Vees and Westside Warriors make a deal

Travis Blanleil brings veteran experience to Vees from Westside Warriors

  • May. 29, 2012 10:00 a.m.

RBC Cup champion Penticton Vees have swung a deal to add a veteran presence to their lineup.

Travis Blanleil ,18, was acquired from the Westside Warriors for future considerations. Blanleil has just completed his second season in the BCHL with the Warriors registering 15 goals and 32 points in 57 games. The Kelowna native is a veteran forward, playing in over 100 games while only turning 18 in March. Blanleil joined the Warriors as a 16 year-old in the fall of 2009 after graduating from the Okanangan Rockets major midget program.

Vees head Coach-GM Fred Harbinson likes what Blanleil brings to the Vees.

“Travis adds another veteran presence to our line-up and that’s crucial considering how many players we’re graduating to college,” he said. “He’s a speedy forward who has a nose for the net and poses an underrated skill-set.”

In 113 career games, Blanleil has 24 goals and 57 points along with 92 penalty-minutes. Travis is the second Blanleil to play junior hockey. Older brother Chad split three seasons between the BCHL and AJHL.

Vees fans will get their first look at Blanleil in August when the Vees hold their annual junior prep camp, the precursor to training camp.