Top honors for Vees at RBC Cup, Fabbro top D-man

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PENTICTON VEES defenceman Patrick Sexton (53) was one of five recipients of the RBC Cup Legacy Scholarship Award, while Dante Fabbro, behind, was named the RBC Cup national junior A hockey championship’s top defenceman during the RBC Cup awards banquet Friday night. Below, Patrick Newell (11), in action during the Western Canada Cup, was named the winner of the Tubby Schmaltz Trophy, given to the most sportsmanlike player. — Image Credit: Andy Devlin/Hockey Canada Images


Dante Fabbro, Patrick Newell and Patrick Sexton of the Penticton Vees were recognized at the 2015 RBC Cup Awards Banquet Friday night in Portage la Prairie, Man.

Fabbro was named the tournament’s Top Defenceman, Newell was the recipient of the Tubby Schmaltz Trophy, the tournament’s Most Sportsmanlike Player and Patrick Sexton was one of five players to receive the RBC Cup Legacy Scholarship Award.

Fabbro was voted as the tournament’s top rear guard despite just being 16-years-old. The Coquitlam product picked up three assists in the four round-robin games and played heavy minutes. While being one of the youngest players at the RBC Cup, Fabbro continually matched up against the opposition’s top players. Fabbro joins some familiar company, as Vees alum, Troy Stecher, was named the Top Defenseman at the 2012 RBC Cup.

Newell led the Vees in scoring in the round-robin, notching four goals and two assists in four wins. Newell was twice named the Vees’ player of the game in the round-robin and only picked up four penalty-minutes. The St. Cloud State commit had two, two-goal games in the preliminary round.

Patrick Newell backchecks on Tanner Jago of the Portage Terriers during the Western Canada Cup.

Sexton was the recipient of the RBC Cup Legacy Scholarship Award as he was given a $500 bursary to help him in his post-secondary education.