Penticton-Langley Trade:

The Penticton Vees added a significant piece to their blueline in acquiring 20-year-old defenceman Thomas Nitsche from the Langley Rivermen for future considerations.

The move now gives Penticton a ton of experience on defence, with four blueliners in their final year of junior hockey as 1992-born players, while Troy Stecher and James De Haas could both be considered veterans at 18-years-old. The Vees defence corps should be the envy of the BCHL.

To Penticton Vees:

Future Considerations

Here’s the release from the Vees website:

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has acquired defenseman Thomas Nitsche (92) from the Langley for future considerations.

Vees 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 203 pounds.

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 program.

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.

The Vees now have five 20 year-olds on their roster after the trade, one under the BCHL maximum of six.
The Vees would also like to welcome Thomas to the organization and the South Okanagan.

Trades Made: 10
Trades Made Within BCHL: 6
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 4
Players: 11
Future Considerations: 9

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