Vees Add Experience to the Blue-Line

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PENTICTON, BC –The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has acquired defenseman David Eccles (96) from the Amherst Ramblers of the Maritime Hockey League, in exchange for defenseman Tyler Niven (96) and the CJHL playing rights of Ryan Coghlan (95), the team announced Monday.

“David is a seasoned blue-liner who’s played at the highest level in the RBC Cup and experience like that is invaluable. His size will be a welcome addition to our back-end, especially in a very competitive Interior Division.”

Eccles should be a familiar name to Vees fans, as the 19-year-old played last season for the Carleton Place Canadians, who faced the Vees in the Semi-Final of the RBC Cup in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Eccles and the Canadians lost in the championship game to the host Portage Terriers.

The rear-guard, who checks-in at 6’3 and 205 pounds, comes to Penticton with plenty of junior hockey seasoning. Last season Eccles won a Canadian Central Hockey League (CCHL) championship with Carleton Place. In the regular season, Eccles had five points in 26 games after starting the season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In the CCHL playoffs, Eccles matched his regular season total in 15 games, as the Canadians won back-to-back CCHL titles. The Ancaster, Ontario, product was a key contributor on the blue-line, as the Canadians was the East Region championship, the Fred Page Cup and then advance to theirs second straight RBC Cup Final.

Prior to joining Carleton Place, Eccles played parts of two seasons in the OHL, splitting time between the Sudbury Wolves and Sault St. Marie, picking up a pair of assists in 29 career games.

Niven, 19, was acquired by the Vees late last month from the Langley Rivermen for forward Mitch Newsome. Prior to playing in the BCHL, the Brunswick, Maine, product played three seasons at the Governor’s Academy in Massachusetts. 

The Vees claimed the rights to Ryan Coghlan after he was put on waivers by the Nanaimo Clippers.

The Vees organization would like to welcome David to Penticton and wish Tyler all the best in his future hockey endeavors.