Penticton, BC: The Penticton Vees are excited to announce the acquisition of 98-born forward Marcus Mitchell from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for defenceman Joe Leahy.
Mitchell, from Kelowna, has spent the last three seasons with the Silverbacks scoring 27 goals with 34 assists in 122 career games. Prior to his BCHL career, Mitchell played the 2014-15 season with the Okanagan Rockets, finishing second in team scoring with 46 points in 39 games.
“This is a hockey trade out of necessity,” said Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson. “With all the long-term injuries to our forward group, we felt the need to add an experienced forward. Marcus is a powerful winger that can add offence.”
This season Mitchell played in 19 games with Salmon Arm scoring eight goals with four assists.
Leahy, a 97-born defenceman from Waterloo, Ontario, had been with the Vees since the beginning of last season suiting up for a combined 101 regular season and playoff games, scoring six goals with 27 assists. He played a key role in the Vees Fred Page Cup championship last season.
“It was extremely difficult to move a defenceman of Joe’s calibre,” Harbinson continued. “He helped us win a championship last April, but the addition of Michael Campoli in the new year will help fill the void.”
Mitchell will wear jersey number 25, has joined his new teammates and will make his Vees debut Friday when the team travels to Wenatchee to play the Wild for two games this weekend.