Junior Comet Brendan Vettraino Commits to Lawrence University

by Michael Lehr

Utica Junior Comet Brendan Vettraino has committed to Lawrence University. The Clay Township, MI native has scored 18 goals and tallied 35 assists in 44 games this year.

"Obviously it’s always been a dream of mine to play college hockey," Vettraino said. "So it’s really cool to see all the hard work finally pay off and finally be able to say I’m going to be playing college hockey in the fall. Lawrence is one of the best academic schools in all of Wisconsin and finding a school that not only was good for my hockey, but good for academics was really important to me. They are also bringing in a small freshman class and said they think I could make an impact on the ice right away."

"Brendan is a player that we have relied on in every situation all season," said Junior Comets Premier Head Coach Shawn Lynch. "He’s been a first line, first PP, first PK unit guy from the start. He thinks the game so well and is one of the hardest working guys in our room. As a first year player, it’s rare to be unanimously voted as a team captain, but he earned a letter within just weeks of arriving in Utica. He’s detail oriented and his work ethic and character are never in question; he’s just very consistent. Brendan genuinely wants to earn his way, which is why he’s going to end up being a great Division III player in one of the best conferences in the country."

"For me, the biggest thing I’ve learned playing here is the importance of team culture," Vettraino continued. "Being a good teammate and person is just as important as what you do on the ice and that’s something I think Coach Lynch really tried to emphasize this year. I’d also just like to thank my coaches, teammates, the Utica Comets organization, and especially my parents for supporting and helping me get to this point, I couldn’t have done it without any of them."

Lynch went on, "He’s a two-way, 200 foot player. He’s committed to working in the dirty areas and can also add a little flare to his game when an opportunity presents itself. He plays the game the right way and is a terrific leader on and off the ice. Lawrence is extremely lucky to welcome Brendan into their program this coming fall."