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Clippers acquire Defenseman Owen Forfellow from Penticton Vees

The Nanaimo Clippers have added Owen Forfellow, a 2002 born 6-foot 2-inch 190-lbs defenceman, from the Penticton Vees for future considerations. Owen grew up in Abbotsford and then moved onto the Yale Hockey Academy where he excelled for two years. Due to his domination in the high school hockey league (CSSHL), Owen was drafted in the 4th round (73rd overall) of the 2017 WHL entry draft by the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He decided to pursue the College Hockey route instead of the WHL so he moved on to play two seasons with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds of the BC Major Midget League, collecting 13 goals and 19 assists in 65 games.

In the shortened 2020-21 Pod season, Forfellow played 12 games with the Penticton Vees earning one assist. He had previously APed for the Coquitlam Express in 2019-2020 for 2 games.

Head Coach and GM, Darren Naylor offered his impression; “Owen is a player I’m familiar with as I have watched him numerous times over the years. Owen is a good sized, mobile D man who plays with an edge. He reads the play well and makes a nice 1st pass out of the D zone. We needed another older D man as we signed two local younger D men that need to be introduced slowly to the pace of the BCHL. We are optimistic Owen will be a top six defenceman on this team adding much-needed depth at the back end.”

Colin Birkas, Associate Coach overseeing the Defence Core added; “Owen is coming off some injury trouble so he hasn’t fully experienced the rigours of the BCHL. He comes highly regarded from his past coaches who raved about his skill set, compete level and tenacity. He has a canon of a shot which we can use on the power-play. As a result of trading several of our older defenceman in recent days, we needed another older D man so he definitely fills the hole we had in the D core not to mention he gives us a two-year guy.”

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