The Penticton Vees announced part of their leadership core for the 2015-16 season on Monday. Penticton named forward Tyson Jost as its team captain and defenseman Dante Fabbro as an assistant captain. As a 16-year-old in 2014-15, Jost finished fourth in scoring for the Vees with 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) in 46 games. Fabbro notched 33 points (four goals, 29 assists) in 44 games as a 16-year-old. Penticton will announce another assistant captain before the season starts.
It appears the Cowichan Capitals will be without a major offensive catalyst in 2015-16. Caps forward Darien Craighead sent this out on Twitter Monday afternoon:
Sad to be leaving the @cowichancaps unreal organization from top to bottom. Can’t wait to get started with the @fightingsaints of the @USHL— darien (@D_craigz) June 8, 2015
Craighead was selected by the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the 8th round, 120th overall in last month’s USHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old finished third in scoring on the Capitals last season, tallying 42 points (19 goals, 23 assists) in 40 games since being acquired from the Rivermen. Craighead also had two assists in two games with Langley before the trade.
Powell River’s offense for next season got a boost with the signing of forward Jeremy Leipsic. The Winnipeg native spent 2014-15 playing midget AAA hockey where he had 84 points (20 goals, 64 assists) in 44 games. He also got into one game with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers as an affiliate player, but didn’t register any points. Leipsic’s brother Brendan is a former third round pick of the Nashville Predators who played this season in the AHL.
Prince George added a Cornell University recruit to its roster ahead of the 2015-16 season. 19-year-old Corey Hoffman is headed to the Spruce Kings before starting his NCAA career in September 2016. The Syosset, NY product spent last season with the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League, scoring 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 34 games. The stat that stands out the most for Hoffman is the 101 points (44 goals, 57 assists) in 20 games playing US high school hockey as a 15-year-old with his hometown Syosset Braves.
Defenseman Brad Hunt (Burnaby, 2005-08) signed a one-year extension with Edmonton. The Maple Ridge, BC native played 62 games last season with Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League, leading all Barons blueliners in scoring with 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists). He also played in 11 games with the Oilers last season, recording three points (one goal, two assists). Hunt is a two-time AHL All-Star.