Fred Harbinson: President/General Manager/Head Coach
2021-22 is the 15th season as head coach of the Penticton Vees for Fred Harbinson and the fourth after signing a five-year extension that will see Harbinson at the helm of the Vees through the 2023-2024 season. Through his tenure, the Calgary, Alberta native has compiled a regular-season record of 562-163-15-38-4 (W/L/T/OTL/SOL). Under Harbinson, the Vees have won four Fred Page Cup championships, five BC Hockey League Interior Division championships, a Doyle Cup championship, a Western Canada Cup championship and an RBC Cup National Championship.
During the abbreviated 2021 season, Harbinson and the Vees finished with an 18-1-0-1 record, the best record in the BCHL and were tops amongst the three-team Penticton Pod.
Harbinson has been awarded the BCHL’s coach of the year award three times in his career, most recently in the 2015-16 season.
Steve returns to the bench for his 8th season with the Vees and the organization. Steve has coached in over 100 BCHL playoff games, including being part of the Vees’ staff that won the 2011-12 RBC Cup National Championship. In addition to his Assistant Coach duties, Steve’s Assistant GM responsibilities primarily focus on scouting and recruiting future Vees players.
Patrick Sexton: Assistant Coach
Sexton is a Vees alumni, captaining the 2015 Vees to a Fred Page Cup and Western Canada Cup Championship and is returning for his third season behind the Vees bench as the team’s defensive coach. During his junior hockey career, split between the CCHL and BCHL, Sexton played in 268 career regular-season games and 53 playoff games while representing the Vees at the 2015 Royal Bank Cup in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
Cam Barker: Assistant Coach
2021/22 will mark the first season for Barker behind the bench for the Vees, following his retirement from a 15-year professional playing career. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native played in 310 National Hockey League games between 8 seasons and 4 different teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. The 3rd overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft is also a two-time World Junior Hockey Championship gold medalist as well as a Spengler Cup winner in 2012/13 and winning the French Championship in his final season of professional hockey in 2020/21.
Brendon Kerr: Equipment Manager/Athletic Therapist
Brendon enters his seventh season with the Vees and ninth in the BCHL. Prior to joining Penticton, Kerr spent time with Powell River. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kerr was a part of the 2005 Lakehead University Queen’s Cup Championship team. He took on the role of athletic therapist ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Matt Miller: Video Coach
The 2021-2022 season will be Matt’s seventh season with the Vees. Matt spent the 2012-2016 seasons with the Vees before a three-year tenure with the West Kelowna Warriors as an assistant coach as well as one year as the team’s Assistant General Manager. Matt spent the 2019/20 season as an Assistant Coach with the Revelstoke Grizzlies of the KIJHL before returning to the Vees last season as the team’s video coach.
Matt Fraser: Skills/Strength & Conditioning Coach
Fraser returns to the organization for his sixth season as the team’s strength and conditioning coach and advising as the team’s skills coach. Fraser will work with players to maintain and increase their fitness and athletic levels and join the team on the ice for morning skills work.
Jesse Plewis: Goaltending Coach
Rob McLaughlin: Skating Coach
Ed Lebler: Consultant
Konrad Breier: Dressing Room Services
Ken Brunen: Dressing Room Services
Alex Welsman: Director of Business Development
Amanda Lysohirka: Director of Ticketing & Merchandise
2021-22 is the first season for Amanda with the Vees, joining the organization in early October. Amanda grew up in Penticton and is now raising her family of three children with her husband in the town as well. She spent 7 years with the Royal Canadian Cadet Program before becoming a Civil Instructor with the Department of National Defense for 8 and a half years. In addition, Amanda was store manager at multiple Booster Juice locations before eventually buying into the company.
If you are interested in enjoying the Vees as a season ticket member or have questions about ticketing and merchandise, please reach her below:
250-493-8337 [Ext. 4] (Office)
Trevor Miller: Director of Broadcasting & Communications
The 2021-22 season is the third for Miller as Director of Broadcasting and Communications. After spending three seasons with the Vees organization as a colour analyst from 2013-2016, Miller called games for the West Kelowna Warriors and Trail Smoke Eaters before returning to the South Okanagan. Home & road broadcasts can be heard on EZ Rock AM800 locally and online at hockeytv.com.