Michael Paliotta
Born April 6 1993 (1993-04-06) (age 26),
Westport, Connecticut, U.S.
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
F. teams
Free Agent
Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft 70th overall, 2011
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2015–present

Michael Paliotta (born April 6, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman. He is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played with the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League (AHL). Paliotta was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 3rd round (70th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Paliotta played in the 2006 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the New York Rangers minor ice hockey team.[1]

On March 26, 2015, the Chicago Blackhawks signed Paliotta to two-year contract,[2] and on April 11, 2015 he made his NHL debut skating against the Colorado Avalanche in the Blackhawks' final game of the 2014–15 regular season.[3] Paliotta was among the Blackhawks train on squad during the playoffs, in which the Blackhawks claimed their third championship in six years.

His tenure with Chicago was short-lived as on June 30, 2015, he was included in the trade of Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Jeremy Morin, Marko Dano, Artem Anisimov, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round draft pick in 2016.[4]

After one season with the Blue Jackets, and having completed his entry-level contract, Paliotta was not tendered a qualifying offer to remain with the club. As a free agent Paliotta was signed to a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Rangers on July 1, 2016.[5] He spent the duration of the 2016–17 season, with AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

On July 14, 2017, Paliotta signed as a free agent to a one-year AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies.[6] He appeared in 8 scoreless games with the Marlies to start the 2017–18 season before he was traded to the Texas Stars on January 11, 2018.[7]

Paliotta went un-signed from the Texas Stars over the summer, before agreeing as a free agent to a one-year AHL contract with the Stockton Heat, affiliate to the Calgary Flames on September 14, 2018.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10U.S. National Development TeamUSHL 3216743
2010–11U.S. National Development TeamUSHL2405535
2011–12University of VermontHE30461044
2012–13University of VermontHE35191050
2013–14University of VermontHE385222751
2014–15University of VermontHE419273640
2014–15Chicago BlackhawksNHL10110
2015–16 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 68 8 15 23 29 8 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 4
2016–17 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 52 1 13 14 20
2017–18 Toronto Marlies AHL 8 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Texas Stars AHL 17 1 3 4 6
2018–19 Stockton Heat AHL 32 0 4 4 26
NHL totals 2 0 1 1 4


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States U17 Gold medal icon 6 0 2 2 4
2011 United States WJC18 Gold medal icon 6 0 1 1 2
Junior totals 12 0 3 3 6

Awards and honorsEdit

Awards Year
Calder Cup (Lake Erie Monsters) 2016 [9]


External linksEdit

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