Femenella's College Career Ends on the Injured List

According to the University of Vermont Athletic Department, defenseman Art Femenella will be out for the remainder of his senior season as he was placed on the extended injury list. Vermont Head Athletic Trainer Allison Shepherd told the Burlington Free Press Femenella sustained a wrist injury that will require surgery.

Femenella, a 6',7" 255-pound native of Annandale, New Jersey, played in just 13 games this season, registering a goal and two assists to go along with 42 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating. He missed all but eight games of his junior season injured and he battled injuries in both his freshman (27 games) and sophomore (21 games) years when he played both wing and defense.

A beast for Sioux City of the USHL known for his fighting skills, it was Femenella's hope to use hockey to gain a college education and he did just that. A public communication major, Femenella finishes his collegiate career at Vermont with two goals and two assists for four points in 69 regular season games. He also had 172 penalty minutes.

#19 Vermont won game one of their first round series in the Hockey East Tournament against #8 Boston University last night 3-2.

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Any idea if he will get a

Any idea if he will get a tryout contract next year? I remember when he came into a training camp or two ( or was that Traverse city) hearing some good things about him... size shot mobility.. I wonder if TB is interested in giving him a chance to get back to his ol'fight ways as a 4th liner grinder???

Doubtful, IMO

His skating isn't the best and if you add in his injury history, this is probably an uphill battle.

At the least, he got his education, and I salute him for that. At most, he could get a minor league deal and fight (literally?) his way to the upper pros.

I would not be shocked if he

I would not be shocked if he got an ATO (if he's healthy) at the tail end of the pro season and got a few games with Springfield and then got a minor league contract to play in the ECHL next season.

I wouldn't write him off completely. He was an enforcer (a really good one) trying to play in a league which has all but outlawed it. He was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole there and while I wish he would've adapted better, the bottom line is that the young man is still 6'7" 250 lbs and can beat the crap out of anyone who looks at him sideways. If there's a place for someone like Mitch Fritz in this organization, why not Femenella?

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