Anthony Aquino

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Anthony Aquino
Born (1982-08-01) August 1, 1982 (age 32)
Mississauga, Ontario
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position forward
Shoots Right
Polska Liga Hokejowa team
Former teams
KH Sanok
Hockey Club Valpellice (Serie A)
Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba (Serie A)
Brunico SG (Serie A)
Arboga IFK (SWE1)
Mannheim Eagles (DEL)
Sportverein Ritten-Renon (Serie A)
Gwinnett Gladiators {ECHL}
Chicago Wolves {AHL}
Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Merrimack Warriors (NCAA)
Bramalea Blues (OPJHL)
Mississauga Chargers (OPJHL)
National team  Italy
NHL Draft 92nd overall, 2001
Dallas Stars
Playing career 1997–present

Anthony Aquino (born August 1, 1982) is a Canadian-born Italian professional ice hockey player. He currently plays for the Odense Bulldogs, a professional ice hockey team based in Denmark, playing in the best Danish league AL-Bank Ligaen, renamed Metalligaen.[1] He was a 3rd round selection, 92nd overall, of the Dallas Stars at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

Early life[edit]

Aquino began his early career playing minor hockey with the Toronto Red Wings organization of the Greater Toronto Hockey League. In 1996, they went on to win The World Cup, at The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament.[3][4]

In 1999 Aquino was drafted round 10 #208 overall by Owen Sound Platers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Draft,[5] but chose not to play in the OHL so as to preserve his American college eligibility. Instead, he spent two seasons playing in the OPJHL, and in 1999 competed in Canada’s National Junior A Championship Royal Bank Cup where he was awarded Most Sportsmanlike Player.[6]

Playing career[edit]

Merrimack College[edit]

At 17, Aquino attended Merrimack College from 1999 to 2002 on full hockey scholarship. He led the team in goals scored in each of his three seasons at Merrimack.[7][8][9] In 110 career games at Merrimack over three seasons, Aquino totaled 115 points on 56 goals and 59 assists.[10]

Aquino was awarded NCAA (Hockey East) All-Rookie Team following his freshman year in 1999-2000. He was awarded NCAA (Hockey East) Second All-Star Team the following two years, as well as NCAA (New England) D1 All-Stars 2001-2002.[5]

He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (92nd overall) by the Dallas Stars.[11] Aquino is Merrimack’s 2nd highest draft pick of all-time.[12][13]

In 2002, he was promoted to Captain and became the 9th player to ever reach the mark of 100 career points for Merrimack since the program joined Hockey East in 1988.[14][15] For nine years, Aquino held the record of most points scored over any other Merrimack player, from his 2001-02 season; as well as most points per game average.[16]

Merrimack unveiled the All-Decade Team in 2010, naming Aquino as their leading forward. An all-rookie and all-Hockey East selection, he was the last Warrior to net 40 points until 2010.[17]

Professional[edit]

At Merrimack College, Anthony Aquino was a member of the Hockey East All-Rookie Team as a 17-year-old freshman, a Hockey East Second Team All-Star his sophomore season, and led Merrimack in scoring for the second straight season his junior season.[18] Prior to his senior season, and as senior caption, Aquino received an invitation from the Dallas Stars, who drafted him in the third round in 2001, to participate in both the team’s rookie development camp and full-squad training camp on a tryout basis, he decided to accept looking to join the team or play with Oshawa Generals of the OHL for one year.[19]

At the end of August, a U.S. federal court judge granted a preliminary injunction allowing Aquino to play in the OHL as a 20-year old ‘overager’. The injunction was granted, but the OHL appealed, forcing Aquino to make a decision between returning to Merrimack or playing in the OHL. Aquino filed a lawsuit against the OHL in an attempt to follow in the footsteps of Mike Van Ryn. Aquino joined the Oshawa Generals Sept. 25, 2002, and played 14 games before the OHL ruled him ineligible on Nov. 5.[19] He scored 10 goals and had nine assists in 14 games with Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League.[20]

Aquino refused to sign with Dallas and forced a trade. On March 11, 2003, The Atlanta Thrashers acquired Aquino, the twenty-year-old right wing, from the Dallas Stars for a sixth-round draft pick.[18]

The Atlanta Thrashers then signed Aquino and sent him to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.[20]

Atlanta assigned Aquino to the Chicago Wolves for five games to end the 2002-03 season. He then played almost all of the 2003-04 season for the Thrashers ECHL affiliate, the Gwinnett Gladiators. During the 2004 NHL lockout, Aquino was bought out of his contract by the Thrashers and went to play in Europe.[18]

Since 2004 he has played in Europe, primarily in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and the Italian Serie A.

