The Penticton Vees announced Tuesday the team has acquired 18-year-old forward Luc Wilson from the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for 20-year-old forward Jack Barnes and future considerations.
Wilson, 18, enjoyed a breakout season with Capitals in the 2019-20 campaign, amassing 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 points in 55 games.
The 5’10”, 175-pound forward led Cowichan Valley in points, and finished 17th overall in the BCHL in the category. Wilson also finished 2nd on the Capitals in goals and assists and tied for the team lead in power play goals with 9.
The Duncan, BC native is a veteran of 110 career regular season BCHL games, scoring 29 goals and 47 assists for 76 points while contributing 2 goals and 8 assists for 10 points in 13 career playoff games. Wilson has secured his collegiate future as he is committed to Minnesota State-Mankato for the 2021-22 season.
Barnes will leave the Vees after having played three seasons with the team, amassing a total of 156 career regular season games with the club where he registered 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points. The Penticton born player also suited up for 17 playoff games with the Vees, scoring 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points.
“I believe this is a positive hockey trade for both teams and both players,” said Vees president, general Manager and head coach Fred Harbinson. “Jack has been a great solider that brought an honest effort to the rink day in and day out. Unfortunately, with the number of 20-year old players we have, we are forced to make difficult decisions. He will be given a larger offensive role in Cowichan for his final season in the BCHL.”
Harbinson added that he believes Wilson can provide some offense for the upcoming season.
“We receive the opportunity to add Luc, who has the ability to replace some of the scoring that graduated from our lineup,” said the coach.