By Kelsie Martin – Silvertips Staff Writer
The Player: Reece Vitelli has wrapped up his second season with the Silvertips this past April. The 18 year old forward was drafted 83rd overall by the Silvertips in the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantom Draft. Vitelli started suiting up for the Silvertips in the 2017-18 season and has continued to grow as a player during his time in Everett.
The Numbers: Vitelli played in 70 games in his rookie season (2017-18) and scored two goals and assisted eight goals. He played in 22 playoff games, scoring four goals and three assists. In this past season (2018-19) Vitelli has shown growth as a forward in the Western Hockey League, scoring 11 goals and 16 assists in 66 games. He also played in all ten playoff games.
From the man himself:
How He Evolved: “I think I evolved a lot as a player this year. I practiced a lot and faced new challenges that helped me grow during this past season.”
How He’s Doing in the Offseason: “I took a break from hockey for a little bit to take care of my body. I’ve started skating again. I’m doing two-hour sessions, and I’m doing that leading up to training camp.”
His Best Game of the Year: “It’s hard to say. I don’t feel like there is a specific game, maybe one in Prince George. I try my best during every game.
What He’s Working on for Next Year: “Just getting bigger, stronger, and heavier. I’ve also been working on my shot release and just getting faster and scoring more goals.”