PENTICTON, BC – The Penticton Vees are proud to announce the acquisition of 20-year old forward Jackson Keane from the Winnipeg Blues of the MJHL.
Keane, from Winnipeg Manitoba played for his hometown Blues for the first two year of his junior career. In 102 MJHL games, Jackson posted 98 points. Keane would then join the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers for the past two seasons where he notched 11 goals and 14 assists in 76 games.
To acquire Keane, the Vees sent 19-year-old forward Turner Ripplinger to the Portage Terriers, the other club in the 3-way swap. Ripplinger had 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points in his 45-game rookie campaign for the Vees. The deal sees Ripplinger reunited with former Vee Ty Barnstable.
“Jackson Keane is a player that has produced in the past and our hope is that when put in the right situation, he will do so again this year. He has big game experience which we saw last year was critical in our long playoff run. Moving Turner was necessary to add Jackson, who brings a different dynamic to our team; we wish Turner the best of luck and that him for his part in our championship run last season.” said Vees president, head coach & general manager Fred Harbinson.
Keane and his new teammates will report to Penticton for the start of the 2017 training camp on August 21st at the South Okanagan Events Centre.