SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Mario Ferraro to a standard, entry-level contract.
"Mario had another stellar season at UMass and has consistently proven his capacity to compete and lead at an elite level," said Wilson. "His offensive skills, ability to make plays from the blueline and the energy he brings to the rink are impressive and we look forward to seeing him continue his growth at the professional level."
The defenseman recorded 14 points (two goals, 12 assists), 23 penalty minutes, a plus-six rating, and 98 shots on goal in 41 games with the University of Massachusetts in 2018-19. As an alternate captain, he helped lead UMass to their first NCAA national championship game and was named to Hockey East's All-Star Third Team. He ranked second on UMass in blocked shots (40).
Ferraro has registered 37 points (six goals, 31 assists), 167 shots on goal and 43 penalty minutes in 79 games with UMass. In his NCAA rookie season (2017-18), he was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after leading all team defensemen in scoring with 23 points on four goals and 19 assists. He set a program record for most points by a freshman defenseman and finished second on the team in blocked shots (54).
Prior to joining UMass, Ferraro played his final season of junior hockey in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Des Moines Buccaneers. He finished with 41 points (eight goals, 33 assists) in 60 games played. In 2016-17, he was named to the USHL First All-Star Team and USHL All-Rookie Team after tying for first among USHL defensemen in goals and second in points and assists.
The six-foot, 195-pound native of King City, Ontario, was drafted 49th overall by the Sharks in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.