Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

E-mail Roman

Minnetonka defenseman Vannelli commits to U

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers roster moves Updated: December 3, 2012 - 4:06 AM

Tommy Vannelli could have gone to Ann Arbor, Mich., and joined the U.S. national development team. But he chose to stay home, and play with Minnetonka.

Now, it seems, he has decided to stay home for college, too. Late this afternoon, he announced he had committed to the U of M.

Vannelli is a 6-2, 175-pound defenseman who appears to be on the fast track in development.

Last season he had seven goals and 18 assists in 28 games with Tonka. This summer he was at the USA Hockey Select 17 camp in June and played with the U.S. team in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in ther Czech Republic and Slovakia in August.

This fall he was on the Team Northwest team in the Upper Midwest Elite League. His team tied for first during the regular season with a 14-4-3 record while he had four goals and 10 assists for 14 points.

He is 17 and a second cousin to the Vannelli brothers, Tom and Greg, who coach St. Thomas Academy. The Skippers, off to a 3-0-0 start, play the Cadets, a Class 1A power, on Thursday at Pagel, the Skippers' arena. Minnetonka has beaten Apple Valley, Osseo and Hibbing without much trouble so far, outscoring them 18-3 and holding them to an average of 12 shots.

Tommy Vannelli has one goal and five assists in those three games for six points.

PIPELINE TO MINNETONKA

The Gophers already have one Minnetonka player on their roster, junior defenseman Justin Holl.

And, in late October, junior forward Jack Ramsey of the Skippers committed to the U. Then there is Vinni Letteri. He would have been a senior forward at Minnetonka this season but chose to play in the USHL for the Lincoln (Neb.) Stars.

Letteri also has committed to the U. He is the grandson of Lou Nanne, the ex-North Stars and Gopher player. He led Minnetonka in scoring last seaosn with 23 goals and 37 assists for 60 points in 28 games.

This season Lettieri, who turns 18 in February, has six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 17 games for the Stars. He is 5-8 or 5-9, 165 or 170, depending on where you look on the Internet, and a plus-5 in even-strength situations at Lincoln.

So Vannelli makes it three Skippers on the way to Don Lucia's Gophers. ... Max Gardiner, another Minnetonka forward, was at the U for one season, but left. He played in the USHL for Dubuque last season and now is a sophomore center at Penn State (6-5-0). Gardiner is the Nittany Lions' second-leading scorer with two goals and seven assists for nine points.

 

 

 

 

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 2 Top 8th Inning
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 69 4th Qtr 8:23
Boston 77
Brooklyn 85 4th Qtr
New York 71
Chicago 48 3rd Qtr
Milwaukee 48
Dallas 66 3rd Qtr
Oklahoma City 63
Sacramento 55 3rd Qtr
Houston 58
Toronto 60 3rd Qtr
Minnesota 46
Denver 9 1st Qtr 6:40
Utah 8
LA Clippers 9:00 PM
Portland
New Orleans 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Toronto 3 3rd Prd
Buffalo 2
Philadelphia 1 2nd Prd 13:11
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Colorado 9:30 PM
San Jose
Loyola-Chicago 41 2nd Half 14:12
ULM 46
UCLA 69 FINAL
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who are you rooting for in the NCAA Final Four?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT