Vees acquire fresh talent

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Penticton Vees hockey club hopes changes to the roster will strengthen key areas of their team.

Forward Brock Balson, of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, was exchanged for Vee's defenseman Mitch Ferguson and forward Evan Anderson. 


While 19-year-old Balson has played on a variety of teams including the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League one of his best seasons was with Salmon Arm in the 2011-2012 season, amassing 10 goals and 20 points in 20 games. He also has international experience as a member of Team Pacific at the 2010 World Under-17 Challenge.


On acquiring Balson, Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson says, "We felt we needed to add a natural centre. Brock has shown offensive production in our league in the past and believes he can provide secondary scoring to our line-up."


The Vees have also signed defensemen Brayden Park. Park was an affiliate player and made his Vees debut last Saturday against the Chilliwack Chiefs. The rear-guard started the season with the Osoyoos Coyotes of Kootenay International Hockey League, amassing ten points in 14 games.


"Brayden is a hard-nosed defenceman who brings a physical element that we wanted on our back end," says Harbinson, adding they are looking forward to developing him over the next few years.


Anderson and Ferguson will move over to the Silverbacks.

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