Silvertips Sign Listed Center Vincent Lamanna to a WHL Standard Player Agreement
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips, eight-time U.S. Division champions and two-time Western Conference champions of the Western Hockey League, and general manager Garry Davidson announced today that 2003-born center and listed prospect Vincent Lamanna has signed a WHL Standard Player Agreement. By signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement, Lamanna is guaranteed a WHL Scholarship for every year he plays in the WHL.
“Vincent has steadily increased his visibility in our projections and has worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity play in the Western Hockey League,” said Davidson. “He has the ability to perform as a forward with versatility and contribute to our depth offensively after a fine development period in Fort Saskatchewan and Bonnyville. We are excited about his decision to commit to our program and look forward to his arrival for training camp in the 2021-22 season.”
Lamanna skated this past season with the Bonnyville Pontiacs in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, earning an assist in six games with Bonnyville limited to 16 games of play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, he led the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers U18 AAA program (AMHL) in goals (13) while ranking third in points (26) in 32 games, also adding a pair of game winning goals with no penalty minutes. He also netted five points (1g-4a) in 13 playoff games and has represented the Rangers in back-to-back appearances in the Macs Tournament with four assists in seven career tournament games.
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound forward led the Rangers U16 AAA team in goals (16), assists (23), and points (39) in 2018-19 and led the program in playoff scoring with five points (2g-3a) in four games.
“Vince is another interesting case of a player who was passed over in the WHL Draft but made incredible strides afterward,” said Silvertips head scout Mike Fraser. “A few us had a chance to see him play with Fort Saskatchewan during his 15-year old midget season and we quickly noticed that not only did he grow physically as a human but grow technically as a player. It told the story about his potential. He brings such an impressive package of poise. Pucks go through him well, he finds linemates, and makes the right play with the puck under pressure. He rarely puts himself in a panic-driven situation and it makes an impact on high leverage shifts.”
“It’s very exciting to receive an opportunity in Everett Silvertips program, a place where so many great players have worked hard open doors at the next level,” said Lamanna. “It’s a goal I’ve been working on my entire career and can’t wait to get started. I thank my parents and siblings for everything they’ve done and sacrificed to help me become a better player and person, prepared for this next step. I’m looking forward to bringing my best as a player who loves to play a two-way game with speed, in any situation, and who is reliable across all 200 feet of the ice.”
Lamanna, a native of Sturgeon County, Alberta, suited up with the Silvertips in 2019-20 training camp and in the annual Green vs. Grey Game, concluding Phase 1 of camp. He also scored two goals in five games with Team Edmonton Yellow at the 2017-18 Alberta Cup.
ABOUT THE SILVERTIPS AND THE NHL
A total of 20 players have suited up in an Everett Silvertips jersey and advanced to play in the National Hockey League, since the Silvertips joined the WHL in 2003-04. Entering this season, the Silvertips have elevated 27 players to be selected by teams in the NHL Entry Draft, including eight over the previous three seasons. By the end of the 2019-20 season, all three Silvertips in the 20-year old category earned NHL entry level contracts: Bryce Kindopp (Anaheim), Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia), and Jake Christiansen (Columbus). The Seattle Kraken, an expansion franchise scheduled to play 30 miles away from Everett at Climate Pledge Arena, will make their NHL debut in the 2021-22 season.
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