Born December 14, 1985 (age 26) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Center for the Florida Panthers
Here’s another entry in the “Better Know a Hockey Card” series. Santorelli had a year with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL before he went to college at Northern Michigan University (far from home) for three years. He was drafted 178th overall in 2004 by Nashville but did stay in school to better his game. After two years’ time with Nashville’s AHL club in Milwaukee, his NHL debut came in January 2009 against Pittsburgh. Interestingly, in 2009-10, he spent a lot of time being teammates with his 23-year-old brother Mark. Aww! During their time together with Milwaukee, sometimes they even played on the same line, younger brother winging his centerman older bro.
But, soon enough, the Santorelli teammate brotherly love ceased when he was traded to Florida in August 2010 and signed on for a year with them. Last season in the Miami area, he played in all 82 games. He scored 20 goals, got 21 assists and had 20 penalty minutes to himself. More recently this season, he just tallied a goal in a 4-3 win against Winnipeg and has 6 goals and 2 assists in 42 games so far. The reason why he doesn’t have perfect attendance so far is that he hurt his shoulder during a preseason game against Dallas and didn’t return until it was almost Halloween. Florida has been struggling with injury this season, but if Santorelli and his teammates stay healthy and keep working hard, I really think we’re going to see a Panthers playoff run…
And now I better know a hockey card!