CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte Checkers announced three more player signings on Wednesday, adding forwards Zack Stortini, Nick Schilkey, along with goaltender Martin Ouellette to the fold for the coming American Hockey League season.
Stortini is a veteran forward that will begin his 13th professional season. He has logged 556 games in the AHL between Toronto, Iowa, Milwaukee, Springfield, Oklahoma City, Norfolk, Lehigh Valley, Binghamton, and San Jose. Stortini has scored 54 goals and 54 assists for 108 points during those 566 games.
Last season, Stortini split time between Binghamton and San Jose, playing in 48 games, scoring three goals and only having one assist. He also served as team captain while with the Senators last season.
He was drafted in the 2003 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round, 94th overall. He has logged in 257 games in the NHL between the Edmonton Oilers and the Nashville Predators scoring 14 goals, collecting 27 assists for 41 points.
Schilkey finished his college hockey career with the Ohio State University Buckeyes, where he played 141 games, scoring 69 goals, and collecting 61 assists (130 points.) He took part in the recently-completed Carolina Hurricanes development camp.
Last year, Ouellette split time between the Reading Royals of the ECHL and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He started 32 games with the Royals last season, sporting a record of 15-13-1, with a 2.82 goals against average, and a save percentage of .907. In the AHL, he started four games for the Phantoms, winning three of those games. He had a minuscule 1.06 goals against average and a save percentage .968.
Ouellette was drafted with the 184th pick of the 2010 NHL draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He played in the Hockey East Conference (NCAA) for four years with the University of Maine Blackbears.
The Checkers will kickoff their 2017-18 home slate at Bojangles Arena on Friday, October 13.