PHOTO: Jack Murray
PENTICTON, B.C. – The Penticton Vees are pleased to announce forward Tristan Amonte (’00) has committed to Boston University for the 2021/22 season.
Amonte, 20, finished up his first season in Penticton with 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 56 regular season games, playing a versatile role offensively and defensively, including on the penalty kill. The 6’0”, 167-pound forward added a goal and an assist in the Vees five-game opening round playoff series victory over the West Kelowna Warriors.
The Norwell, Massachusetts native made a quick adjustment to the BCHL, scoring 6 goals in his first 8 games with the Vees, including a pair of goals in first game on September 6th, 2019 against the Trail Smoke Eaters. Amonte follows in the footsteps of his brother, Ty, who currently plays his collegiate hockey at Boston University with Vees forward Jay O’Brien slated to play with the Terriers in the fall.
“I am very pleased for Tristan and his family,” said Vees President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson, “Tristan has come a long way through sheer determination and hard work to achieve this outstanding opportunity. I am real proud of what Tristan has accomplished and I am confident BU is getting a great player and person.”
“I’m excited to announce my commitment to Boston University,” mentioned Amonte, “There were a couple of factors that played into my decision in that BU is a great school and is located close to my home. The possibility of playing with my brother made it an easy decision as well.”
While Amonte is looking forward to the future and joining the Terriers, returning to Penticton for his 20-year-old season is at the front of his mind, “After how last season came to a close, I knew I wanted to come back and help this team compete for a championship,” continued Amonte, “I’m looking forward to getting back to Penticton and continuing what we had from last season.”
Boston University plays in the Hockey East of the NCAA Division I competition. Albie O’Connell mans the bench for the Terriers as 2020/21 will be his 4th season at the helm with the team playing their home games out of Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.