Ontario Hockey League grad Chris Carrozzi has started the 2017-18 hockey season in the United Kingdom’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) with the Guildford Flames. Guildford is competing in their first ever campaign in the EIHL after being highly successful in the tier 2 EPIHL. Joining Carrozzi on the roster is fellow OHL alumnus Ian Watters, a former member of the Brampton Battalion.
Chris Carrozzi played four years in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2009-10, all with the Majors (now Steelheads). In his first year, the team was in Toronto, moving to Mississauga, Ontario for his final three. The Majors drafted him in the third round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 60th overall.
In his final season in the Ontario Hockey League, 2009-10, Chris was a standout for the Majors. Sharing duties with J.P. Anderson, Carrozzi appeared in 37 games, posting a 2.36 goals against average and .916 save percentage, along with five shutouts. He was named a First Team All-Star and was OHL Goaltender of the Year. He and Anderson shared the Dave Pinkney Trophy for the team with the lowest goals against.
The Atlanta Thrashers selected Carrozzi in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 154th overall. Since 2010-11, he has played in the AHL, ECHL, AUS, Italy’s LIHG and Denmark’s Metal Ligaen. He spent a year at the University of New Brunswick in 2014-15, playing five games and putting up a 1.61 GAA and .932 save percentage.
Chris has been in Europe since 2015-16. In 2016-17, he appeared in 41 of 45 games for Rodovre Mighty Bulls in Denmark’s Metal Ligaen. He put up a 3.87 GAA and .882 save percentage as the team finished ninth in the ten team league and failed to reach the post season.
Established for the 1992-93 season, the Guildford Flames have spent all their time in England’s tier 2 leagues until this season. They were BNL playoff champs three times, in 1997-98, 2000-01 and 2003-04. In the EPIHL, they won the title in 2010-11 and 2015-16. Home games are played at the Spectrum Arena in Guildford, England, a 2,200 seat venue that opened in 1993.
Ian Watters is in his first year with the team and has put up eight points in the first seven games of 2017-18. Watters played four years in the OHL from 2008-09 to 2011-12, all with the Brampton Battalion. His past four years were spent in the ECHL with the Reading Royals.
Jersey number 11 is retired by the team for OHL grad Fred Perlini. Perlini played three years in the OHL from 1979-80 to 1981-82 with the Toronto Marlboros.
Guildford is a large town in Surrey, England with a population of around 140,000. The town is located just 43 kilometres from the centre of London.
Chris Carrozzi OHL Stats