Vees forward Liam Malmquist has been named an assistant captain ahead of the shortened 2021 season. (Jack Murray photo)

Vees forward Liam Malmquist has been named an assistant captain ahead of the shortened 2021 season. (Jack Murray photo)

Penticton Vees add two forwards to leadership group

The Vees’ shortened season starts Friday, April 2

The Penticton Vees have announced forwards Tristan Amonte and Liam Malmquist (’00) have been named assistant captains ahead of the 2021 pod season in Penticton.

Amonte, 20, has pushed himself into a leadership role in his sophomore season with the Vees.

The Norwell, Massachusetts native suited up in 56 games for the Vees last year, scoring 15 goals and 34 points. Amonte also saw the ice for 13 games during the Okanagan Cup tournament, tallying 4 goals and 6 points between September and November. Amonte secured a scholarship to Boston University during the summer.

Malmquist, also 20 and coming into his second season in Penticton, enjoyed a fantastic rookie campaign in the 2019/20 season. The Edina, Minnesota native scored 16 goals and 39 points in all 58 games last season, earning the Vees Rookie of the Year award. Malmquist continued that strong play into the Okanagan Cup this season, scoring once while posting a tournament-leading 14 assists for 15 points. He will be heading to the University of Wisconsin next season.

Vees President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson said naming the pair as assistant captains was an easy decision.

“Adding Liam and Tristan to our leadership group was an easy decision,” Harbinson said. “They both have a desire to compete and thrive on creating a winning culture around them.”

Amonte, Malmquist and the rest of the Vees begin the shortened 2021 season on Friday, April 2nd when they take on the Trail Smoke Eaters at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Due to provincial health restrictions, fans are not allowed to be in attendance but you can catch the game on EZ Rock AM 800 as well as on pay-per-view at Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

READ MORE: Penticton Vees announce 2021 season schedule

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