Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced the signing of second-year defenseman Justin DaSilva for the 2016-17 season.
DaSilva, 26, returns to the Swamp Rabbits following his first season in the professional ranks. The blue liner totaled 21 points (3g-18a) in 61 games for Greenville, tying him for third in scoring among Swamp Rabbits defensemen while ranking second on the team in plus/minus at +5.
DaSilva first joined the team toward the end of Greenville’s season in 2014-15 playing in four games and recording his first professional point.
Prior to turning pro, DaSilva played for four years at Ohio State University. With the Buckeyes, the Cambridge, Ontario native produced 23 points (7g-16a), including a career-high 10 points (4g-6a) during his junior campaign. That season he also led the NCAA in blocked shots, averaging more than two per game.
DaSilva played two years in the British Colombia Hockey League with the Powell River Kings before heading to the collegiate ranks. In his second season, he led the River Kings from the blue line with 43 points (11g-32a) in 54 games.