NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Former Merrimack hockey standout Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) has inked a one-year two-way NHL deal with the Ottawa Senators. Da Costa became the first Merrimack player since Matt Foy in 2007-08 to play in the NHL last season.
Da Costa began the 2011-12 season with Ottawa, tallying three goals, two assists and eight penalty minutes over 22 contests before being assigned to the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League. Da Costa's first career NHL goal came in the Senators 6-5 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, in only his sixth NHL game.
The Paris native played in 46 games with the B-Sens in 2011-12, scoring 13 goals while adding 23 assists for 36 points and accumulating 12 penalty minutes.
In two seasons at Merrimack, Da Costa tallied 90 points in 67 games, leading Merrimack's transformation to the top of Hockey East and a top-10 national ranking. As a sophomore, he was second in Hockey East in points per game, while earning All-New England and second-team Hockey East honors.
Da Costa became the sixth player from France to play in the NHL joining Cristobal Huet (2003-10), Philippe Bozon (1992-95), Paul MacLean (1981-91), Pat Daley (1980-81), and Andrew Peloffy (1975).