First Time Professional Hockey Signings by Tier 3 Junior Hockey Alumni
A look at the former Tier 3 Junior Hockey players who have advanced into the professional hockey level and their first time Pro signing dates.
4/10/17 Shane Starlett, G, Signs 2 year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers (NHL). Starlett played two seasons at the Tier 3 level from 2013-15 with the Portland Jr Pirates and the South Shore Kings before advancing to play 2 seasons at Air Force (NCAA D1), where he was named goaltender of the year during his 2015-16 campaign.
4/8/17 Anthony Florentino, D, Signs ATO for 2016-17 and contract for 2017-18 with the Rochester Americans (AHL). Florentino, 1995, played 7 games with the South Shore Kings during his 2010-11 campaign while still playing high school hockey. Florentino played for four seasons with Providence College from 2013-17.
3-30-17 Nick DeSimone, D, signs two year entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks (NHL) beginning in 2017-18. DeSimone will join the San Jose Barracuda (AHL) for the remainder of this season. DeSimone developed with the Connecticut Oilers during his 2012-13 campaign, played a season in the OJHL, followed by 3 seasons at Union College.
3-29-17 Charlie McAvoy signs ATO with the Providence Bruins. McAvoy developed with the New Jersey Rockets during his 2012-13 campaign, advanced to two seasons in the USHL followed by 2 seasons with Boston University.
3-28-17 Joe Gambardella signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers. Gambardella played two seasons with the New Jersey Rockets followed by a season and a half in the USHL and four years with UMass Lowell. Gambardella will join the Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
3-24-17 Ryan Fitzgerald signed a two year entry level contract with the Boston Bruins for the 2017-18 season. Fitzgerald will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO). Fitzgerald played 4 seasons with Boston College beginning in the 2013-14 season. Fitzgerald developed with the Valley Jr Warriors during his 2012-13 campaign where he registered 30 points through 26 games and earned Rookie of the Year honors.
3-24-17 Brendan Bradley was added to an Amateur Tryout with the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL). Bradley played four seasons at the University of Vermont beginning with the 2013-14 season. Bradley developed at the Tier 3 level with the Jersey Hitmen through his 2012-13 campaign, registering 78 points through 45 games.
3-21-17 Cam Brown signed a standard player contract with the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL). Brown played four seasons at the University of Maine from 2013-17. Drafted #7 overall by the Souix City Muskateers (USHL), Brown played a single season at the Tier 1 level after developing for two seasons with the New Hampshire Jr Monarchs from 2010-2012.
3-20-17 Tim Clifton signed a two year contract as an unrestricted free agent with the San Jose Sharks. Clifton played four seasons at Quinnipiac beginning with the 2013-14 season. Prior to the NCAA, Clifton developed for four seasons at the Tier 3 Junior Hockey level with the Jersey Hitmen.
3-18-17 Jack Burton signs an ATO with the Indy Fuel. Burton played four seasons at the NCAA Division 3 level with Colby College. Burton developed for two seasons with the Boston Bandits from 2011-13.
3-16-17 Jake Kulevich signs an ATO with the Manitoba Moose (AHL). Kulevich played four seasons at Colgate College after developing for a season with the South Shore Kings.
3-16-17 TJ Sarcona signs with the Rapid City Rush (ECHL). Sarcona played four seasons at the NCAA Division 1 level with Niagara University. Prior to that he developed 3 seasons with the Amarillo Bulls (NAHL) and at the Tier 3 Junior Hockey level with the New Jersey Rockets.
3-15-17 Michael Doherty signs an ATO with the Providence Bruins. Doherty played four seasons at Yale from 2013-17 after developing for a single season at the Tier 3 Junior Hockey level with the Islanders Hockey Club.
3-15-17 Riley Bourbonnais signs with the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Bourbonnais played two seasons at the Tier 3 level in the EmJHL from 2009-11 followed by 2 seasons in the USHL and four seasons in the NCAA with RPI.
3-14-17 Zach Aston-Reese signs a two year entry level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The contract will begin with the 2017-18 season and continue through 2018-19. Aston-Reese reported to the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins on an ATO for this year. Aston Reese developed for two seasons at the Tier 3 level with the New Jersey Rockets before advancing to the USHL and then on to four seasons with Northeastern University, where he earned Hockey East player of the Year honors for the 2016-17 season.
3-12-17 Brett Kilar signed a standard contract with the Norfolk Admirals. Kilar played four seasons at the NCAA Division 3 level for New England College after developing for a season with the Hampton Roads Whalers. Kilar plays his first game at the pro level on Sunday March 26, 2017.
3-10-17 Austin Orszulak signs a contract with the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL). Orszulak developed for 2 seasons with the Springfield Jr Pics in the EJHL from 2011-13, followed by 4 seasons in the NCAA with American International.
3-9-17 Matt Salhany signs an ATO with the Reading Royals (ECHL). Salhany developed with the Boston Bandits during his 2012-13 campaign before advancing to four seasons in the NCAA with the University of Alabama Huntsville.
3-8-17 Matt Delavergne signs with the Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL). Delavergne developed for 5 seasons at the Tier 3 Junior Hockey level before advancing to 4 seasons with Buffalo State at the NCAA Division 3 level. UPDATE: On 3-15-17 Delavergne was released and picked up by the Macon Mayhem (SPHL).
3-7-17 Chris Leblanc signs with the Binghamton Senators (AHL). Leblanc developed at the Tier 3 Level during his 2012-13 campaign in the EJHL before playing 4 years at Merrimack College