The Penticton Vees faced off against the Brooks Bandits at the 2017 RBC Cup national championship in Cobourg, Ont. (Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images via Twitter)

Penticton Vees will face national champions in pre-season action

The defending national champions, the Brooks Bandits, will play against the Penticton Vees

The pre-season exhibition schedule has been released for the Penticton Vees and it includes a stop from the defending national championship team Brooks Bandits.

The Vees will play six pre-season games with two coming on the road and four being played at the South Okanagan Events Centre, including the final three games to close out the pre-season schedule.

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The dates include back-to-back games against the Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, who come back to Penticton for the first time since the Western Canada Cup in 2017.

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The 2019 exhibition schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Aug. 21 at West Kelowna Warriors (Royal LePage Place/7 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 23rd vs. Merritt Centennials (SOEC/7:00 PM)

Saturday, Aug. 24 at Merritt Centennials (Nicola Valley Memorial Arena/7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug. 28 vs. West Kelowna Warriors (SOEC/6:30 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 30 vs. Brooks Bandits (SOEC/7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 31 vs. Brooks Bandits (SOEC/6 p.m.)

Exhibition tickets are set to go on sale Monday, Aug. 19.

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