Vees Take Home BCHL Hardware


March 12, 2013, Penticton, BC (ISN) – The British Columbia Hockey League announced its award winners for the 2012-13 season, and four members of the Penticton Vees took home hardware.

For the second consecutive season, a Vee was awarded Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy, as Ryan Gropp was named the Interior Conference Rookie of the Year; Mario Lucia won last year’s award. Gropp was the highest scoring 16 year-old and youngest player in the BCHL; in 50 games Gropp tallied 12 goals and 31 points.

Troy Stecher took home the Interior Conference Best Defenseman Award. Stecher tied for second in scoring by a defenseman in the BCHL with 47 points; he led all BCHL defenseman in assists with 39. Stecher’s former teammate and defensive partner Mike Reilly took home the award last season.

For the first time since 2008, the Vees were awarded the Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy, as having the BCHL’s Top Goaltending Duo. The trophy is handed out to the goaltending tandem that combines to post the lowest goals-against average in the regular season. Chad Katunar and Nic Renyard combined for a 2.33 goals-against average. The last Vees tandem to win the award was Alex Evin and Bryan Mountain five years ago.