Vees coach excited to see players in spring camp

Vees spring camp begins Thursday with 160 hopefuls looking to make main camp

Filling the holes in the Penticton Vees roster will start with the junior A club’s spring camp.

From May 23 to 26, 160 players will try to leave a lasting impression.

“We have eight or nine returning players from last year,” said Harbinson. “We’re excited about this week coming up. I think we will have a better vision of how our roster will look after this weekend.”

Harbinson anticipates a lot of competitive play during the week with spots available at every position. The lone returnee on defence is Brayden Park. Both jobs between the pipes are open. Back-up goalie Nic Renyard was sent to Coquitlam with Mike Rebry to complete the John Siemer trade. Along with Park, the Vees have regulars Brad McClure, Ryan Gropp, Brock Balson, Travis Blanleil, Cody DePourcq, Cam Amantea, Jordan McCallum and Louie Nanne, who won’t be able to play until around Christmas after having successful shoulder surgery. The Vees also have affiliate player Jordan Boultbee returning and Josh Blanchard, who will take part in the spring camp.

Harbinson said the camp will consist of players aged 15 to 19. Of the 160  players, he ideally wants to see 40 advance to the main camp in August. The Vees have a strong group of players coming in thanks to the efforts of the scouting staff and coaches.

Players check in at 3 p.m. in the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The Vees will conduct goalie sessions and fitness testing during the first day and give tours of the facility. Friday to Sunday will consist of games starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, 7:45 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday with the final game at noon. The final day will also have exit interviews. The entire camp will take place at the SOEC.