2008-09: In what was his final season at Merrimack College(H-East), Joe Loprieno scored 2 goals and picked up 2 assists in 22 games. The hefty defender added 50 PIMs. After the season concluded, Loprieno signed an entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks on March 30th, 2009.
2009-10: In his first pro season with the Worcester Sharks(AHL), Joe Loprieno played 46 games. He failed to score a goal but did manage 4 assists to go along with his 52 PIMs and -1 rating.