April 18, 2017
The San Diego Gulls announced today that the American Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Giovanni Fiore to an amateur tryout agreement (ATO).
Fiore, 20 (8/13/96), who signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks today, recorded 52-38=90 points with a +36 rating and 42 penalty minutes (PIM) in 61 games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2016-17. Fiore set career highs in goals, assists, points and plus/minus, while leading Cape Breton with 8-4=12 points in 11 playoff contests. During the regular season, Fiore led the QMJHL in goals, co-led in PPG, ranked tied for fifth in scoring, seventh in plus/minus and tied for seventh in points per game (1.48).
The 6-1, 195-pound winger was one of seven CHL players (QMJHL, WHL and OHL) to score 50 or more goals in 2016-17, which also marked the second 50-goal season in Cape Breton franchise history. Fiore also received QMJHL First All-Star Team honors.
The Laval, Quebec native collected 114-110=224 points with a +45 rating and 153 PIM in 281 career QMJHL games with Cape Breton (2015-17), Shawinigan (2013-16), Drummondville (2012-14) and Acadie-Bathurst (2012-13). He also earned 18-14=32 points in 38 career playoff contests.