The Penticton Vees Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club handed out their annual team awards Monday (May 10) night at the South Okanagan Events Centre after completing a near-perfect season.
The club wrapped up a shortened 20-game “pod” season Sunday, May 9 where they played games only against the Cranbrook Bucks and Trail Smoke Eaters in empty South Okanagan Events Centre.
The BCHL’s pod season was announced months prior as a way to get teams playing under the current provincial health restrictions. The Vees went on to dominate in the Penticton pod, finishing the season with the best record in the BCHL at 18-1-0-1.
In a normal year the Vees would have handed out their annual team awards after their final regular season game Sunday night in front of thousands of fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
However, this year has been anything but normal. The Vees handed out their annual team awards in an empty South Okanagan Events Centre Monday night and livestreamed the event on YouTube, Facebook Live and Shaw Spotlight.
The 2021 season was unlike any other and presented many unique challenges, coach Fred Harbinson said on Twitter after Sunday night’s win.
“I have had the privilege of coaching many great teams, none of which had to endure what this group was subjected to the last nine months yet they represented our city and team with pride,” Harbinson said
I have had the privilege of coaching many great teams, none of which had to endure what this group was subjected to the last 9 months yet they represented Our City & Team with Pride
31-2-0-1 giving up 1.35 goals per gm
You Are & Always will be Champions in my mind Great Job Boys!
— Fred Harbinson (@FredHarbinson) May 10, 2021
In a season unlike any other the Vees opted to name their Most Valuable Player as the entire 2021 team.
Fans were able to cast their votes on the Vees awards online until Sunday night.
Below are each of the winners:
• Tyler Ho – Unsung Hero
• Frank Djurasevic – Most Improved Player
• Fin Williams – Best Conditioned Athlete
• Beanie Richter – Robert Skinner Courage Award
• Tristan Amonte – Most Inspirational
• Jacob Quillan – Most Sportsmanlike
• Stefano Bottini – Academic Achievement Award
• Tristan Amonte – Vees on Vees Most Popular Player
• Ethan Martini – Fan Favourite
• Luc Wilson – Leading Scorer
• Grayson Arnott – Best Defenseman
• Ryan McGuire – Rookie of the Year
• Entire 2021 Penticton Vees – Most Valuable Player