Urbandale (IA) The Des Moines Buccaneers are proud to announce that veteran forward Joe Gambardella has committed to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell for the 2013-2014 season.
Gambardella, 19, is in his second season with the Buccaneers after joining the team midway through the 2011-2012 campaign. In his second season, Gambardella has developed into an off-ice leader as he was named one of the team captains and is also an on-ice presence with a team high 12 goals and 25 points.
Gambardella has netted two hat tricks, and the Buccaneers are 7-1 when he scores a goal this season.
The Staten Island, NY native is a true success story having risen from a third line player at the end of last season to becoming a top line center this season. He also survived June’s tryout camp with a new coaching staff that didn’t automatically bring back eligible returners. Through it all, Gambardella has shown marked improvement while becoming a fan favorite.
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