He appeared in one regular season game for Asiago in 2014-15 before helping the team to an Italian Championship. OHL grad Anthony Nigro will return to Asiago for the 2015-16 season. Another Ontario Hockey League alumnus, Chris Carrozzi, has a tryout with the team. Both played in the OHL for the same four year span. Carrozzi was drafted into the NHL in 2008, just one position behind Nigro.
Nigro played four years in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2009-10 with the Guelph Storm and Ottawa 67’s. Anthony was a first round pick by Guelph at the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 15th overall. Over his career, he played 251 regular season games, scoring 74 and assisting on 122 for 196 points. Over 33 playoff games, Nigro added 26 points.
He was traded to the 67’s 25 games into the 2008-09 season. The deal was for Michael Latta and included Travis Gibbons going to Ottawa. Latta played 53 games with the Washington Capitals in 2014-15 and Gibbons appeared with Acadia University of the AUS this past season.
The St. Louis Blues selected Anthony in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 155th overall. He signed an entry level contract with the Blues in May, 2010. Since 2010-11, Nigro has played pro hockey in the AHL, ECHL and Italy’s LIHG.
In 2014-15, Anthony played most of the regular season with Gherdeina before appearing in a single game with Asiago. In the playoffs, Nigro scored nine and assisted on nine over 18 games with Asiago capturing the championship, ousting Ritten-Renon in the final series.
Carrozzi played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2006-07 to 2009-10, all with the Majors. The goalie was a third round pick by the Majors at the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 60th overall. In 2009-10, Chris was the OHL Goaltender of the Year, was a First Team All-Star an shared the Dave Pinkney Trophy with J.P. Anderson for the OHL team with the lowest goals against average.
The Atlanta Thrashers picked Carrozzi in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, just one position ahead of Anthony Nigro, 154th overall. He signed an entry level deal with the Thrashers in May, 2010. Between 2010-11 and 2013-14, Chris played pro hockey in the AHL and ECHL. In 2014-15, he appeared in five games with the University of New Brunswick in the AUS.
The club has won the Serie 1 championship in four of the past six seasons, including 2014-15. The team plays home game at the Stadio Odegar in Asiago, Italy, a 3,000 seat venue that opened in 1977. Asiago is located in northeastern Italy and has a population of around 6,500.
Number 5 is retired by the club in honour of Canadian Darcy Robinson. Robinson died on September 27, 2007 due to heart failure during Asiago’s season opener against Ritten Renon. Darcy played in the WHL from 1997-98 to 2000-01 with the Saskatoon Blades and Red Deer Rebels.