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As far as I can remember, Vitale is the first and only St. Louis born kid to make it to the NHL without leaving school early. Of course there’s Paul and Yan Statsny, Chris Butler, Ben Bishop, and Cam Janssen to name a few, but each of these kids left St. Louis before they finished high school.
Vitale is an example to every young kid who thinks they have to leave St. Louis to make it to the best league in the world. A graduate of CBC high school, Vitale is one of the most decorated local hockey players to ever come out of St. Louis.
Tonight marks the first time Vitale plays an NHL game in his hometown. His family has arranged two boxes which are sure to be filled by 50 of Vitale’s closest friends and family members.
After graduating high school, Vitale spent time with Sioux Falls in the USHL before attending Northeastern University where he served as Captain his senior season. He totaled 94 points and 268 penalty minutes in 143 games at Northeastern.
Pittsburgh would select Vitale with the first pick in the seventh round back in 2005.
To date Vitale continues to carve out a career in the NHL. His work ethic and determination has made him a valuable member of an organization that expects to compete for a Stanley Cup this spring. In 50 career games, Vitale has 11 points and 33 penalty minutes.
I had a chance to catch up with Vitale this morning whose smile could be seen across the dressing room. Here’s a kid that continues to make the St. Louis hockey community proud. He’s earned his way to the NHL and no one can ever take that away from him.
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