Tommaso Traversa last wore the Cortina jersey. © Serena Fantini

Unimagined comebacks: Traversa and Conci to Bruneck

HC Pustertal announced the next squad news this Thursday. There are three personalities from the Alps Hockey League who already have a yellow and black past and now want to know it again in the Intercable Arena.

The Wolves have signed three players, or in other words a complete forward line, from Italy. These are the returnees Tommaso Traversa and Davide Conci, as well as the Puster native Lukas De Lorenzo Meo.

What is particularly spectacular is the comeback of Tommaso Traversa, who was retired during the Pusterers' first ICE season and then earned his living in Sheffield (31 games, 10 points) and Cortina (108 games, 75 points) for two and a half years. The now 33-year-old previously played at Rienz for three and a half seasons and during this time made 148 appearances in the AlpsHL and ICE, recording 46 goals and 61 assists. With his passionate commitment, Traversa quickly managed to win the hearts of Bruneck fans, but over the years he also caused offense within the team. Before his time in Brunico, the former Turin international played in Slovakia, the USA, Scotland and Ritten.

Davide Conci should cheer in yellow and black in the future. © Oskar Brunner

Similar to Traversa also impresses Davide Conci with leadership qualities. The 28-year-old from Valsugana last showed this in the Wipptal Broncos' uniform, to which he would actually have been contractually bound for the coming season. But now he has the chance to prove himself on the ICE in Bruneck. Conci played in Pustertal from 2019 to 2021 before moving to his home club in Pergine after 74 AlpsHL games (25 points). Via Vipiteno, where he matured into an absolute leader and top performer over the course of two years, he is now heading back to the Green Valley. Last season he played his way into the extended circle of the national team with 55 scorer points.

New chance for De Lorenzo Meo

The route from Vipiteno to Bruneck should also be taken Luke De Lorenzo Meo which was most recently used primarily by the Broncos in the AlpsHL. The 22-year-old striker was already scheduled to join the Wolves a year ago, but was seriously injured in the Vinschgau Cup and was out for a long time. In the meantime, he was even threatened with an early end to his career. Now the homegrown player has another chance to prove his skills in the Intercable Arena.
“Our door is always open to characters like that.” HCP sports director Patrick Bona

“All three cracks were always in our field of vision and should strengthen our base of local players,” commented HCP sports director on the commitments. He adds: “Our door is always open to characters like this, especially since we know that Traversa, Conci and De Lorenzo Meo are also good hockey players.”

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