Family gets artistic in showing support for Vees

Penticton family takes artistic approach to support junior A and midget Vees

The Vaillancourt’s got into the community spirit of supporting the Vees by decorating their house blue. Their three Okanagan Hockey Academy billet girls stand proudly near the front door.

The Vaillancourt’s got into the community spirit of supporting the Vees by decorating their house blue. Their three Okanagan Hockey Academy billet girls stand proudly near the front door.

Paint the town blue has been the big push in support of the Penticton Vees.

Lance Vaillancourt has taken it to another level. He used two cans of spray paint to decorate his house with Go Vees. He also included a small tribute to his midget Tier 2 Vees team. Vaillancourt never went to any fancy art school and admits to having no artistic skills. Jokingly, he offered up his painting services to whomever wants their house painted.

The reason Vaillancourt was bold in doing this without being handed divorce papers from wife Jeannette is because they are renovating. The old siding and windows will be gone. When Vaillancourt  decorated, Jeannette only thought “Oh my gosh.”

Jeannette said a neighbour stopped and asked if they were crazy. She insists her husband isn’t nuts.

“It’s infectious what the team has done,” said Lance, during the intermission of Game 1 between the Vees and Chilliwack Chiefs. “I hope they continue. It’s awesome.”

“The Vees love it,” she said. “It’s getting lots of attention. Busses slow down.”

The house will stay like that until the siding comes off, which could be soon. When it does, Lance said they will come up with something new.

“I will see what my wife lets me get away with,” he said smiling.

“It’s exciting,” said Jeannette. “I have enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It’s community spirit.”

Lance, who coached Vees captain Logan Johnston during his first year of midget, hopes the Vees go all the way.

“Having a local player as captain and the team having this success, it’s awesome,” he added.

Game 5 between the Vees and Chiefs will be at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Thursday at 7 p.m. With Monday’s 3-1 win, the Vees headed into Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead.