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The Texas Stars of the American Hockey League have announced the signing of former Centennials forward Diego Cuglietta to an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

Cuglietta played for the Centennials from 2012 -2015 and amassed 128 points in 149 games played over 3 seasons of hockey in the BCHL. His best offensive year came in 2013-14 where he scored 19 goals and added 37 assists for 56 points in 53 games played.

Over his career in NCAA Division I with Lake Superior State, the Kamloops, British Columbia native tallied 50 goals and 50 assists for 100 career points in 147 games. This season, Cuglietta leads NCAA Division I Men's Hockey in goals scored (25), while ranking second in faceoff wins (501). He also set career highs in goals and points (41) this season, tied his career high in assists (16), and led the Lakers with a +24 rating this season.

As captain of the Lakers, Cuglietta earned First Team All-WCHA honors, was a WCHA All-Academic Team selection, was named the Great Lakes Invitational MVP, garnered NCAA Third Star of the Week honors and was named a WCHA Forward of the Week . He is also a nominee for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award.

Head Coach Joe Martin remembers Cuglietta for his work ethic.

"Cuglietta was a guy that would do anything for his team mates, and would always be listening for ways he can improve. He is the definition of what hard work can do, always like a dog on a bone. A great, and I mean GREAT person, and someone who always had a great attitude and an infectious smile."

The Texas Stars are the primary development affiliate of the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars.

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