International[edit]

After moving to Italy, Aquino gained Italian citizenship. He played for the Italian men's national ice hockey team in their attempt to qualify for the 2010 Olympics, in Riga, Latvia.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Anthony has a brother Luciano Aquino and sister, and lives in Toronto with his wife.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Mississauga Chargers OPJHL 50 10 13 23 14
1998–99 Bramalea Blues OPJHL 47 31 44 75 31
1999–00 Merrimack College NCAA 36 15 14 29 12
2000–01 Merrimack College NCAA 38 17 25 42 22
2001–02 Merrimack College NCAA 36 24 20 44 20
2002–03 Oshawa Generals OHL 14 10 9 19 6
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 5 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Chicago Wolves AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 62 27 26 53 34 8 1 2 3 0
2004–05 Sportverein Ritten-Renon Serie A 26 16 10 26 20 6 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Adler Mannheim DEL 48 2 5 7 33
2006–07 Arboga IFK SWE1 3 0 0 0 6
2006–07 Brunico SG Serie A 19 9 14 23 6
2007–08 Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba Serie A 31 18 12 30 34 5 2 7 9 0
2008–09 Sport Ghiaccio Pontebba Serie A 47 21 20 41 18
2009–10 Hockey Club Valpellice Serie A 39 20 25 45 14 5 4 2 6 2
2010–11 Hockey Club Valpellice Serie A 40 17 32 49 10 8 5 2 7 25
2011–12 Grenoble France 16 8 15 23 8 20 9 9 18 18
2012–13 Hockey Club Valpellice Serie A 41 18 23 41 36 12 3 5 8 27
2013–14 KH Sanok Poland 18 10 19 29 30
2013–14 Odense Bulldogs Denmark 1 1 0 1 0

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Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 1999–00
All-Hockey East Second Team 2000–01

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulldogs skriver med Anthony Aquino". Odense Bulldogs. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dallas Stars Draft History". The Internet Hockey Database. Hockeydb.com. Archived from the original on 4 February 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Québec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "Anthony Aquino". Beckett Media. 
  5. ^ a b c "Anthony Aquino". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "1999 Royal Bank Cup Award Winners". Hockey Canada. 
  7. ^ "Merrimack Warriors Men's Hockey 1999-2000 Team Statistics". USCHO Stats. USCHO.com. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Merrimack Warriors Men's Hockey 2000-2001 Team Statistics". USCHO Stats. USCHO.com. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Merrimack Warriors Men's Hockey 2001-2002 Team Statistics". USCHO Stats. USCHO.com. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Aquino signs with KH Sanok". The Merrimack Report. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dallas Stars Draft History". The Internet Hockey Database. Hockeydb.com. Archived from the original on 4 February 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Cannata, Bigos selected in 2009 NHL draft". Merrimack Ice Hockey. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "NHL Draft: Merrimack recruit hopes to live a dream". The Mack Report. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Hockey East Journal: Make-or-break time for freshmen". New England Hockey Journal. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Hockey Hosts UConn in the Grand Opening of the Renovated Lawler Rink". Merrimack Ice Hockey. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hockey Hosts UConn in the Grand Opening of the Renovated Lawler Rink". Merrimack College. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "Merrimack Unveils All-Decade Team". Merrimack College. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  18. ^ a b c "Stars 2001 draft evaluation". Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Aquino Leaves Merrimack for Dallas Stars training camp". USCHO News. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "March 11". ESPN.com. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  21. ^ "Three AHL stars in Olympic race". iihf.com. February 2, 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 

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