Two Vees Taken in NHL Entry Draft


Fraser Rodgers

July 1, 2013, Penticton, BC (ISN) – Graduating Vees Wade Murphy and Jedd Soleway had their names called at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday.

Both were selected in the seventh and final round, Murphy taken first, choosen 185th overall by the Nashville Predators. Eight picks later, Soleway was scooped up by the Phoenix Coyotes with the 193rd pick in the draft.

Murphy, 19, is entering his freshman season at North Dakota after spending three seasons in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). This past season Murphy led the Vees in scoring with 23 goals and 70 points in 50 games; seventh best in the BCHL. He followed that up with five goals and 11 points in 15 playoff games, as the Vees appeared in their second consecutive Fred Page Cup Final. In 2012, he was named the Vees Co-Playoff MVP, helping guide the Vees to the 2012 RBC Cup National Junior ‘A’ Championship. Murphy was named an Interior Conference All-Star in both 2012 and 2013 and finished with 51 goals and 128 points in 102 career games with Penticton. Murphy also won a silver medal with Team Canada West at the 2012 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge last November in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Soleway, 19, came to the Vees in December via trade with the Vernon Vipers that saw Dexter Dancs go the other way. Soleway averaged over a point per-game after the trade, collecting 14 goals and 29 points in 22 regular season games. The power-forward had a solid post-season run, tallying five goals and 11 points in 15 games while playing between Murphy and Louie Nanne. In 122 career games between Penticton and Vernon, Soleway has compiled 37 goals and 82 points. Soleway is off to Madison, Wisconsin as he prepares for his first season at the University of Wisconsin.

The Vees organization congratulates Jade and Wade and wishes the two of them all the best as they embark on their college careers.