WHEELING, W.Va. - The Wheeling Nailers
announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Zack Torquato for the 2012-13 season.
The Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens
and Pittsburgh Penguins
of the National Hockey League and the Hamilton Bulldogs
and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.
Torquato, 23, returns to the Nailers for his third full season of professional hockey, after spending one season with the Toledo Walleye
and one season in Wheeling. Last season, he tallied 40 points (12g-28a) and posted a +14 in 60 games with the Nailers. As a rookie in 2010-11, Torquato finished among the ECHL rookie leaders with 44 points (11g-33a) in 54 contests with the Walleye. He has also appeared in 24 career AHL games with Grand Rapids and Rockford.
Prior to turning pro, Torquato played five seasons of junior hockey in the OHL, with the Saginaw Spirit
and Erie Otters
. During that time, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native appeared in 330 games, totaling 134 goals, 195 assists, 329 points and 411 penalty minutes. His success in juniors led Torquato to a sixth round selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings