Tom Sestito

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Tom Sestito
Tom Sestito 2016-04-07 2.JPG
Born (1987-09-28) September 28, 1987 (age 28)
Rome, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 228 lb (103 kg; 16 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
WBS Penguins (AHL)
Columbus Blue Jackets
Philadelphia Flyers
Vancouver Canucks
NHL Draft 85th overall, 2006
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2007–present

Tom Sestito (born September 28, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Sestito was drafted 85th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Drafted from the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, he showed his potential scoring 42 goals in the 2006–07 season with the Whalers.[1]

Sestito with the Columbus Blue Jackets

Sestito signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets on March 29, 2007.[2] After playing with the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, Sestito made his NHL debut with Columbus in the last game of the 2007–08 season against the St. Louis Blues on April 6, 2008.[3]

He scored his first NHL goal on December 15, 2010, against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks in a 3–2 overtime loss. He scored his second NHL goal on December 23, 2010, against Cory Schneider, also of the Vancouver Canucks in a 7–3 losing effort. On February 28, 2011, Sestito was traded by the Blue Jackets to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forwards Greg Moore and Michael Chaput.[4]

On September 27, 2011, the Flyers placed him on waivers with the intention of having him play for their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.[5]

On October 8, 2012, he signed for EIHL team Sheffield Steelers on a temporary contract during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. He joined fellow NHL players Anthony Stewart and Drew Miller who were playing for Nottingham Panthers and Braehead Clan respectively.

With the Canucks in 2013-14.

On March 1, 2013, Sestito was claimed off waivers by the Vancouver Canucks.[6]

On May 29, 2013, Sestito received a two-year, one-way contract worth a total of US$1.5 million from the Vancouver Canucks.[7][8]

In his first full NHL season (2013–14), Sestito led the league in penalty minutes with 213, edging out Chris Neil by 2. In the 2014–15 season, with the enforcer role phasing out at the NHL level, Sestito appeared sparingly in 3 games with the Canucks before he was re-assigned to AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets. On February 23, 2015, the Vancouver Canucks cut Sestito after 10 games with the Comets.[9]

After sitting out the remainder of the season, Sestito accepted an tryout invitation the following summer to the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp on August 26, 2015. Sestito was not offered a contract with Pittsburgh at the conclusion of camp but was offered a try-out with AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to begin the 2015–16 season on October 2, 2015.[10] At the mid-point of the season, Sestito was signed by Pittsburgh to a one-year, two-way contract for the remainder of the year on February 1, 2016. He was immediately placed on waivers in order to continue to play in Wilkes-Barre.[11]

Sestito's older brother Tim is a member of Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Criticism[edit]

Sestito has been referred to as a "talentless thug"[12] and infamously as a "boxing hobo on skates" by ESPN commentator Keith Olbermann. Sestito made headlines after receiving twenty-seven combined penalty minutes for just one second of on-ice time against the Los Angeles Kings on January 13, 2014.[13] Afterwards, ESPN's Olbermann named Sestito "The Worst Person in the Sports World" on his show while stating that Sestito is "not a hockey player". Sestito's teenage sister subsequently attacked Olberman via Twitter.[14]

Sestito's penchant for taking ill-advised penalties resulted in a somewhat messy departure from the Canucks organization, and possibly the end of his NHL career. The Canucks ultimately announced that Sestito would receive his full pay but would not be welcomed to play for the Vancouver Canucks nor Utica Comets moving forward.[15] Canucks' General Manager Jim Benning stressed that his club needed players who could play in the opposition's end and contribute with more than an occasional fight.[16] Sestito subsequently found work painting a friend's restaurant in Rome, NY.[17]

In late 2014, Sestito received criticism for advocating via Twitter that the shooting death of an 18-year-old unarmed African American man named Michael Brown by a police officer was justified. The shooting incident sparked mass riots in Ferguson, MO, and received international media attention. Sestito later deleted the tweets.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Plymouth Whalers OHL 35 1 3 4 88
2005–06 Plymouth Whalers OHL 57 10 10 20 176 2 1 1 2 6
2006–07 Plymouth Whalers OHL 60 42 22 64 135 4 4 0 4 10
2007–08 Syracuse Crunch AHL 66 7 16 23 202 9 3 0 3 57
2007–08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 17
2008–09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 52 8 12 20 168
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 36 10 7 17 138
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3 0 0 0 7
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 46 11 21 32 192
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 9 2 2 4 40
2010–11 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 11 2 1 3 45
2011–12 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 34 9 8 17 120
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 14 0 1 1 83
2012–13 Sheffield Steelers EIHL 17 8 11 19 69
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 7 2 0 2 12
2012–13 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Vancouver Canucks NHL 23 1 0 1 53 1 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 5 4 9 213
2014–15 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 1 1 7
2014–15 Utica Comets AHL 10 1 0 1 20
2015–16 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 41 5 9 14 104 7 1 3 4 52
2015–16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4 0 1 1 19
NHL totals 141 10 9 19 451 1 0 0 0 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey's Future. Prospect Tom Sestito Player Profile.". Hockeysfuture. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jackets Sign 2006 Draft Pick Tom Sestito". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Tkachuk becomes 41st player to score 500th goal; Blues win". CBS Sports. 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets acquire Moore, Chaput from Flyers for Sestito". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Sestito waived; JVR, Nodl hurt.". Philly.com. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  6. ^ "Canucks claim winger Tom Sestito off waivers". CBC. Associated Press. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  7. ^ Elliott Pap (May 29, 2013). "Canucks re-sign heavyweight Tom Sestito to one-way, two-year deal". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  8. ^ "Tom Sestito, Contract History". capgeek.com. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  9. ^ "Sestito no longer on Comets roster". Vancouver Canucks. January 23, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Penguins signs Sestito". Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  11. ^ "Penguins sign forward Tom Sestito". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  12. ^ New AHL fighting rule will have little impact on the sport http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/537790
  13. ^ "Tom Sestito picks up 27 penalty minutes in one-second night". Yahoo Sports. 
  14. ^ "Keith Olbermann Calls Canucks' Tom Sestito 'Worst Sports Person' In World, Little Sister Responds On Twitter". Huffington Post. 
  15. ^ Rome native Tom Sestito's career with Vancouver Canucks is over http://www.syracuse.com/crunch/index.ssf/2015/02/utica_native_tom_sestitos_career_with_vancouver_canucks_is_over.html
  16. ^ Canucks Under the Microscope http://blogs.theprovince.com/2014/05/26/canucks-under-the-microscope-tom-sestito/
  17. ^ "Ex-Syracuse Cruncher Tom Sestito takes a step back from hockey, plots ways to prove Vancouver wrong". Syracuse.com. 2015-05-23. Retrieved 2015-05-23. 
  18. ^ "Tom Sestito has some thoughts on Ferguson". Yahoo! Sports. 2014-12-15. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 

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