Penticton Vees forward Tristan Amonte has committed to Boston University for the 2021-22 season, but the versatile 20-year-old has his sights set on returning to the Vees in the fall.
Amonte 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 in his rookie season, scoring 6 goals in his first 8 games with the Vees, including a pair of goals in his first game on September 6th, 2019 against the Trail Smoke Eaters.
Amonte will follow in the footsteps of his brother, Ty, who currently plays his collegiate hockey with the Boston University Terriers. Vees forward Jay O’Brien is also slated to play with the Terriers in the fall. Boston University plays in the Hockey East of the NCAA Division I competition.
Amonte said Boston University was the obvious choice of schools. “I’m excited to announce my commitment to Boston University,” he said. “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.”
“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.”
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,” said Amonte.“I’m looking forward to getting back to Penticton and continuing what we had from last season.”