Thursday, July 16, 2009

River Rats Welcome Back Mike Angelidis

Mike Angelidis
(Photo by Jennifer Bock)

Forward Mike Angelidis will be back in a River Rats' uniform for the 2009-10 season. The 24-year-old native of Woodbridge, Ontario, just signed up for a fourth year with the Carolina Hurricanes' organization.

In three seasons with the Rats, Angelidis, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound scrappy power forward, has played 179 AHL games, scored 33 goals, earned 30 assists and landed a whopping 353 minutes in penalties. Last year he was named an alternate captain.

An undrafted prospect originally picked up by Carolina in 2006, Angelidis split his first professional season between the Rats and the ECHL's Florida Everblades. In 2006-07, he played 27 games with Albany and scored a respectable four goals and five assists.

Angelidis earned a full-time gig with the Rats in 2007-08. In his first full year with the club, he tallied 27 points (11 G, 16 A) in 74 games.

Angelidis returned better than ever in 2008-09. In 67 games, he scored 15 goals and 10 assists, and led the team with 142 penalty minutes. Unfortunately his season came to an early end when he suffered a separated shoulder in a March 20 contest against the Providence Bruins.

Angelidis is now scheduled to return to Albany for his fourth season with the River Rats. While announcing today's signing, Jason Karmanos, VP and assistant GM of the Hurricanes, described Angelides as a "gritty" forward and "key member" of the Rats' club.

Although Angelidis went undrafted, Carolina scooped him up after he scored 78 points (53 G, 25 A) in 68 games his final season in juniors. Angelidis was a first-team OHL All-Star and earned the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy as the OHL Humanitarian of the Year in 2006.