July 4, 2012

Ex-Terrier Nicastro signs with Wings

By Jesse Connolly

After being cleared of assault charges a little over a month ago, Max Nicastro's friends and former teammates expressed hope that he could move on with his life and his hockey career.

The former BU defenseman took a big step toward doing that on Tuesday.

Nicastro inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings. He'll earn $612,500 in the NHL or $65,000 in the AHL with Detroit's minor-league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Nicastro, 22, was suspended from the team midway through his junior season after a female student alleged he sexually assaulted her. Two days after being suspended, he reportedly was no longer enrolled at the school.

The California native played in 102 games during his tenure with the Terriers, during which he had 11 goals and 22 assists for a total of 33 points.

Detroit selected Nicastro 91st overall back in 2008 after his first of two seasons with the USHL's Chicago Steel.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.