Ottawa 67’s Grad Attempts Return to American Hockey League

Ontario Hockey League grad Joe Grimaldi is currently at camp with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. If the Falcons don’t take the tough defenseman, he has a roster spot locked up with the Rapid City Rush of the Central Hockey League.

joe grimaldi rapid city rush central hockey leagueGrimaldi played two seasons with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League, 2005-06 and 1006-07. The American born player started the 2005-06 season with the University of Nebraska – Omaha before heading Northeast to Ottawa to finish off the season.

Professional hockey has come with a well-used suitcase for Joe. In four years, Grimaldi has dressed for nine different teams in three leagues. Springfield and Rapid City are two teams he has yet to play for. Joe’s portfolio of teams is as follows:

  • Elmira Jackals – ECHL
  • Rochester Americans – AHL
  • Peoria Rivermen – AHL
  • Albany River Rats – AHL
  • Fresno Falcons – ECHL
  • Gwinnett Gladiators – ECHL
  • Cincinnati Cyclones – ECHL
  • Evansville Icemen – CHL
  • Colorado Eagles – CHL

This past season, 2010-11, Grimaldi played 45 regular seasons games for the Eagles after coming over from Evansville. He sat 171 minutes in penalties and formed a pretty deadly duo with Alex ‘Weapon X’ Penner. Through 21 playoff games, Joe sat another 83 minutes.

Colorado finished the regular season tied for first with Rapid City in the Turner Conference. The Eagles made it to the finals before losing to Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.


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