#16 Joseph Campolieto
WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
BORN: April 29, 1998 | HOMETOWN: Eynon, Pennsylvania
PRONUNCIATION: Joseph Campolieto - Joseph (CAMP-oh-LEE-toh)
COMMITMENT: Union College
USHL DRAFT: 2016, Phase II, 17th round, 271st overall by the Sioux Falls Stampede.
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- Acquired by the Storm in October 2016, the first-year USHL defenseman joins the Storm looking to impact with his skilled presence at the blue line.
- "I am an offensive defenseman. I have good-skating ability, high hockey-IQ. I see the ice very well. I just try to make plays and play solidly in the defensive zone."
Before the Storm:
- Acquired by the Storm from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights for future considerations on Oct. 10, 2016.
- 2016-17: Started the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and had a team-best 11 points in 11 games at the time of the trade. His 11 points were tied for second among defensemen in the NAHL.
- Originally a member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights youth program, started with the Knights' 16UA program in 2012-13. Played for 16UA in 2012-13, 16U in 2013-2015 and the 18U squad from 2014-16. Won the USPHL 16U Championship with the Knights in 2015.
- Was drafted by the Knights' NAHL team in 2015, 16th round, 202nd overall. Made NAHL debut for WB/Scranton in 2015-16, scoring two goals and three assists in 21 games.
- Committed to Union College in September 2016.
- Was named to NHL Central Scouting's Preliminary Players to Watch List in October 2016, just before his trade to the Storm. Given a "C" rating, indicating he's thought to have 4th/5th/6th round possibilities for the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, Illinois. Was one of 12 NAHL players listed.
- Improved his skating with the help of Besa Tsintsadze, a former competitive figure skater from the country of Georgia who has coached hockey players to power skate. Tsintsadze has worked with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins.