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Gambardella Headed to UMass-Lowell

December 24, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Des Moines Buccaneers News Release

Urbandale (IA) The Des Moines Buccaneers are proud to announce that veteran forward Joe Gambardella has committed to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell for the 2013-2014 season.

Gambardella, 19, is in his second season with the Buccaneers after joining the team midway through the 2011-2012 campaign. In his second season, Gambardella has developed into an off-ice leader as he was named one of the team captains and is also an on-ice presence with a team high 12 goals and 25 points.

Gambardella has netted two hat tricks, and the Buccaneers are 7-1 when he scores a goal this season.

The Staten Island, NY native is a true success story having risen from a third line player at the end of last season to becoming a top line center this season. He also survived June's tryout camp with a new coaching staff that didn't automatically bring back eligible returners. Through it all, Gambardella has shown marked improvement while becoming a fan favorite.

UMASS-Lowell is a member of Hockey East and is a four-time NCAA Tournament participant, including last season. The Riverhawks are 6-7-1 this season under second year head coach Norm Bazin

The Buccaneers are (15-13-1) and winners 11 of their last 18 games as they currently enjoy an abbreviated holiday break. Des Moines is back in action at home Friday against Cedar Rapids.

The Des Moines Buccaneers are in their 33rd consecutive season in the United States Hockey League. Since 1980, the Buccaneers have produced hundreds of NCAA Division I players and dozens of professional alumni. Season Ticket Packages and Corporate Partnership information for the 2012-2013 season is available by calling (515) 278-2827.

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