Worcester, MA– The Worcester Railers HC announced the signing of Rookie forward Nick Saracino on Thursday. The announcement was first made by head coach Jamie Russell via twitter. The full press release can be found here.

Saracino, a St. Louis, Missouri native, joins the Railers after playing 40 games for the Iowa Wild (AHL) in past two seasons. Prior to his pro hockey debut, he played for the Providence Friars across four seasons, scoring 46 goals in 146 games.

“Nick is a talented forward capable of putting up big points,” said Russell. “He is coming off a significant injury and we are confident he will regain his confidence and offensive touch as a second year pro. He has outstanding hockey sense and is a responsible winger.”

Saracino was the leading scorer of the nine-member senior class for the Friars over four seasons, posting 46 goals and 70 assists in 145 games. During his junior year, Saracino led the team with 24 assists and 38 points, while his 17 career power play goals make him the active leader for the team in that category.

During his senior year at Providence College, Saracino served as an alternate captain and played a role in the team’s successful NCAA Championship win. Saracino was signed to an ATO (amateur try-out contract) for the Iowa Wild during his senior year, and signed with the team for the next season.

With the addition of Saracino, the Railers have six forwards, four defensemen, and a goaltender. Additional signing announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

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