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#17 Max Nicastro, D

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Position: D
Date of Birth: 03/02/1990
Height: 6' 3"   Weight: 225 lbs
Shoots: R
Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, California
Drafted: Detroit's 2nd choice, 91st overall, in 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Last Amateur Team: 2011-12 Boston (HE)

Biography:

 

 

News Stories/Articles/Multimedia:

Nicastro progresses in Windy City - Red Wings Central - Dec. 8, 2008
Mighty Max 'good at everything' - Red Wings Central - June 24, 2008
 

Biography

Nicastro.jpgSecond season as a Griffin…Second year pro…Signed to a two-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 7/3/12…Assigned by Detroit, 9/14/12...Reassigned to Toledo (ECHL) by Detroit, 11/28/12...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 12/3/12...Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 12/27/12...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 1/6/13...Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 4/9/13...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 4/19/13...Assigned by Detroit, 9/22/13...Reassigned to Toledo by Detroit, 10/2/13...Reassigned from Toledo by Detroit, 3/24/14.

2012-13: Served as a “black ace” with Grand Rapids during the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs…Recorded three points (1-2—3) in 25 games with Grand Rapids and five points (2-3—5) in nine games with ECHL Toledo…Made his professional debut on 10/13/12 vs. Hamilton and registered his first AHL goal/point on 11/16/12…Debuted with Toledo on 11/30/12 vs. Kalamazoo and scored the game-tying goal with less than one second remaining in a 3-2 overtime win…Tallied four points (1-3—4) in a five-game stretch with the Walleye, 12/29/12-1/6/13. 2011-12: Equaled his sophomore year totals with nine points (3-6—9) in 27 games as a junior…Recorded one power play and one game-winning goal…Tied a career high with a three-game point streak, recording three points (1-2—3) from 11/19/11-12/2/11…Had a career-best three points (1-2—3), 1/21/12 at Providence. 2010-11: Skated in 38 games with the Terriers as a sophomore and chipped in a career-high five goals among his nine points (5-4—9)…Ranked fifth on the team with a career-high 59 penalty minutes…Tied for fifth on the team with three power play goals…Scored in back-to-back games, 3/4/11-3/5/11. 2009-10: Attended Boston University and notched 15 points (3-12—15) in 37 games as a freshman…Named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and ranked second in scoring among conference freshmen…Registered a three-game point streak, 11/8/09-11/14/09, which included his first collegiate point and goal…Produced four multi-point games. 2008-09: Logged 57 games for the Steel and tallied 31 points (9-22—31)…Nearly half of his points came on the power play (4-11—15)…Tied for third on the team with a plus-four rating…Finished 10th among USHL defenseman in scoring and tied for fifth in goals…Selected for the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game. 2007-08: Skated for the USHL’s Chicago Steel and ranked second among defensemen with 20 points (6-14—20) in 58 games…Contributed nine points (5-4—9) on the power play…Registered three points (1-2—3) in seven playoff games…Won a gold medal with the United States at the World Junior A Challenge in British Columbia.

Personal: Lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif….Has two dogs, Roxy and Bella…Has one brother, who is a musician…Best friend in hockey is Mitch Callahan…Greatest hockey memory is being drafted by the Red Wings…Began playing hockey at the age of five as a roller hockey goalie…Hockey nickname is Nico…Hockey idol as a youth was Wayne Gretzky…Chose his jersey number because he likes the number seven…Plans to teach hockey in California after his playing career…First job was at a balloon shop… Favorite charity is House 9 Hockey, a foundation started by former Griffin Aaron Downey…Most exciting thing he’s done is body surf next to a dolphin in the Pacific Ocean…Most interesting fact about him is that he started playing hockey as a goalie…Also knows some American Sign Language…Once met Isaiah Mustafa, the actor from Old Spice commercials…Favorite food is Mexican…Favorite music genre is rock…Favorite movie is Dumb & Dumber…Favorite TV show is The Price Is Right…Favorite website is YouTube…Favorite book is Holes by Louis Sachar...Favorite vacation spot is Santa Monica, Calif….Roots for the Los Angeles Dodgers…Enjoys bowling, movies and magic.
 
 
AHL CAREER HIGHS
Games Played: 25, 2012-13 Assist Streak: n/a
Goals: 1, 2012-13 Point Streak: n/a
Assists: 2, 2012-13 Goals, Game: 1, 11/16/12 GR at LE
Points: 3, 2012-13 Assists, Game: 1, twice (MR: 2/22/13 GR at RFD)
PIM: 10, 2012-13 Points, Game: 1, three times (MR: 2/22/13 GR at RFD)
Goal Streak: n/a PIM, Game: 5, twice (MR: 3/8/13 GR vs. HAM)
FIRSTS
AHL Game: 10/13/12 GR vs. HAM NHL Game: n/a                                      
AHL Point: 11/16/12 GR at LE (goal) NHL Point: n/a
AHL Goal: 11/16/12 GR at LE (Calvin Pickard) NHL Goal: n/a
 

 

Career Stats

      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Los Angeles Minor-CA 48 17 19 36 44 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Chicago USHL 58 6 14 20 78 7 1 2 3 12
2008-09 Chicago USHL 57 9 22 31 84 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Boston HE 37 3 12 15 26 -- -- -- -- --
2010-11 Boston HE 38 5 4 9 59 -- -- -- -- --
2011-12 Boston HE 27 3 6 9 32 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 Grand Rapids AHL 25 1 2 3 10 -- -- -- -- --
  Toledo ECHL 9 2 3 5 4 4 1 0 1 0
  GRIFFINS/AHL TOTALS 25 1 2 3 10 0 0 0 0 0
  PRO TOTALS 34 3 5 8 14 4 1 0 1 0
 

 

 
2013-14 Roster »
1 Jake Paterson G
30 Tom McCollum G
31 Jared Coreau G
34 Petr Mrazek G
3 Alexey Marchenko D
4 Nathan Paetsch D
5 Adam Almquist D
7 Ryan Sproul D
14 Nick Jensen D
17 Max Nicastro D
20 Gleason Fournier D
42 Richard Nedomlel D
44 Brennan Evans D
46 Mattias Backman D
6 Teemu Pulkkinen RW
8 Willie Coetzee RW
10 Jeff Hoggan LW
11 Andrej Nestrasil RW
15 Mitch Callahan RW
18 Cory Emmerton C
21 Trevor Parkes LW
22 Jordin Tootoo RW
23 Triston Grant LW
25 Louis-Marc Aubry C
26 David McIntyre C
27 Martin Frk RW
29 Landon Ferraro C
32 Colin Campbell F
37 Zach Nastasiuk RW
38 Mattias Janmark C
47 Andreas Athanasiou LW
16 Xavier Ouellet D
19 Riley Sheahan C
28 Tomas Jurco RW

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