Joe Grimaldi (D)
2007-08: Began his journeyman pro debut season with ECHL Elmira…Played two games with the Jackals before being loaned to AHL Rochester on 10/26…Recorded only a high-sticking major and four shots in his two-game AHL debut with the Americans…Returned to Elmira on 10/28…Scored first career goal on 10/31 vs. Cincinnati…Assisted on two goals on 11/4 at Reading…Assisted on five goals in four games from 11/16 to 11/20, including a season-high three goals on 11/20 at Gwinnett… Loaned for a second time, this time to AHL Albany on 12/15…Played in only one game, serving seven minutes in penalties, five stemming from his first AHL fight with Bridgeport’s Joe Rullier on 12/16…Returned again to Elmira on 12/17…Earned six more assists through five games from 12/28 to 1/4, before finishing his time as a Jackal with two goals and 12 assists… Signed with Fresno on 1/22…Appeared in only 10 games with the Falcons, registering one goal and one assist, along with 15 PIM…Traded to Gwinnett on 2/19…Scored only goal with the Gladiators on 3/8 against Augusta…Assisted on only three goals with the team, all of which came against the Columbia Inferno (one on 3/15 and two on 4/4)…Finished season in ECHL with a total four goals, 17 assists, and 142 PIM in 67 games…Signed to a PTO with Peoria on 4/7…
LAST SEASON: Completed junior league career with Ottawa 67’s…Recorded first two points of the season (both assists) on 10/1 vs. Kingston…Had a playmaker weekend from 12/7 to 12/10, assists on eight goals in that span…Scored only two goals on the season, one each against Sault Ste. Marie on 10/29 and Kingston on 11/28…Finished second again behind blueliner Derek Joslin for assists (34) and points (36)…Led the team in PIM with career high 185 minutes…Would appear in all five Ottawa playoff games against Belleville, earning only one assist and 16 PIM.
CAREER: 2005-06: Began the season with the UNO Mavericks…Earned first assist of the season at Michigan State on 11/11…Notched two more assists on 11/19 against Alaska Fairbanks…Recorded last assist as a Maverick on 12/2 vs. Ferris State…Signed with Ottawa of the OHL…Made junior league debut on 1/12 at Mississauga, scoring his first goal (PPG)…Recorded one goal and three assists on back-to-back nights against Peterborough on 1/20 and 1/21…Went on a four-game point streak from 1/29 to 2/8, earning an assist in each game…Recorded three goals (including one PPG) and two assists in three back-to-back games from 2-12 to 2-17…Finished the season with seven goals and 14 assists, with the team’s 6th most PIM (81)…Appeared in six playoff games with the 67’s, tying Derek Joslin with the most points among blueliners with six… 2004-05: Joined the U. of Nebraska-Omaha for his first of two seasons…Earned three points, including his first two career goals, one of which was on the powerplay, on 12/11 vs. Lake Superior State…Scored one goal – a powerplay goal and game-winner – on 1/7 vs. Northern Michigan…Assisted on two goals on 2/26 versus Alaska Fairbanks…Finished the season with four goals (all at home, including 2 GW and 2 PP) and 14 assists (most among UNO defensemen)… 2002-04: Appeared in 53 games with the USN Under-18 Team…Recorded only five assists…Led the team with 146 PIM in 2002-03