Former Tomahawk Romano signs ECHL Contract
by David Nicoletti
Yet again, another Johnstown Tomahawks alumni player has signed his very first professional contract.
Former Johnstown Tomahawk Andrew Romano, who played two seasons in Johnstown from 2014 to 2016, has signed a contract to play for the Maine Mariners of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
Maine’s general manager, Daniel Briere has a well known connection to Johnstown; as his son Carson played 2 seasons with the Hawks from 2017 to 2019. Scoring 54 goals, 111 points, in his 98 games with the team, leading them to a Robertson Cup Finals appearance in the 2019 NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs.
Romano, in his two seasons with the Johnstown Tomahawks, serving both seasons as an alternate captain for the Hawks, registered 24 goals, 56 assists, 80 points, only to be in the sin bin for 38 minutes, in his 118 games with the franchise. He also played 6 games in the 2016 NAHL Playoffs; scoring 1 goals, and 4 points, with only 4 PIM.
He and former Tomahawk and Robert Morris University captain, Luke Lynch, tied in 2015-16 as the leading scorers for the Johnstown Tomahawks during the season. Both registering 56 points during the team's 60-game season. Lynch scored 29 goals, and 27 assists, while Romano put up 17 goals, and 39 assists.
After the 2015-16 NAHL season, Romano committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at State University of New York-Geneseo (SUNY-Geneseo). Located in Geneseo, N.Y., the Knights compete in the State University of New York Athletic Conference.
During his four years with the team, the 5’8” 174 pound Drexel Hill native put up a career total of 39 goals, 132 assists, 171 points, and 34 PIM, in his 112 games played with the team. He was on top as the leading scorer for both the 2018-19 & 2019-20 season. As in 2018-19; he put up 52 points (10 of them goals) in his 29 games that season. And in 2019-20 as one of the alternate captains for the Knights; putting up 56 points (14 goals) in his 27 games with the team that season. Romano was also named a first-team All-American for both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season.
The 25-year-old forward's college days came to an end after the 2019-20 season. Wondering if he would ever get his shot at professional hockey, he got his wish on July 20th, when he signed his first professional contract with the Maine Mariners.
Romano stated the following in a press release sent out by Maine: “I am thrilled to start my pro career with the Mariners.”
“They have been sincere with me from our first conversation and that is something I really appreciate. I chose the Mariners because they have shown an undeniable respect for their players. I have heard great things about the team’s culture and I am excited to be a part of that.”, said Romano.
Andrew Romano now becomes the 23rd player in Johnstown Tomahawks history to go on and play professional hockey.
He is one of only a few to go on and play professional hockey in the ECHL. Former Tomahawk Alex Jaeckle currently plays for the Adirondack Thunder. ECHL affiliates of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, and AHL’s Binghamton Devils.
Mitch Hall, a former captain and alternate captain for the team, played for the Norfolk Admirals. There even came a time where both Jaeckle and Hall were on the same team together in Norfolk during the 2018-19 season. Alex put up 2 assists in 11 games while Mitch put up 4 assists in 9 games.
With Romano now being a newly signed Mariner lets see if he can take those same talents he used in juniors and college and put that all together with the professionals.
Maine last season finished 4th in the North Division standings with 68 points, with a 32-26-3-1 record. 12th overall in the league, and 6th overall in the Eastern Conference.
We will continue to follow up with Andrew Romano, as he gets ready to take to the ice at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine. Wearing the blue, green, silver, and white. With the Maine Mariner logo upon his sweater. Good luck Andrew!! Lets Go Hawks!!