After playing in the American Hockey League from 2012-2018, former Soo Greyhounds forward Daniel Catenacci is leaving North America to take his show to Italy.
It was announced on Thursday that the 25 year old has signed with the EBEL’s HC Bolzano for the upcoming season.
Catenacci, who played last season with the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack, scored only 5 times and set up 10 others in 42 regular season games.
As a member of the Wolf Pack from 2016-2018, the Richmond Hill, Ontario native played on a team that missed the postseason back to back years.
Catenacci, who was selected first overall by the Soo Greyhounds in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection, became the first player to be drafted first overall by the Hounds since Eric Lindros (1989).
In his rookie season with the Hounds during 2009-2010, Catenacci scored 10 times and set up 20 others in 67 regular season games, before scoring once and setting up another in 5 playoff games.
Following the 2009-2010 season, Catenacci shared the team’s rookie of the year award with teammate Nick Cousins.
Cousins, not to mention, had 32 points in his rookie season with the Hounds, just 2 ahead of Catenacci.
But when you look at Cousins, we’re talking about a player who was drafted in the 2nd round by the Hounds in 2009, after scoring 72 goals and 139 points with the Quinte Red Devils Minor Midget AAA club.
Cousins is now a member of the National Hockey League’s Arizona Coyotes.
Back to Catenacci now!
During his sophomore season in 2010-2011, the Richmond Hill, Ontario native led the Hounds in scoring with 26 goals and 71 points in 67 regular season games.
The Hounds ended up missing the playoffs that year.
Following his second season with the Hounds, Catenacci was one of four members of the Hounds to be drafted by an NHL team during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The Buffalo Sabres took Catenacci in the 3rd round (77th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but the two players who ended up being drafted before him were Ryan Sproul (55th overall by Detroit) and Nick Cousins (68th overall by Philadelphia).
Forward David Broll was the last Hound taken in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, after being selected 152nd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Catenacci was then traded to the Owen Sound Attack during the 2011 offseason in exchange for forward Andrew Fritsch and a second round pick in 2014.
Following his final two OHL seasons with the Owen Sound Attack, Catenacci went on to play five full seasons in the American Hockey League, where he split time with the Rochester Americans and the Hartford Wolfpack.
During his time in the American Hockey League, Catenacci only suited up for a pair of postseason contests, which was with the Rochester Americans back in 2014.
The 25 year old only suited up for 13 NHL games, including 11 with the Buffalo Sabres and 1 with the New York Rangers.
The last time Hounds fans saw Daniel “The Cat” Catenacci come back to the Soo, was back on October 5th, 2016, when the Essar Centre hosted an NHL exhibition game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres.
Next season with HC Bolzano, Catenacci will be reunited with his former Soo Greyhounds teammate Brett Findlay.