Last year’s captain and play-by-play man are both leaving the Penticton Vees, the BCHL club announced late Monday.
They traded 2001-born forward Massimo Rizzo to the Coquitlam Express to complete the June 1 deal that saw the Vees acquire Alex DiPaolo.
Rizzo, from Burnaby, spent the past two years with the Vees recording 24 goals and 55 assists in 87 games. He missed 21 games this past season.
“This was a difficult decision but in the end was the decision that was best for both the Vees and Massimo Rizzo,” Vees head coach, general manager and president Fred Harbinson said.
“The past two seasons have been trying for Massimo, dealing with significant injuries which forced him to start the seasons late and miss substantial stretches of games.
“We felt that with Massimo’s recent surgery, it would be best for him to rehab at home next season. Fortunately we were able to make a hockey trade with Coquitlam that helped our team in the process. Massimo will always be a Vees alum and we wish him the best during his recovery next season,” Harbinson finished.
Rizzo is committed to the University of North Dakota.
Meanwhile, director of broadcasting and communications Craig Beauchemin has taken a similar position with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos.
Beauchemin, from Whitehorse, joined the Vees in August 2017, taking over from Fraser Rodgers who had held the position for the previous six years.
He was responsible for running and updating all Vees social media outlets, co-ordinating media requests within the organization, generating content for social media use and handling the play-by-play of all Vees games.