The South Carolina Stingrays signed forward Sam Fioretti to their 2018-2019 roster. Fioretti spent 4 years at Acadia University and four seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western Hockey League.
“We talked to Sam through the spring. He was a really good player for Acadia, which is a very well-coached program,” said Stingrays Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Warsofsky. “He had a really good regular season and was one of their leaders. We’ve followed him the last couple of years and he has some energy, brings grit and plays on the edge. We’re really happy to bring him in next season.”
“Being a guy that played my major junior hockey in Moose Jaw and living in Canada I like the idea of going down and experiencing time in the states while playing hockey,” said Fioretti. “Talking to Coach Warsofsky, we developed a little bit of a relationship and through word of mouth I found out that people who have played in South Carolina love it down there. It just seemed like a great opportunity and a great spot to continue my career.”
Fioretti, 24, had 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 23 games as a senior with Acadia during 2017-18 and finished his career with the Axemen after 102 games and 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists). The 5-foot-10, 180-pound attacker also starred for Moose Jaw from 2010-2014, racking up 200 points in 269 career WHL contests. Fioretti’s top campaign with the Warriors came during 2012-13 when he totaled 75 points (32 goals, 43 assists) in 72 contests. The following season he served as team captain and recorded 55 points in 65 appearances.
“I’m a two-way forward and played center for my entire university career but I can play the wing as well,” Fioretti said. “I define myself as a two-way forward that can create some offense but I’m also very reliable in my own end. I’m excited for the opportunity,” Fioretti said. “I’m going to put the time in over the summer to get ready and I’m excited to come down there and help the team win in any way possible.”
All quotes from the SC STINGRAYS website.