Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Through three years of pro hockey in the AHL, Johnson City's Jerry D'Amigo had yet to step foot on the ice as a player in the NHL.
This year that all changed. That made for a much-more relieved D'Amigo on Wednesday night in Binghamton.
Jerry got credit for two assists as his Toronto Marlies beat the B-Sens in overtime. He's back in the AHL helping the Marlies because their NHL affiliate, the Maple Leafs, are not in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
On top of making his NHL debut this year, he also scored his first NHL goal back in December.
D'Amigo admitted after Wednesday night's game that since being called up he feels much more confident, and said he feels like he can come back to the AHL and dominate.
"It feels great. Obviously the monkey is off my back and it's a lot less stress, let's just say that for sure," said D'Amigo. "You know, I've had ups and downs my whole career here and to have this year go the way it did definitely helps out and makes me feel good about myself."
It's been a big homecoming of sorts for D'Amigo over the last week. Toronto played in Syracuse and Wilkes-Barre last weekend, he came home to Binghamton on Wednesday and now the Marlies head up the road to Utica on Friday.