PENTICTON, BC –The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has rounded out its leadership group for the 2015-16 season. The team has named defenseman Colton Poolman (95) and forward Scott Conway (95) Assistant Captains.
20-year-olds Conway and Poolman join Captain Tyson Jost and fellow Assistant Captain Dante Fabbro as the Vees’ leadership group.
“Colton and Scott are experienced, veteran players who’ve taken on a natural leadership role within the dressing room. Their poise and maturity will be beneficial for our younger players and they’ll be a great complement to Tyson and Dante,” stated President, General Manager and Head Coach, Fred Harbinson.
Poolman is finishing out his junior career in Penticton, after parts of two seasons with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Poolman had 10 points in 46 games this past season in Fargo but is known for his play away from the puck and will be a key piece to the Vees blue-line. Poolman has championship experience under his belt, as he won the 1A Minnesota State High School Hockey Championship in 2014 with East Grand Forks. The rear-guard comes from a hockey family, as his older brother Tucker, a Winnipeg Jets draft pick, is a sophomore defenseman at North Dakota and his father Mark is UND’s Strength and Conditioning Coach. Colton will be joining his brother and dad at UND next season.
Like Poolman, Conway has a wealth of experience at various levels, including playing NCAA Division l hockey at Penn State University last year. Conway was named to the Big Ten All-Rookie team a season ago and won a USHL Clark Cup championship with the Indiana Ice two seasons ago. Conway led the Ice in scoring that year, notching 33 goals and 68 points in 57 regular season games. He also was named to the USHL First All-Star team and represented the Ice in the annual USHL All-Star game. Scott also comes from strong hockey bloodlines, as his father Kevin played in the British Elite Ice Hockey League and was inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
The new leadership group leads the Vees into their regular season opener tomorrow, Friday, September 11th, on the road against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vees London Drugs Home Opener is Wednesday, September 16th, at the SOEC when the Vees host the Vernon Vipers. Tickets are just $5 and beer is only $3.75 on the first “Wicked Wednesday,” of the season. Tickets can be purchased at the Valley First box office (at the SOEC).