#8 Sam Calabrese
Three-time monogram winner at Notre Dame … smooth-skating defenseman who was a regular on the Irish blue line for three seasons … saw action in all situations during his career … played in 126 career games, scoring 10 goals with 44 assists for 54 points … was +16 for his career … picked up 16 penalties for 32 minutes … was an honorable mention all-CCHA selection as a sophomore (2010-11) … won Notre Dame[apos]s most improved player award for his play in `10-[apos]11 … as a junior in 2011-12, led all Irish defensemen in scoring with three goals and 13 assists for 16 points … joined the Irish after spending two seasons with USA Hockey[apos]s National Team Developmental Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
AS A SENIOR: Played in all 41 games for the Irish, finishing second in scoring among defensemen with 20 points on one goal and 19 assists … lone goal came on the power play … had three penalties for six minutes and was +2 for the year … tied for team lead with 19 assists … assisted on eight game-winning goals, tops on the team … had-two-games with two or more points … turned in two-assist games versus North Dakota (Nov. 24) and Alaska (Jan. 18) … has a season-best four-game point streak (1g, 3a) between Jan. 26 – Feb. 2 … lone goal came on the power play in a 2-2 tie at Ohio State (Feb. 2) … assisted on two goals in five postseason contests.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 40 games for the Irish in 2011-12 … led Notre Dame defensemen in scoring with three goals and 13 assists for 16 points … recorded six penalties for 12 minutes … was -9 for the season … had three multiple-point games, including a career-best three-assist game versus Rensselear (Oct. 21) … had a pair of three-point scoring streaks on the year … recorded first multiple-point game of the season with a pair of assists in the 5-3 win at Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 8) … played a key role in Notre Dame[apos]s first-ever win at the Compton Family Ice Arena on Oct. 21 as he assisted on three goals in Notre Dame[apos]s 5-2 win over R.P.I. … had three-game assist streak from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25 … assist on Nov. 18 came on Bryan Rust[apos]s game-winning goal with 1.1 seconds left in overtime against Boston College … scored his first goal of the season, the lone Irish goal, in a 4-1 loss to Ferris State (Dec. 9) … scored his second goal in a 3-2 loss to Western Michigan (Jan. 13) … had a big weekend against Michigan (Jan. 20-21) … scored a goal and added an assist in 3-1 win over Wolverines … added an assist on lone Irish goal the in 2-1 loss on Jan. 21 … had just one assist over the final 13 games (vs. Michigan State – Feb. 25) … had no points in four postseason games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 42 of Notre Dame[apos]s 44 games in 2010-11 … led Irish defensemen in scoring with six goals and 12 assists for 18 points, all career highs … scored one power-play goal and had two short-handed tallies … second on the team with a +23 … picked up seven penalties for 14 minutes … winner of Notre Dame[apos]s most improved player award … honorable mention all-CCHA … had a pair of two-point games during the season and a career-best, five-game point streak (4g, 3a) … recorded first collegiate point (an assist) in 4-2 win at home versus Lake Superior (Oct. 14) … first career goal was a big one as he scored the game-tying goal in the 2-2 tie at North Dakota (Nov. 27) … started his five-game point streak with a goal in 10-2 win over Canisius (Dec. 29) … added an assist in 4-3 loss to Minnesota State in the opening game of the Shillelagh Tournament … started a three-game goal streak with a short-handed goal in 3-3 tie with Boston University (Jan. 2) … recorded first career multiple-point game with a goal (shg) and an assist in 8-1 win over Northern Michigan (Jan. 7) … closed the goal streak with a power-play marker in 3-1 victory at Northern Michigan (Jan. 8) … assisted on an Irish goal in final game of point streak … second two-point game (1g, 1a) came in 3-2 win over Ferris State (Feb. 18) … recorded assists in each of Notre Dame[apos]s wins versus Lake Superior in second round of CCHA playoffs … played in eight postseason games and had two assists.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in three games during his rookie year and did not record a point … was even for the season with no penalties and one shot on goal … first action came in the second game of the year versus Alabama-Huntsville (Oct. 10) … played the following week versus Providence College (Oct. 16) … did not play again until first game of the Miami series (Oct. 4) … suffered a broken left leg early in the game and missed the next 18 contests.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Spent two seasons with the USA Hockey National Team Developmental Program were he was a teammate of former Irish player Kyle Palmieri … split time between the Under-17 and Under-18 teams in 2008-09 … saw action in 35 games with the Under-18 team, recording five assists and eight minutes in penalties … in nine games with the Under-17 team scored one goal with four assists and five points … with the Under-17 team in 2007-08, played in 47 games with four goals and eight assists for 12 points.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., while playing for the USA National Team Developmental Program … product of the Midwest Elite Hockey League where he played the 2006-07 season for Team Illinois in the Midget Major AAA division … had 10 goals and 62 assists for 72 points in 70 games that season … full name is Samuel Carmen Calabrese … son of Carmen and Jane Calabrese … has one sister, Nicole, and one brother, Matt … born in Park Ridge, Ill. … graduated from Notre Dame in May of 2013 with degrees in finance and sociology.
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