Ontario Hockey League grad Mike Cazzola takes his scoring prowess to Scotland for 2017-18. Cazzola will play in the Elite Ice Hockey League for the Edinburgh Capitals. He joins fellow OHL alumni Michael D’Orazio and Dylan Anderson with the Capitals. Hopefully, the trio can turn around the team’s fortunes. Edinburgh has finished dead last in the EIHL for the past two seasons and three out of the past four.
Mike Cazzola played five years in the OHL from 2007-08 to 2011-12 with the Erie Otters and Ottawa 67’s. He was a late 13th round pick by the Otters at the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, 241st overall. Most of his career was spent with the Otters, with his trade to Ottawa coming on January 9, 2012. He was dealt with a pick, in exchange for three future draft picks.
Over his five years, Cazzola played in 219 regular season games, scoring 77 and assisting on 148 for 225 points. In the playoffs, he added 24 points in 34 games. In 2009-10, Mike finished tenth in the Ontario Hockey League with 86 points.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Cazzola spent four years with Acadia University in the AUS after his OHL career had ended. In 2012-13, he was honoured with the A.J. MacAdam Trophy as AUS rookie of the year. He was an AUS all-star in his final three seasons, 1st Team in 2013-14 and 2nd Team in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Mike is coming off his first pro season in 2016-17. He played 67 ECHL games with the Fort Wayne Komets, scoring 30 and assisting on 46 for 76 points. He was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and led all first year players in points. Cazzola also saw three games in the American Hockey League with the Binghamton Senators.
Mike Cazzola is signed with the Edinburgh Capitals of the EIHL for two years, through the 2018-19 season.
The Edinburgh Capitals are a hard luck team that has not qualified for the post season since 2012-13. They have yet to go beyond the quarter-finals in the EIHL. They last time they did was 2003-04 in the old BNL. In three of the past four seasons, the team has finished tenth in the ten team league. In the other season, they didn’t do much better, placing ninth. Home games are played at the Murrayfield Ice Rink in Edinburgh, Scotland, a 3,800 seat venue that opened in 1939.
Michael D’Orazio starts his second year with the Capitals in 2017-18. D’Orazio played five years in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2010-11 with the Owen Sound Attack, London Knights and Mississauga Majors. Dylan Anderson played two seasons in the league, 2008-09 and 2009-10, with the Ottawa 67’s. Like Cazzola, both these players went on to play Canadian university hockey before going pro.
Edinburgh takes a step up this year, hiring head coach Dmitri Khristich. Khristich played 811 NHL regular season games between 1990-91 and 2001-02 with the Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored 259 and assisted on 338 for 597 points. Dmitri added 40 points in a respectable 75 Stanley Cup playoff games.
Mike Cazzola OHL Stats