2006-07: Sean Bentivoglio capped a stellar senior season as the CHA’s (College Hockey America) Player of the Year. Bentivoglio leaves Niagara as one of the program’s most celebrated players. He was also named Niagara’s Most Valuable Player at season’s end.
The Purple Eagles captain was a cog on one of the nation’s most dynamic line combinations this season. He finished second on the Niagara roster with 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists). Of Bentivoglio’s 16 goals, nine came on special teams, including his team-leading three shorthanded tallies. He was also one of Niagara’s workhorses, ranking among the top players in ice time.
2007-08: In his first full professional season with Bridgeport Sound (AHL), Bentivoglio finished seventh on the team in scoring with 32 points. After appearing in 68 games, he finished the season with a +3 rating.
College: He is a tireless worker who combines great quickness, instincts and awareness. Bentivoglio can play in just about any situation and has done so. He is equally adept in power play and penalty situations. Bentivoglio’s great sense of anticipation and speed also helps make him very good in transitioning. He has a knack for scoring timely goals and has proven to be very reliable when it’s all on the line. He is defensively sound and very good on the forecheck. Bentivoglio has superb puck skills and is remarkably patient with the puck. He has the ability to make those around him better. Where Bentivoglio really excels is around the net. He can often be found digging for rebounds or redirecting shots. While Bentivoglio is not noted for his physical play, he can deliver some solid checks and won’t shy away from physical confrontation.