Returning to Vegas for his second professional development camp in as many years, Golden Knights defensive prospect Peter Diliberatore knows the importance of sticking to his game regardless of which rink he may find himself at.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Diliberatore decided to spend his final years of prep hockey south of home at the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut. The defenseman collected 17 points (4 G, 13 A) across 28 games in his senior season with the Scarlet Knights before being selected by the Golden Knights in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft (180th overall).
Following the 2018 development camp, Diliberatore decided to stay in Connecticut and play his college hockey at Quinnipiac University. As a freshman, he appeared in each of the team's 38 games while gathering 19 points (3 G, 16 A) and was named to the ECAC All-Freshman Team. His play also earned him an invite to Canada's National Junior Team Development Camp.
"Quinnipiac did a phenomenal job with me and the whole team," said Diliberatore. "They brought me in and gave me all the opportunities I could ask for. I took advantage and soaked in everything I could, I think it really helped my overall game."
Through the success of his freshman campaign, Diliberatore admitted the college game came with a transition phase, but he never ventured far from his own style of play.
"There is less time with the puck and you have to make those plays a little bit quicker," he said. "I think I did a good job adjusting. Once I figured that out, I could just play my game and I didn't have to change that much."
After helping Quinnipiac to a 26-10-2 record overall and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Diliberatore returned to the Vegas camp with new confidence and a familiar face in camp invitee Wyatt Bongiovanni, another Quinnipiac freshman found on the ECAC All-Freshman Team.
"It's great to have him, we had a phenomenal freshman year," said Diliberatore. "Just looking to take the experience here together and bring it back to school."
Off the ice, Diliberatore acknowledges the significance of developing physically if he wants to take his game to the next level. The 2018 draft pick even left Vegas with nutrition plans to bring with him into his new place just off of Quinnipiac's campus. Diliberatore looks forward to taking what he learned at his second camp into his sophomore season with the Bobcats.