The Anaheim Ducks have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Santorelli.
After playing last season in Toronto & Nashville Santorelli become a free-agent on July 1st 2015. Santorelli a free agent last summer signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 3rd 2014 after playing one season with his hometown Vancouver Canucks. The Leafs traded Santorelli to Nashville on February 15th 2015. Santorelli has now played with six different NHL teams (Nashville, Florida, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto & Anaheim).
Santorelli was drafted by Nashville in Round 6 178th overall at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft played parts of two seasons with the Predators before being traded to the Florida Panthers on August, 5th 2010. Santorelli spent three seasons in Florida (2010-2013) before being claimed off waivers by the Winnipeg Jets on April 3rd 2013. Santorelli finished the season with the Jets before signing as a free agent July 7th 2013 with the Vancouver Canucks.
The Langley Hornets traded Santorelli to Vernon on July 2nd 2003 for an undisclosed amount of cash. Santorelli played one season in Vernon (2003-2004) playing in 60 regular season games collected (43-goals-53-assists-96-points).
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Ducks Sign Santorelli to One-Year Contract
The Ducks have signed center Mike Santorelli to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Santorelli, 29, has appeared in 336 NHL games, scoring 55-65=120 points with 70 penalty minutes (PIM). He played in 79 NHL games last year with Toronto and Nashville, scoring 12-21=33 points with 14 PIM. He was acquired by Nashville with Cody Franson from Toronto in exchange for Nashville’s first-round selection in the 2015 Draft, and forwards Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen.
A native of Vancouver, B.C., Santorelli was drafted by Nashville in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft. He has played with Nashville, Florida, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto in his career, setting career-highs with 20-21=41 points in 82 games with the Panthers in 2010-11.
Santorelli played at Northern Michigan from 2004-07 before turning professional and joining the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. He played in the 2009 AHL All-Star Game and made his NHL debut with the Predators in the 2008-09 season, appearing in seven games.