Golden Knights prospect Peter Diliberatore recently received some positive news from Team Canada. The young defenseman was invited back to Canada’s select camp, to possibly represent his home nation in the upcoming World Junior Championships.
ICYMI: Peter DiLiberatore is the first Bobcat to be invited to Hockey Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp set for where he will compete for a spot on Canada's 2020 #World Juniors Roster! #BobcatNation
— Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey (@QU_MIH) December 2, 2019
The sophomore from Quinnipiac University has played every game this season and is fifth in scoring for the Bobcats. Last season, Diliberatore was named to the 2018-19 ECAC Rookie team and was fourth in NCAA hockey with a +22 plus/minus rating. Earlier this week, Diliberatore appeared on The Pipeline Show with Guy Flaming.
I didn’t really have set goals on points or anything. I wanted to make a statement in the lineup and play every game… I asked questions all around, see what I can do to get more playing time. Whether it was PK, or power play. -Diliberatore on The Pipeline Show
The Golden Knights 2018 6th round pick (180th overall) comes off very even-keeled and realistic with his young career from college, to Team Canada, and all the way to Vegas.
It’s a small, quiet school but at the same time I knew they were good at developing players to get to the next level. I thought that’s kind of where I need to fit in and be in where I can play right away, and not have to wait and sit out or anytime like that. -Diliberatore on The Pipeline Show
After his strong freshman campaign, Team Canada invited him to their summer workout camp. Diliberatore was a little surprised, but ecstatic to get a chance to play with his countrymates and at such a high level.
It was my first time obviously with Team Canada, all new guys. I thought I played my game, stuck to it and I think that really showed. I think that helped me. I just tried to do exactly what I did to do to get me to the camp. I didn’t try to do too much or play out of my game style. -Diliberatore on The Pipeline Show
The young defenseman already sounds like a Golden Knight. Diliberatore continued talking about playing his game, and not trying to do too much. He sounds as if he’s already gone through Vegas property training. However, that demeanor and quick success in college translated into international attention. Earning himself a highly coveted invite to Team Canada.
I definitely have some confidence and a little bit more comfort zone. Going back, knowing the guys from last time and the coaching staff. I think I’ll go into with an open mind and play my game and stick to that. I think I’m good in all positions and areas in the game. Quinnipiac and the coaching staff has allowed to play in those situations. -Diliberatore on The Pipeline Show
Hopefully, Diliberatore will break camp and get selected to play with fellow VGK prospect Peyton Krebs in the World Junior Championship. The tournament begins on December, 26th.
To hear the full conversation with Diliberatore, check out The Pipeline podcast.