FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Recent Sacred Heart men's ice hockey graduate Justin Danforth signed a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Rochester Americans, affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.
After completing his four-year career with the Pioneers in March, Danforth signed an ATO with the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League. He impressed in his brief stint with the Royals, recording three points in three games against the Brampton Beast this past weekend. Danforth recorded his first professional goal on March 10 against the Beast.
He then signed an ATO with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL on March 15, 2017. Danforth became the first player in school history to play in an AHL game with his lone appearance with the Sound Tigers on March 18th against the Utica Comets. Rochester picked him up shortly after to finish out the 2016-17 season. Danforth netted his first AHL goal in the second period on April 8th against Utica. He followed that up with a first period tally against the Toronto Marlies the following night.
"We are thrilled that Justin will be living out his dream. He has prepared like a pro for the last four years here at Sacred Heart." said men's ice hockey head coach CJ Marottolo. "His work ethic, preparation and willingness to continue to work on his game is second to none.
Danforth led the Pioneers in points with 32 and in assists with 22 along the way to earning Atlantic Hockey First Team All-Conference honors this past season. He garnered Atlantic Hockey All-Conference Second Team honors as a junior, leading the Pioneers with 20 goals and 41 points. Danforth earned the 2014 Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the year in his first season with the Pioneers. He finished his career with 42 goals and 82 assists for 124 career points in 147 career games played. Danforth is seventh all-time in program history in points and fifth all-time with 82 career assists.