35 - Joe Cannata
Joe Cannata
Height: 6-1
Weight: 205
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Wakefield, MA
Position: G
Major: Business Administration
Shoots/Catches: L
Last Team: U.S. National Under-18 Team

2010-11: Started all 39 games as a junior…posted 25-10-4 record with 2.48 goals-against and .911 save percentage…Merrimack’s all-time winningest goaltender in school history with 42 career victories…Walter Brown Award finalist as the top college hockey player from New England…Hockey East Defensive Player of the Month for November…three-time runner-up for the monthly honor…earned four weekly honors from Hockey East…second in Hockey East in goals-against average… fifth in save percentage…Hockey East All-Conference honorable mention…allowed just 19 goals following Merrimack’s 10 losses…recorded one shutout, stopping 24 shots against Alabama-Huntsville…stopped 31 or more shots in six times this season, with Merrimack losing just once in those games…also picked up two assists, a career-high.

2009-10: Started and played in 24 games…recorded a 10-13-1 record with a 3.04 goals-against-average and a .902 save percentage…picked up two shutouts at UMass (2/20) and at Providence (3/5)…Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on 2/22 after earning two victories in weekend sweep of UMass…runner-up for HEA Defensive Player of the Month in February…posted a 7-4-1 record with a 2.24 goals-against and .928 save percentage in final 12 games of the season...allowed just 12 even strength goals in that span…made 30+ saves in eight games, including 38 in game one of HEA Quarterfinals at Boston Univ. (3/12)…notched first collegiate assist vs. Maine (2/26) …attended Vancouver’s NHL Rookie Camp in July.

2008-09: Played in 23 games, making 21 starts in net…recorded 2.35 goals-against average and .918 save percentage…earned four Hockey East weekly honors, getting two Defensive Player of the Week awards and two Rookie of the Week honors…first goaltender in school history to record a shutout in his first career start, as he stopped 44 shots in 1-0 win over Army (10/18)…had shutout streak of 101:09 to start his career…posted second career shutout in 2-0 win over Brown (2/7)…earned first Hockey East win, stopping 33 shots and earning Hockey East weekly honors in 4-3 win at #15 UNH (11/29)…posted 7-10-4 record…did not allow an even strength goal until overtime of his fourth career game, spanning 228:05 minutes…made 38 saves in 5-1 win over Providence (2/22)…stopped 30 shots in 3-2 OT win vs. UMass (3/6).

Personal/Last Team: Born January 2, 1990…son of Joe and Joan Cannata…has two siblings, Mike and Brian…selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round 173rd overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft…posted a 16-14-3 record with a 2.56 goals-against and a .899 save percentage playing against Division-I competition with the U.S. National Under-18 Team… went 2-0 with a 2.67 goals against average there at the 2008 U-18 Five Nations tournament, a tournament won by Team USA...ranked first among all NCAA goaltenders and fourth overall in Hockey’s Future 2009 draft preview that focused on all collegiate players who are undrafted…ranked 13th among North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting for the 2008 NHL Draft…recorded a 16-1-1 record with a 1.01 goals-against while being named MVP at Boston College High School in 2006-07…Boston Globe Catholic Conference all-star…Boston Herald Dream Team selection…business major at Merrimack.