Friday, August 15, 2014

Penticton Vees Add Two-Time RBC Cup Participant Demico Hannoun from Surrey:

The Penticton Vees swung one of the biggest trades of the summer in acquiring 18-year-old forward Demico Hannoun from the Surrey Eagles.

Hannoun, who played for Vernon in 2013-14, was moved by the Vipers to Surrey in June as part of the future considerations from the January trade which saw forward Brett Mulcahy join the Snakes.

The North Delta native is entering his fourth BCHL season and is a veteran of 59 playoff and tournament games. He played ten games over the last two seasons at the RBC Cup, five games at the 2013 Western Canada Cup, and 44 BCHL Fred Page Cup playoff games, posting totals of 15 goals and 26 points. Hannoun won the Fred Page Cup with Surrey in 2013 and was also a member of Canada West's bronze medal winning team last season.

Hannoun, who is a graduate of the BC Major Midget League's Greater Vancouver Canadians, was committed to attend Michigan Tech University this fall, is now slated to head to college in September 2015.

Going to Surrey in exchange for Hannoun are the Canadian Junior Hockey League rights to 19-year-old defenseman Alex Coulombe and future considerations. The BCHL All-Rookie Team member and native of Granby, Quebec, is slated to play for Shawinigan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. He is formerly a recruit of the University of Vermont.

To Penticton Vees:
F Demico Hannoun (95) To Surrey Eagles:
D Alex Coulombe (95) + Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Vees:

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has acquired forward Demico Hannoun (95) from the Surrey Eagles in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of defenseman Alex Coulombe (95) and future considerations the team announced Wednesday.

Vees President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson on the acquisition of Hannoun, “Demico is a player who we are very familiar with, and I look forward to working with him so can he achieve his maximum potential.”

Hannoun, who turns 19 in October, brings a wealth of experience to the Vees as he’s set to embark on his fourth BCHL season. The North Delta, BC, product has played in 182 career regular season and playoff games in the BCHL and has twice played in the RBC Cup for Surrey and Vernon. Last season with the Vipers, Hannoun was nearly a point per-game player, collecting 15 goals and 44 points in 48 regular season games. He added another 12 points in 18 playoff games as the Vipers advanced to the Fred Page Cup Final against Coquitlam. Hannoun also represented Canada on the International stage last season as he was a member of Team Canada West at the 2013 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Nova Scotia. Hannoun is committed to Michigan Tech University.

Hannoun started his BCHL career in Surrey in 2011 and won a Fred Page Cup championship with the Eagles in the spring of 2013 when they edged the Vees in six games in the league final. Hannoun and the Eagles won the inaugural Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Nanaimo that year and advanced all the way to the RBC Cup Semi-Final in Summerside, P.E.I.

Coulombe, from Granby, Quebec, played in 54 regular season games with the Vees last season while adding three goals and 19 points to go along with 50 penalty-minutes. Coulombe played in all 11 of the Vees playoffs games, registering one assist.

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