With Sacco, Islanders' 'no' is a big 'yes' for AHL team Strong offensive player returns to Baltimore


The Bandits, who missed out on their share of luck through much of last season, have received a little payback already.

The fact that the New York Islanders no longer have an affiliate in the American Hockey League has led to the Bandits obtaining the services of Dave Sacco, one of their better performers last year, despite a series of injuries.

Sacco, who previously was the property of Anaheim, signed with the Islanders during the summer, but did not make the parent-team roster during training camp.

"Mike Milbury [Islanders general manager] wanted to place Sacco in the AHL, so we worked out an arrangement for him to play here," said Bandits assistant GM Mike Mudd.

"Dave said if he played in the AHL, he wanted it to be in Baltimore. In affect, we stole him, because he's a first-line center good for 80 points or more if he stays healthy."

Sacco started slowly here last year due to injuries, but was coming around and, the night he scored five goals for the Bandits and had a sixth disallowed, he was called up by the Mighty Ducks.

He performed well for Anaheim until a leg injury and surgery sidelined him. Late in the season, he was sent back to Baltimore and played a bit before foot problems set in.

Despite his misfortunes, Sacco averaged a point a game here, with 18 goals and 26 assists.

NOTES: The Bandits practiced with 26 players yesterday and will play the first of two exhibition games tomorrow (7 p.m.) at Piney Orchard against the Philadelphia Phantoms with at least that many. The team will play its season opener Oct. 4 against the Hershey Bears at the Baltimore Arena.

Pub Date: 9/26/96

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