AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Another player from the UMass men’s hockey team has been signed to the NHL.
Defenseman Mario Ferraro will be leaving the Minutemen and joining the San Jose Sharks.
The Sophomore was a second-round pick in 2017 and helped lead the Minutemen to the Frozen Four earlier this month.
The California-based team made the announcement on social media Monday night and said Ferraro has been signed to a standard, entry-level contract.
Although the Sharks are in the NHL Playoffs, we probably won’t see Ferraro make his NHL debut this season.
The Minutemen also made the announcement Monday night on social media and said, “While we’re sad to see him go, we know he’s going to go on to do great things…”
While we’re sad to see him go, we know he’s going to go on to do great things in @NHL with @SanJoseSharks 🦈
Congratulations Mario & thank you for all you helped us accomplish in the past two seasons – you definitely left your mark on this program!
📰: https://t.co/lrVXfFv7ER pic.twitter.com/bJzdzwQINO— UMass Hockey (@UMassHockey) April 29, 2019
UMass Men’s Hockey Head Coach, Greg Carvel told 22News, “Mario led his teammates on the ice and off. He is a unique individual and the ultimate warrior. His character, commitment, and drive will serve him well as a professional and were key to the success of UMass hockey over the past two years.”
Ferraro is the second player to sign with an NHL team since the Minutemen’s appearance in the Frozen Four in early April.
Defenseman Cale Makar was signed to the Colorado Avalanche shortly after the Minutemen’s season ended. Makar joined the team in time to play in the Stanley Cup Playoff series and has already scored once since his signing was announced on April 14.
UMass junior, Tom McGrail told 22News, “I just think it’s a tremendous hockey program and it’s great to see UMass alums make it into the NHL.”
The Sharks and Avalanche play tonight in game 3 of the NHL playoffs. The series is tied 1-1.