Former Penticton Vees player Troy Stecher at the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic in September. Stecher made his NHL debut on Oct. 25.

Penticton Vees alum makes impression with Canucks in NHL debut

Former Penticton Vees defenceman Troy Stecher made his NHL debut on Tuesday night.

Former Penticton Vees defenceman Troy Stecher made his NHL debut on Tuesday night and despite the loss by the Vancouver Canucks he still made an impression.

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“I had my moments and created some offence and there is some shifts I would like back, certain plays I would like back but it is all part of the learning process. At the end of the night we couldn’t find a way to win and that is what you want got to do in this league. That is two points we are going to want back,” said Stecher following the game.

Stecher earned the game’s third star after logging in 22:35 of ice time in the 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Filling in for the injured Christopher Tanev, Stecher was paired on the Canucks top defensive line with Alexander Edler.

“I didn’t have too many expectations I just wanted to go out there and try to contribute and help, whether that was limited ice time or a ton. I just tried to play my best out there,” said Stecher.

The Canucks welcomed Stecher to the team with the traditional way other NHL clubs have introduced their rookies — letting him skate out on to the ice by himself for a lap or two before the rest of the team comes on during warm ups.

“I completely forgot about that, but I have seen it obviously on highlights of guys in their first game doing that,” said Stecher.