SISCA PENS DEAL WITH STORM
Forward Mathew Sisca has joined Elite League newcomers Manchester Storm for the 2015-16 season.
The 24-year-old Canadian/Italian, who can play at centre or on the wing, arrives after a season in Austria with Bolzano.
He had a prolific junior career and bagged 172 points (71+101) in the OHL between 2007 and 2011, playing for Niagara IceDogs, Guelph Storm and Saginaw Spirit.
The left-handed shot forward then played his first professional season in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), making an immediate impact and being named in the ECHL All-Rookie Team of 2011-12, along with Andrew Hotham who played for Cardiff Devils last season.
Sisca spent three seasons playing in the ECHL, where he posted 147 points (51+96) in 188 matches for Bakersfield Condors, Cincinnati Cyclones, Orlando Solar Bears and Alaska Aces.
Storm player-coach, Omar Pacha, said: â€œMatt is a player with great speed and skill.
â€œHe sees the ice very well and has a good shot. He plays all three forward positions and can be used on the point on the powerplay.
â€œHe has good professional experience and is only 24 years old. Matt brings it every night and will make his line-mates better.â€
Sisca added: “This is a new chapter in my life and I couldn’t be happier being with the Manchester Storm.
“I keep hearing great things about the city and the fanbase we are going to have, so I am excited to get over and start playing.
“Talking with the management and seeing who we have signed already, it all sounds and looks amazing.
“We have a solid core and will bring all different great attributes. Hi to all the fans and I will be seeing you soon.â€