Dainton Signs ATO With Springfield Falcons
March 21, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - After setting school records in career saves, minutes played and games played, UMass hockey senior goalie Paul Dainton signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. Dainton is the second Minuteman to sign an ATO this offseason following Chase Langeraap who signed with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays last week.
A familiar face will be joining Dainton in Springfield as Northeastern's Wade MacLeod also signed today.
Dainton finished his UMass career appearing in 123 career games with 3,226 saves in 7,043 minutes of work. He posted a .908 save percentage (3rd all-time at UMass) and a 2.79 save percentage with a 45-61-12 record. His career minutes and saves are the second most all-time for a goalie in Hockey East history as well behind Jon Muse of Boston College.
As a senior, Dainton also had the special honor of being named team Captain - only the eighth goalie in the history of the program to ever wear the "C".
As successful as he was on the ice, Dainton was just as active off. He was a nominee for both the Hockey Humanitarian Award and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award this past season for his work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Amherst and his work in the psychology department at UMass.
Springfield has nine more games left in the regular season including five at home. The Sharks will also play at Worcester on March 26 where Dainton could face former teammates James Marcou, Cory Quirk and Matt Irwin. The Falcons will also host former UMass standout and AHL All-Star Matt Anderson when Albany visits on April 8.
David LeNeveu and Gustaf Wesslau have split time in goal this season for Springfield. LeNeveu has played in 41 games with a .896 save percentage and a 2.97 goals against average. Wesslau has played in 31 games with a .897 save percentage and a 3.17 GAA.
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