Fan Favorite Brings Leadership and Experience Back to Elmira
ELMIRA, NY - August 5, 2015 - The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, announced today that the club has re-signed captain Matt Tassone for the 2015-16 season.
Tassone, 25, joins returners Mike Seidel, Taylor Stefishen, Jacob MacDonald, Joe Houk, Zach Tolkinen and Sam Marotta as well as newcomers Nathan Oystrick, Scott Jacklin and Will Kessel on the Jackals' 2015-16 roster. Last season, the Jackals' captain scored at nearly a point-per-game pace, registering 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists) in 29 games. Despite skating in just 29 contests with Elmira, Tassone set a career-high and finished fourth on the team in goals. The 6-foot-2 210-pound forward also registered a team-high plus-15 rating and added 107 penalty minutes.
"We are very excited to welcome back Matt to the Jackals," said Jackals head coach Jamie Russell. "He will join with Nathan Oystrick to provide leadership and direction for our younger players. He is the consummate professional and last year was a point a game player in the ECHL. He can play the game any way you want. If we need a big hit, Matt will deliver. If we need offense, Matt can provide it. If we need a great penalty kill, Matt will be there. He is fiercely protective of his team mates and is a terrific ambassador for our organization in the community. We have just added a key ingredient to our team as we strive toward building a championship roster."
Tassone also appeared in six AHL games last season, notching one goal in three games with Rochester and adding one assist in three contests with the Binghamton Senators. In total, he has appeared in 188 professional games between the AHL, ECHL and CHL. In 155 career ECHL games with Elmira, Las Vegas, Ontario and Idaho, Tassone has collected 92 points (44 goals, 48 assists).
Prior to turning pro, the St. Albert, Alberta native recorded 119 points (73 goals, 46 assists) and 343 penalty minutes in 187 games with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League. Tassone was drafted by the Dallas Stars with the 176th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Additionally, the Jackals have signed goaltender Nick Niedert and defenseman Mitchell Stretch to tryout agreements.
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