Penticton Vees (senior)

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The Penticton V's are a former senior men's ice hockey team from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. They played in the Okanagan Senior League from to 1951 to 1961. They represented Canada in the 1955 World Ice Hockey Championships where they won Canada's 16th world championship title.[1][2]

History[edit]

The first game played by the senior Penticton Vees was opening of Penticton Memorial Arena on October 25, 1951, versus the Vernon Canadians.[3] The Vees played in the Okanagan Senior Hockey League, and in 1953, were crowned Champions of Western Canada. They almost won the Allan Cup in their second season in 1952-53, losing the final to the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen. The next season they went all the way to win the Allan Cup, beating the Sudbury Wolves in a series that went all seven games. This qualified them to go to the 1955 World Ice Hockey Championships in Krefeld, West Germany. They won the tournament beating the Soviet Union 5–0 for the gold medal. The Vees won another provincial championship in 1960. Six alumni from the senior Vees, also played in the National Hockey League. They are James Bedard, Edward Diachuk, Connie Madigan, George McAvoy, Bill Warwick and his brother Grant Warwick.[4]

After that win the team went into the doldrums. A small city like Penticton could not really support a top-notch senior team. In 1960-61 the team folded, only a few months before the entire league collapsed.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Okanagan Senior League[edit]

Season     Games   Won     Lost    Tied    Points  Goals for Goals against Standing        Playoffs        
1951–52 52      15      35      2       32      -       -       4th     out of playoffs 
1952–53 54      23      24      7       53      233     211     3rd     Won Final Won Province Lost Allan Cup   
1953–54 64      42      20      2       86      268     225     1st     Won Final Won Province Won Allan Cup    
1954–55 54      31      19      4       66      228     180     1st     Did not play off Won World      
1955–56 56      25      30      1       51      -       -       2nd     Lost Semi Final 
1956–57 54      21      30      3       45      214     289     4th     Lost Semi Final 
1957–58 54      16      36      2       34      220     263     4th     Lost Semi Final 
1958–59 54      16      36      2       34      189     267     4th     Lost Semi Final 
1959–60 46      5       40      1       11      190     382     4th     Lost Semi Final 
1960–61 21      11      10      0       -       117     105     -       Folded Dec. 1   

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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