Joseph Sova
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
BIRTHDATE: 05/08/1988
DRAFTED: undrafted
Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, March 19, 2011. Traded to Carolina by New Jersey with New Jersey's 4th round choice (Jaccob Slavin) in 2012 Entry Draft for Alexei Ponikarovsky, January 20, 2012.
2011-12 SEASON
Completed his first full professional season, splitting the year between the AHL and ECHL… Appeared in 34 AHL games with Albany and Charlotte, totaling eight points (2g, 6a)… Skated in 18 regular-season games with Kalamazoo, earning seven points (2g, 5a)… Was with Florida during the ECHL playoffs, helping the Everblades capture their first Kelly Cup championship… Started the season with Kalamazoo (ECHL)… Recalled to Albany on 12/3 and made his AHL season debut that day… Found the net in his second AHL game of the season vs. Rochester (12/4)… Scored his first professional game-winning goal vs. Binghamton (12/21)… Acquired by the Hurricanes on 1/20 and assigned to Charlotte… Made his Checkers debut at Norfolk (1/24)… Recorded his first points as a Checker and first career multi-point game with a pair of assists vs. Oklahoma City (2/24)… Assigned to ECHL Florida on 4/12 and recorded three assists in seven playoff games as Florida captured the ECHL championship.

Acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes from the New Jersey Devils along with a fourth-round pick in exchange for Alexei Ponikarovsky on 1/20/12… Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey as an undrafted free agent on 3/19/11… Had 12 points (3g, 9a) and eight penalty minutes in 45 career AHL games entering 2012-13… Totaled 48 points (13g, 35a) in 157 games over three United States Hockey League (USHL) seasons with Waterloo, Sioux City and Omaha from 2005-2008… Won the USHL league and playoff championship with Omaha in 2007-08, leading all Lancers defensemen in goals (7)… Played three seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks from 2008-2011, totaling 58 points (13g, 45a) in 115 games… Earned the team’s Top Rookie award in 2009-10… Finished fifth in the CCHA in scoring by defensemen with 24 points (6g, 18a) during his sophomore season in 2009-10… In 2010-11, led the Nanooks with a career-high 20 assists and finished second on the team in points with 24, matching his career high… Named to the Brice Alaska Gold Rush All-Tournament Team and received the team’s Top Defenseman award in 2010-11… Signed with the Devils at the conclusion of his college season and joined Albany (AHL) Devils for the remainder of the season… Made his professional debut at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (3/23/11)… Recorded his first professional point with an assist at Hershey (3/26/11)… Scored his first professional goal on the power-play vs. Adirondack (3/29/11).