During the summer, Mike Cazzola of Guelph, Ontario signed with the Fort Wayne Komets of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). His high hockey IQ, coupled with his dynamic offensive capabilities, while being a responsible two-way player peaked the interest of many professional teams in North America and abroad.

Cazzola, who spent the last four years at Acadia University, demonstrated that he’s ready to be a dominant pro over the weekend, in his first action as a Komet. His one goal and three assists, in two games, helped lead the Komets to two wins and put Cazzola second in ECHL scoring.

This should come as no surprise, as Cazzola has amassed incredible offensive numbers at every level he’s played. During his OHL career, Mike totalled 225 points in 219 games with the Erie Otters and Ottawa 67s, before leading Acadia with his 133 points in 107 games.

Mike did not take the prototypical route to professional hockey, as he placed significant value in pursuing his education first. He successfully completed his degree at Acadia and has future aspirations in physiotherapy.

In the meantime, he looks to become a dominant force at the ECHL level, and if his strong play continues, he should garner interest at the AHL level. Cazzola’s pro debut may have taken longer than expected, but if the weekend was any indication, he was certainly worth the wait.

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