Vees Coaching Staff / Hockey Operations:
Fred Harbinson: President / General Manager / Head Coach
2016-2017 is the 10th season as head coach of the Penticton Vees for Fred Harbinson. Thru his Vees tenure, Harbinson has compiled an overall record of 382-109-10-30, while leading the team to one National Championship, one Western Canada Cup, three BCHL championships and four Interior Division championships.
Harbinson has been awarded the BCHL’s coach of the year award three times in his career, including last season. Annually, the team commits a number of it’s players to NCAA Division I programs.
Jason Becker: Assistant Coach
2016-2017 marks the first season for Jason with the Vees. Becker spent the previous two seasons working at the Okanagan Hockey Academy. Prior to joining OHA, Jason spent two seasons as an assistant with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. His playing career consisted of almost 450 games over 8 seasons, mostly over sea’s. Jason also played 3 seasons for the University of Saskatchewan, and spent 5 years in the Western Hockey Leagues as a defenceman for Saskatoon, Kamloops & Swift Current.
Matt Fraser: Assistant Coach
2016-2017 is Matt’s first season with the Penticton Vees. Before coaching with the Vees Matt played college hockey in Ontario for Georgian College serving as captain and player-coach during his final season. Before college Matt played junior hockey in various league across the United States and Canada from 2009-2012. Matt also played a season of midget AAA hockey for Okanagan Hockey Academy here in Penticton during the 08-09 season.
David Michaud: Director of Player Development and Corporate Sales
2016-2017 marks Michaud’s second season with the Vees. Prior to joining Penticton, Michaud was the general manager of the BCMML’s Okanagan Rockets from 2010 to 2015 helping lead the Rockets to the 2014 Telus Cup, the Canadian National Midget Championship. David has also held several positions with BC Hockey High Performance including the Assistant Director of Operations for Team Pacific in 2012 at the World U17 Challenge. Michaud will also head the Vees Corporate Sales division.
Steven Cocker: Director of Hockey Operations & Scouting
2016-2017 marks the second season for Steven with the Vees. Cocker looks after player evaluations and scouting, as well as Hockey Operations duties. Prior to the Vees, Cocker was the General Manager for the Lahti Pelicans U20 team, Player Development Analyst with the Saint John Sea Dogs and studied at Haaga-Helia University in Vierumäki, Finland. Additionally, Cocker held positions with the Zurich Lions and SC Langenthal as a Player Evaluations Consultant.
Adam West: Video Coach
The 2016-2017 season is Adam’s first with the Vees. For the past two seasons he’s been the Assistant Coach for Vierumaki United in Finland’s Mestis U20 League. Adam has also worked as an Assistant Coach and Goalie Coach for NWCAA in Calgary, while working as a skills instructor for Hockey Canada Development Programs.
Dan McDowell: Athletic Trainer
2016-2017 marks the 5th season for Dan with the Vees. Dan has been a head trainer for over 20 seasons during which time he has been with 4 league playoff champions, 2 regional champions, as well as being with 2 RBC national semi-finalists. Prior to joining the Vees, Dan was with the Nepean Raiders of the CCHL. McDowell has also worked as a trainer with several all-star and elite level teams during his career.
Brendon Kerr: Equipment Manager
Brendon enters his 4th season with the Vees, and sixth in the BCHL. Prior to joining Penticton, Kerr spent time with Powell River. Kerr, originally from Thunder Bay Ontario was a part of the 2005 Lakehead University Queen’s Cup Championship team.
Jesse Plewis: Goalie Coach
Rob McLaughlin- Skating Coach
Cole Buckley- Statistics
Ed Lebler & Marc Bowles: Consultants
Murray Maxwell / John Anderson: Dressing Room Services
Dave Funk: Chaplain
Front Office Staff:
Fraser Rodgers: Director of Broadcasting, Media Relations & Community Events
2016-17 season marks the sixth season for Fraser with the Vees. Fraser has been behind the microphone for over 400 regular season broadcasts and has called two Fred Page Cup championships and a Doyle Cup, Western Canada Cup and RBC Cup championship.In addition to calling every Vees’ game on EZ Rock AM 800, Fraser is responsible for writing and distributing team press releases and coordinates the team’s web and Social Media efforts as well as coordinating community events.
Laura Carleton: Director of Ticketing & Merchandise
This season marks Laura Carleton’s fourth year with the Vees and her third year as the Director of Ticketing & Merchandise. Under Laura, the Vees reached a new club record this season, with over 1,500 season tickets sold. If you have any questions about tickets, group sales, birthday party bookings, or merchandise contact her below.
250-490-6278 (Cell) | 250-493-8337 (Office)
Dr. Peter Entwhistle & Dr. Ross O’Neil:Physician
Judy Kaumeyer & Danielle Cournoyer: Fascial Stretch Therapists
Dr. Matt Irvine (Penticton Dental): Dentist
Dr. Adam Konanz (Okanagan Chiropractic): Chiropractor
Mike Yates (Dale Charles Physio): Physiotherapist
Mike Rampone – British Columbia
Darien Ekblad – Ontario
Tim Hart – Ontario
Marty Quarters – Midwest (USA)
Scott Crowther – New England (USA)