Mastromonica 2.0 - Tomahawks Reacquire Former Forward Anthony Mastromonica
Written by: David Nicoletti
On September 15th, the Johnstown Tomahawks welcomed back a familiar face via a trade made with the Odessa Jackalopes. The Tomahawks acquired forward Anthony Mastromonica in exchange for the rights to tendered defenseman Nicholas Chiocca, a 2020 tender, and a 2021 4th round draft pick.
Mastromonica started his rookie season with the Tomahawks during the 2018-19 season. The 6’3” Kings Park, New York native would go on to play 10 games for the Johnstown Tomahawks. Mastromonica tallied two assists, a plus two average, and four penalty minutes.
On November 7th, 2018, Mastromonica was traded to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. He would go on to spend the rest of the season for the Knights appearing in 37 games for the club. He scored five goals, 13 assists, 95 penalty minutes, and a minus one average to wrap up his 2018-19 campaign.
Mastromonica would then suit up for the Knights for the entire 2019-20 season. He was one of two players to be assigned alternate captain for Wilkes Barre that season. He would go on to appear in 44 games for the Knights. Scoring 13 goals, 12 assists, 74 penalty minutes, and a minus two average.
Tomahawks head coach Mike Letiza said the following about Mastromonica via a team press release:
“We are extremely happy to bring Anthony back to Johnstown. We tendered him prior to the 18 - 19 season and he had a solid start to his rookie year. That was a unique season for us given the status of the roster at that point and we ended up giving Mastro an opportunity for more immediate impact playing time with Wilkes - Barre. It was one of the most professional, mature, and respectful transactions we have ever dealt with. Since the day he walked out of the door, I always felt I would do what I could to bring him back in a Tomahawks uniform. Being able to make this move is very exciting. Anthony will add so much to our team up front with his power forward style of offensive tools and toughness, as well as his strong leadership ability and character."
As we welcome back Anthony Mastromonica to Johnstown, the Tomahawks are back on the ice in Johnstown and have officially kicked off their training camp to begin the week. The NAHL 2020-21 schedule is still being finalized, no word on yet on when it will be released. But once the schedule is out and released, we will give you a first hand look at what this year's calendar brings to the table.
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