Frank Djurasevic has been named the captain of the Penticton Vees, becoming the 56th player in team history to receive the distinction.
“I am extremely honoured to be named captain of such a prestigious and historic program in junior hockey,” the 20-year-old defenceman from New Rochelle, New York said.
Djurasevic was first to hoist the Fred Page Cup on May 18 after the Vees had defeated the Nanaimo Clippers in the fourth game of the B.C. Hockey League finals, doing the honours instead of injured captain Fin Williams.
Despite wearing the assistant captain’s badge throughout the 2021-2022 season, Djurasevic took on a majority of the captain’s responsibilities after Williams went down with a season-ending injury on Jan. 1.
“Frank did an outstanding job taking over for Fin at Christmas this past season,” said Fred Harbinson, the team’s head coach, general manager and president. “He proved to everyone that he has all the leadership qualities you want in a great captain. I look forward to having Frank back as our captain as we attempt to defend the Fred Page Cup.”
The defenceman scored twice during the Vees’ championship run, posting a total of six points in 17 playoff games in 2022.
Djurasevic will officially enter his third season with Penticton when the Vees host the Trail Smoke Eaters on Sept. 23 to kick off the 2022-2023 BCHL campaign.
“Having the opportunity to put on the Vees jersey for the past two years has been a dream come true and something I never take for granted,” he said. “I look forward to all the challenges of leading this organization this upcoming season in our goal to become back-to-back champions.”