Fresh off a four-point exhibition campaign, Casey McDonald has been named an assistant captain of the 2021-22 Penticton Vees.
A native of Plenty, Sask., the 20-year-old McDonald brings plenty of junior hockey experience to Penticton having played the last two seasons with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League.
The six-foot-one, 186-pounder scored 26 points in 83 games with the Force before deciding to head north to Penticton in pursuit of a college scholarship.
Once in a Vees uniform, it took awhile for him to get warmed up before scoring three goals and one assist in the final two games of the five-match pre-season campaign.
McDonald now joins assistant captains Luc Wilson and Frank Djurasevic, and captain Fin Williams, as members of the Vees’ leadership group.
“I’m incredibly excited to be a part of a really strong leadership group with this team,” said McDonald in a press release.
“We have some great voices in this room with Fin, Luc and Frank, and it’s an honour to be able to represent this team and city as an assistant captain.”
McDonald and the Vees open the regular season at home this Friday, 7 p.m., when they host the Vernon Vipers at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Tickets are on sale now at the SOEC box office and online at valleyfirsttix.com.
The Vees will be celebrating their history by wearing special jerseys honouring the 1985-86 Penticton Knights, some members of whom will be on hand for a ceremonial puck drop.