Tony Capobianco became the fifth player from the Canisius College Class of 2014 to sign a professional hockey contract for the upcoming season.
The goaltender who owns nearly every record for the Golden Griffins signed with the Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League. The team announced Capobianco had signed Standard Player Contract for the 2014-15 season.
During his four-year career with the Ice Griffs, he set four career records including saves (3,061), save percentage (.920), goals against average (2.71) and shutouts (eight). He also owns four single-season records and went 11-2-0 with a 2.35 goals against average in Atlantic Hockey Tournament games.
Capobianco briefly joined Elmira last season after Canisius lost in the Atlantic Hockey championship game. He then played in three games for the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League, going 1-2-0 with a 2.88 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
"Tony is a big goaltender who takes up a lot of the net and uses his size well when challenging shooters," Jackals head coach Jamie Russell said in the team's press release. "He was one of the nation's top netminders during his tenure at Canisius and transitioned well to the professional game at the end of last season. Tony is a battler and brings a tremendous work ethic to the arena every day. We jumped at the opportunity to add Tony after Josh Robinson signed in the Austrian Hockey League."
Capobianco joins Taylor Law (Indy Fuel) and Kyle Gibbons (Idaho Steelheads) in the ECHL while Ben Danford and Ryan Bohrer are playing in Europe this season.
Elmira is the ECHL affiliate of the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres.