BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League announced that they have signed Johnstown forward Joe Tallari.
In his first full professional season in 2004-05, the 24-year-old ranked third among league rookies with a team-leading 32 goals and tied for 14th among rookies with 51 points in 66 games with the Chiefs. He was called up to Bridgeport in March and had seven points (4g-3a) in 11 games while also playing one game with Cleveland of the AHL.
Tallari played four years at Niagara University, finishing as the fifth-leading scorer in school history. In 2003-04, the 6-0 and 180-pound Tallari scored 33 points (16g-17a) in 38 games. As a junior in 2002-03, he was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, presented to the nation’s top collegiate hockey player, after leading the CHA in scoring with 55 points (26g-29a) in 34 games. Tallari also tied for Niagara’s scoring lead with 28 points as a sophomore in 2001-02.