The Penticton Vees executed a three-team trade Wednesday, June 24, 2020 which saw them acquire defenceman Ben Wozney (pictured) from the Powell River Kings and forward Ryan Upson from the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. (Damon James/BCHL photo)

Penticton Vees swing three-way deal

Team acquires promising defenceman from Powell River Kings in multi-team trade

The Penticton Vees today continued to overhaul their roster in preparation of the 2020-21 season.

The club announced they have completed a three-team trade including the acquisitions of defenceman Ben Wozney (’01) and forward Ryan Upson (’01).

Forward Liam Noble (’01) and defenceman Carson Hemenway (’02) are on their way out.

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First, the Vees acquired defenceman Olivier Lepine (’01) and Upson from the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in exchange for Noble and Hemenway.

The Vees then acquired defender Ben Wozney from the Powell River Kings in exchange for Lepine and future considerations.

Wozney, 19, has played each of the last two seasons in Powell River, suiting up in 86 career BCHL games including a contest as an affiliate player with the Prince George Spruce Kings. The 6’2”, 170-pound rearguard has tallied 4 goals and 29 assists for 33 points in that span, including 26 points in 58 regular season games last year.

Wozney has also secured his collegiate future in committing to Bowling Green University for the 2021-22 season during the year.

The Richmond, BC native spent two seasons with the Burnaby Winter Club prior to his time in the BCHL, playing in 86 games split between the Elite 15 and Midget Prep divisions. Wozney collected 8 goals and 36 assists for 42 points in that stretch.

Upson, 19, played last season with the West Kelowna Warriors in his first season of junior hockey, registering 3 goals and 9 assists for 12 points in 54 games after making the transition from the West Van Academy in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.

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