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Nailers add Paré, Addamo

Wednesday, August 24th
Action photos of Cedric Pare and Justin Addamo

WHEELING, W.Va. - The Wheeling Nailers, ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, announced the team has signed forwards Cédric Paré and Justin Addamo for the 2022-23 season.Paré, 23, is entering his third professional season and second in the ECHL. He began his pro career in 2020-21 with the Utah Grizzlies, and finished tied for third on the team in scoring with 40 points (17g-23a) in 67 games. The Lévis, Québec native then spent the entire 2021-22 campaign in the American Hockey League with the Belleville Senators, as he collected 10 points (4g-6a) in 41 games. Selected by the Boston Bruins in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Paré played five seasons of junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Saint John Sea Dogs and Rimouski Océanic. Paré experienced the most team success in 2016-17, when the Sea Dogs captured the President's Cup as champions of the QMJHL. His best individual season was 2019-20, when he led Rimouski with 37 goals and finished second with 88 points. Cédric is Félix Paré's older brother, and this will be their first time playing together since 2015-16 with the Lévis Commandeurs.Addamo will make his pro debut this season, as he makes the jump after playing four years of college hockey. He was born in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and got his first taste of North American hockey in 2016-17, when he played the first of two seasons with the North American Hockey League's Lone Star Brahmas and earned a Robertson Cup championship. The 24-year-old then attended Robert Morris University for the first three years of his collegiate career. Addamo produced 49 points (22g-27a) in 96 games with the Colonials. He then transferred to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he had a career year with 14 goals and 19 points with the Engineers. He also played for Team France in World Junior Championships four years in a row, earning a gold medal in 2015-16.

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