August 19, 2017
PENTICTON, BC –The Penticton Vees Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club have announced the acquisitions of 1997-born forwards Ben Allen from the Battlefords North Stars and Shane Allan from the Okotoks Oilers in exchange for future considerations.
Allen, a native of Allen, Texas, appeared in 44 games for the North Stars last season scoring 19 goals and adding 26 assists. He then scored seven goals with six more assists in 12 playoff games to help the North Stars win the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League championship. Vees fans had a first-hand look at Allen at the Western Canada Cup, where he scored once in five games.
Allan, a Calgary native, missed a large portion of the season last year due to injury. Limited to 10 games with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Okotoks Oilers, Allan recorded one goal and one assist.
In 2015-16, Allan played 66 games in the Western Hockey League with the Kootenay Ice, scoring three goals with three assists.
“When we look back at the four championships in our last 10 years, the one constant has been the importance of a veteran presence in the BCHL playoffs,” Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson said.
“These acquisitions raise our experience up front. Ben knows what it takes to win a championship at this level and will be relied upon in our quest to repeat as BCHL champions. Shane is coming off an injury and looking for a fresh start. We look forward to working with both of them throughout training camp.”