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Red Wings add Lorito, Street and Pasquale

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free agent forward Matt Lorito and to a pair of one-year deals with forward Ben Street and goaltender Edward Pasquale.

Lorito, 25, led the Albany Devils with 54 points (18-36-54) and 36 assists in 71 games during his first full season in the American Hockey League. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound winger also posted a plus-16 rating and 26 penalty minutes with the Devils, while tacking on seven points (3-4-7) in 11 postseason games. After playing four years at Brown University, Lorito turned pro during the 2014-15 campaign and joined Albany, recording 12 points (3-9-12) in 11 games for the Devils.

Lorito served as team captain during his senior season at Brown and earned All-Ivy League honors three of his four years with the Bears. Also during his senior campaign, Lorito tied for the team lead in scoring with 23 points (11-12-23) and became the 24th member of the Brown 100-Point Club. In all, Lorito tallied 47 goals and 59 assists in 118 games at Brown University. Before playing collegiate hockey, the Oakville, Ontario, native played two seasons of junior hockey with the Villanova Knights of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, recording 160 points (60-100-160) in 91 games.

Street, 29, was limited to 15 games with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage in 2015-16, but racked up 21 points (7-14-21), a plus-16 rating and was named team captain. He also appeared in seven NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche last season. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound center has logged a total of 29 NHL games between the Avalanche and Calgary Flames, totaling two assists and eight penalty minutes. Street has recorded 237 points (98-139-237) in 293 games among four AHL clubs, posting career-highs during the 2013-14 season with the Abbotsford Heat in goals (28), assists (32) and points (60). Street started his pro career with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers where he recorded 51 points (24-27-51) in 38 games during the 2010-11 season.

Prior to turning pro, Street played five years at the University of Wisconsin, serving as co-captain during his junior and senior year and helping the Badgers to a NCAA National Championship in 2006. In all, Street recorded 48 goals and 45 assists in 171 games with the Badgers. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native played two seasons with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League, tallying 102 points (42-60-102) in 110 games.

Pasquale, 25, split last season between the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL and Brampton Beast of the ECHL. In 30 games with St. John’s last season, Pasquale owned a 13-10-3 record, a 2.62 goals-against average and a 0.919 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound netminder has spent the last four seasons (2011-16) with St. John’s, posting a 68-58-9 record and a sub-2.79 goals against average each season. Before joining St. John’s, Pasquale split the 2011-12 season between the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators. Prior to turning pro, Pasquale spent two seasons (2007-09) as the starting netminder for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League, posting a 59-38-11 record and being named to the OHL’s Third All-Star Team for his efforts during the 2008-09 campaign. Pasquale was traded to Saginaw midway through the 2007-08 season from the Belleville Bulls of the OHL where he posted an 8-5-2 record in two seasons. The Toronto, Ontario, native was drafted in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.

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