PENTICTON, BC–The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has acquired defenseman Thomas Nitsche (92) from the Langley for future considerations.
make room for Nitsche, the Vees sent rookie defenseman Nathan Deyell
(95) to the Cowichan Valley Capitals for future considerations.
Head Coach & GM Fred Harbinson says Nitsche is the type of player
needed to win games when they matter,“As we get ready for the stretch
drive we realize that our division once again will be battle every night
to get through. Thomas brings a veteran physical presence that you
cannot have enough of come playoff time.”
Nitsche, 20, was in
his second season with the Rivermen and his first as Langley’s captain.
In 27 games, Nitsche tallied one goal and seven points to go along with
45 penalty-minutes. In 82 career games with the Rivermen, the Charlotte,
North Carolina native has amassed five goals and 26 points. Nitsche is
known more for his play without the puck, as the stay-at-home defenseman
brings size to the Vees blue-line, standing at 6’3 and weighing in at
Prior to joining the Langley Rivermen, Nitsche spent
one season of Midget hockey with the Dallas Jets Under-18 program and
before that came up through the Charlotte Jr. Checkers minor hockey
Nitsche is committed to Colgate University Raiders for
next fall and will make his Vees debut tonight when they face the West
Kelowna Warriors; Nitsche will wear number three.
was in his first season in the BCHL and with the Vees. The Vancouver
native was held pointless in 22 games this season playing in a depth
roll on the Vees blue-line. Prior to Penticton, Deyell played with the
Oceanside Generals of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL),
where he picked up three goals and 14 points in 38 games in 2011-2012.
The Vees now have five 20 year-olds on their roster after the trade, one under the BCHL maximum of six.
Vees organization would like to thank Nathan for his contributions to
the team and wish him all the best in his future with the Cowichan
Valley Capitals. The Vees would also like to welcome Thomas to the
organization and the South Okanagan.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)