Milano Rossoblu, a team competing in Italy, have signed Springfield Falcons goaltender Paul Dainton, Abbotsford Heat forward Adam Estoclet, Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Jamie Fritsch and Lillehammer forward Brad Schell.
Dainton has spent the past three seasons split between the AHL’s Falcons and Chicago Express, Reading Royals and Evansville Icemen of the ECHL. During his first season in 2010-2011, he played five games with the Falcons and had an impressive 2.63 goals against average to go along with a 2-2-0 record. The following season, he had a 3.11 goals against average and a 12-11-1 record in 28 games with the squad, and followed it up with a 3-5-1 record last season as Curtis McElhinney and Allen York stole the lions share of the work.
Estoclet played four seasons of NCAA college hockey with Dartmouth College scoring 103 points in 127 games. On September 13, 2011, the Grand Rapids Griffins signed Estoclet to a standard American Hockey League contract, but after 12 games, he was traded to the Abbotsford Heat. During his second professional season last year, he split time with the Heat, as well as the Utah Grizzlies, recording two points in the AHL and 39 in the ECHL.
Undrafted, he was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers on an amateur try-out contract on April 12, 2009, but would only get one game of action with the squad. Fritsch signed with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL for the 2009–10 season and played in 48 games posting 5 points. On February 5, 2010, he was signed to a try-out with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL and appeared in 2 games. Following the season, he was traded to the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL on August 12, 2010, and played there for three years.
Schell was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 9th round (167th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After 23 total games split between the Chicago Wolves and the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL, he didn’t play anywhere during the 2010-2011 campaign, but did sign with Dornbirner EC in Austria2 the next season, dominating the scoring with 50 points in 27 games. Midway through the year, he got a chance in Austria’s top division, playing four games with the Graz 99ers before the season was over. This past year, Schell went on to rip up Norway, recording 64 points while spending the season with Lillehammer.
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