Penticton, BC: The Penticton Vees have announce a trio of roster moves; the signing of 1997-born forward Wyatt Sloboshan, the return of 1998-born defenceman James Miller and trading 1997-born forward Ben Allen to the Melfort Mustangs of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
Sloboshan, from Vanscoy, Saskatchewan, joins the Vees after spending the last three and a half seasons in the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades, Spokane Chiefs and Regina Pats. Over his 219-game WHL career, Sloboshan recorded 44 goals and 77 assists. During last years playoffs, he scored four goals and added 10 assists to help the Pats reach the WHL final.
Sloboshan served as the Blades captain for the first 30 games of the 2016-17 season until being traded to the Spokane Chiefs. This season he played in 36 games with the Pats, scoring four times and adding 11 assists.
The 5’10’’-forward is no stranger to city of Penticton; he spend the 2013-14 season at the Okanagan Hockey Academy scoring 48 points in 28 games with OHA Prep White. That season he also played with Vees forward Jackson Keane at the World Under-17 Hockey Championships with the Canadian Western team.
In a corresponding move, the Vees have traded Allen to the Mustangs in exchange for the rights to Miller and future considerations. Allen appeared in 37 games with the Vees this season, scoring four goals and seven assists. Allen also secured his academic and hockey future at the University of Alabama-Huntsville earlier this season.
Miller, from Spruce Grove, Alberta, was a member of the Vees last season scoring six goals with 12 assists in 37 regular season games. He then appeared in all 21 playoff games chipping in with seven assists, including assisting on Duncan Campbell’s overtime winner in game seven of the Fred Page Cup Final.
Miller played in two games with the University of New Hampshire this season, being held pointless with four penalty minutes.