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Capitals Sign Travis Morin, Steve Pinizzotto to Entry-Level Contracts

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals have signed forwards Travis Morin and Steve Pinizzotto to two-year entry-level contracts beginning next season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.


Both players have signed professional tryout contracts with Capitals affiliates for the remainder of this season – Pinizzotto with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and Morin with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.

Morin, 23, was a ninth-round selection of the Capitals, 263rd overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft who recently completed his senior season at Minnesota State in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). A 6’2”, 195-pound native of Minneapolis, Minn., Morin was a second-team All-WCHA selection this season after leading the Mavericks in goals (17) and points (39) in 38 games. He had eight power-play goals, three shorthanded goals and three game-winning goals as a senior after leading the team in goals (20) and sharing the lead in points (42) with St. Louis Blues forward David Backes in 2005-06. Morin finished his collegiate career with 58 goals and 75 assists (133 points) in 151 games.

Pinizzotto, 22, was an undrafted free agent who spent the past two seasons at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) of Atlantic Hockey. Pinizzotto, a 6’1”, 195-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario, led RIT in scoring with 44 points (13 goals, 31 assists) in 34 games this season, a 31-point improvement over his freshman season. He had eight power-play goals and a team-leading 76 penalty minutes.
Travis Morin
Position: Center
Birthday: Jan. 9, 1984 (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 Shoots: Left
Drafted: Capitals' ninth-round choice, 263rd overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft
Career Statistics:
Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002-03 Chicago USHL 60 21 26 47 46 - - - - -
2003-04 Minnesota State WCHA 38 9 12 21 14 - - - - -
2004-05 Minnesota State WCHA 36 12 19 31 20 - - - - -
2005-06 Minnesota State WCHA 39 20 22 42 16 - - - - -
2006-07 Minnesota State WCHA 38 17 22 39 34 - - - - -
Steve Pinizzotto
Position: Right Wing
Birthday: April 26, 1984 (Mississauga, Ont.)
Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 Shoots: Right
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, March 16, 2007
Career Statistics:
Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005-06 RIT Atlantic 20 7 6 13 32 - - - - -
2006-07 RIT Atlantic 34 13 31 44 76 - - - - -
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