Carrozzi Returns to Flames

Canadian Netminder Chris Carrozzi will return to the club for a 2nd season, joining Travis Fullerton as part of the goaltending team. Carrozzi, an Italian passport holder, took on the bulk of the workload for Spectrum’s tenants during their opening Elite League run, icing just short of 3000 minutes while posting a 2.82 goals against average and a better than 90 save percentage.  He joined last season shortly after schedule commencement, having iced the 2016-2017 term in Denmark with Rødovre Mighty Bulls. 

 “I’m excited to compete with Travis in order to make the Flames better and to make the team overall more competitive in practices,” said Carrozzi.  “I am also very excited to be back in Guildford of course. I’ve shared my net with multiple competitive goalies from the age of 8 and our situation is a way to put both me and Travis on our toes for the benefit of good goaltending over the course of the season.”

While at Bulls, the 6’3”, 205lb puck stopper posted a 1.58 goals against average and 93.4 save percentage in 5 Danish Cup games while registering 3.97 and 88.2 across the same categories in 41 League starts.  His first overseas stint came the year prior when he had a 2.92 goals against average and a 90+ save percentage at Asiago in Italy.  His Italian resume was even better across 10 Cup games between the Italian Supercup championship run, Cup and Continental Cup appearances where he was a little North of 2 goals against per start and at least 92% save-wise in the 3 competitions.  His last North American season was 2014-2015 at University of New Brunswick where he was part of the Atlantic Conference championship side.   

The 28 year old played 4 seasons of Major Junior hockey in Ontario, the last 3 with Mississauga St Michael’s Majors where he never went above a 2.94 goals against and was never below a 91 save percentage.  His 2007-2008 performance earned him a selection to the Gold Medal winning Canadian Under 18 world Junior national team, and eventually the 154th overall selection by National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers who eventually became Winnipeg Jets where he attended NHL training camp.  Carrozzi made his pro debut during the 2010-2011 campaign when he iced a game in the American Hockey League with Chicago Wolves. He spent another 47 nights with ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators where he posted a 3.23 goals against average and an 89.4 save percentage.  He made short AHL stops with St John’s IceCaps over the next pair of seasons while spending the bulk of his playing time at ECHL level with Colorado Eagles and Ontario Reign.  2013-14 was at Idaho Steelheads before his college experience just prior to the overseas move.  His credits include OHL All Star game; First All Star team; and Goaltender of the year as well as ECHL goaltender of the week and month honours. 

“Chris was a really solid presence last year for us,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon.  “He came in here as an injury replacement and was as consistent as we could have hoped for. He gave us a chance to win on a vast majority of nights and that is what you need from a goaltender.”

 

“From talking with players who are returning they were definitely interested in what was happening with Chris, and a lot of guys will be very happy to have him back in our line-up.”

 

“Chris coming back here is great news for us and we can’t wait to see him back on the ice here in just a few weeks.”

 

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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