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Veleno Joe

90 Joe Veleno

C | Shoots: L | 6-2 | 200 | DOB: 1/13/00 | Age: 20 | Birthplace: Kirkland, Quebec | Drafted: Detroit's 2nd choice, 30th overall, in 2018 NHL Entry Draft

Season Stats

Season GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG SOG SOA SO % SH SH %
2019-20 Regular Season 48 9 10 19 -24 16 0.40 0 3 0 2 0.0 94 9.6
Career AHL Stats


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First season as a Griffin…First year pro…Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 5/1/19...Assigned by Detroit, 9/28/19...Reassigned by Detroit to Canada's U20 National Team, 12/18/19...Reassigned by Detroit from Canada's U20 National Team, 1/6/20.

Career Highlights: Named a 2019 QMJHL First Team All-Star and was a finalist for the league’s MVP after finishing fourth in the league with 104 points in 59 games for Drummondville…Represented Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship…Helped the Saint John Sea Dogs win the QMJHL President Cup in 2017…Served as captain for Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and helped the team win gold…Suited up for Canada at the 2018 World Under-18 Championship and for Canada Black at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

2018-19: In his fourth and final QMJHL season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, totaled 104 points (42-62—104), a plus-63 rating and 19 PIM in 59 games…Named to a QMJHL First Team All-Star and was a finalist for the league’s most valuable player…Ranked among the QMJHL’s leaders with 104 points (4th), 42 goals (7th), 62 assists (T3rd), a plus-63 rating (2nd), seven shorthanded goals (T1st), 247 shots (8th), eight game-winning goals (T4th) and a 1.76 points per game average (2nd)…Posted 17 points (8-9—17), a plus-seven rating and 12 PIM in 16 playoff games, helping Drummondville reach the league semifinals…Placed as one of the league’s postseason leaders with 17 points (T11th), eight goals (T9th), nine assists (T19th), three power play goals (T8th) and three game-winning goals (T2nd)…Recorded a career-high six points (3-3—6), 11/24/18 at MON…Compiled a career-high seven-game goal streak, 11/23/18-12/7/18…Went on a 12-game point streak, 2/1/19-2/26/19, and an 11-game run, 11/18/18-1/5/19…Represented Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship held in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, and recorded two assists in five games.

: Amassed 79 points (22-57—79), a plus-four rating and 48 PIM in 64 games while splitting the season between Saint John and Drummondville…Began the year with Saint John, showing 31 points (6-25—31) and 26 PIM in 31 games before finishing with Drummondville and collecting 48 points (16-32—48), a plus-14 rating and 22 PIM in 33 appearances…Ranked as one of the league’s leaders with 79 points (10th), 57 assists (T3rd) and 31 power play assists (1st)…Scored 11 points (5-6—11) in 10 postseason contests with Drummondville…Tied for 18th in the league with five playoff goals…Tied for the team lead in postseason points and goals while tying for third in assists…Picked up 30 points (8-22—30) during a career-high 13-game point streak, 1/6/18-2/9/18…Compiled a career-high 11-game assist streak, 1/6/18-2/2/18…Tallied three points (0-3—3) in four games for Canada at the 2018 World Under-18 Championship, held 4/19/18-4/29/18 in Russia.

2016-17: Helped the Saint John Sea Dogs win the 2017 President Cup as champions of the QMJHL…Logged 40 points (13-27—40), a plus-eight rating and 18 PIM in 45 regular season contests with Saint John…Ranked as one of the team’s leaders with 40 points (11th), 13 goals (9th), 27 assists (9th), five power play goals (10th) and four game-winning goals (T5th)…Skated in all 18 of the team’s playoff games and contributed 11 points (8-3—11), a plus-14 rating and four PIM…Placed as one of the QMJHL’s postseason leaders in goals (T9th) and plus-minus rating (8th)…Ranked as one of Saint John’s playoff leaders in points (9th) and goals (T4th)…Won a gold medal with Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, held 8/7/17-8/12/17 in the Czech Republic, after pacing the team with seven points (2-5—7) in five games while serving as captain.

2015-16: In his first QMJHL season, produced 43 points (13-30—43), a plus-seven rating and 21 PIM in 62 games with Saint John…Ranked as one of the QMJHL’s top rookies in points (10th), goals (T12th), assists (8th) and plus-minus (T8th)…Placed ninth on the roster in points, eighth in goals, seventh in assists and tied for ninth in plus-minus…Helped Saint John advance to the semifinals of the President Cup Playoffs after recording seven points (6-1—7) and eight PIM and playing in all 17 games…Tied for ninth on the team in playoff points and tied for third in goals…Among league rookies, placed fourth in postseason points and tied for third in goals…Made his QMJHL debut and scored a goal in the same game, 9/12/15 vs. HAL…Suited up for Canada Black at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Personal: Lives in Kirkland during the off season…Has a brother and a sister…Best friend in hockey is Brandon Frattaroli…Greatest hockey memory is being drafted in the NHL…Was a part of the Saint John Sea Dogs Presidents Cup team in 2017 and won a gold medal with Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament…Started playing hockey at the age of six and his first position was forward…Hockey nicknames are Joe and JV…Hockey idol as a youth was Alexander Ovechkin…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his parents because of all of their sacrifices…Plans to continue in the hockey business (management, scout) after his playing career…Greatest personal obstacle he’s overcome is being injured…Proudest accomplishment is getting drafted in the NHL…Favorite charities are those that give to the poor…An exciting thing he’s done is visit Italy with his family…If he could trade places for a day with another person or occupation, he would be Cristiano Ronaldo…Also speaks French and Italian…Played soccer and lacrosse growing up…Once met Tom Brady…Favorite foods are steak, pasta, corn and potatoes…Favorite music artist is Post Malone…Favorite movie is Good Boys…Favorite television show is Money Heist…Favorite website is YouTube…Favorite book is The TB12 Method…Favorite vacation spot is Greece…Favorite sports team is the Michigan Wolverines…Least favorite sports team is Ohio State…Favorite sport to watch other than hockey is football…Enjoys comedy, movies and cooking.

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2015-16 Saint John QMJHL 62 13 30 43 21 17 6 1 7 8
2016-17 Saint John QMJHL 45 13 27 40 18 18 8 3 11 4
2017-18 Saint John QMJHL 31 6 25 31 26 -- -- -- -- --
Drummondville QMJHL 33 16 32 48 22 10 5 6 11 10
2018-19 Drummondville QMJHL 59 42 62 104 19 16 8 9 17 12

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