Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College men's hockey senior captain Sean Orlando (Ivyland, Pa.) was recently signed to a three-day tryout contract by the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the Southern Professional Hockey Leage (SPHL), as announced by the team last week. It is Orlando's first professional contract which comes on the heels of Trinity's appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship game where the Bantams fell to Norwich University.
Orlando tallied an assist and six shots in his three appearances for the Rail Yard Dawgs, in what Orlando described as a great experience. "I had an amazing experience in Roanoke, and the organization really takes care of its players," he says. "It was a large adjustment from the college game and it took me a little bit to get used to but the guys on the team made me feel really comfortable."
Among his teammates was a familiar face as former Trinity men's hockey captain Jackson Brewer '15 is currently a defenseman for the Roanoke squad. "It was great to play with Brewer again, we played together my first two years at Trinity and it was really cool to be able to play with him on the professional level," added Orlando.
This winter, Orlando repeated on the New England Hockey Writers All-New England Team and earned All-NESCAC Second Team honors, after collecting all-league, first-team accolades in 2015-16. Orlando had a team-high 18 goals (0.58 per game, T2nd in NESCAC) and 19 assists for 37 points (1.19 per game, T2nd in NESCAC). He was also tied for second in the league lead in power-play goals with 0.23 per game (7) and added four game-winners. A CCM All-American in his junior winter, Orlando has totaled 64 goals (6th all-time at Trinity) and 67 assists to-date for 131 points (T7th at Trinity) in 114 games in his Bantam career. Orlando is a graduate of Westminster Academy in Connecticut, and is majoring in economics at Trinity. He is the son of Karen and Richard Orlando.