For the second time in his professional hockey career, former Tigers forward Linden Vey will reunite with his junior coach of three seasons, Willie Desjardins. This time Vey will play for Desjardins as he represents Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Vey first suited up for the Orange and Black under Desjardins during the 2007-08 season. The smooth skating forward developed his skills during his time in Medicine Hat and he earned increased ice time and key roles on some very strong Tigers teams. Vey played his last season for the Tigers in 2010-11 under current general manager and head coach Shaun Clouston.
Desjardins and Vey were first reunited in 2014-15 when Desjardins became the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks and Vey was traded to the Canucks from the Los Angeles Kings. Both Desjardins and Vey have since left the Canucks organization.
Since NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has disallowed NHL players to participate in the Olympics this year, it has allowed opportunity for Canadian born players playing overseas to represent Canada. Vey is currently playing for Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League this season which made him eligible.
On behalf of the Tigers organization, we would like to congratulate Linden and Willie and wish them both the best of luck!