Andrew Agozzino

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Andrew Agozzino
Andrew Agozzino 2013.jpg
Born (1991-01-03) January 3, 1991 (age 26)
Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Colorado Avalanche
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Andrew Agozzino (born January 3, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left wing who is currently playing with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

Junior

Agozzino first played major junior hockey with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League. He was originally selected as the Mississauga IceDogs first round draft pick, chosen 15th overall in the 2007 OHL Priority Draft before the team promptly relocated to Niagara. Agozzino scored 12 goals in 50 games during his rookie campaign in 2007–08 and as an Ontario Native, he was selected to the Canada Ontario team for the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge scoring 5 goals in 6 games to help capture the Gold. In his sophomore season, Agozzino showed glimpses of leadership and improved to finish second on the IceDogs with 27 goals in the 2008–09 season. With two consecutive seasons of showing offensive potential, Agozzino was invited to the St. Louis Blues 2009 orientation camp.[1]

Andrew Agozzino (2009).

After the departure of former captain Alex Pietrangelo, Agozzino was named as the IceDogs new captain midway through the 2009–10 season.[2] Agozzino led the IceDogs by example, scoring a team high 37 goals and 66 points. As the IceDogs representative to the 2010 OHL All-Star Classic, he was named as the Eastern Conference player of the game after scoring an All-Star record four goals. Undrafted in the NHL, due to his diminutive stature, Agozzino was signed upon the completion of the IceDogs season to an amateur try-out contract with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL, an affiliate of the Blues.[3] He made his professional debut on April 9, 2010, against the Manitoba Moose and skated in the Rivermen's two final regular season games.

He returned to Niagara in the 2010–11 season, to again lead the team with 43 goals in 68 games. Without a professional contract on offer, Agozzino returned for his overage and final year with the IceDogs in 2011–12. For a third consecutive season, he led the team with 40 goals and produced a career high 48 assists and 88 points, to finish 5th in the OHL scoring race.[4] After guiding the IceDogs to finish as finalists for the J. Ross Robertson Cup, Agozzino was selected as the recipient of the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the league top overage player and the Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy as the League's best captain.[5][6] He completed his junior career with the IceDogs with the franchise records in goals (159), assists (147), points (306) and games (316).

Professional

In his first full professional season in 2012–13, Agozzino was signed to a one-year AHL contract with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL.[7] In his Monsters debut on opening night, Agozzino scored his first professional goal and game-winner in a 2–1 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons on October 12, 2012.[8] After initially claiming a role on the checking lines, he quickly and unexpectedly established himself amongst the Monsters scoring forwards to begin the season.[9] At the midpoint of the season, and amongst the Monsters leaders in scoring, he was selected alongside fellow Monsters rookie Michael Sgarbossa to participate in the AHL All-Star Game.[10] He subsequently became the first Monsters player in Franchise history to then be voted as a starter to the victorious Western Conference All-Star lineup.[11]

On March 22, 2013, Agozzino's smooth transition to the professional ranks was completed when he was signed to a two-year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche, the NHL parent club of the Monsters.[12] With Lake Erie out of the playoffs, he finished the regular season as one of only two skaters to have played in every game for the Monsters, whilst leading the team with 32 assists and 52 points.

In the 2014–15 season, with the Avalanche suffering a rash of injuries, Agozzino received his first NHL recall on November 21, 2014.[13] He made his NHL debut with the Avalanche, registering an assist, in a 4–3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on November 22, 2014.[14]

Following the 2014–15 NHL season, Agozzino became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Avalanche made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and, on July 5, 2015, Agozzino filed for Salary Arbitration.[15] On July 16, Agozzino settled before arbitration in agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract with the Avalanche.[16]

On July 1, 2016, having left the Avalanche organization as a free agent, Agozzino agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.[17] After attending the Blues 2016 training camp, Agozzino was assigned to begin the 2016–17 season, in the AHL with affiliate the Chicago Wolves. Following his adjustment to a new playing system, Agozzino remained in the AHL for the duration of the season in continuing his career scoring pace with 18 goals and 54 points in 71 games. Despite a solid performance with the Wolves, Agozzino was never recalled by the Blues.

On July 1, 2017, in leaving St. Louis as a free agent, Agozzino opted to return to his original club, the Colorado Avalanche, in signing a two-year, two-way contract.[18]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Niagara IceDogs OHL 50 12 10 22 47
2008–09 Niagara IceDogs OHL 67 27 29 56 88 12 6 5 11 24
2009–10 Niagara IceDogs OHL 66 37 29 66 95 5 3 2 5 15
2009–10 Peoria Rivermen AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Niagara IceDogs OHL 68 43 31 74 73 14 6 7 13 19
2011–12 Niagara IceDogs OHL 67 40 48 88 67 20 11 7 18 16
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 76 20 32 52 73
2013–14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 75 17 32 49 73
2014–15 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 74 30 34 64 55
2014–15 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1 0 1 1 0
2015–16 San Antonio Rampage AHL 41 12 17 29 32
2015–16 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 0 2 2 0
2016–17 Chicago Wolves AHL 71 18 36 54 57 10 3 3 6 6
NHL totals 10 0 3 3 0

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Ontario U17 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 5 2 7 12
Junior totals 6 5 2 7 12

Awards and honours

Award Year
OHL
Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy 2012 [5]
Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy 2012 [19]
Third All-Star Team 2012 [20]
AHL
AHL All-Star Game 2013 [21]

References

  1. ^ "St. Louis Blues orientation camp roster" (PDF). St. Louis Blues. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ Puchlaski, Bernie (2009-12-08). "Agozzino logical choice as Captain". St Catherines Standard.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Rivermen sign Agozzino to ATO". Peoria Rivermen. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  4. ^ "IceDogs captain finds comfort zone". St Catherines Standard. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ a b "IceDogs Agozzino named overage player of the year". Ontario Hockey League. 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Andrew Agozzino at OHL awards". Niagara IceDogs. 2012-06-06. Archived from the original on 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ "Familiar faces missing at IceDogs camp". StCatherinesStandard.ca. 2012-08-27. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ "Monsters win big in opener". Lake Erie Monsters. 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ "Monster season for Agozzino". StCatherinesStandard.ca. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  10. ^ "Agozzino, Sgarbossa named AHL All-Stars". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  11. ^ "Lake Erie's Andrew Agozzino named starter in AHL All-Star game". The Plain Dealer. 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  12. ^ "IceDogs' grad Andrew Agozzino signs with Colorado Avalanche". Ontario Hockey League. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  13. ^ "No line changes for 'Avs new guys'". Colorado Avalanche. 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  14. ^ "Postgame Avalanche: Iginla leads comeback". Denver Post. 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  15. ^ "Salary Arbitration cases filed". National Hockey League. 2015-07-05. Archived from the original on 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 
  16. ^ "Avalanche sign three RFA's". Colorado Avalanche. 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  17. ^ "Blues add depth, agree to terms with 9 players". St. Louis Blues. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  18. ^ "Avalanche sign Agozzino, Warsofsky and Cannata". Colorado Avalanche. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  19. ^ "Andrew Agozzino awarded Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy". Ontario Hockey League. 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  20. ^ "OHL announces 2011–12 All-Star Teams". Ontario Hockey League. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  21. ^ "Agozzino voted into starting line-up". Lake Erie Monsters. 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 

External links

  • Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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