For those looking around the rest of the AHL you’ve probably noticed that the term ATO has been getting thrown around a lot lately. An ATO is an amateur try-out and that’s coming in bunches lately with both the college and junior hockey playing season coming to an end. This morning the Milwaukee Admirals have made their first ATO signing by bringing aboard forward A.J. White from UMass-Lowell.
Press Release via Milwaukee Admirals:
Milwaukee, WI—The Admirals announced today that the team has signed forward AJ White to an Amateur Try-Out Contract (ATO).
White joins the Admirals after finishing an impressive four-year career at UMass-Lowell where it totaled 79 points (28g-51a) in 153 career games. During his senior season he was tied for third on the team with 11 goals and fourth with 25 points and served as an alternate captain. The Dearborn, MI native was teammates with current Admirals forward Joe Pendenza for two seasons with the River Hawks.
White, who will wear number 29, will look to make his Admirals debut when the team hosts the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night at 7 pm at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
As noted above, White was a teammate at UMass-Lowell with current member of the Admirals roster Joe Pendenza. The two were teammates from 2012-14 during which time UMass-Lowell won the NCAA (Hockey East) Championship and had the best regular season record in 2012-13.
White is a 23-year old native of Dearborn, Michigan. A home to former Admiral John Vigilante and Wisconsin Badgers defenseman Brian Rafalski. During White’s four-year career with UMass-Lowell he played 153 games, produced 79 points (28 goals, 51 assists), had a plus/minus rating of +42, and 28 penalty minutes. He is coming off of a 2015-16 season in which he produced career highs for goals and assists: 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) from 40 games. When he joins the team he will wear Mark Van Guilder‘s old #29.
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