Defenceman Ethan Martini will join the Penticton Vees for the 2019-2020 season. (Photo courtesy of Garrett James — BCHL)

Penticton Vees add gritty defenceman to lineup

Defenceman Ethan Martini was picked up from the Powell River Kings

The Penticton Vees have acquired a player that brings experience and grit to their roster.

Defenceman Ethan Martini was picked up from the Powell River Kings in exchange for future considerations.

“Adding Ethan’s experience, size and physical mentality was something we couldn’t pass up on,” said Vees head coach, general manager and president Fred Harbinson in a news release. “We all know the grind in which the Interior Division has become and I look forward to helping Ethan take the next step with his game.”

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Martini, 19, spent the last three seasons in the BCHL amassing 143 games between two different teams. The 6’6”, 209-pound defender played the majority of those games with the Trail Smoke Eaters, registering a goal and 10 assists for 11 points in 114 games while amassing 211 penalty minutes in that span.

Martini split last season in the United States Hockey League and the BCHL, beginning his campaign with the Central Illinois Flying Aces where he played in 13 games, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists for 3 points to go along with 71 penalty minutes before getting 29 games with the Kings, compiling four assists and 51 PIMs.

Additionally, the Vees announced defenceman Jonathan Smart has committed to the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds for the 2019/20 season.

Smart, 20, was acquired by the Vees at the Jan. 10 trade deadline last season, playing in 13 games with Penticton while scoring a goal and adding two assists for three points after playing 216 games in the Western Hockey League.

“We are excited for Jonathan to have used his time in Penticton to secure an opportunity to play college hockey,” said Harbinson.

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