Guelph, Ontario native Mike Cazzola has been given an opportunity to play in the American Hockey League. After his consistently dominant play at the ECHL level, the Binghamton Senators have called up the two-way centre from the Fort Wayne Komets.
Mike currently sits 11th in ECHL scoring with 57 points in 50 games. He also boasts a +18 rating on the year, which is remarkable for a rookie centerman in the league. At 5’7” and 175lbs, Mike had to wait longer than most given his offensive prowess and consistency at the ECHL level. His grit and determination combined with an incredible hockey IQ could no longer go unnoticed. After winning the December rookie of the month award, it was only a matter of time before Cazzola would be given an opportunity. Ottawa injuries to Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman, and Mark Stone, created an opportunity within the organization, which resulted in the call up.
Coach Gary Graham, of the Fort Wayne Komets, continues to propel players to the AHL despite the fact that the Komets do not have an official affiliate this season. Graham successfully recruited Cazzola from Acadia University, after Mike spent four years with the Axemen.
Mike will make his debut tomorrow night against the Toronto Marlies and may see further action, as the Senators have three games in three nights over the course of the weekend. The highly skilled forward should have no problem fitting in at the AHL level and may even surprise a few more people along the way.