Vees’ Perdicaro boosted by Islanders camp

Penticton Vees power forward Anthony Perdicaro got his first taste of the National Hockey League last week when he participated in the New York Islanders' summer prospect camp. Now, with a better idea of what it's going to take to compete against pro-calibre talent, he's focused and ready for a final season in the BC Hockey League.

“It was a really great opportunity,” Perdicaro says. “It was fast-paced and a good learning experience. At first things were a little slow, but the competition was tough and the play got more fierce as it went along.”

When Perdicaro arrives at Penticton's camp in August, he's bound to be look upon for more leadership and scoring with much of last year's core having moved on the NCAA. Key Vees fowards Austin Smith, Denver Manderson and Zac Dalpe won't be back, but expectations for a championship repeat will still surround the club.

“I'm looking forward to coming back and being more of a leader,” the East Rockaway, New York native says. “Our goal is to grab a second Fred Page Cup for Penticton.”