Vees lose Gropp, Amantea commits
Oct 15, 2013 / 7:21 pm
The BC Hockey League's Penticton Vees have lost forward Brent Gropp to the Western Hockey League.
The Vees announced Tuesday Gropp, 17, has left the club for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.
“Ryan’s mindset last summer when he committed to UND (University of North Dakota) and decided to return to Penticton, was that he would enter the NCAA as a true freshman which coincides with his draft year," says Vees President, GM and head coach, Fred Harbinson.
"Unfortunately Ryan did not get off to the start everyone expected this season, hence possibly affecting his long term goals. After a few discussions with Ryan and his family, we came to the conclusion it would be best for Ryan to change directions and move on to the WHL."
Gropp had three goals and eight points in 10 games with the Vees this season.
"Ryan was a great teammate during his time in Penticton, and our organization wishes him nothing but the best in his future hockey endeavors," says Harbinson.
Meantime, forward Cam Amantea, 19, has committed to the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
Amantea is the third Vee to commit to the Seawolves this season and will be joining current teammates Anthony Conti and Olivier Mantha in Anchorage.
“Cam is the consummate team guy; versatile and willing to play any role asked. That character he brings to the Vees will no doubt make UAA a better program," says Harbinson.
The 19 year-old Amantea is in his second season with the Vees after graduating from the Edge School for Athletes in Calgary, Alberta.
Amantea has played in eight games this season, picking up three goals and seven points, and was on pace for a fifty-point season before being side-lined with an upper-body injury.
Last season Amantea appeared in 52 games, collecting seven goals and 19 points while primarily playing a checking roll.
Amantea has blossomed into one of the best defensive forwards in the BCHL playing alongside Travis Blanleil and Cody DePourcq. The three, known as the “trench line” match up against the opposition’s top forwards on a nightly basis.
With Amantea’s commitment, the Vees now have 16 players on their roster with an NCAA Division l scholarship.
The Vees are back in action Wednesday, October 16th, when they host the Merritt Centennials at the SOEC. Puck drop is 7pm.
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