PHOTO: Jack Murray
PENTICTON, B.C. – The Penticton Vees are pleased to announce the return and addition of forward Drew Elser (’00) for the remainder of 2019/20 season.
Elser, 19, played in 14 games with the Vees a season ago, posting 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points during his tenure in Penticton before suffering an injury that would end his 2018/19 campaign. The Hopewell Junction, New York native suited up for 36 games in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Central Illinois Flying Aces before his time in Penticton, registering 8 goals and 8 assists for 16 points during that time.
In a corresponding move, the Vees have placed defenseman Cade Webber (’01) on season-ending injury reserve. The 18-year-old played in 23 games with the Vees this season, posting 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points.
The Vees would like to welcome Drew and his family back to the organization and the Southern Okanagan.
The Vees make their final trip of the regular season to the West Kootenays to face-off against the Trail Smoke Eaters on Friday night. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM from the Trail Memorial Centre with the game being broadcasted on EZ Rock AM 800 as well as HockeyTV.com beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 PM with the Voice of the Vees, Trevor Miller.
The Vees and Smoke Eaters will each be donning jerseys from their World Championships in 1955 and 1961, respectively, and wearing them for each game of the home-and-home set. The World Championship weekend returns to Penticton on Saturday night with a special ceremonial puck drop ahead of the 6:00 PM start time. Tickets are available at the Valley First Box Office as well as online at ValleyFirstTix.com.