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PENTICTON, BC. – The Penticton Vees Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club announced Wednesday the team has completed a three-team trade including the acquisitions of defenseman Ben Wozney (’01) and forward Ryan Upson (’01).
In the trade, the Vees acquired defenseman Olivier Lepine (’01) and forward Ryan Upson from the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in exchange for forward Liam Noble (’01) and defenseman Carson Hemenway (’02). The Vees then acquired defender Ben Wozney from the Powell River Kings in exchange for Lepine and future considerations.
Wozney, 19, has played each of the last two seasons in Powell River, suiting up in 86 career BCHL games including a contest as an affiliate player with the Prince George Spruce Kings. The 6’2”, 170-pound rearguard has tallied 4 goals and 29 assists for 33 points in that span. Wozney also secured his collegiate future in committing to Bowling Green University for the 2021/22 season during the year.
The Richmond, BC native spent two seasons with the Burnaby Winter Club prior to his time in the BCHL, playing in 86 games split between the Elite 15 and Midget Prep divisions. Wozney collected 8 goals and 36 assists for 42 points in that stretch.
Upson, 19, played last season with the West Kelowna Warriors in his first season of junior hockey, registering 3 goals and 9 assists for 12 points in 54 games after making the transition from the West Van Academy in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL).
The Vees would like to welcome Ben and Ryan, along with their families, to the team and the South Okanagan and thank Liam and Carson for their time and contributions to the organization as well as the City of Penticton.