The New York Islanders, top National Hockey League affiliate of the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, announced that Long Island native Peter Ferraro has been signed to a one-year contract. Ferraro, 33, is from Port Jefferson, L.I., and was selected in the first round (24th overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.
Ferraro helped the Providence Bruins win the 1999 Calder Cup and, in doing so, won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy for AHL playoff MVP, scoring nine goals and adding 12 assists for 21 points in 19 post-season games during the run to the cup. Ferraro was also the captain of the PlanetUSA team at the 2003 AHL All-Star Classic in Portland.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound right winger has 238 goals and 327 assists for 565 points and has compiled 1,087 penalty minutes in his AHL career which includes stints with the Binghamton Rangers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Providence Bruins, Portland Pirates, Springfield Falcons and Syracuse Crunch. Ferraro is a veteran of 86 AHL playoff games and is in the top-15 in three AHL playoff categories – 34 goals (12th), 42 assists (tied for 15th) and 76 points (tied for 12th).
In 92 career National Hockey League games for the Rangers, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, Ferraro has 9 goals and 15 assists for 24 points and 58 penalty minutes.
Ferraro led the University of Maine Black Bears to the National Championship in his freshman year of 1993. He joined the United States National Team and eventually the Olympic squad in 1993-94 and scored six goals in eight games during the Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
Along with his twin brother, Chris, Peter Ferraro played in Germany for the DEG Metro Stars last winter and had 13 goals and 14 assists in 41 games.