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July 4,2014(ISN) – The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club have announced
Assistant Michael Hengen has accepted a new role with the Prince George
Cougars of the Western Hockey League and Assistant Coach Steve Cawley has
been promoted to Assistant General Manager.

Also, Director of Scouting, Tom Hengen, will be stepping back from his role
with the hockey club and Travis Deaust will now oversee the Vees scouting

President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson says the
organization is grateful for the contributions made to the Vees by Mike and
Tom Hengen, “Both have been instrumental in the success of our program and
I feel very fortunate to have worked alongside both of them.”

Harbinson says Mike and Tom had family on their mind when making their
decisions, “I believe family is extremely important. Tom stepping down to
enjoy more time with his wife Linda and Mike’s move to Prince George allows
him to continue his bright coaching career with the Cougars at a very
positive time in their organizations history. Mike’s wife, Melody, can also
take advantage of a promotion within her own field of work as well.”

As a player, Mike Hengen won a Fred Page Cup with the Vees in 2008, before
moving into the coaching ranks in 2010. From behind the bench, he helped
guide the Vees organization to their second national championship in 2012,
as well as establish a new national consecutive wins record of 42.

Harbinson says the promotion of Steve Cawley will make for a seamless
transition, “Steve has put in countless hours for our organization over the
past four seasons and really stepped forward when I took on the role of
team President. Steve is one of the most detailed conscious people I know
and very deserving of this promotion.”

Harbinson also believes the Vees Scouting Department is in very capable
hands under Travis Deaust, “Travis has worked on our scouting staff for the
past two seasons. He has a strong eye for talent, a tireless work ethic and
understands what it takes to be a successful player at this level and more
importantly a Vee.”

The entire Vees organization wants to thank Mike and Tom for their
contributions to the organization and wish them all the best in their
future endeavors, and want to congratulate both Steve and Travis on their
deserving promotions.

The search for a new Assistant Coach will begin immediately.