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Frank Vatrano (born March 14, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Frank Vatrano
Frank Vatrano - Boston Bruins.jpg
Vatrano in January 2016
Born (1994-03-14) March 14, 1994 (age 25)
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Boston Bruins
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2014–present

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Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Vatrano was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. As a youth, he played in the 2006 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Minuteman Flames minor ice hockey team.[1] He attended Cathedral High School, and later transferred to Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan to play in the U.S. National Team Development Program.[2][3][4] He played for the Boston Jr. Bruins in 2009–10 scoring 8 goals before playing within the U.S. National Development Team Program. After originally committing to Boston College, Vatrano opted to return to the Boston Jr. Bruins before starting his collegiate career the following season with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He forwent his senior year in 2014 to pursue professional career, signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins on March 12, 2015.[5] He signed an amateur try-out contract with AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins making his professional debut to finish out the 2014–15 season.

ProfessionalEdit

Boston BruinsEdit

After attending his first Bruins training camp, Vatrano was reassigned to the Providence Bruins to begin his rookie season. Vatrano opened the 2015–16 season, leading the AHL in goal scoring with 10 goals in as many games, earning rookie of the month honors. His quick ascension was realised when he subsequently received his first NHL recall with the Bruins on November 6, 2015.[6] On November 7, 2015, Vatrano made his NHL debut, and scored his first regular season NHL goal for the Bruins against their long-time rivals, the Montreal Canadiens in a 4–2 road game defeat. Vatrano would later go on to score 2 goals against the Detroit Red Wings including an overtime game winner.[7] On December 18, 2015, Vatrano scored his first NHL hat trick with the Bruins against the Pittsburgh Penguins, with the first, fifth, and sixth Bruins goals for a 6–2 road victory.[8]

At the end of the 2015–16 AHL season, he finished with 36 goals and 19 assists for a total of 55 points in 36 games. He also had three hat tricks. On April 14, 2016, the AHL announced San Antonio Rampage rookie Mikko Rantanen and him, shared the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie for the 2015–16 season.[9]

For the start of the 2016–17 Boston Bruins season, Vatrano had suffered an unexpected injury to his left foot due to torn ligaments.[10] As a result, Vatrano missed the Bruins' training camp and pre-season games for his recovery. His first game for the Bruins in the 2016–17 season was on December 22, 2016 on the road against the Florida Panthers, and with 2:09 elapsed in the second period, Vatrano scored the first Bruins goal en route to a 3–1 road victory against the Panthers.[11]

Florida PanthersEdit

On February 22, 2018, the Bruins traded Vatrano to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.[12] On February 24, 2019, the Panthers signed Vatrano to a three-year, $7.59 million contract extension.[13]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 8 0 2 2 2
2010–11 U.S. National Development Team USHL 34 11 4 15 22 2 1 0 1 0
2011–12 U.S. National Development Team USHL 24 7 11 18 8
2012–13 U.S. National Development Team USHL 1 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 19 13 9 22 20
2013–14 UMass-Amherst HE 1 0 0 0 0
2014–15 UMass-Amherst HE 36 18 10 28 28
2014–15 Providence Bruins AHL 10 10 2 12 0
2015–16 Providence Bruins AHL 36 36 19 55 22 3 1 0 1 2
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 39 8 3 11 14
2016–17 Providence Bruins AHL 2 2 0 2 4
2016–17 Boston Bruins NHL 44 10 8 18 14 6 1 0 1 4
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 25 2 0 2 22
2017–18 Florida Panthers NHL 16 5 3 8 12
2018–19 Florida Panthers NHL 81 24 15 39 38
NHL totals 205 49 29 78 100 6 1 0 1 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States U17   5 2 2 4 4
2012 United States WJC18   6 2 2 4 2
2016 United States WC 4th 10 3 5 8 12
Junior totals 11 4 4 8 6
Senior totals 10 3 5 8 12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  2. ^ "Frank Vatrano". teamusa.usahockey.com. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Brown, Garry (February 4, 2011). "East Longmeadow's Frankie Vatrano excels for national team". The Republican. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "FRANK VATRANO". umassathletics.com. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "Bruins sign Frank Vatrano to entry-level contract". Boston Bruins. 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  6. ^ "Bruins assign Khokhlachev to Providence, recall Vatrano". Boston Bruins. 2015-11-06. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  7. ^ "Frank Vatrano scores first NHL goal for Bruins with Family looking on". NESN. 2015-11-07. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  8. ^ Crosby, Wes (December 19, 2015). "Vatrano's hat trick leads Bruins past Penguins". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Rantanen, Vatrano share Garrett Award". theahl.com. American Hockey League. April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  10. ^ Ryan, Conor (September 24, 2016). "Boston Bruins F Frank Vatrano (foot surgery) expected to be sidelined for 3 months". www.masslive.com. MassLive.com. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Switaj, Caryn (December 23, 2016). "Vatrano Doesn't Miss a Beat in 3–1 Win Over Panthers". www.nhl.com/bruins. National Hockey league. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  12. ^ "Florida Panthers Acquire Forward Frank Vatrano from Boston Bruins". NHL.com. February 22, 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Richards, George. "Summer is coming: Florida Panthers' offseason may start at trade deadline". The Athletic. Retrieved February 23, 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Murray
AHL Rookie of the Year
2015–16 (with Mikko Rantanen)
Succeeded by
Danny O'Regan