Local product signs with West Kelowna Warriors

Warriors announce they have signed three B.C. players, including Westside Minor Hockey product Brett Mennear

West Kelowna's Brett Mennear will get a chance to play for the hometown Warriors next season.

West Kelowna's Brett Mennear will get a chance to play for the hometown Warriors next season.

The West Kelowna Warriors are hoping they’ve found another local hockey product for fans to cheer on over the next several years.

The Warriors have signed Westside Minor Hockey product Brett Mennear 17, and two other B.C. players for the 2013-14 BC Hockey League season.

Mennear, who finished 10th in scoring in the BCMML last season with the Okanagan Rockets, has already played games for the Warriors, as an affiliate player

“Brett is no stranger to our program,” said Warriors’ head coach/GM Rylan Ferster. “He is a local West Kelowna guy that’s been an affiliate player for us. He is a competitive two way player and plays well at both ends of the rink. With the departure of [fellow Westsider] Max French it’s nice to have a local player on board.”

Mennear had 24 goals in 38 games while adding 31 assists in the BCMML last season.

The Warriors also announced the signing of two other prospects for the 2013-14 BCHL season in Liam Blackburn (Cairboo Cougars, BCMML) and Mackenzie Ferner (North Okanagan Knights Jr. B).

Blackburn, 17, a Prince George native, played in 40 games last year for Cariboo and tallied 35 goals and 50 assists. He was second in BCMML scoring during the regular season and added four goals, and five assists in four playoff games.

“Liam finished second in major midget scoring and is a highly skilled young player,” said Ferster. “His vision and playmaking ability is fantastic. He was also one of the best players at our spring camp this past year.”

“I chose to come to West Kelowna because it’s a great city,” said Blackburn. “The Warriors have great talent for next year, and there are lots of scouts in the area.”

Ferner (95), is from Vernon, and the 6’1 defenseman played for the North Okanagan Knights last year in the KIJHL. He put up solid numbers with 9 goals, and 18 assists, in 44 games played. He also had 124 penalty minutes.

“Mackenzie is a player I have paid close attention to the last couple of years,” said Ferster. “He has steadily gotten better. He was a key piece to the Knights drive to the KIJHL finals. His battle and compete level is second to none. In the four games he played for us last year he made good decisions and fit in very well.”

mid-August before Training Camp begins.

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