The Penticton Vees have announced that forward David Silye will be the team’s captain for the upcoming season. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Penticton Vees name captain and leadership group

David Silye will be the Penticton Vees captain for the upcoming season

The Penticton Vees today announced the leadership group for the upcoming season, naming David Silye as captain.

Jack Barnes and Jay O’Brien have been named assistant captains.

Silye, 20, is entering his fourth season in the BC Hockey League, coming off of career highs in goals, assists and points during the 2018/19 campaign.

The 6’, 186-pound forward amassed 21 goals and 39 assists for 60 points during 54 games played last season with the Vees, joining the team after two seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers.

“It’s a great honour to be named captain of the Vees,” said the Arnprior, Ont. native, in a news release. “You see the names of previous captains and it makes it even more special knowing you’re adding to that legacy.

“I’ve seen and learnt a lot in my time in the league and having that experience will help me lead by example on and off the ice.”

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Fred Harbinson, Vees general manager and head coach noted he was pleased with the leadership options the club had this season.

“We have decided on three individuals that have the demeanour to lead this team through the good times as well as the challenging times,” he said.

Barnes, 19, comes into his third season with the Vees, posting a career-high nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points last season.

The Penticton native has played each of the last three seasons with the Vees, getting into 108 games, including being one of three players to appear in each game during the 2018/19 season.

O’Brien, 20, is in his first season with the Vees but brings a wealth of experience with him.

The Hingham, Mass. native played 25 games last season with Providence College in the NCAA while also being a part of Team USA at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

O’Brien was the 19th overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

“David Silye, Jack Barnes and Jay O’Brien will do an outstanding job as the face of our team,” said Harbinson. “All three players bring experience and a professional approach to the game. I look forward to working alongside this leadership group.”

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The Vees begin a three-game home stretch on Wednesday hosting the West Kelowna Warriors for preseason action at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Puck drop is slated for 6:30 p.m. with tickets on sale for $5 at the SOEC Box Office.

The game will be broadcast on HockeyTV.com with the Voice of the Vees, Trevor Miller.


 

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