INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana Ice announced today that the team has acquired forward Dominic Panetta from the Tri-City Storm for future considerations.
Panetta made his USHL debut this season with the Storm and posted two points (G, A) and 35 penalty minutes in 18 games of work.
He is coming off a championship season with the Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League. He tied for the team-lead in playoff scoring with 17 points (6G, 11A) in the Robertson Cup title run and added 52 points (24G, 28A) and 94 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games.
“Dom is a responsible two way player who competes hard every shift and knows what it takes to win,” said Ice VP of Player Personnel Brad Lutsch. “He also has great leadership qualities as he proved it last year in Bismarck and we believe he is another valuable piece to the puzzle as we make our run towards the playoffs.”
Panetta’s mother resides in Zionsville and he is a 2009 graduate of the Culver Academy in northern Indiana. He also has a college commitment to Ferris State University when his junior days come to an end.
The newly-acquired forward will wear #22 with the Ice and he and his new teammates get ready for a home and home series with the Youngstown Phantoms this week starting with a Tuesday road contest in Ohio. The Ice and Phantoms then return to Indianapolis on Friday (12/31) for a New Year’s Eve match-up at 6:05 pm from the St. Vincent Sports Rink at Pepsi Coliseum.
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