Hank Carisio returns to Danbury as Director of Scouting

by Casey Bryant

Former Danbury Mad Hatter Hank Carisio is back in the Hat City. The forward who became a fan favorite for his rough-and-tumble style of play makes his return to Danbury as the Hat Tricks' Director of Scouting.

"I  saw how the fans embraced the players when I played for the Mad Hatters," Carisio commented. "It was remarkable. When I saw what my old rival Billy Mccreary was building right in my backyard, it seemed to be the perfect fit."

Carisio graduated Merrimack College in 2007, having posted 21 points in 62 games at the Division-I level. In his first pro season in 2008-09, he logged 24 points and a whopping 165 penalty minutes in just 23 games as a Mad Hatter in the Eastern Professional Hockey League. His ferocious style of play earned him a look from the ECHL that season, as he played in 12 games with the Elmira Jackals and Bakersfield Condors.

"We want to put a championship team on the ice and we will work daily to accomplish that goal,” Carisio said of his vision for Danbury hockey.