Manchester Storm announced their newest signing on Tuesday, with the signature of Canadian Right-Winger, Mario Valery-Trabucco to the club. The 29-year old forward put pen to paper on a deal to see him Icing for the Storm next season and has saw the Venzuelan-born Canadian competing in some of the top European leagues this side of the pond.
After he played college hockey with the Union College in the NCAA, he then made 2 appearances for the Adirondack Phantoms as they were called in the (AHL) before he took his talents over to Europe. In his first full professional season, it saw him donning the Black & White shirt of Finnish Liiga Side TPS Turku and put up 16 goals and 2 assists for Turku in his 57 league appearances he made for the club.
From there he headed to Bavaria to play for the Augsburger Panther in the German DEL and saw him having a good opening season with the Panther side, netting 19 goals and getting 15 assists in his first year. The following year though, saw him playing only 35 games for the team and scoring 14 points in the regular season. The 2013-14 season saw him moving to Sweden and playing for Asploven HC, as the forward made 29 appearances and collected 10 points with 7 goals and 3 assists before moving off to Sodertalije SK late in the season and registering only 3 points.
A move back to Germany saw him starring at Starbulls Rosenheim in DEL 2, where it was his best season to date in his career with 53 points for Rosenheim, as 27 of them were goals and 26 assists. Last season saw him playing once more in the Swedish First Division for Kallinge/Ronneby IF, and saw him netting 10 goals and 13 assists in 24 games for the Scandinavian team before moving again to Northern Italy to play for Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina (or Cortina for short) in the Italian Serie A.
One weapon that Valery-Trabucco possesses in his arsenal, is a very accurate wrist shot that has been spoken about when his name comes up in conversation and will hope to beat many of the netminders with it next season in the Elite League. As well as having a quick shot, he is also said to be an intelligent passer of the puck and also having a keen eye for a good play and that was evident in his time at Augsburger and especially at Rosenheim.
Speaking in a interview with Seth Bennett on the Storm website, he explained how long it took him to decide on his future for next season, ” That it happened within 2 to 3 days max, from the time i got the call and i agreed and sealed and delivered it. So it was a no-brainer really. “It’s a growing organisation and got a guy from Montreal who’s coaching as well, and all the little piece were aligned correctly for that hockey side, then obviously adding the MBA in there, made it pretty much a no brainer to go and complete that”.
On the signing the Manchester Head Coach Omar Pacha spoke to the Club website of his excitement with his latest recruit saying “I’m thrilled to have Mario with the Storm this season, he is a top end player who will be relied on for production throughout the year. He is a shooter, and we’ve been looking for that type of player, especially in our rink where things happen very quickly. All my references on Mario were extremely positive, he is working out hard and on the ice daily in the lead up to this season, so I am very confident that we are getting a highly motivated Mario Trabucco that’s coming into our club. Overall, I am simply delighted we have managed to secure a player of Mario’s calibre to come to the Storm for the season ahead.
Neil Russell, the Storm’s General Manager commented on the signing “This is a great pick up for us. Mario has been on our radar for well over a month now. He comes into the Storm with great pedigree, and i know from the references that Pach has received back from countless people that we haven’t just landed a top player, but also a really good person. Mario fills our third and final MBA position with Salford Uni for this upcoming season, which again goes to show how important that deal is for us as an Organisation.
Russell also added, “I know Mario has attracted a lot of interest from other EIHL clubs, so for us to land him is super exciting. I am sure the fans are going to love seeing Mario in action, it’s going to be one hell of a season”.