The Helena Bighorns have tendered their first player for the 2010/2011 season.
Anthony Petruzzelli, a 1993 left-handed forward from Federal Way Washington, signed a tender with the Bighorns earlier this week. Besides being the first Bighorns tender for next season, Anthony is also the first 2010/2011 tender in the entire NorPac league. He is currently playing for the Seattle Juniors Northwest Admirals U16AAA Midget team in the Pacific Coast Hockey League. Anthony is leading his team in points, he has 39 assists and 39 goals in just 30 games.
Besides leading his team to an undeafeated record (11-0-1) in league play he has also helped them place well in several tournaments. In a recent Nike-Bauer tournament he tallied more points in round robin play than any other player while his team posted a 3-1 record.
On top of leading his team in most offensive categories Anthony also takes pride in his defensive play as well. He has an amazing plus/minus rating of +73, he has only been on the ice for 13 goals against. He logs tons of powerplay and penalty kill time while helping his team in anyway he can.
\”Anthony is a very talented offensive player that we have been keeping our eyes on for a while now\” stated Bighorns\’ Head Coach Scott Cunningham. \”We know that several teams have been after him and we are very glad that he has choosen to join our organization.\”.
The fact that the Bighorns are on top of the lead standings was a definate factor in Petruzzelli\’s decision to sign. \”It seemed like a good idea…they are a great team and they only have one loss,\” stated Anthony. \”It is my best option for next season.\”
As a \’93 Anthony isn\’t a complete stranger to junior hockey. He has atteneded a couple WHL training camps and is hoping that playing with Helena will help advance his career into the higher ranks. \”I\’m really looking forward to the whole junior hockey experience,\” added Petruzzelli.
If signing Petruzzelli is any indication as to what to expect from future Bighorns or even NorPac players, there will continue to be a lot of great hockey to watch in the Northwest.