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Canisius hockey inks four recruits

by Amy Moritz

The ink is dry on the National Letters of Intent and Canisius hockey officially announced that four more players will be joining the Golden Griffins next season.

Forwards David Parrottino and Mike Sabatini, defenseman David Bennett and goalie Reilly Turner were formally announced by the program on Friday.

"Our program is excited about the entire incoming class," Canisius coach Dave Smith said. "We feel this class brings players who are great teammates with a lot of on-ice skill and off-ice character. It is a diverse group  that will have the opportunity to make an immediate difference in our lineup."

A quick look at the incoming class:

  • Parrottino played in 56 games for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL this past season, finishing with 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists). Parrottino is a native of Rochester Hills, Mich., and is a teammate of defenseman Zack Pittman, who signed his letter of intent to join the Griffs in November.
  • Sabatini was named the team MVP of the Soo Eagles of the NAHL after leading the squad with 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists). A native of Grosse Point Woods, Mich., he was selected to the 2014 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.
  • Bennett, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, was a second-team CCHL All-Star with the Cumberland Grads. He ranked sixth in the league in scoring among defenders (37 points, 11 goals, 26 assists).
  • Turner was a teammate of Bennett's with the Cumberland Grads. The Temiscaming, Quebec native posted a .909 save percentage and a 3.24 goals against in 44 games.

The four join a freshman class that includes Pittman, forwards Jeff Murray, Ryan Schmeizer and Nolan Sheeran who signed in the fall.

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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