Vees goalie heading 'North to Alaska'
Aug 30, 2013 / 2:27 pm
The Penticton Vees announced Friday goaltender Olivier Mantha (93) has committed to the University of Alaska-Anchorage for the 2014-2015 season.
Mantha, 20, came to Penticton after spending the past three seasons in his home province of Quebec playing at Laflèche College in Trois-Rivières.
He appeared in 75 games for the Dragons and was named a RSEQ league All-Star in the past two seasons.
The La Tuque, Quebec product was second in the Quebec college hockey circuit in save-percentage this past season, and also received a student-excellence award in 2012.
The Vees goaltender says he’s excited to secure a scholarship this early and looks forward to the challenges ahead.
“I’m surprised but very happy to have this happen so soon, as this the reason I made the move to play in BC. My main goal now is to win as many games as I can for this team and win a championship," says Mantha.
He says what drew him to Anchorage was the ability to make an immediate impact next fall.
“The coaching staff told me I will have an opportunity as a freshman to earn the starting job there next season and that will only help me better myself while I’m here in Penticton.”
The Alaska-Anchorage hockey program was founded in 1979 and the Seawolves have been a part of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association since 1993.
Vees alumni that have played at Alaska-Anchorage include Matt Hanson, Nick Lowe, Spencer Carberry and most recently Andrew Pickering. Mantha is now the eighth player on the Vees roster with an NCAA scholarship.
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