#FormerColonialWatch: Daniel Mantenuto signs in Italy

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Photo Credit: Garret Roberts

By Jonathan Hanna, Sports Editor

After spending four years wearing the red, white, and blue of the Robert Morris Colonials, Daniel Mantenuto will now wear the yellow, red, and blue of Asiago Hockey 1935 in the Italian Serie A, the top tier of hockey in Italy.

Last season, Asiago Hockey won the Serie A, beating HC Pustertal 4-1 in the finals.

As for Mantenuto, he spent last season as the captain of the Colonials, scoring 17 points (5 G, 12 A) in 24 games. In his career with the Colonials, Mantenuto posted 22 goals, 44 assists in 140 games played.

In an interview with Asiago, Mantenuto said, ““Le mie aspettative per la prossima stagione ad Asiago sono quelle di cercare di diventare il miglior giocatore possibile e di contribuire alla causa di una squadra che ha appena vinto un campionato. Voglio avere un’esperienza indimenticabile, imparare e crescere sia come giocatore che come persona. L’obiettivo finale è quello di vincere.” [My expectations for next season in Asiago are to try to become the best player possible and to contribute to the cause of a team that has just won a championship. I want to have an unforgettable experience, learn and grow both as a player and as a person. The ultimate goal is to win].

Mantenuto is now the third confirmed member of last year’s men’s hockey senior class to sign a pro deal, joining Jake Coleman and Luke Lynch, who both signed in the ECHL.