The Penticton Vees have added a pair of valuable veterans forwards for future considerations.
The Vees acquired 1997-born forwards Ben Allen from the Battlefords North Starsand Shane Allan from the Okotoks Oilers.
Allen, a native of Allen, Texas, appeared in 44 games for the North Stars last seasonscoring 19 goals and adding 26 assists. He then scored seven goals with six more assistsin 12 playoff games to help the North Stars win the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey
League championship. Vees fans got a first-hand look at Allen at the Western Canada Cup, where he scored once in five games.Allan, a Calgary native, missed a large portion of the season due to injury.
Limited to 10 games with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Okotoks Oilers, Allanrecorded one goal and one assist. In 2015-16, Allan played 66 games in the WesternHockey League with the Kootenay Ice, scoring three goals with three assists.
“When we look back at the four championships in our last 10 years, the one constanthas been the importance of a veteran presence in the BCHL playoffs,” said Vees headcoach and general manager Fred Harbinson in a team statement. “These acquisitions raise our experienceup front. Ben knows what it takes to win a championship at this level and will be relied upon in our quest to repeat as BCHL champions. Shane is coming off an injury and looking for a fresh start. We look forward to working with both of them throughout training camp.”
Both players will be arriving in Penticton over the weekend ahead of training camp which begins Aug. 21.
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