It was a night to remember on Saturday for Rocco Grimaldi as he made his NHL debut with the Florida Panthers.
Grimaldi logged 6:11 of ice time, fired one shot on goal, and dished out one hit in the 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. The 21-year-old was called up on Friday from the San Antonio Rampage, AHL affiliate of the Panthers, where he had recorded four points (3g, 1a) in eight games during his first professional season.
The California native spent two seasons in the USHL with the Team USA (2009-11) and recorded 45 points (23g, 22a) over 55 career USHL games. Following his second season in the League, he was selected by the Florida Panthers in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Grimaldi went on to play three collegiate hockey seasons at the University of North Dakota and put up 77 points (21g, 46a) in 86 career games at the school, which included leading the team in scoring with 39 points (17g, 22a) during his junior season. He signed a NHL entry-level contract with the Panthers last spring.
USHL stats – Rocco Grimaldi
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