The Penticton Vees today (Aug. 17) announced the commitment of a pair of 2002 born defenders for the 2020-21 season. Jack Bar and Tanner Komzak will both patrol the Vees’ blueline in the upcoming season.
Bar, 17, makes his way west to join the Vees after spending the last four seasons with St. Andrew’s College in Ontario. The 6 foot 2 inches tall, 194-pound rearguard is coming off of his most productive season, tallying 18 goals and 34 assists for 52 points in just 49 games from the back-end. Bar will also reunite with a former St. Andrew’s teammate Devlin O’Brien when he comes to Penticton.
The Newmarket, Ontario product has shown strong leadership to go along with his play on the ice as he served as an assistant captain with St. Andrew’s a season ago. Bar has also secured his collegiate hockey career as the defender is set to attend Harvard College in the fall of 2021. Bar is a prospect eligible for the 2021 National Hockey League Entry Draft and is expected to be selected in the opening three rounds.
Komzak, 17, has experience at the BCHL level, spending his 2019-20 campaign with the Langley Rivermen. The defender adds plenty of size to the Vees blue line, checking in at 6’4” and 190 pounds while producing a goal and three assists for four points in his rookie season of Junior hockey.
Before his time in the BCHL, the North Vancouver, BC native played with the West Van Hockey Academy of the Canadian Sports School Hockey League before making the jump to Junior B and playing a season with the Langley Trappers of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League.
“The Vees would like to welcome both Jack, Tanner and their families to the organization as well as the South Okanagan and City of Penticton,” stated a press release from the organization.
The Vees are set to begin practice in September while the BCHL has set Dec. 1 as a tentative start date to the season.