Vees Coaching Staff / Hockey Operations:
Fred Harbinson: President / General Manager / Head Coach
2017-2018 is the 11th season as head coach of the Penticton Vees for Fred Harbinson. Through his Vees tenure, Harbinson has compiled an overall record of 441-132-11-37. Under Harbinson, the Vees have won three BCHL Regular Season championships, five BCHL Interior Division championships, four BCHL Fred Page Cup championships, a Doyle Cup championship, a Western Canada Cup championship and an RBC Cup national championship.
Harbinson has been awarded the BCHL’s coach of the year award three times in his career, including most recently in the 2015-16 season. Last season, the Vees had 19 players committed to NCAA Division I programs.
Steven Cocker: Assistant General Manager
2017-2018 will be Steven’s third season with the Vees. Cocker looks after player evaluations, scouting, assisting in recruiting, as well as additional hockey operations duties. Prior to the Vees, Cocker was the General Manager for the Lahti Pelicans Junior A team as well as a Player Development Analyst with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. He holds a Bachelor of Sport Management from Haaga-Helia University in Vierumäki, Finland. Cocker has also held positions with the Zurich Lions and SC Langenthal in the Swiss National League as a Player Evaluations Consultant.
Jason Becker: Assistant Coach
2017-2018 season is Jason’s second with the Vees. Prior to going the Vees, Becker spent the previous two seasons working at the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA). Previous to joining OHA, Jason spent two seasons as an assistant with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League (WHL). His playing career consisted of almost 450 games over eight seasons, mostly in Europe. Jason also played three seasons for the University of Saskatchewan and spent five years in the WHL as a defenceman for Saskatoon, Kamloops & Swift Current.
Matt Fraser: Assistant Coach
2017-2018 will be Matt’s second season behind the bench with the 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 OHA here in Penticton during the 2008-2009 season.
Adam West: Video Coach
Prior to joining the Vees, Adam spent two seasons as an 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
2017-2018 marks the sixth season for Dan with the Vees. Dan has been a Trainer for over 20 seasons during which time he has been with five league playoff champions, two regional champions, as well as being with three RBC Cup semi-finalists. Prior to joining the Vees, Dan was with the Nepean Raiders of the Central Canada Hockey League.
Brendon Kerr: Equipment Manager
Brendon enters his fifth season with the Vees, and sixth in the BCHL. Prior to joining Penticton, Brendon spent time with Powell River. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Brendon 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:
David Michaud: Director of Corporate Partnerships / Alternate Governor
2017-2017 is Michaud’s third season with the Vees, and the first with his focus solely on the business operations of the Vees. In 2016, Michaud also became an Alternate Governor for the club. In his current role, Michaud oversees partnership marketing & broadcast sales.
To discuss how the Vees can be a valuable marketing partner, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-493-8337 x 7.
Laura Carleton: Director of Ticketing & Merchandise
This season marks Laura Carleton’s fifth year with the Vees and her fourth 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)
Craig Beauchemin – Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Craig joins the Vees for the 2017-2018 season as it’s Director of Broadcasting & Communications. Craig previously spent broadcast games for the Powell River Kings & Battlefords Stars of the SJHL. Home & road broadcasts can be heard on EZ Rock here locally, as well as online at hockeytv.com.
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
Tim Hart: Ontario
Marty Quarters: Midwest (USA)
Scott Crowther: New England (USA)