Cannata with the Utica Comets
January 2, 1990|
Wakefield, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)|
San Antonio Rampage
173rd overall, 2009|
Joe Cannata (born January 2, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing with IF Björklöven in the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan (Allsv). Cannata was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round, 173rd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft after his freshman season at Merrimack where he played in 23 games. Internationally, Cannata has represented the United States at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Kazan, Russia.
Joe Cannata played high school hockey at Boston College High School. In his junior year he helped lead the team to its second consecutive Super Eight Championship. Shortly after the victory he was invited to attend a try out for the U-18 US NTDP. This was followed by an invitation to play for Merrimack College in the Hockey East Conference.
Cannata made his collegiate debut with the Merrimack Warriors on October 18, 2008 against Army. He stopped all 44 shots to become the first goaltender in school history to register a shutout in his first career game. In his junior and senior years he was regularly regarded as one of the top goalies in the Hockey East Association conference.
On March 21, 2012, Cannata signed an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks. On April 2, 2012 he signed an amateur try-out contract with Vancouver's AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves. He made his professional hockey debut on April 15 for the final regular season game for Chicago. Cannata made 38 saves and earned the 4–2 win over the Peoria Rivermen. He was subsequently released from his tryout contract on April 16 as he was ineligible to play for the team in the playoffs. Later that year, Cannata returned to Merrimack where he completed his business degree. On April 25, 2013 Cannata was called up to parent club, the Vancouver Canucks.
On July 1, 2016, Cannata left the Canucks as a free agent to sign a one-year, two-way deal with the Washington Capitals. In the 2016–17 season, Cannata was assigned to AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears. In 22 games with the Bears, Cannata was victorious in 11 games however was relegated to third-string status and assigned to ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays on February 14, 2017. At the NHL trade deadline, he was dealt by the Capitals to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Cody Corbett on March 1, 2017. He was directly assigned to add a veteran presence to AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
On July 1, 2017, Cannata as a free agent opted to remain with the Avalanche, agreeing to a one-year, two way contract. Signed to add an organizational depth to the Goaltending position, Cannata was recalled early in the 2017–18 season, to accompany the team to Sweden for two regular season games against the Ottawa Senators. Upon the club's return to Denver, Cannata was re-assigned to secondary affiliate, the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL. Cannata posted a league best .931 save percentage, collecting 21 wins through 28 games on route to helping the Eagles capture their second successive Kelly Cup.
On July 2, 2018, Cannata re-signed to continue his association with the Avalanche on a one-year, two-way contract. In the 2018–19 season, Cannata played primarily at the ECHL level with the Utah Grizzlies, posting 17 wins in 40 games.
Regular season and playoffs
|2007–08||U.S. National Team Development Program||U-18||29||16||14||1||1781||76||1||2.56||.899||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||U.S. National Team Development Program||NAHL||5||3||1||1||307||12||0||2.35||.914||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||3||3||0||0||180||7||0||2.33||.916||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||6||2||3||0||316||19||0||3.60||.872||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||5||3||0||1||261||8||1||1.84||.920||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|Boston College High School MVP||2006���2007|
|HE Defensive Player of the Month||November 2010|||
|Walter Brown Award finalist||2010–2011|||
|Hobey Baker Award candidate||2010–2011|||
|HE Defensive Player of the Month||October 2011|||
|HE Defensive Player of the Week||November 7, 2011|||
|HE Defensive Player of the Week||November 14, 2011|||
|All-HE First Team||2011–12|
|AHCA East Second-Team All-American||2011–12|
|Best SVS% (.931)||2018|
|Kelly Cup (Colorado Eagles)||2018|||
- Career wins: 59 (2008–2012)
- Harris, Stephen (2008-06-18). "Boston Herald: No Stopping Joe Cannata". Merrimack College. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Joe Cannata". Merrimack College. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
- "Joe Cannata's Merrimack College Profile". Merrimack Warriors. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
- "Canucks sign goaltender Joe Cannata". Vancouver Canucks. March 21, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- "Wolves Receive Corrado from Canucks, Sign Cannata". Chicago Wolves. April 2, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- "Wolves Release Cannata". Chicago Wolves. April 16, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
- "Capitals sign Cannata, Dietz and Thomas". Washington Capitals. 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
- "Avalanche/Rampage acquire Joe Cannata from Washington". San Antonio Rampage. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
- "Avalanche sign Agozzino, Warsofsky and Cannata". Colorado Avalanche. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- "Back-to-back Kelly Cup Champions". Colorado Eagles. 2018-06-10. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
- "Avalanche signs Cannata, Kosmachuk and Dries". Colorado Avalanche. 2018-07-02. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
- "Goalkeeper signs" (in Swedish). IF Björklöven. 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
- "Joe Cannata Named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Month". Merrimack College. 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
- "Cannata Named HEA Defensive Player of the Week; #4/6 Merrimack Earns 3 First-Place Votes". Merrimack College. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
- "Hockey 2nd in Country; Cannata Named HEA Defensive Player of the Week". Merrimack College. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
- "Cannata Heads To Chicago". Chicago Wolves. 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2012-11-27.