Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00
The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, announced on Sept. 8 that the team agreed to terms with defenseman Louis Liotti, of Westbury.
Last season, Liotti, 26, registered 13 assists (0g-13a) and 22 penalty minutes in 57 regular season games with the Royals. Liotti also played four regular season games in the AHL last season with the Lake Erie Monsters and Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
In eight playoff games with the Royals, he had two assists and six penalty minutes. Liotti, who will be entering his third year of pro, played to a plus-15 for the Royals during the regular season, which was second best amongst defensemen on the team. Offensively, his hottest streak came in mid-February when he registered at least a point in three consecutive games, including a 4-2 win over the Wheeling Nailers when he assisted on the game’s first and last goals for one of his two multipoint games on the year. Shortly after that streak, Liotti, who has played 14 career AHL games, earned a three game call-up to Lake Erie. In playoffs last season, Liotti registered his first pro post-season point when he assisted on the Royals’ fourth goal in Reading’s 5-4 double overtime win in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final matchup against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Liotti, who has been a member of two consecutive regular season divisional championship teams, registered 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) and 43 penalty minutes in 52 games with the Kalamazoo Wings in his rookie season, helping the K-Wings win the North Division that year.
Prior to turning pro, Liotti put together a stellar four-year career at Northeastern University, which culminated in his senior season when the Huskies ran off 25 wins and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1994. At the conclusion of that season, Liotti was selected as Hockey East’s Best Defensive Defenseman and was also honored as a semi-finalist for the annual Walter Brown Award, which is bestowed upon the best American-born Division I hockey player in New England. In March of 2010, Liotti, who played to a collective plus-26 in his last three seasons at Northeastern, was selected to the school’s All-Decade Team.