UPDATED: Vees head to Island, sign brother of NHL defenceman Jack Johnson

The Penticton Vees have signed Kenny Johnson, brother of NHL defenceman Jack Johnson

THE PENTICTON VEES have signed Kenny Johnson

THE PENTICTON VEES have signed Kenny Johnson

Penticton Vees rookie Jacob Kamps laughed when asked if he had ever played three games in three days.

This weekend will be a new experience for the Pickering Ont., native who is used to games being spread out in high school hockey.

“It’s going to be something different for me for sure,” said Kamps. “It’s going to be a bit of a grind. It’s definitely going to be hard to put together some wins. We’re hopefully going to have the energy. We have been working hard in practice. I think we should be good.”

The Vees kick off their BCHL road trip on the Sunshine Coast against the Powell River Kings Friday, then head to the Weyerhaeuser Arena in Alberni Valley on Saturday, before winding up the three-game journey with an afternoon match against the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Kings are looking for their first win of the season after losing three straight.

“I have heard they have a lot of skill. A pretty good amount of size,” said Kamps, who brings his own size to the table with a six-foot-three, 210-pound frame. “Definitely a good test for us. They are going to want to be going after us.”

Vees coach-general manager Fred Harbinson expects the Kings to be hungry.

“They are a good team. Everybody watched in the pre-season. Scouts have watched and think they are going to be a great team,” he said. “They had a tough road trip, but they are always tough at home. All that did was probably give them more motivation to be ready for us on Friday.”

Preparation this week focused on systems play in all three zones. Harbinson said they still have a ways to go with how they want to play. He is pleased with how the rookies are picking up the systems and it is reaching the point where they are just playing. In another month, Harbinson believes everything will be seamless.

Off the ice, Kamps looks forward to bonding with his teammates during the trip. He said they are already becoming close, but feels this trip will be great for them. Kamps and the rest of the Vees will be joined by new addition Kenny Johnson, brother of NHL blue liner Jack Johnson. With defenceman Sam Rossini lost for the season with a torn ACL following the hit he took from Vernon Viper captain Riley Brandt in the pre-season, the Vees searched for the right person to take Rossini’s spot.

“We had a spot open on our back end with the injury to Sam Rossini, and Kenny is the piece we were looking for,” Harbinson said in a team statement. “He’s a big body that plays a heavy game and he’s a sound player on both sides of the puck.”

Johnson, 18, spent the last four years at the prestigious Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Faribault, Minn. Johnson spent the last two seasons playing for the school’s prep team where he appeared in 91 games, picking up 10 goals and 53 points. The six-foot-three, 220-pound blueliner is committed to the University of Michigan. Johnson will wear 28.

To get their roster number down, the Vees sent defenceman Cory Babichuk and forward Desi Burgart to the Surrey Eagles for future considerations. Chris Klack, a five-foot-11, 170-pound forward from Georgetown, Ont., was added to the roster. Klack is committed to Clarkson University for 2017-18. Forward Turner Ripplinger is out two weeks with a lower body injury.

Vees notes: An organization record has been set as the club hit  the 1,500 mark for season tickets.

“It’s exciting to see our community rally around the team, especially this year being a big one with us hosting the Western Canada Cup,” said Harbinson in team statement. “We truly believe we have some of the best fans in junior hockey, and the record number of season tickets is yet just another example of that.”

Season ticket holder’s first chance to pick up their tickets is on Sept. 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the SOEC during a party sponsored by IGA Penticton and Boyd Autobody. Fans can mingle with  players and enjoy music and a hotdog BBQ (while supplies last).

 

Just Posted

Gord Portman getting ready for the Father’s Day dunk tank fundraiser for Discovery House. So far Portman has raised $3,000. (Facebook)
Portman takes plunge for Penticton recovery house that helped save his life

Gord Portman said Discovery House and Pathways have been everything in his 1 year sobriety

(File photo)
Supreme Court Justice rules Bay has to pay Penticton’s Cherry Lane mall

The ruling found that there had been no unavoidable delay preventing the Bay from paying their rent

Summerland cidery Millionaires' Row is hosting a Father's Day car and art show. (Facebook)
Vintage cars, art and cider for Father’s Day

Summerland’s Millionaires’ Row Cider Co. is hosting the car and art show

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

James Miller, the managing editor at the Penticton Herald, has been voted in for Jake Kimberley’s vacated council seat. (Submitted)
James Miller elected as Penticton city councillor

Penticton also voted yes to allowing up to 25 years for a Skaha Marina contract

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed Eli Beauregard facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

Starting in 2022, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is extending dog control to the entire Electoral Area D. (Stock photo)
Dog control bylaw passes in Shuswap area despite ‘threatening’ emails

CSRD board extending full dog control in Electoral Area D starting next year

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read