since 1991, with the tournament first being staged in Japan; the tournament moved to the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1997. The tournament runs August 10th-15th and is split between two host cities Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia.

 Jost, who will Captain the Vees in 2015-2016, had a terrific rookie season in the BCHL last year. The then 16-year-old averaged nearly a point per-game in the regular season, with 23 goals and 45 points in 46 games*. Those numbers garnered league-wide recognition, as he was named to the BCHL All-Rookie team. He didn’t miss a beat in the post-season, scoring a team-best 10 goals in 21 playoff games, en route to a Fred Page Cup Championship. Jost continued his dominance at the Western Canada Cup (WCC), compiling five goals and six points as the Vees won their first ever WCC Championship. Jost was named the tournament’s Top Forward and Top Scorer, helping guide the Vees to an RBC Cup berth in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

 Fabbro will wear an ‘A’ for the Vees this season and he too had a very impressive rookie campaign with the one season ago. As a 16-year-old, he was the third-highest scoring defensemen on the Vees roster, compiling 33 points in 44 games*. His regular season efforts earned him a spot on the BCHL All-Rookie team alongside Jost. Despite his age, Fabbro excelled on the blue-line in the playoffs, as he was the team’s highest scoring defenseman, notching 15 points in 21 games.  His play didn’t dip on the national stage, as he picking up three points in five games at the RBC Cup and was named the tournament’s Top Defenseman.

Canada has won gold for the past seven years at the Ivan Hlinka Cup and is the all-time winningest country at the tournament, owning 19 gold medals and they have only finished outside of the medals twice in the tournament’s 24-year history.

 The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup showcases the top draft eligible players from Europe and North America. Team Canada opens the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on August 10th, against the Czechs.

*Fabbro and Jost missed 12 regular season games due to international duty at the World Under-17 Challenge and the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.

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Anthony Brodeur TSN Radio Interview

Anthony Brodeur-TSN Radio 1040 Vancouver

Thanks to TSN Radio Producer Ryan Henderson for sending the audio over. On Monday, the Vees newest goaltender chatted with the Afternoon Show on TSN 1040 Radio out of Vancouver. Anthony talks about his decision to come to Penticton and growing up as a Brodeur.

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