On Friday September 11th, the South Carolina Stingrays announced the re-signing of American forward Dan DeSalvo. The two sides agreed to terms on a standard player contract for the upcoming season.
For DeSalvo, it will be his sixth season of professional hockey. DeSalvo re-signs with the Stingrays following two stints in the American Hockey League. While playing last year with South Carolina, he also saw time on loan with the Chicago Wolves and Cleveland Monsters.
During the 2019-20 season, DeSalvo, 28, was an offensive threat, recording 19 goals along with 29 assists. This made for 48 points which the winger racked up through 46 games. In addition to this, DeSalvo recorded two assists while playing with the Monsters and one with the Wolves.
Over the last five years, DeSalvo has suited up in 186 games in the AHL. In doing so, he’s recorded 33 goals along with 56 assists for 89 points. This was between a pair of stints with Chicago, Cleveland, Manitoba and Hartford.
On the other hand, DeSalvo has played in a total of 138 games in the ECHL. So far, he’s scored 48 goals along with 82 assists for 130 points. Aside from his time with the Stingrays, DeSalvo has seen time playing with the Jacksonville Icemen, Toledo Walleye and Tulsa Oilers.
Prior to making the jump pro, DeSalvo spanned four seasons playing in the NCAA with the Bowling Green State Falcons. During his collegiate career, DeSalvo amassed 29 goals along with 73 assists for 102 points. He did so in 153 games.
Prior to his freshman season, DeSalvo played 2010-11 with the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL. During the one season he spent there, DeSalvo recorded 14 goals along with 28 assists for 42 points. He did so in 58 games.
The Stingrays made a smart decision in bringing back DeSalvo for 2020-21. The forward is a strong two-way player who also contributes on both ends of the ice. DeSalvo has a bright hockey IQ and is a crucial part of the Stingrays offence. The team hopes he can play a huge role this year and help them compete for a Kelly Cup Championship.