Year in Review: Zander Veccia
Getting the opportunity to shine on the first line, Zander Veccia burst out of the gates after the trade deadline in January.
After a solid rookie year, Zander Veccia, showed off his talent and made his way up to the first line. Drafted in 3rd round (#43 overall) in 2020, the Ridgetown native completed the 2021-22 season with 23 points (10G, 13A). His on-ice success continued into his sophomore year, where he nearly doubled his rookie stats.
Before the regular season started, Veccia put up 5 points (4G, 1A) in 5 games during the pre-season, a strong sign of what was to come. Playing mostly on the Steelheads’ third line, the right-winger posted 11 points (6G, 5A) in the first half of the year.
Buzzing in the New Year
Following the trade deadline in January 2023, Veccia was given the opportunity to shine on the first line with James Hardie and Luke Misa. The trio’s chemistry on the ice was undeniable and with the increased playing time, the right-winger was able to break out in the scoring race. In the month of January alone, he tallied 17 points (7G, 10A), and had 10 multi-point nights in the 2023 calendar year. In the middle of his hot streak, Veccia recorded his first career hat trick on January 20 against the North Bay Battalion.
By the end of the season, the sophomore tallied 45 points (20G, 25A) and put up top numbers in many categories. His point totals for the season ranked him second on the team following linemate Hardie. Moreover, the Steelhead placed third overall for the most goals on the team behind Hardie (38) and Angus MacDonell (29). As well, his 182 shots on goal for the season ranked him second in the lineup. Lastly, Veccia’s ability to score in big moments tied him in first on the Steelheads for game winning goals with four this year.
Coming in hot off the regular season, Veccia did not slow down in the postseason earning 5 points (2G, 3A) in six games, placing him third on the team in points.
Next Up for Zander Veccia
It was clear that the increased playing time and excellent chemistry with his linemates was the equation needed to help Veccia breakout of his shell. As a top-six forward with two years of experience under his belt, it will be exciting to see what the right-winger is capable of next season.