The Pensacola Ice Flyers have announced the signing of defenseman Phil Tesoriero. Tesoriero makes the fourth announced defenseman for the Ice Flyers' 2014 training camp roster.
The 5' 9", 161 lbs. native of Boulder, Colorado split his college career NCAA Division III University of Minnesota-Crookston and ACHA Davenport University, where he was a teammate of former Ice Flyers Adam Kuhn and Kevin Brojek during the 2010-11 season. Tesoriero spent the last two seasons playing for the Central Hockey League's Denver Cutthroats, including last season's run to the Ray Miron Cup final with former Ice Flyer goalie John Griggs. He appeared in 59 regular season games last year and had 7 assists, 34 penalty minutes, and an even plus/minus. In 16 playoff contests, he added 1 assist, 8 penalty minutes, and was a -3.
Given his size, I'd expect Tesoriero to posses fine defense skill and instincts as well as positioning since he lacks size to overpower opposing forwards. All the video I've found on him is of fights and he seems to have a bit of scrappiness to him but it is not his primary weapon (only 34 PIM). He doesn't bring much offense with him but head coach Rod Aldoff's scheme doesn't really call for it and there's already a decent amount of offensive presence on the back-end with the likes of Jeremy Gates and Drew Baker.
Tesoriero makes it 12 announced signees along with Drew Akins, Joe Bueltel, Keegan Flaherty, Mitchell Good, Brett Lutes, Adam Pawlick, Max Tardy, Baker, Gates, Cooper Rush, and Max Strang.
By Geoff Nichols