October 15, 2013, PENTICTON, BC – The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce forward Cam Amantea (94) has committed to the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Amantea is the third Vees to commit to the Seawolves this season and will be joining current teammates Anthony Conti and Olivier Mantha in Anchorage.
President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson, “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.”
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.
The Alaska-Anchorage hockey program was founded in1979 and the Seawolves have been a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association since 1993. The Seawolves are off to a solid start under first year Head Coach Matt Thomas. Thomas, who served had served as a General Manager and Head Coach for the past nine years in the ECHL, guided the Seawolves to wins over Quinnipiac (3-1) and Air Force (4-2), in the opening weekend of college hockey.
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. Tickets are available at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC, or online at www.valleyfirsttix.com