Brad Bonello Finds Way Back To Italy By Way Of Germany

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Brad Bonello's profile picture with Dortmund earlier this season.

In four Ontario Hockey League seasons, Brad Bonello went to the Robertson Cup finals twice. His first go was with the Erie Otters in his first OHL season, 2001-02. The Otters beat the Barrie Colts in five games to earn a trip to the Memorial Cup. In 2004-05, as a member of the Ottawa 67’s, Bonello once again appeared in the Robertson Cup finals, this time losing in five to the London Knights. The 67’s made the trip to the Memorial Cup anyway since London was the host. Unfortunately, Brad does not own a Memorial Cup ring.

Bonello played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2004-05. He played two and a half with the Otters before being traded to the Peterborough Petes during the 2003-04 season. He played his full final year with Ottawa. In that final season with Ottawa, Brad finished with 66 points, tied for second on the team with Julian Talbot at only two points away from Mark Mancari for the team lead.

Undrafted, Brad spent the better part of four seasons in the North American minor pro leagues. In those four years, Bonello bounced around among ten different teams in four leagues before ending up the 2008-09 season in Great Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League with the Edinburgh Capitals.

Bonello spent last season with just one team for the first time since his 2004-05 season with Ottawa. With HC Fassa of Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio, Brad played 34 games and contributed 27 points.

He began this season with Dortmund of Germany’s Oberliga but only played three games. A December 28th deal brought him back to the LIHG with Alleghe.

Check out the Alleghe official website.

Brad Bonello is joined on Alleghe by the following players (click on names to check out previous posts on these players at OHL Alumni Central):

David Bowman

Adam Dennis

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