Rough-and-tumble Stortini returns to Bulldogs

Zack Stortini (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Zack is back.

Forward Zack Stortini has signed a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2012-13 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Stortini, 27, has spent parts of six seasons in the National Hockey League with the Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers, registering 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists) and 725 penalty minutes in 257 regular season games. The native of Elliot Lake, ON, has played in 220 regular season games over six seasons in the AHL with the Bulldogs, Milwaukee Admirals, Oklahoma City Barons, Springfield Falcons, Iowa Stars and Toronto Roadrunners, posting 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists), 683 penalty minutes and a +14 rating.

Stortini was a member of the Calder Cup-winning 2006-07 Hamilton Bulldogs, producing 15 points (nine goals, six assists) and a team-leading 195 penalty minutes in 47 regular season games and three points (three goals) and a team-high 56 penalty minutes in 22 post-season games.

Stortini played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sudbury Wolves, registering 120 points (55 goals, 65 assists) and 746 penalty minutes in 247 regular season games.

The 6’4”, 215-pound right-winger was selected by the Oilers in the third round, 94th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.