PHOENIX – The Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed 2005 ECHL Rookie of the Year and former South Carolina Stingrays center Joey Tenute.
The Phoenix RoadRunners are the ECHL affiliate of the Coyotes of the NHL and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.
The 24 year old was also selected to the ECHL Rookie Team and Second Team All-ECHL after leading league rookies with 75 points and tying for the rookie lead with 34 goals and 41 assists in 2004-05. Selected in the eighth round (261st overall) by the New Jersey Devils in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, he led league rookies with 25 power-play points and ranked third with 16 power-play assists while ranking fifth among all players in goals and scoring.
Tenute, who scored a goal for the American Conference in the All-Star Game, scored a point in a league season-high 14 consecutive games (8g-16a) and tied the ECHL season high for assists (5) and points (6) in a 7-3 win on March 8.
The 5-foot-9 and 190-pound forward played in the AHL in 2006-07 finishing 19th in the league with 67 points while leading Hershey with 39 assists in 68 regular season games.