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Steven Pinizzotto scores first NHL goal

11/19/2014 10:30 EST | Updated 01/19/2015 05:59 EST
Steven Pinizzotto first hit the ice as a junior hockey player for the Oakville Blades in the 2000-01 season.

On Wednesday night in Edmonton, some 14 years later, he scored his first National Hockey League goal in his first game since being called up from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

The goal for the 30-year-old forward was a nice one as he beat Ryan Miller in the Vancouver Canucks' net with a rocket wrist shot. It opened the scoring for the Oilers who trailed 2-0 at the time.

After his junior career in which he topped out at 33 goals in his final season in 2004-05, Pinizzotto played two seasons with the Rochester Institute of Technology and became the first Tigers player signed to an NHL contract, by the Washington Capitals in 2007.

Pinizzotto toiled in the minors with the Hershey Bears and South Carolina Stingrays before getting a call to the NHL in March of 2009. He didn't play before he was returned to the minors.

In July, 2011 he signed with the Vancouver Canucks and finally hit the NHL in the 2012-13 season, appearing in 12 games, with two assists.

He made AHL stops with San Antonio and Oklahoma City before signing with the Florida Panthers in the summer of 2013. On January 17, 2014 he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers and made it into six games last season. No points.

After starting this season with the Barons where he played nine games without a goal, Pinizzotto got his chance in Edmonton.

That first NHL goal was a long time coming, but worth the wait.

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