The Milwaukee Admirals, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Nashville Predators, have signed UMass Lowell River Hawks‘ forward A.J. White to an amateur try-out (ATO) agreement.
White, 23, joins the professional ranks after four years at UMass Lowell. The forward tallied 79 points (28g, 51a) over 153 games with the River Hawks. He was part of a UMass Lowell squad who made four straight appearances in the Hockey East Champion, including picking up the schools first two titles in 2013 and 2014. Additionally, White helped lead the River Hawks to three NCAA Tournaments and the school’s first Frozen Four appearance over his tenure.
His best season came during his senior year while serving as co-captain of the River Hawks. White compiled 25 points (11g, 14a) over 39 games.
Prior to joining UMass Lowell, White spent two seasons with the Michigan Warriors in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) where he tallied 85 points (39g, 46a) in 115 games. He also skated for Compuware U18 and Belle Tire U16 in the T1EHL U18 and U16 leagues respectively.
The Deaborn, Michigan native joins fellow former River Hawk Joe Pendenza with the Admirals. Pendenza has skated for the Predators organization since his departure from UMass Lowell in 2014. Former standout UMass Lowell goaltender Carter Hutton is also a member of the Predators organization and is currently serving as a backup for Pekka Rinne at the NHL level.
The Admirals have eight regular season games remaining, which is plenty of time for White to try and show the professional ranks his abilities in hopes to sign a full contract for next season. Over those eight games, White will have the chance to play against his former teammate goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (Manitoba) and possibly Derek Arnold, who is on a PTO with the Charlotte Checkers.