Jan. 5, 2012
Former Providence College hockey standouts Jon DiSalvatore ‘03, Colin McDonald ‘07 and Matt Taormina ‘09 have been selected to play in the American Hockey League (AHL)All-Star game which will take place Monday, January 30 in Atlantic City, N.J. DiSalvatore will play for the Western Conference, while McDonald and Taormina will suit up for the Eastern Conference.
DiSalvatore, who is a member of the Houston Aeros, has made one appearance with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild this season. In 34 games with the Aeros this season, DiSalvatore has 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points.
DiSalvatore also played for the St. Louis Blues in 2005-06. During his four-year career at Providence College, DiSalvatore played in 148 games and recorded 59 goals and 83 assists for 142 points, which ranks 18th all-time in PC’s career scoring list. In his final season, he led the team in scoring with a career-high 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists) and finished fourth in the league in overall scoring. For his efforts, he earned Hockey East Honorable Mention accolades.
McDonald, who signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2011, currently plays for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In 33 games this season, he has eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points. Last season, McDonald played for the Edmonton Oilers’ affiliate, Oklahoma City Barons, and led the AHL in scoring with 42 goals. During the 2009-10 season, McDonald made his NHL debut with the Oilers and scored one goal.
McDonald played in 135 games at Providence College and finished with 43 goals and 34 assists for 77 points. He was drafted in the second round (51st overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.
Taormina, who plays for the Albany Devils, also has been called up to the New Jersey Devils. He has played in 10 games at New Jersey and has recorded two assists. In 23 games in Albany, Taormina has 12 points on four goals and eight assists. Last season, Taormina played in 17 games at New Jersey before sustaining an injury.
In four seasons at Providence, Taormina played in 141 career games and recorded 65 points (20 goals and 45 assists). In 2007-08, he finished second on the team in scoring with career highs in goals (nine), assists (18) and points (27). For his efforts, he was named to the All-Hockey East Second Team and the All-New England Team.