After starting the season in Norway with Sparta Sarpsborg, Ontario Hockey League grad Anthony Luciani has moved south to Italy. Luciani has signed with Asiago in Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey su Ghiaccio (LIHG) potentially for the rest of 2015-16. The former member of the Erie Otters joins two other OHL grads with Asiago. Chris Carrozzi is between the pipes and Anthony Nigro up ice. For more on the signing, read this article from Asiago’s official website.
Luciani played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-09 to 2010-11, all with the Erie Otters. He was originally drafted by the Otters in the sixth round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 104th overall. Over his time in the league, Anthony scored 73 and assisted on 87 for 160 points over 181 regular season games. In 14 playoff games, he added nine goals and 14 points.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Luciani signed an entry level contract with the Florida Panthers as a free agent in April, 2011. His first pro action came in 2010-11 after the Otters were eliminated in the playoffs. Erie was ousted in the first round by the Windsor Spitfires. The series went the full seven games and Anthony excelled with seven goals and three assists. He then joined the Rochester Americans for three regular season American Hockey League games, contributing two goals and an assist.
Since 2011-12, he has played pro hockey in the AHL, ECHL and Norway’s Get Ligaen. This past season, 2014-15, Luciani split his time between the Toledo Walleye and Greenville Road Warriors in the ECHL. Over a combined 65 regular season games, he put up his best pro numbers with 28 goals and 41 assists for 69 points. Anthony has yet to play a playoff game in his pro career.
Luciani started 2015-16 in Norway with Sparta Sarpsborg. Over 14 games, he put up great numbers with eight goals and nine assists for 17 points.
The franchise dates back to 1935 and plays home games at the Stadio Odegar in Asiago, Italy. Over the past six years, the team has been crowned champions four times. Asiago is a town of 6,500 located in northeastern Italy, not too far northwest of Venice.
Other Ontario Hockey League alumni on the roster include Chris Carrozzi and Anthony Nigro. Carrozzi played with the Majors from 2006-07 to 2009-10. Nigro played in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2009-10 with the Guelph Storm and Ottawa 67’s.