Vees spring camp hits the ice

Starting on Thursday, 160 prospects will do their best to impress the Penticton Vees brass during its spring camp.

Starting on Thursday, 160 prospects will do their best to impress the Penticton Vees brass during its spring camp.

Vees coach-general manager Fred Harbinson said the camp in an important piece of what they do. Last year 25 per cent of the Vees roster came from their spring camp.

“A lot of other kids were identified and went on and played junior hockey or major junior hockey,” said Harbinson. “We are hoping to equal that same type of level we had last year.”

When the Vees’ training camp begins in late August there will only be 40 players. Harbinson said there will be a lot of players attending who are not eligible to play in the BCHL.

“The biggest thing about this camp is trying to find players that are going to have a chance to play for us next year and also the other side of it is we have a strong desire to educate kids to our league,” said Harbinson.

The camp wraps up on Sunday as the final three days have scrimmage games at the South Okanagan Events Centre.