April 7, 2011

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Miami University senior forward and undrafted free agent Pat Cannone signed an entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League Thursday. He is the third RedHawk to sign an NHL contract this week, joining Andy Miele (Phoenix Coyotes), who did so Saturday, and Carter Camper (Boston Bruins) on Wednesday.

Cannone reported to Binghamton Thursday and is scheduled to play with Ottawa’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, this weekend. The Binghamton Senators play at Rochester Friday at 7:35 p.m. when Cannone is scheduled to debut, while they wrap up their regular season Saturday by hosting Adirondack at 7:05 p.m.

Cannone, a native of Bayport, N.Y., totaled 133 points in his career, which ranks 15th in Miami history. The 2010-11 captain played in 166 career games, never missing one during his time in Oxford, as he ranks second all-time in games played among RedHawks. He recorded at least 30 points all four seasons at Miami.

This year, Cannone tallied a career-high 37 points on 14 goals and 23 assists. He was named Honorable Mention All-CCHA after logging 29 points in league play on 13 goals and 16 helpers. Last year, he earned NCAA All-Midwest Region Team honors after notching two goals in the regional final victory over Michigan.

Details of the contract were not released.