The Penticton Vees Hockey Club is pleased to announce that forward Casey McDonald has been added to the leadership group as an assistant captain ahead of the 2021/22 season.
McDonald, 20, brings a lot of junior hockey experience to Penticton after playing the last two seasons with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The 6’1 ”, 186-pound forward has played 83 career regular-season games with the Force, scoring 9 goals and adding 17 assists for 26 points during that span while McDonald’s played 8 playoff games with Fargo .
The Plenty, Sask. Native has leadership experience and was named Deputy Force Captain in the 2020/21 season. McDonald’s has performed well on and off the ice in the Vees’ first five games in exhibition games, scoring 3 goals in that span, including three in his last two games.
“I’m incredibly excited to be part of a really strong leadership group with this team,” said McDonald, “We have great voices in this room with Fin (Williams), Luc (Wilson) and Frank (Djurasevic) and it’s an honor to be able to represent this team and this city as an assistant captain.
McDonald’s and the Vees prepare to open their home regular season as they host the Vernon Vipers Friday night at the South Okanagan Events Center. The puck delivery is scheduled for 7 p.m. and tickets are now on sale at the SOEC box office and online at valleyfirsttix.com. The Vees will honor their history with a comeback to the 1985/86 Penticton Knights and will wear special Knights jerseys as well as members of the 85/86 team on-site to celebrate and drop the opening puck.