The Vees are proud to announce that forward Massimo Rizzo has committed to continue his development with the Vees. Rizzo will wear number 13 when the puck drops on the next BCHL season at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Rizzo, from Burnaby BC finished the 2016-2017 season with the Vees on their playoff run to the Royal Bank Cup.
During the regular season, Rizzo tallied 84 points in just 48 games for the Burnaby Winter Club Midget Prep team. Rizzo played in 3 regular season games with the Vees as an underage forward. In the Fred Page Cup Playoffs, Rizzo scored his first BCHL goal, and really showed flashes of brilliance during the Western Canada Cup where he scored a goal and added 4 assists for 5 points in 5 games as the Vees advanced to the Royal Bank Cup in Cobourg Ontario.
Rizzo was originally drafted 14th Overall in WHL Bantam Draft by the Kamloops Blazers. After meeting with Blazers brass last week, the family made the decision to return to the Vees and continue his development in the South Okanagan following the likes of Tyson Jost, Dante Fabbro, and most recently Johnny Tychonick.
Vees president, general manager, and head coach Fred Harbinson was obviously pleased with the family’s decision. “Although we gave Massimo and his family the appropriate time to make a decision as to which route they felt was best for his development; we’re excited he has chosen to continue his hockey career as a member of the Penticton Vees. I look forward to coaching Massimo, and I’m certain Vees Nation is thrilled to be able to watch another elite prospect grow here in Penticton.
Rizzo is one of 111 players, along with Vees teammate Luke Reid to be invited to attend the Hockey Canada U17 Development Camp in Calgary starting on July 22nd. Rizzo and the Vees will be back on the ice at the SOEC in late August to open training camp.