The Penticton Vees have recruited a new goaltender ahead of the 2022-2023 B.C. Hockey League season.
The graduation of netminders Kaeden Lane and Carter Serhyenko from the BCHL champions has forced the team to make a move and find Luca Di Pasquo.
“Goaltending has always been a strength of our program,” said Fred Harbinson, the team’s head coach, general manager and president, in response to the move earlier this month. “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.”
Di Pasquo, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, originally hails from Livonia, Michigan and is currently ranked as the 15th best North American goaltender ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal.
“I am very excited to get the chance to play for the Penticton Vees,” said the 18-year-old.
“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.”
Di Pasquo will have the chance to replace Lane in the Penticton net, who was instrumental in the Vees’ journey to a Fred Page Cup in 2022.
The newest Penticton netminder has committed to play for the NCAA’s Michigan State Spartans once his time in the BCHL comes to an end.