Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tony Cassolato
A member of the Canadian team that was invited to the first unofficial World Junior Championships in the Soviet Union, Cassolato shortly thereafter opted to play in the WHA after no NHL team showed interest in him through the draft or otherwise.

He played three years in that league, but in 1979, after the league joined the NHL, he signed on with the Washington Capitals. But over three years, he played only a handful of games with the Caps and most of the time with Hershey in the AHL, leading the league in goals in 1980-81 with 48.

After 1982-83, in which he wasn't recalled at all, Cassolato moved to Europe to play for two seasons before retiring in 1985.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Guelph CMC Biltmore Mad Hatters ON-Jr.A
1973-74 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 68 11 32 43 47
1973-74 Canada WJC-A 3 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 70 43 41 84 52 11 3 5 8 15
1975-76 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 60 26 39 65 59
1976-77 San Diego Mariners WHA 43 13 12 25 26 3 0 0 0 4
1976-77 Charlotte Checkers SHL 19 9 10 19 18
1977-78 Birmingham Bulls WHA 77 18 25 43 59 4 0 0 0 4
1978-79 Birmingham Bulls WHA 64 13 7 20 62
1978-79 Binghamton Dusters AHL 6 1 1 2 0
1979-80 Washington Capitals NHL 9 0 2 2 0 +2
1979-80 Hershey Bears AHL 73 21 33 54 45 16 6 16 22 6
1980-81 Washington Capitals NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1980-81 Hershey Bears AHL 74 48 46 94 23 10 7 7 14 2
1981-82 Washington Capitals NHL 12 1 4 5 4 +1
1981-82 Hershey Bears AHL 54 29 37 66 56 5 3 5 8 2
1982-83 Hershey Bears AHL 75 53 38 91 22 5 0 3 3 0
1983-84 SC Riessersee Garmisch-Partenkirchen W.German 46 26 21 47 39
1984-85 SG Brunico Italy 26 29 30 59 37 6 6 4 10 6
NHL Totals 23 1 6 7 4


AHL Second All-Star Team (1981, 1983)
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (Sportsmanship - AHL) (1981)
Signed as a free agent by San Diego (WHA), October, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Birmingham (WHA) after San Diego (WHA) franchise folded, September, 1977. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 12, 1979.