Four Vees Named BCHL All-Stars

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Fraser Rodgers

(ISN) – PENTICTON, BC –On the eve of the BCHL Fred Page Cup Final, the league office has announced its 2014-2015 league-wide All-Star teams and four Vees have made the grade.

Goaltender Hunter Miska, defensemen Gabe Bast and Dante Fabbro and forward Tyson Jost were selected as BCHL All-Stars. Hunter Miska was named to the BCHL First All-Star Team, Gabe Bast was named a Second Team All-Star , and Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost were named to the All-Rookie Team; no other team had more than two players selected.

Miska, is his second season with the Vees, relished his role as a start, as he had a share of the BCHL lead in wins (34) and shutouts (5), and led the league in goals-against average (1.88) and save-percentage (.931). The North Branch, Minnesota, product was named the BCHL’s Top Goaltender in the regular season, and he and teammate Brendan Barry took home the Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy, as the BCHL’s top goaltending tandem; Miska is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for 2016.

Bast, 18, was the second-highest scoring rookie defenseman in the BCHL this season, with nine goals and 40 points in 49 games; just two back of the lead. This despite missing games for international duty, as Bast was one of four Vees that played for Team Canada West at the 2014 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Saskatchewan; Bast’s nine goals was the third-most by any BCHL defenseman. The Red Deer, Alberta native is off to the University of North Dakota in 2016.

Fabbro, 16, was the youngest blue-liner on the Vees roster but despite his age, he finished with four goals and 33 points in 44 games. Fabbro missed 14 games mostly due to his time wearing the maple leaf, as he played at both the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge; Fabbro was the third-highest scoring defenseman on the Vees this season.

Jost was the Vees youngest forward and the recently turned 17-year-old had a share of the team goal-scoring lead with 23 in 46 games. The center finished fourth in team scoring with 45 points in 46 games; just shy of a point per-game pace. Like Fabbro, Jost played in two international tournaments, dawning the Hockey Canada colours in both the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.

The Four All-Stars, along with the rest of the Vees, open the Fred Page Cup Final tomorrow, Friday, April 10th, against the Nanaimo Clippers at the SOEC; puck drop is 7pm. Fans can get their tickets at the Valley First box office (at the SOEC), or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors, and students and children (18 and under) are free.

The Vees are throwing a tailgate party ahead of game two on Saturday, April 11th. Fans are encouraged to head down to the SOEC, starting at 4:30pm, as they can enjoy some BBQ hamburgers, live music and there will be street hockey for kids. Game two between Penticton and Nanaimo goes at 6pm.

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