Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00
Well-traveled hockey standout Louis Liotti has made his way back to the northeast, the place where he grew up, went to college and calls home – at least for the time being.
According to echl.com, the Reading Royals, a Pennsylvania-based team from the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) recently signed accomplished defenseman Louis Liotti, a 25-year-old Westbury resident. The Royals are an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League.
A graduate of the Portledge School in Locust Valley, where he was team captain, Liotti also led his teammates to the Eastern Junior Hockey League Championship as captain for Apple Core of Long Beach. After high school, Liotti traveled west to Iowa where he played for the Sioux City Musketeers, a team in the United States Hockey League. His two seasons in the USHL ultimately led him back toward the Pacific, where he was awarded a full athletic scholarship to skate for Northeastern University in Massachusetts.
At Northeastern, Liotti garnered several achievements throughout his four years as a Husky. In 2009, he was Hockey East’s Best Defensive Defenseman, a member of the school’s All-Decade Team and a finalist for the Walter Brown Award, an honor given to the best American-born Division 1 hockey player in New England. During his senior season, he helped Northeastern earn 25 wins in the regular season, a feat that gave the school its first NCAA tournament berth since 1994.
Since graduating from Northeastern with a degree in business management in 2009, Liotti has played for the Worcester Sharks (MA) of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Kalamazoo Wings (MI) of the ECHL. The 6’1” defenseman tallied 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) and 43 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games in the ECHL and he picked up one assist and four penalty minutes during a 10-game stretch after a call-up with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.
“Every time you move up a level there’s difference in size and skill … it’s a lot faster, guys have better positioning,” Liotti said, adding, “Just bigger, faster, stronger is kind of how it goes.”
Liotti has made a gradual progression through the hockey ranks and has seen success in a number of different jerseys, including during his tenure for the San Jose Sharks minor league affiliate in Worcester, MA.
“I played in 10 games in the AHL, it was a good experience,” Liotti said.
During the summer, Liotti, a lifelong New York Islanders fan, has been skating several times a week and works out with a good friend in Brooklyn. In a few weeks, he will pack his gear and head north to Toronto for camp with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, where he’ll get a chance to either stay at the AHL level or skate for the Royals in the ECHL.
And while he’s enjoying his time in Westbury, odds are wherever he ends up next, he’ll likely land on his feet, or skates in this case.
“Depending on how camp goes, I’m just taking it as it comes,” said Liotti.
Follow Liotti’s season at www.readingroyals.com.