As announced last week by his club in Denmark, Rungsted Seier Capital, former Merrimack forward Anthony Aquino has retired from hockey, and is moving back to the Toronto area with his wife and young daughter after accepting a position in finance.
Aquino completed his undergrad degree from Merrimack a few years ago while still playing professional hockey, and on top of that earned a master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Southern Denmark University.
“I finished the course requirements for my M.Sc in Economics and Business Administration here at Southern Denmark University,” Aquino wrote in an e-mail. “I got offered a job in finance back home in Toronto and my wife and I wanted to go home since we just had a daughter in July. I completed my undergrad from Merrimack a few years ago and started my master’s in Denmark while playing hockey.”
Aquino said that this season was always planned to be his last after finishing his degrees. It capped off a 14-year professional career that brought the former Dallas Stars draft choice to Italy, Norway, France, Poland and Denmark, as well as stops in the affiliate system for the Atlanta Thrashers.
Aquino had a memorable career at Merrimack, totaling 115 points (56 goals, 59 assists) in 110 games over his three years, and in 2009-10 was named to the program’s All-Decade Team.
“I look forward to playing in the alumni game next year for sure,’ he said.
This season’s alumni game is this Sunday, Jan. 31, the same the Warriors will host Arizona State for a 4 p.m. game.