PENTICTON, BC –The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is proud to announce that 1995 born goaltender Anthony Brodeur has joined the club for the 2015-2016 season.
Brodeur was a 7th round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He joins the Vees after 2 seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Drummondville and Gatineau. Previously Brodeur won a U-18 national championship with the powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s program.
The Brodeur bloodlines run deep in the hockey world, as his father Martin had a hall of fame worthy career with the New Jersey Devils, and Anthony’s grandfather, Denis, won an Olympic gold medal for Canada.
The Vees expect Brodeur will continue the organization’s long line of goaltending success with the likes of recent standouts Joel Rumpel (AHL), Sean Bonar (ECHL), Mike Garteig (NCAA), Oliver Mantha (NCAA), Chad Katunar (NCAA), and Alex Evin (NCAA).
The opening for Brodeur, who is coming off a tremendous development camp with the Devils, was made possible when Hunter Miska left the club earlier in the week.
“While we were disappointed by Hunter’s decision to leave us so late in the off-season, I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason,” said Vees President, general manager, and head coach, Fred Harbinson. “We received a ton of calls from people around the hockey world, including USHL goalies ready to make the jump to us. We are very excited that Anthony chose to finish his junior career as a Vee.”
“We believe Anthony and returning goaltender Brendan Barry will provide us with a tremendous tandem for the upcoming season,” said Harbinson. “Barry returns after helping the Vees win the Wally Forslund Memorial Trophy as the BCHL’s best goaltending duo, which we have now won three consecutive years.”
“We are very excited for the season to begin, as we feel we have a championship caliber line-up,” concluded Harbinson.
Brodeur and the Vees open training camp on Monday, August 24th, at the SOEC.