The 20-year-old centre capped off his first season with the Vees in heroic fashion, scoring the overtime game winning goal in a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Wenatchee Wild to conclude the regular season.
The Philadelphia Flyers 19th overall selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft finished the regular season tied for fourth in points in the BCHL, posting 25 goals and adding 41 assists for 66 points in 46 games, good for the third highest points-per-game total in the league.
O’Brien also finished the season tied for 10th most goals in the league. The young centre ended his season with the Vees on a ten-game point streak, registering eight goals and eight assists for 16 points over that span.
O’Brien joined the Vees after struggling to find his game in the NCAA with Providence College last season. He will return to the NCAA next year with Boston University.
The Hingham, Massachusetts native joins Trail Smoke Eaters forward Kent Johnson, Surrey Eagles forward Cristophe Tellier, Salmon Arm Silverbacks defenseman Akito Hirose, Cowichan Valley Capitals defenseman Dimitri Mikrogiannakis and Coquitlam Express goaltender Clay Stevenson as a member of the BCHL’s first team all-stars.
Playoff tickets are on sale now as the Vees take on the West Kelowna Warriors in the opening round of the BCHL Playoffs. Game one of the best-of-seven Interior Division Quarter Final takes place on Thursday, Feb. 27th at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Valley First Box Office and online via ValleyFirstTix.com.