Thomas finalizes incoming class with Conti

ANCHORAGE — Head coach Matt Thomas finalized his 2014-15 Alaska Anchorage incoming class Wednesday with the addition of Anthony Conti, giving UAA eight rookies for the 35th year of Seawolf hockey.

Conti, a local of Vancouver, B.C., joins the Green and Gold after splitting time with the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles and Penticton Vees. He combined for 16-27 — 43 totals during the 2013-14 season in 55 games played. Conti also led the Eagles in the playoffs with seven points in six games.

A year before, the 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound forward dressed for Vancouver Northwest of the BCMML, where he helped the Giants to the team crown as one of the league’s top scorers with 18-30 — 48 totals in 35 games.

“Anthony is going to be someone that is simply going to get better and better each day he is at UAA,” said assistant coach Josh Ciocco. “He will come into our program at just 18 years old and already has NHL size. Not only is he big, but he’s got sneaky good hockey sense and is absolutely fearless.”

Conti joins classmates Austin Azurdia, Tad Kozun, Matt Anholt, Tanner Johnson, Jarrett Brown, Olivier Mantha and Jared D’Amico.

The Seawolves commence the 2014-15 slate Oct. 4 with an exhibition game against Western Ontario, before hosting Maine and Wisconsin for the annual Kendall Hockey Classic at the Sullivan Arena, Oct. 10-11.

Courtesy of UAA Sports Information

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Release: 6/18/2014