The inaugural season of the Alps Hockey League is in the books and three Ontario Hockey League grads finished among the top ten scorers. Anthony Nigro came in second, just a point away from the scoring title. Zack Torquato was tied for fifth and Riley Brace tied for ninth. However, Brace played in just over half his team’s regular season games and Torquato appeared in just 29 of 38.
The AlpsHL is a merger between Austria’s Inter-National League and Italy’s LIHG Serie A1. There are 16 teams in the league and the post season has advanced to the semi-final round. The Italy based teams are also engaged in the Italian Championship, separate from the AlpsHL.
Playing 38 of 40 regular season games for Asiago Hockey 1935, OHL grad Anthony Nigro scored 24 and assisted on 32 for 56 points, just one point away from the league lead. His goal total placed him sixth and he tied for third in assists. Nigro’s +39 led the AlpsHL. He has played for Asiago since 2014-15. The team finished third in the 16 team league during the regular season.
Anthony played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2006-07 to 2009-10 with the Guelph Storm and Ottawa 67’s. Over that time, he scored 74 and assisted on 122 for 196 points in 251 regular season games. In 33 playoff games, Nigro added 26 points.
Playing 29 games for Cortina, Zack Torquato scored 27 and assisted on 22 for 49 points. He finished fifth in the overall scoring race and tied for fourth in goal scoring, just a single marker behind a three way log jam at the top. This is Torquato’s first year with Cortina and his first year in Europe. Cortina placed eighth during the regular season and has advanced to the semi-final round.
Zack played five years in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2009-10 with the Saginaw Spirit and Erie Otters. Over that time, he scored 134 and assisted on 195 for 329 points in 330 regular season games. He added ten points in just 13 playoff games.
Playing just 22 of Cortina’s 38 regular season games, Riley Brace scored 17 and assisted on 28 for 45 points, better than a two points per game pace. He finished tied for ninth in the overall scoring race. 2016-17 is his first year with Cortina.
Brace played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-09 to 2012-13 with the Mississauga Majors / Steelheads. In 304 regular season games, Riley scored 89 and assisted on 145 for 234 points. In 48 playoff games, he added 35 points.