San Jose, Calif. – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Mike Grier announced today that the club has re-signed the defenseman. Mario Ferraro A four-year contract. Per club policy, the terms of the agreement are not disclosed.
“Mario has proven to be a dynamic and reliable defenseman for our club, skating high-level minutes in the best competition every night and producing strong results,” Grier said. “His energy and work ethic are the reason he has had so much success early in his career, and we look forward to him growing and increasing his role in the team.”
The 23-year-old Ferraro has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 63 games played. He led San Jose in blocked shots (151) and was third in hits (140) at the end of the season. He also finished ninth among NHL skaters in blocks-60 (6.25) and was third in blocked shots with 127 before being injured on February 26. On November 6, he became the seventh pair against New Jersey. Most Sharks defensemen in franchise history log at least 30 minutes of TOI in a game.
In his NHL career, he recorded 42 points (five goals, 37 assists) in 180 games. In the year Since his debut in 2019-20, he leads Sharks skaters in hits (415), is second in blocked shots (305) and blocks-per-60 (4.98, at least 50 games).
Prior to his NHL career, Ferraro recorded 37 points (six goals, 31 assists), 43 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating in 80 games with UMass. In his NCAA rookie season (2017-18), he led all defensemen with 23 points on four goals and 19 assists and was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. He set the program record for most points by a freshman defenseman and finished second on the team in blocked shots (54). In 2018-19, he helped UMass to the NCAA Hockey East Championship and was named to the Hockey East Third All-Star Team.
He appeared in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Des Moines Buccaneers. He finished with 41 points (eight goals, 33 assists) in 60 games. In the year He was named to the USHL First All-Star Team and the USHL All-Rookie Team in 2016-17, tied for second among USHL defensemen in goals and second in points and assists.
The six-foot, 209-pound native of Toronto, Ontario, was selected by San Jose in the 2017 NHL Draft (second round, 49th overall).