Boston Bruins: Frank Vatrano Named To Team USA Roster For IIHF World Championships That Are Set To Begin On May 3rd
The U.S. Men’s National Team announced on Tuesday that they have added Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano to their roster for the upcoming IIHF World Championship tournament. Frank Vatrano has also played for the United States National Team during the 2012 IIHF U-18 World Championship tournament en route to a gold medal, and he will once again get the chance to perform at the international level for his country this year.
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Frank Vatrano had an absolutely incredible first season in the AHL after being signed by the Boston Bruin following his time at UMass-Amherst. In 33 games in the AHL, Frank Vatrano scored 33 goals and added 16 assists for 49 points along with three hat tricks and a plus-17 rating. Vatrano’s goal scoring total comes from his strong affinity to shoot the puck on net. Frank Vatrano averaged 5.2 shots-per-game last season in the AHL for a total of 172 shots in his 33 games.
The 22-year-old, East Longmeadow, Massachusetts native was named to the AHL All-Team for his strong season, and he was also named the co-winner of the Dudley Garrett Memorial Award along with Mikko Rantanen of the San Antonio Rampage. The award is given annually to the AHL’s best rookie, and both players were certainly deserving of the honors.
At the NHL level, Frank Vatrano hit his fair-share of bumps in the road, which can be attributed to his rookie status. It isn’t uncommon for young players to make mistakes early in their career, but Frank Vatrano‘s talents and willingness to prove any doubters wrong have always led to his success at every level of hockey that he’s played in. In 39 games in the NHL, Frank Vatrano scored eight goals and added three assists for 11 points. Those numbers are likely to increase with time as Vatrano begins to feel more comfortable on the ice with increased experience, and potentially an increased role.