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Michael Souza
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Born January 28 1978 (1978-01-28) (age 38),
Wakefield, Massachusetts
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
Serie A team
F. teams
Bolzano-Bozen Foxes
SG Cortina (Serie A)
EHC Olten (NLB)
EHC Basel (NLA)
Cologne Sharks DEL
Hershey Bears (AHL)
Portland Pirates (AHL)
Florence Pride (ECHL)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Norfolk Admirals (AHL)
New Hampshire Wildcats (HE)
Ntl. team Flag of Italy Italy
NHL Draft 67th overall, 1997
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2000–present

</div></div> Michael Souza, (born January 28, 1978) often referred to as Mike Souza, is a professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for the Bolzano-Bozen Foxes of the Serie A. Born and raised in the United States, Souza later gained Italian Citizenship and participated at the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Championship as a member of the Italy men's national ice hockey team.[1][2]

Playing careerEdit

Souza was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Souza attended the University of New Hampshire from 1996 to 2000. He is a cousin of fellow UNH player Paul Thompson.[3] In 1997 Souza was drafted 67th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. At UNH Souza was noted for his speed and skating skill.[4] In 1999 UNH reached the championship game of the 1999 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. In the championship game Souza scored a key goal in the third period to force overtime. Maine won in overtime, however.[5] In 2000 Souza was a member of the Hockey East All Star team.[6]

After leaving UNH he played in the AHL for three seasons with the Norfolk Admirals and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 2001 and 2002 he attended the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp.[7][8] The next two seasons Souza split his time between the ECHL and the AHL, playing for the Florence Pride and Reading Royals of the ECHL, and the Portland Pirates, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and Hershey Bears of the AHL.[9][10]

In 2005 Souza began to play in Europe. In the 2005–06 season Souza played for the Cologne Sharks of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, EHC Basel of the Swiss National League A, and EHC Olten of the Swiss National League B. In 2006 he moved to Italy to play in the Serie A.[2] He played with SG Cortina for four seasons before moving to the Bolzano-Bozen Foxes in 2010.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeague GPGAPtsPIM GPGAPtsPIM
1996–97 U. of New Hampshire HE 39 15 11 26 20
1997–98 U. of New Hampshire HE 38 13 12 25 36
1998–99 U. of New Hampshire HE 41 23 42 65 38
1999–2000 U. of New Hampshire HE 38 15 25 40 58
2000–01 Norfolk Admirals AHL 75 14 17 31 44 3 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 66 20 11 31 58
2002–03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 5 2 2 4 7
2002–03 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 59 7 15 22 89 9 0 1 1 12
2003–04 Florence Pride ECHL 17 8 13 21 29
2003–04 Portland Pirates AHL 27 5 5 10 16
2003–04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 14 4 1 5 22
2004–05 Reading Royals ECHL 12 6 3 9 20
2004–05 Hershey Bears AHL 53 14 8 22 36
2005–06 Cologne Sharks DEL 5 0 1 1 6 9 1 1 2 14
2005–06 EHC Basel NLA 3 1 0 1 4
2005–06 EHC Olten NLB 23 16 18 34 38
2006–07 SG Cortina Serie A 31 22 31 53 32 8 5 5 10 12
2007–08 SG Cortina Serie A 31 13 15 28 32
2008–09 SG Cortina Serie A 42 23 20 43 34
2009–10 SG Cortina Serie A 28 6 11 17 12
Serie A totals 132 64 77 141 110 8 5 5 10 12

ReferencesEdit

  1. IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press, 181. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Mike Souza si trasferisce dal Cortina al Bolzano", 13 August 2010. Retrieved on 25 February 2011. (Italian) 
  3. McMahon, Mike. "Thompson follows cousin to UNH, paves his own path", 13 December 2010. Retrieved on 3 February 2011. 
  4. Monahan, Bob. "Wakefield's Souza has made a big impact for UNH hockey", 21 March 1999. Retrieved on 25 February 2011. 
  5. "Maine Skates Past New Hampshire", 4 April 1999. Retrieved on 25 February 2011. 
  6. Hockey East All Stars. HockeyEastOnline.com. Retrieved on 25 February 2011.
  7. Fornabaio, Michael. "Fresh face, legs: Newcomer Mike Souza gets Sound Tigers rolling", 9 November 2002. Retrieved on 25 February 2011. 
  8. Sassone, Tim. "Let the competition begin for Hawks", 11 September 2001. Retrieved on 25 February 2011. 
  9. "Sound Tigers Re-Sign Mike Souza", 20 February 2004. Retrieved on 25 February 2011. 
  10. "Transactions", 8 December 2004. Retrieved on 25 February 2011. 

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