SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Louie Belpedio (pronounced Bel-PEE-dee-oh) to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000/$135,000) for the 2020-21 season.
Belpedio, 24 (5/4/96), registered 20 points (5-15=20), 149 shots and 102 penalty minutes (PIM) in 62 games with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2019-20. He led team defensemen in shots and PIM, ranked T-1st in goals, and second in scoring. He also ranked third amongst AHL blueliners in PIM and sixth in shots on goal. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound native of Skokie, Ill., recorded a career-high four-game point streak (1-3=4) from Dec. 14-20. He set career highs in PIM and shots and tied his career best in assists last season.
The right-shot defender owns 43 points (11-32=43), four power-play goals (PPG), two game-winning goals (GWG), 152 PIM and 307 shots in 142 AHL contests with Iowa in three seasons (2017-20). He led team defensemen in goals (6), PPG (3), and shots (147) and ranked T-3rd in assists (15) and third in scoring (21) during his rookie season (2018-19). He has three points (1-2=3) in 11 Calder Cup Playoff games with Iowa (2019). Belpedio also has two assists in three career NHL games with Minnesota (2017-19). He recorded two assists in his NHL debut at San Jose on April 7, 2018, to become the first rookie in franchise history to record two points in his debut.
Belpedio recorded 30 points (9-21=30) and appeared in all 37 games for Miami University (NCHC) during his senior season setting career highs in goals, assists and points and was named to the All-NCHC Second Team (2017-18). He served as captain for the second consecutive season and led the team in shots on goal (126), power-play points (17) and power-play assists (12), ranked T-1st in assists, second in plus/minus rating (plus-4), T-2nd in scoring and PPG (5) and third in blocked shots (46).
Minnesota selected Belpedio in the third round (80th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed forward Marco Rossi to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Rossi, 19 (9/23/01), spent the 2019-20 season with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), totaling 120 points (39-81=120) in 56 games. He led all players in the Canadian Hockey League (OHL, QMJHL, WHL) in assists and points. The 5-foot-9, 183-pound native of Feldkirch, Austria, was named the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year, just the second European import player to win the award and was named to the OHL First Team All-Star. He led the OHL with a plus-69 rating and ranked second in power-play assists (31). Rossi registered a point in 52 of 56 games played and tallied 47 points (21-26=47) during a season-best, 18-game point streak (Nov. 10-Jan. 10). He ranked second on his team in goals, third in shots (193) and fifth in power-play goals (7) and game-winning goals (5). The left-shot center was selected by Minnesota ninth overall of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Oct. 6. He became the second all-time Austrian-born player to be drafted by the Wild, last, Christoph Brandner in 2002 (No. 237) and became the fifth Austrian-born player selected in the first round of an NHL draft, joining former Wild player Thomas Vanek (No. 5, 2003), Michael Grabner (No. 14, 2006), Andre Burakovsky (No. 23, 2013) and Marko Dano (No. 27, 2013).
Rossi recorded 65 points (29-36=65) in 53 games with Ottawa in 2018-19. He led OHL rookies in plus/minus rating (plus-51), PPG (9) and power-play points (20), ranked second in scoring, T-2nd in GWG (5), third in assists and T-3rd in goals and shots on goal (165). He totaled 58 points (25-33=58) in 43 career games with GCK Zurich (Swiss-Jr.) over two seasons (2016-2018) and represented Austria at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. His father, Michael Rossi, was a defenseman who played 20 seasons of professional hockey in Austria from 1992-2011.