Nitehawks’ alum Lucchini inks two-way deal with Sens

Nitehawks alum Jake Lucchini of the Belleville Senators in action versus the Syracuse Crunch. Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography


Beaver Valley Nitehawks alum Jake Lucchini inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators.

Two-way contracts mean players can move freely between the NHL and American Hockey League and could suit up for either the Belleville Sens, or Ottawa Senators, over the course of the season.

Lucchini’s contract is worth an average annual value (AAV) of $750K and $130,000 in the American Hockey League.

Lucchini, 27, joined the Belleville Senators after being acquired from the Laval Rocket just prior to the start of the 2021-22 campaign, a season in which he set professional career bests in goals (20), assists (31) and points (51) to lead the AHL Sens in overall scoring. He was also the only player to skate in all 72 regular season games. The skilled forward would dress in both of Belleville’s Calder Cup playoff games, earning one assist.

“He’s an important piece to have,” said Belleville Sens General Manager Ryan Bowness. “I have a history with him from my time in Pittsburgh, so I know him as a player, and he has steadily improved from those days. He was really good here in Belleville last year, so that was a priority to get done.”

Before turning pro, the Trail, B.C. native spent four years at Michigan Tech University, where he captained the Huskies in 2018-19 and won back-to-back WCHA Conference championships. He was initially signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins as an undrafted free agent in 2019.

Lucchini began his junior career with the Nitehawks playing a total of 10 games between 2010-12, putting up 14 points. In 12 playoff games, he had eight points.

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