Roman Ammirato had a breakout senior season with the Utica College men’s hockey team.
Now, he is getting another opportunity at the pro level.
On Saturday, Ammirato joined the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL on an amateur tryout (ATO) contract. ATO contracts are common during this time of year as college and junior players finish their respective seasons.
Ammirato made his debut Saturday and finished with a pair of assists with Tulsa, which is an affiliate of the St. Louis Blues. He was selected as the first start of the game, according to the summary.
Ammirato is the fourth player from Utica College’s record-setting season to move on to the next level this week. Dalton Carter joined the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and Mikhail Bushinski (Knoxville) and Anthony McVeigh (Hunstville) joined teams in the Southern Professional Hockey League. McVeigh scored in his first game with the team Friday.
Ammirato was named the United Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Player of the Year, and he finished the season as one of the leading scorers in the nation. Ammirato accumulated 43 points, marking the second-highest output in a season in Utica College’s 17-year history. His 22 goals set a program record.
Ammirato posted Tuesday on Twitter he was thankful to play more than 50 games with Utica College. He transferred to Utica before his junior year after playing two seasons at Division I Union College.
“The last 2 yrs have been absolutely amazing to play in front of the best fans in hockey,” Ammirato tweeted. “This group will always have a special place in my heart.”
This season, the Pioneers tied the school record with 21 victories and set a program record with 386 total points. UC's 133 goals were also a single-season record.