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Utah Grizzlies: D.J. Jelitto named runner-up for ECHL Player of the Month

By Adrian Denny

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 6:05 p.m. MST

Utah Grizzlies forward and West Valley City native D.J. Jelitto finished as a runner-up for ECHL Player of the Month in January.

In January, Jelitto had seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in 15 games and tallied a plus-10 as the Grizzlies logged a 9-2-2-2 record.

The 29-year-old forward scored in 10 of 15 games and recorded four multiple-point contests.

As the Grizzlies moved up the Western Conference standings in January, Aaron Dell (January 20-26) and Igor Bobov (January 27-February 1) were named the league’s Goaltender of the Week, while Dell was ultimately named the league’s Goaltender of the Month for the first 31 days of 2014.

Jelitto’s line mates, Michael Pelech and Mathieu Aubin, also had stellar months of January. Pelech had three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 15 games and a plus-six, while Aubin had six goals and six assists for 12 points in 10 games and a plus-five. The trio combined for 16 goals and 25 assists for 41 points in 15 January games.

After six seasons away, the Utah native returned to the Grizzlies in November where he started his pro career in his home state from 2005-2007.

Utah continues its nine-game road stretch Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas at 8 p.m., and then Sunday in Ontario at 4 p.m.

The Grizzlies return home Monday, Feb. 17, with a 1:35 p.m. start for Maverik Monday on President’s Day. Fans can get six tickets for $30 with a receipt from Maverik.

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