Monfredo, Grasso re-sign with Mallards

MOLINE, Ill. – The Quad City Mallards have re-signed defenseman Mike Monfredo and forward/defenseman Nick Grasso.

The Mallards are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League;s Iowa Wild.

Monfredo, 25, returns for a fourth season with the Mallards after last year matching a career high by scoring eight goals and adding 20 assists to total 28 points. The Shirley, N.Y. native played in each of the Mallards’ 72 games last year and has skated in 204 consecutive games since turning professional with the Mallards in 2012-13. Monfredo also piled up 100 penalty minutes last season.

Monfredo spent the 2011-12 season at the State University of New York-Fredonia, where he scored eight points (3g-5a) in 26 games. He played three seasons in the junior ranks for the Motor City Machine/Metal Jackets of the North American Hockey League before heading to Fredonia. In 2010-11, Monfredo led the NAHL with 259 penalty minutes.

Grasso, 27, produced 16 points (6g-10a) in 63 games last season. The Smithtown, N.Y. product also finished the 2014-15 campaign tied for the Mallard team lead in plus/minus rating (+15). As a rookie in 2013-14, Grasso collected 27 points (6g-21a) in 47 games with the Mallards.

Before joining the Mallards, Grasso recorded 20 points (6g-14a) over 99 career games at American International College. Grasso was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team after both his sophomore and junior seasons. Grasso played four years of junior hockey for six teams (Waterloo Black Hawks, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Ohio Junior Blue Jackets, Alpena IceDiggers, Jersey Hitmen and New York Apple Core) in three leagues (United States Hockey League, Eastern Junior Hockey League and NAHL) before heading to AIC.