|(above) Cody DePourcq's father played college hockey at Ferris State|
Forward Cody DePourcq [5'5 150 lbs] of the Penticton Vees announced this week that he will attend the University of Denver. Projected to become an elite college center, DU won a three-way recruiting battle against North Dakota and Minnesota. Currently a Junior in high school he will join DU in the 2013-14 season.
DePourcq, 16, joins Beau Bennett and Joey Laleggia as recent Vees alums who suited up for the Pioneers.
The Penticton native is in his first season with the Vees, recording three goals and 11 points in 23 games. Last season DePourcq recorded 23 goals and 47 points with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Midget team.
“The Pioneers are getting one of the most courageous players I’ve ever coached. I have had the pleasure of being involved with the development of Cody Depourcq over the past few seasons. Cody started as an AP player in his 15 year old season and is now contributing to our strong start as one of the most exciting 16 year old players in the BCHL.” Commented Head Coach & GM Fred Harbinson
Cody’s connections run deep with DU; his father John, spent four years with the Penticton Knights in the mid 80’s, including winning a National Championship in 1986. Three of John's teammates went on to play at the University of Denver; Dave Shields, Rod Summers and Marc Rousseau.
The 5’5 forward plays well above his stature, playing in a prominent role, and is developing a quick reputation as one of the hardest working forwards in the BCHL.
Cody is currently a teammate of Mario Lucia the son of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia. He was also pursued by the WHL Kamloops Blazers.
2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Indiana Ice, USHL)
D Dakota Mermis (Green Bay, USHL)
D Matt Van Voorhis (Sioux Falls, USHL)
F Garrett Allen (Des Moines, USHL)
D Nolan Zajac (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Quentin Shore (U.S. Under-18)
F Connor Honey (Green Bay, USHL)
F Grant Arnold (Green Bay, USHL)
2013 Recruiting Class
F Brad Hawkinson (Lincoln Stars, USHL)
F Landon Smith (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Connor Chatham (U.S. Under-17)
F Ray Pigozzi (Des Moines, USHL)
D Will Butcher (U.S. Under-17)F Cody DePourcq (Penticton, BCHL)
2014 Recruiting Class
F Jared Fiegl (Colorado Rampage, U-16)
D Gage Ausmus (U.S. Under-17)
F Trevor Moore (Tri-Cities, USHL)