PHOTO: Mike Mastovich
PENTICTON, B.C. – The Penticton Vees Hockey Club is pleased to announce goaltender Luca Di Pasquo has committed to the team for the 2022/23 season.
Di Pasquo, 18, comes to Penticton following a season with the Maryland Black Bears of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). The 6’1”, 181-pound netminder played in 33 games with Maryland this season, posting a 16-11-5 record to go along with a 2.31 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. Di Pasquo finished the season with the 8th best GAA while earning the 4th best SV% in the NAHL.
The Livonia, Michigan native is a dual citizen of both Canada and the United States and is ranked 15th amongst North American goaltenders in the final rankings ahead of the 2022 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Montreal, Quebec. Di Pasquo has also secured a destination to play his collegiate hockey, slated to join the Michigan State Spartans following his junior hockey career.
“Goaltending has always been a strength of our program,” stated President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson, “With Colin Purcell returning and the graduation of both Kaeden Lane and Carter Serhyenko, it was important to find an elite goaltender to continue that tradition.”
“I am very excited to get the chance to play for the Penticton Vees,” commented Di Pasquo, “I believe the opportunity for my development both as a goalie and person will help me succeed at the next level. I look forward to being coached by the great staff in Penticton as well as being a part of a winning culture.”
The Vees would like to welcome Luca and his family to the organization, City of Penticton and South Okanagan.
The Fred Page Cup Final series shifts to Vancouver Island as the Vees take their 2-0 series lead on the road to face-off against the Nanaimo Clippers in Game #3 on Tuesday night. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM at Frank Crane Arena with the game broadcasted live on Bounce Radio 800 as well as streamed online on BCHLTV.ca.