NCAA recruits Vees captain

May has been a month of milestones for Penticton Vees forward Massimo Rizzo.

Eleven days after being named the Vees new captain, the team announced on Saturday that Rizzo has committed to play at the University of North Dakota for the 2019-20 season.

Rizzo just completed a rookie season with the Vees where he tallied 13 goals and 38 points in 50 games, and added another four goals and 10 points in 11 playoff games.

He doesn't turn 17 until June 13.

“I’m incredibly excited to be able to continue my hockey and educational future with such a prestigious program,” Rizzo said.

“North Dakota has a history of not only developing top-tier players, but also icing a championship-calibre program each and every season.”

Rizzo joins a long list of Vees who have committed to UND Fighting Hawks in recent years — including former captains Troy Stecher, Tyson Jost and Nick Jones.

From this past season's Vees club, Jonny Tychonick, Adam Scheel and Jackson Keane will all play at UND next year.

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