Vees forward Jay O’Brien has been named to the BCHL’s first team all-star line-up. O’Brien joined the Vees after struggling to find his game in the NCAA with Providence College last season. (Cherie Morgan photo)

Penticton Vees forward O’Brien named first team BCHL all-star

O’Brien finished the season tied for fourth in leauge scoring with 66 points in 46 games.

The B.C. Hockey League (BCHL) has named Penticton Vees forward Jay O’Brien a first team all-star.

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.

READ MORE: Penticton Vees comeback for overtime win to end 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

READ MORE: Penticton Vees to open first round of playoffs against West Kelowna


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

BCHLPenticton Vees

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Four exhibits on display at Penticton Art Gallery

Indigenous art and art inspired by the pandemic are on display until Nov. 7

Penticton piano silenced by vandals

The piano has been thrown away but the bench salvaged and at Long Gallery

Two new COVID-19 cases announced in Interior Health region

The total number of cases in the region is at 533

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm have died of illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Winter tires, chains now mandatory along most B.C. highways

Drivers without the proper winter tires – which must also be in good condition – can be fined $109

Documentary to celebrate the Shuswap’s music scene

Local initiative to feature several of the region’s artists

Guns seized in relation to southeast Kelowna murder investigation

RCMP seized several firearms from a West Kelowna home on Tuesday

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

First Nations Health Authority chief medical officer concerned with rising COVID-19 cases

“There’s still so much we don’t know and we’re learning everyday about this particular virus.”

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

Most Read