Penticton, BC: The Penticton Vees have made a trio of roster moves today involving Greg Brydon, Chris Klack and newcomer Jordan Henderson.
The Vees have signed Henderson after acquiring his CJHL playing rights from the Merritt Centennials. Henderson, from Surrey, is a 1997-born defenceman who has spent the last three seasons in the Western Hockey League. In 158 games with the Spokane Chiefs, Saskatoon Blades and Medicine Hat Tigers, Henderson recorded seven goals and 29 assists.
“Our defence core has been shorthanded for over a month now, playing most games with four or five defencemen,” said Vees head coach and General Manager Fred Harbinson. “The addition of Jordan Henderson brings much needed stability and experience which we have seen in the past to be invaluable come playoff time.”
The Vees have also placed Klack on the injured reserve as the result of an injury sustained during practice on Wednesday.
“The injuries keep piling up with Jackson Keane out this weekend which we hope to be short term, and Klack suffered his second injury of the season in practice,” Harbinson said. “At the present time it looks like Chris will be out until at least Christmas which is unfortunate for Chris and our team.”
Klack, from Georgetown, Ontario, is in his second year with the Vees after recording 47 points in 58 games last season. This year he has two goals and six assists in 11 games. He is headed to Clarkson University next season.
Lastly, the Vees are sad to announce that 1998-born defenceman and Penticton native Brydon is retiring from the game of hockey.
“Greg decided it was time for him to focus on his education rather than hockey, and we support him 100 per cent,” said Harbinson. “He is a great young man with a bright future ahead of him and we are proud to see that he was accepted into the Queens University engineering program.”
Brydon appeared in 46 BCHL games over his career, 28 of them with the Vees, and was a member of last year’s Fred Page Cup winning team. The Vees wish him nothing but success in his future.
Henderson will wear number 5 and will be in the lineup this weekend when the Vees play the Vernon Vipers in a home and home series.