Tony Romano(8) Vienna Capitals

4th year center Tony Romano(8) was not qualified by New York Islanders after his three-year entry level contract expired at the conclusion of last season. He was born on Long Island in Smithtown, NY.

For 2012/2013 he signed a tryout agreement with Vienna Capitals of the Erste Bank Hockey League (Austria). It would be a surprise if he failed to make the team.

In 2011/2012, his third AHL season with Bridgeport Sound Tigers the 24-year old put up career highs in just about every category scoring 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points, finishing 5th on the team in scoring. He was also a +3 plus/minus and connected with 117 shots on net.

Still, the 5’10” 177 lbs. is relatively small and not always as strong on the puck as he should be, so found himself in and out of the lineup at times and even reassigned to the ECHL Chicago Express for a wake-up weekend. It actually worked because his point production afterwards soared.

He was originally a New Jersey Devils‘ 6th round pick in the 2006 draft (#178 overall) but was traded to the Isles before he ever signed.

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