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Hockey: It's in his blood

By staff reports, 12/14/10, 11:51AM CST


Minnetonka's Vinni Lettieri is decended from Minnesota hockey royalty

Some athletes are just born with it. Those words could not be more true for Vinni Lettieri.

The Minnetonka sophomore has genetics on his side and an impressive, athletic bloodline.

Vinni has a familiar last name to the soccer world - as his father Tino Lettieri is a former professional goalkeeper who played on Team Canada during the 1976 and 1984 Summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in 1986.

It's Vinni's hockey ties, though, that have drawn attention to the Skippers' forward and it helps that his grandfather's last name is synonymous with Minnesota hockey: Nanne.

Vinni's grandfather is none other than Lou Nanne, the legendary 11-year NHL veteran, former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher standout and Class of 2011 inductee to the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

That passion for hockey seems to have found its way down the family tree as Vinni is off to an impressive start during his first varsity season.

The sophomore forward is currently tied for the lead in scoring with eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) in four games highlighted by a three goal, one assist performance in the Skippers' 11-0 victory over Chaska on Dec. 9.

Two interesting matchups will be on Jan. 22 and Feb. 10 when Minnetonka battles Lake Conference rival Edina as Vinni will be playing against his cousin - Edina's sophomore forward Lou Nanne.

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Vinni Lettieri File

Vinni Lettieri

School: Minnetonka
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 150

Goals: 6*
Assists: 2*

* - statistics as of Dec. 14

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