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Penticton Vees: Graduating players and eligible returnees

The Penticton Vees are the stalwarts of the BC Hockey League. The Vees continued their dominance by not only finishing first in the Interior Conference but also first in the entire BCHL. Penticton dominated the playoffs as well, setting a BCHL record by winning 16 straight games to claim their fifth Fred Page Cup since becoming the Vees in 2004, and 13th overall for the Penticton franchise since 1962.

The Vees pushed off the Trail Smoke Eaters in five games, Prince George Spruce Kings in a four-game sweep, West Kelowna Warriors in four straight, and finally the Nanaimo Clippers in four games to win the BC Hockey League championship.

The Vees have eight committed to NCAA Division I schools for this September, and one player heading to play Canadian university U SPORTS hockey.

Penticton president, general manager, and head coach Fred Harbinson has nine forwards, five defenders, and one goaltender each eligible to return in 2022-23. Harbinson also has five 20-year-olds returning, leaving room for the Vees to add one more 2002-born player to their lineup.

These numbers might change as players move to other leagues like the Western Hockey League, US Hockey League, or North American Hockey League. They may drop down to junior B, be sent away in trades, retire, or wind up committing to college before September and don’t return to Penticton.

All college commitment information regarding schools and which season a player heads to the NCAA is taken from the BCHL website and each team’s individual roster.

The depth chart is based on the league going with a 24-player roster next season and coaches going with 14 forwards, eight defenders, and two goaltenders.

Graduating Players

Grayson Arnott (University of Maine)
Stefano Bottini (Cansius College)
Braden Doyle (Northeastern University)
Adam Eisele (Minnesota State University)
Luc Wilson (Minnesota State University)
Kaeden Lane (Northern Michigan University)
Casey McDonald (American International College)
Finlay Williams (University of Notre Dame)
Carter Serhyenko (York University)

Eligible Returnees (* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 14 forwards and eight defenders)

Jackson Nieuwendyk (02)
Spencer Smith (02)
Josh Nadeau (03)
Ethan Mann (03)
Brett Moravec (03)
Thomas Pichette (03)
Aydar Suniev (04)
Beanie Richter (04)
Bradley Nadeau (05)

Mason Poolman (02)
Frank Djurasevic (02)
Owen Simpson (03)
Joshua Niedermayer (04)
Ryan Hopkins (04)

Colin Purcell (02)