The Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League announced today that they have signed forwards Joe Whitney and Shawn Szydlowski to amateur tryouts.
Whitney joins the Pirates after a four-year career, highlighted by two National Titles (2008 and 2010), at Boston College. In 161 games the 23 year-old Reading, MA native recorded 40 goals and 102 assists for 142 points, tied for 29th on the school’s career points list and he is one of only 15 players in Boston College history to record 100 or more career assists. The 5-foot-6, 172-pound forward scored five goals and 26 assists for 31 points in 39 games in 2010-11 to finish his collegiate career.
Szydlowski comes to the Pirates after four years with the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League. The 20 year-old St. Clair Shores, MI native capped off his junior career with a career season in 2010-11, registering 41 goals and 37 assists for 78 points in 61 games. In 258 games with the Otters the 6-foot, 208-pound forward scored 94 goals and 103 assists for 197 points.
In another roster move, the Pirates released Matt Duffy from his tryout agreement. The Windham, ME native played two games for the Pirates without registering a point.