Defenseman Anthony Bitetto has left Northeastern to begin his professional career with the Nashville Predators organization.
Nashville announced the signing today at a press conference. Bitetto, from Island Park, NY, was the Predators 6th round draft choice in 2010. Shortly after the announcement, Bitetto tweeted the following:
“To all husky fans,
@NUDoghouse it has been a pleasure playing in front of you every night for the pass two years. Thank You i will miss it. I am extremely happy to have signed with the Nashville Predators and be part of a great organization where winning is excepted. #Preds”
Bitetto never missed a game in his 2 years at Northeastern. In 54 career games, he had 6 goals and 22 assists, as well as a +6 rating. He was also named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after his freshman season.
Bitetto served as an alternate captain this season. He was well-liked by fans for his fiery attitude. He was also the first member of the team to join Twitter. While his offensive stats were down across the board this season, his veteran presence will be missed. He played a large part in the playoff upset of BU last season, as he was was able to shut down one of the Terrier’s biggest offensive threats, Alex Chiasson. Even though he began to struggle down the stretch this year, he is one of the better defenseman Northeastern has had in recent years and without him on the blueline things would have been even worse this season.
The best Bitetto moment had to be this season at Merrimack. The game was chippy and NU called a timeout when they were trailing late in the game. Now this game being at Merrimack meant 2 things: 1. Kyle Bigos was out there being a goon. and 2. We were seated basically on top of the Northeastern bench. So NU calls time out and the skate over to the bench. Bitetto, like his teammates looks very frustrated. He had just had a run-in with Bigos at center ice. One of the NU fans (Mike Chatefz?) yells to Bitetto to “rip his head off” to which Bitetto immediately responds, “I’m trying!”. Bitetto was a likeable guy and you could tell he really played hard for the school.
We wish Anthony well in Smashville and we hope that he can represent NU well in the NHL someday.