Annet Pogge-Gordon, the Vees Number One Volunteer. (Brennan Phillips)

Penticton Vees recognized on and off ice success

The awards were given out following their Saturday night win.

The Penticton Vees have wrapped up another season in spectacular fashion.

After a third period comeback against the Wenatchee Wild on Saturday night, the Vees look ahead to the start of playoffs.

Before that, the Vees celebrated their players and recognized their achievements on and off the ice.

First, the team and organization recognized Annet Pogge-Gordon, the team’s scout liaison among other roles, as the Number One Volunteer.

Colton Kalezic received the Unsung Hero award, for his significant contributions to the team that don’t always get noticed.

Most Improved Player went to Carson Kosobud, after joining the team halfway through the previous season, and then making greater impacts for his 20-year-old season this year.

After an injury in the 2018-19 season, Drew Elser didn’t know if he would be able to play hockey again. He returned to Penticton in January, and for his work in overcoming adversity he was recognized with the Robert Skinner Courage Award.

READ MORE: Penticton Vees comeback for overtime win to end regular season

Recognizing his off-ice work in the community of Penticton, the Humanitarian Award went to Jackson Neidermeyer.

Jay O’Brien, with 25 goals including Saturday’s overtime winner, was recognized as the leading scorer for the Vees. He was also recognized as the best conditioned Vee on the team.

With no penalties until game 55 in the season, Liam Malmquist earned the Most Sportsmanlike Award, and for his first season with the Vees, the title of Rookie of the Year as well.

“It’s definitely huge, it’s a big honour,” said Malmquist. “A lot of good players have won that award, a lot of good players in that room as well. Everybody’s been a great teammate, it’s easy to play for those guys. As a rookie, it’s all new all this junior hockey stuff, especially coming from highschool. I’ve learned a lot from those guys, I think I’ve matured, and I’m going to keep playing for them.”

This year’s MVP, completing his fourth season in the BCHL and second as a member of the Vees, was captain David Silye. As captain, he is one of the players the others look to for leadership, which he showcases with his hard work.

“Obviously it feels amazing to get it in my last season, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” said Silye. “Especially my linemates, [Lukas] Sillinger, Neidermeyer, and O’Brien. I have to give credit to them too.”

The Vees start off the playoffs at home on Thursday night when they take on the West Kelowna Warriors.

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Colton Kalezic was named the Vees Unsung Hero, presented by Teresa Campbell on behalf of Lang Vineyards. (Brennan Phillips)

Carson Kosobud recieved the Most Improved Player award, presented by Frank Darin on behalf of Sherwood Signs and Graphics. (Brennan Phillips)

The Best Conditioned Vee was Jay O’Brien. (Brennan Phillips)

Drew Elser, for overcoming adversity, was presented with the Robert Skinner Courage award, presented by Nicole and Mila McMillan on behalf of Canadian Tire.(Brennan Phillips)

The Most Inspirational player was Jack Barnes, who was presented with the award by Nicole and Mila McMillan on behalf of Tim Hortons. (Brennan Phillips)

Jackson Neidermeyer earned the Humanitarian Award for his work in the community. The award was presented by Michele Magnussen on behalf of Gateway Casinos. (Brennan Phillips)

Liam Malmquist, for avoiding the penalty box until game 55 of the season, recieved the award for Most Sportsmanlike player. Wade and Hailey Wagstaff of Grizzly Excavating presented the award. (Brennan Phillips)

Attending the University of Michigan next year, Steve Holtz is getting some extra support as this year’s recipient of the Home Hardware Academic award and bursary. Travis Loudon presented the award. (Brennan Phillips)

The Vees players voted Darwin Lakoduk as the most popular player, the award presented by Grant Klatik on behalf of the Chamberlain Property Group. (Brennan Phillips)

Lukas Sillinger recieved this year’s Fan Favourite award, presented by Matt Roberston of Elliot Row. (Brennan Phillips)

Scoring 25 goals this season, Jay O’Brien was the leading scorer for the Vees. Frank Darin presented the award for Gametime Sports.(Brennan Phillips)

The Penticton Alumni Hockey club Best Defenceman Award went to Conner Hutchison, and was presented by Frank Darin.(Brennan Phillips)

Liam Malmquist was the Rookie of the Year, and Jim Dunlop presented the ward on behalf of the BC Hockey Hall of Fame. (Brennan Phillips)

David Silye waves to the crowd as he makes his way to accept his award. (Brennan Phillips)

David Silye, captain of the Penticton Vees, was this year’s MVP. Jessica and Shaelynn McLean for Making Cents Bookkeeping presented the award. (Brennan Phillips)

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