You can add Joseph Pendenza to the list of UMass Lowell River Hawks turning to professional hockey following their season. Pendenza has inked a deal with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
Pendenza spent four seasons at UMass Lowell including serving as the team’s assistant captain during his senior season. The forward was a part of both successful and unsuccessful teams while at Lowell. Pendenza was a part of the 2010-11 five-win team and won back-to-back Hockey East titles in his junior and senior year.
The Wilmington, Mass. native played in 152 games over four years are UMass Lowell notching 49 goals and 71 assists for 110 points. His best season came in 2012-13 when he had 15 goals and 23 assists in 41 games, leading the River Hawks to their first ever Hockey East regular season title and tournament Championship.
Prior to joining the River Hawks, Pendenza spent three seasons with the Boston Jr. Bruins where he scored 97 points (43g, 54a) in 97 games.
Pendenza will join the Nashville Predators organization where he spent time with a NHL Development camp prior to the 2013-14 season. He will join fellow former River Hawk Carter Hutton in the Predators system. Hutton is the backup goaltender at the NHL level.
Pendenza is the first of the senior River Hawks to sign professionally this week, following UMass Lowell’s early departures of Christian Folin and Scott Wilson who signed with the Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins respectively, opting to not complete their time at UMass Lowell.