BC boys Santorelli, Hamill sign with Vancouver

British Columbia natives Mike Santorelli and Zach Hamill have signed deals with the Vancouver Canucks.

Santorelli, a 27-year-old Vancouver native, comes to the Canucks by way of the Winnipeg Jets. In ten games with the Jets last season, Santorelli failed to score a goal, but did register an assist. On a deep Canucks team, there is a possibility he could crack the big league roster, but in all likelihood he will suit up with the Utica Comets in 2013-14.

Over his career, Santorelli has suited up in 238 AHL games, scoring 85 goals and assisting on another 109. A 2008-09 AHL All-Star, Santorelli tallied 27 goals and 43 assists in 70 games that season.

Hamill, the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft, has never quite lived up to his billing. In five pro seasons, however, the centre has been able to play a big role in the ‘A.’ After four seasons in Boston Bruins organization — where he suited up in 20 NHL games — Hamill was dealt to the Capitals for Chris Bourque.

During 40 games in Hershey in 2012-13, Hamill posted 11 goals and 11 assists, but was dealt midway through the year to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Casey Wellman. Hamill would post another nine goals and 15 assists after his stint with the Bears, which included 18 points with the San Antonio Rampage and six with the Milwaukee Admirals.

In 328 regular season AHL games, Hamill has scored 63 goals and added 120 assists, with another 12 points (3-9) coming in 29 playoff contests. Hamill will suit up with the Utica Comets next season.

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