The most decorated goalie in the school’s history, Tony Capobianco of the Canisius College hockey team inked a contract to join the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL on Monday.
Capobianco enjoyed a record-breaking career in his four seasons at Canisius. He finished his tenure in March with school records in saves (3,061), save percentage (.920), goals against average (2.71) and shutouts (eight).
The Mississauga, Ontario also owns four-single-season records set during the 2012-13 campaign, while leading the Griffs to their first conference championship. He set the program’s standards in saves (1,256), save percentage (.929), shutouts (four) and goaltender victories (18). Capobianco’s 1,256 saves rank as the 12th-most in NCAA history and the most since the 1988-89 campaign.
Capobianco also proved to be a clutch postseason player during his career, helping Canisius to the 2013 Atlantic Hockey Championship and a second appearance in the title game in 2014. In 13 career Atlantic Hockey Tournament games, Capobianco owns an 11-2-0 record, 2.35 goals against average, .936 save percentage and three shutouts. A member of the 2013 Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team, he owns the top two saves marks in the tournament’s history (249 in 2014; 235 in 2013).
Capobianco is the second Griff to sign an AHL contract after Canisius finished the season in March (Ben Danford joined the Manchester Monarchs). The netminder also appeared in two games with Elmira of the ECHL this year, recording 38 saves – including 31 in his only start with the Jackals.