FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno Falcons announced that they have acquired ECHL Defenseman of the Year Ray DiLauro from the Wheeling Nailers in exchange for financial considerations.
The Falcons are the ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League and the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League.
DiLauro is under contract to Cleveland and has one assist and six penalty minutes in two games with the Barons.
In 2004-05, DiLauro was named ECHL Defenseman of the Year and First Team All-ECHL after leading league defensemen with 24 power-play assists and four shorthand assists and tying for the lead with 33 power-play points while ranking second among defensemen with 40 assists and 52 points in 72 games.
Selected in the ninth round (246th overall) by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, DiLauro finished tied for the overall league lead in power-play points and shorthand assists and tied for fourth in power-play assists. In his third full professional season, DiLauro established career highs for games, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes (82).