|Hometown:||Sterling Heights, Mich.|
|Team:||Aston Rebels (NAHL)|
Entering the Season: Joins the Bulldogs as a mid-season roster addition after transferring from NCAA Division I Bentley University in Waltham, Mass....scored two goals and had an assist in nine appearances for Falcons during the fall semester...adds depth on offense...shoots left...
Before Adrian College: Skated for the Aston Rebels, leading the team with 28 goals...also had 30 assists for a total of 58 points...earned a spot on the North American Hockey League Top Prospects game...helped Aston to an east division title and reach the NAHL Robertson Cup final four...also played Juniors for the Rio Grande Valley Killerbees...also played hockey for the Oakland Grizzlies AAA and Honeybaked AAA during senior and junior years of high school, respectively...two-year letterman at Utica Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights, Mich.... named to the first team for all-state, -region, -county and -conference honors in 2013... graduated in 2014.
Why did you Choose Adrian College?: "Due to the successful NCAA men's hockey team" and desire to return closer to home.
What is your Career Goal?: "To play professional hockey."
Who has been the Biggest Influence on you as an Athlete and Why? "My brother because he's the one who made me want to start playing hockey."
Personal: Born Dean Anthony Balsamo on Dec. 23, 1995, in St Clair Shores, Mich....son of Dean and AnnMarie...Favorites: sports team--NHL's Detroit Red Wings; athletes--Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Kane; TV show--Prison Break and Shameless; movie--Lone Survivor; musician--Chance The Rapper; foods--steak and pasta...enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends... a sports management major.