Busy day at the Vees office Thursday, as the team made a pair of announcements. First, the team finalized their leadership group by naming Chris Rygus an Assistant Captain. Rygus joins Travis Blanleil as the two assistants under Captain Brad McClure. I like this group, they have plenty of experience and are well respected not only in the dressing room but around the league as well.
Second, the team announced forward Anthony Conti has committed to the University of Alaska-Anchorage for the 2015-2016 season. Conti, like Olivier Mantha one week earlier, snags a scholarship without playing a single regular season game. But the two showed more than enough to convince the new coaching staff at Anchorage.
Conti will have two full seasons of development before heading off to school and that’s good news for the Vees and AA. The soon to be 18 year-old has the size and attitude to be a go-to player for this team. He’s big, listed at 6’3 and already over 200 pounds and now the Vees will have time to help mold his frame. He showed a flash of his potential with a beauty of a goal last Wednesday against Trail (watch here). Conti is a very competitive kid and nothing seems to scare him. He will race at full speed into the corners for a puck regardless of who`s he up against and the same goes when attacking the net. He can be irritating to play against and that`s exactly why the Vees got him; sandpaper. I look forward to tracking his progress over the next two seasons.