BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Sea Wolves announced that they have signed rookie defenseman Pat Oliveto and forward Justin Cross.
The Sea Wolves are the ECHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
The 23 year old Oliveto had one assist in seven games for Reading in 2006-07, signing with the Royals after completing his career at Niagara University where he had 56 points (10g-46a) and 128 penalty minutes in 138 games from 2003-07.
The 25-year-old Cross played his rookie season in 2006-07 in the United Hockey League where he had 55 points (26g-29a) in 73 regular season games and one goal in four playoff games for Kalamazoo.
After being forced by Hurricane Katrina to wait two seasons, Mississippi will finally be able to celebrate its “Decade in the Den” on Oct. 27 when it hosts Reading. The Sea Wolves have sold the most season tickets in team history as fans eagerly anticipate their return to the ice at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for the first time since Apr. 15, 2005. Located in Biloxi, the Sea Wolves had a Voluntary Suspension each of the last two seasons under the ECHL’s hardship provisions after the arena and the team office housed within suffered extensive damage.