Mike D’Orazio has confirmed he will be returning to the Capitals to bolster the clubs blue line next season, honouring the second year of his two year contract.
Defenceman D’Orazio will turn 27 on the 16th of August and is looking to build on his first season with the club when he scored 29 points in 48 games. This was the 2nd highest points total for a defenceman on the Capitals roster in season 16/17 and he was in the top 10 for defensive goal scorers in the league.
The Canadian learned his trade in the Ontario Hockey League between 2006-2011 (scoring 120 points in 328 games) before going on to attend St Mary’s University from 2011-2016. At the Nova Scotia based University he was assistant captain for his final three seasons, and he was voted on to the Rookie (season 11/12) and First All Star team (season 12/13) rosters.
In 2013/14 D’Orazio won a Universiade Gold medal (world championship at University level) playing for Canada on a roster coached by ex-Capital Taylor MacDougall’s father, Gardiner.
He joined the Capitals in the summer of 2016 and went on to have a good season in ultimately a disappointing EIHL campaign last year. D’Orazio wants to have a stronger 2017/18 season.
On returning he said “I'm excited to return to the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Scott and I spoke in depth about what needs to be done for this team to be more successful than last season. A permanent coach was often in discussion. I love the city, I love the fans, and I can't wait to see what lies ahead for the Capitals this season. See you all soon, Raz”
Edinburgh Capitals look forward to welcoming Mike back to the city as he joins a fast growing 17/18 Capitals roster.