Vees Hand out 2016-17 Team Awards

PENTICTON, BC –The Penticton Vees Jr. A Hockey Club handed out its annual team awards Sunday afternoon, following their thrilling 2-1 overtime win over the Victoria Grizzlies at the SOEC.

The winners are as follows:

UNSUNG HERO (Lang Vineyards): Duncan Campbell

VEES ON VEES MOST POPULAR PLAYER (DMS & Ifex Canada Ltd): Ryley Risling

MOST IMPROVED (Sherwood Signs & Graphics): Ryley Risling

ROBERT SKINNER COURAGE AWARD (Cantex Construction): Turner Ripplinger

BEST CONDITIONED (Chamberlain Property Group): Grant Cruikshank

HUMANITARIAN (Gateway Casinos): Nolan Hildebrand

FAN FAVOURITE (Elliot Row 4 Her 4 Him): Owen Sillinger

MOST SPORTSMANLIKE (Grizzly Excavating): Griffin Mendel

BEST DEFENSEMAN (Penticton Jr. Hockey Alumni): Griffin Mendel

MOST INSPIRATIONAL (Tim Hortons): Owen Sillinger

TOP ACADEMIC (Home Hardware): Greg Brydon:

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (BC Hockey Hall of Fame): Grant Cruikshank

MVP (Making Cents Bookkeeping): Mat Robson


Ryley Risling, Grant Cruikshank, Owen Sillinger and Griffin Mendel were all multiple award winners. The Leading Scorer Award (Game Time Sports) was not handed out Sunday, as the Vees still have three road games remaining on their schedule next week; the winner will be announced at a later date.


The Penticton Vees next home game will be Friday, March 17th, in the BCHL Fred Page Cup Playoffs, as they have a first round bye, by virtue of their first overall seed in the Interior Division.