Colin Purcell

Colin Purcell is pictured in a 2021 file photo.

The Penticton Vees have added height to their line-up.

Colin Purcell, a six foot, seven inch netminder from Ohio, has committed to the BCHL junior hockey team the club announced, Friday.

The 19-year-old spent the past two seasons with Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League. In total, he played in 32 USHL games posting a 4.50 goals against average and .862 save percentage.

He was a member of the U.S. under-17 team in 2019 while also playing in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup for the U.S. in 2020. Purcell was named to the USHL all-rookie second team during the 2019-20 season and has since committed to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

“I can’t wait to immerse myself with the team and Penticton community,” Purcell said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates and making a push for the Fred Page Cup this season.”

The Vees is scheduled to begin its regular season Friday, Oct. 8 in renewing a historic rivalry against the Vernon Vipers at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Season tickets for the upcoming campaign are now available to purchase with ticket packages available for as low as $9 per game. Contact Director of Ticketing and Merchandise Laura Carleton by phone at (250) 493-8337 ext. 4 as well as email at laura@pentictonvees.ca.