Luke Juha Signs ATO With Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Penn State defenseman Luke Juha is joining Eamon McAdam’s new team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, on an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) as announced on Thursday.
He arrived in Bridgeport and is already getting down to business, according to the Sound Tigers’ twitter account:
— The Sound Tigers (@TheSoundTigers) March 24, 2016
Originally from Mississauga, Ontario, Juha played for the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League prior to enrolling at Penn State. The alternate captain was a success story with the young Nittany Lions program where he became known for stout defending and incisive passing in the attacking end of the ice. His quiet consistency proved essential for hockey’s season full of record-breakers.
Juha wrapped up his college career with Penn State with 104 games under his belt, tallying an impressive 60 points as a defenseman including 15 goals and 45 assists. He led defensemen in goals this season, with eight. In his senior year, Juha became the third Nittany Lion nominated for the Hobey Baker Award — college hockey’s Heisman Trophy– in a season featuring eight goals and 16 assists.
Juha is the fourth Penn State player of the year to receive a tryout in the pros after McAdam, Matt Skoff, and Eric Scheid signed with NHL, ECHL, and AHL sides, respectively. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are an affiliate of the New York Islanders.