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Penticton Vees Defenseman Anthony Conti Commits to Alaska-Anchorage

The second Penticton Vees player in less than a week has committed to new UAA head coach Matt Thomas.

Penticton Vees defenseman Anthony Conti has committed to Alaska-Anchorage, according to USHR. The big 17 year-old has played both forward and defense, but will play the blue line at the next level.

Conti, a North Vancouver native, played for the highly successful Vancouver NW Giants Midget program before taking his talents to the BCHL. Conti played in 16 games in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) last season between the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Coquitlam Express. He will play with the Penticton Vees this season before heading to Anchorage for the 2014-15 season.

It is the second commitment from the Penticton Vees in less than a week for the new coaching staff at UAA. Goaltender Olivier Mantha selected the Seawolves last week. New head coach Matt Thomas and assistant Josh Ciocco have been hitting the recruiting trail to secure commitments for a program in need of a talent upgrade.

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Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.