Sillinger commits to Bemidji State

The Penticton Vees Jr. A Hockey Club has announced that forward Owen Sillinger has committed to Bemidji State University for the 2018-2019 season.

The Penticton Vees Jr. A Hockey Club has announced that forward Owen Sillinger has committed to Bemidji State University for the 2018-2019 season.

Sillinger, 19, is in his second season with the Vees registering 16 goals and 35 points in 49 games. The Regina, Sask., product has played in 107 career BCHL regular season games, amassing 32 goals and 80 points to go along with 46 penalty-minutes. He’s added another three goals and five points in 11 playoff games. Sillinger scored his first career hat-trick on Sept. 22nd against Langley and had a career high four-point game against Cowichan Valley on Dec. 10. Most recently he scored the game-winning goal Friday in the Vees’ 2-1 win over Nanaimo; he has points in two of his last three games.

Sillinger will be back in Penticton for one more season, but says the extra seasoning will help him make an impact right away at the collegiate level.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to go into the WCHA as an older freshman and be in an important role. I’m excited to join their program in two years and can’t wait to get down there,” said Sillinger. “I really liked the fact it’s a smaller campus, where the hockey program has such passionate following. I felt really comfortable right away with their veteran coaching staff and you get the sense the program they’re building is ready to win.”

The Beavers play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). They’ve been playing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division l level since 1999, first in the College Hockey America (CHA) conference, then moving to the WCHA in 2010. They won five CHA Championships and three CHA Tournament Championships before their move to the WCHA. The Beavers play out of the 4,300 seat Sanford Centre in Minnesota. Former Vees’ defenceman Brett Beauvais is in his junior season at Bemidji and is one of four BCHL alumni on their roster.

Just Posted

Penticton council defers on pawn shop stolen goods database

Council directed staff to come back with harsher, escalating penalties for non-compliant businesses

MP Cannings’ long-awaited wood-use bill passes in House vote

The private member’s bill is his first to pass the House, a rare feat for rookie MPs in opposition

Firefighters spreading the word about home sprinklers

Penticton Fire Department to take part in Home Fire Sprinkler Day

City of Penticton begins parking study

Update to South Okanagan Events Centre parking study gets rolling

Twin Lakes armouring against flooding

Canadian Armed Forces personnel assist with further flood mitigation

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties

That includes 663 properties in Electoral Area “B” and Electoral Area “G” and 589 in Keremeos

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

Size, cost set for proposed Vernon cultural facility

Size of new home for museum and art gallery is about 58,000 square feet; cost is $40 million

SilverStar reaches new heights with gondola

Vernon ski resort installing new feature, with opening date set for July 7

Most Read