27   Vinny Saponari
Vinny Saponari

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Ga.

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 192

Position:
F

Birthdate:
02/15/1990

Last Team:
U.S. National Under-18 Team


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2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS
Scored a goal against UMass Lowell on Oct. 31 ... Tallied a goal and an assist at Merrimack on Nov. 13 ... Notched seven points (1g, 6a) in five-game point streak from Nov. 20-Dec. 4 ... Assisted on both of Zach Cohen's goals in 6-5 win at Harvard on Nov. 24 ... Registered two assists against Vermont on Dec. 4 ... Assisted on both of Colby Cohen's goals, including the game-winner, in 7-3 win at Massachusetts on Jan. 2 ... Tallied a career-best three points with two assists and an empty-net goal in 6-4 win over Merrimack on Jan. 16 ... Scored a goal in 5-4 win at Boston College on Jan. 22 that was chosen as ESPN's Top Play of the day ... Netted a power-play goal in 6-2 win over Massachusetts on Jan. 29 ... Posted six points (3g, 3a) in four-game point streak from Jan. 16-23.

2008-09 HIGHLIGHTS
Appeared in 44 contests, missing only the Nov. 1 contest against Vermont due to a game disqualification penalty vs. Michigan on Oct. 25 ... Ranked third among freshmen on the team with 17 points (8g, 9a) ... Scored a power-play goal in the NCAA semifinals vs. Vermont on April 9 to earn Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors ... Scored first career goal in a 5-2 win against Merrimack in the league opener on Oct. 17 ... Named to Hockey East Honor Roll on Feb. 9.

BEFORE BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Led Culver Military Academy (Ind.) in scoring in 2005-06 before joining the USA Hockey National Team Developmental Program for two seasons ... Finished third on the 2007-08 U.S. National Under-18 Team in scoring with 36 points (13g, 23a) ... Called up from the U-17 team to the U-18 team in 2007 and helped Team USA claim silver medal at the World U-18 Championships ... Scored a shorthanded goal in the championship game ... Tallied two assists on bronze-medal U-18 team at 2008 World Championships ... Played in 2005 Bantam national championship.

PERSONAL
Son of Stephanie and Gus Saponari ... His older brother, Victor, is his teammate at Boston University ... Enrolled in College of Arts and Sciences ... Drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round, 94th overall, of the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Overall
YEAR GP G A Pts PP Sh GW PIM
2008-09 44 8 9 17 2 0 2 14/39
2009-10 23 6 12 18 2 0 0 11/22
Tot. 67 14 21 35 4 0 2 25/61

Hockey East
YEAR GP G A Pts PP Sh GW PIM
2008-09 26 6 5 11 1 0 2 6/12
2009-10 18 6 9 15 2 0 0 8/16
Tot. 44 12 14 26 3 0 2 14/28

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