The Springfield PICS would like to Congratulate Defensemen Luc Fricchione of West Springfield on his NCAA Div III commitment to Worcester State University Men’s Hockey. Luc has represented the PICS for over 7 years; dressing in over 170 games, and part of the 100 point club. The ‘big guy’ was selected “Captain” at each level of the club he played for: U15, U16, Jr. Elite and Premier level.
When GM and Head Coach Rob Bonnueau was asked about Luc; this is what he had to say: “Luc has been with the Springfield Pics at every level the program offers. He started with our U15 and U16 teams, a season of Jr. Elite and now is entering his 2nd season at the Premier level. Luc is an offensive defenseman who plays in all situations. He will be very hard to replace; but we look forward to seeing Luc help Worcester State over the next four seasons. It is nice to see a player rewarded that has been such an important part of the Springfield Pics Program”.
When asked about Worcester State as being the choice, Luc was quick to say: “I was lucky enough to have some of the Worcester State players tour me around the campus and rink and met a lot of the team. I already know a couple former Pics players on the team and could tell it was a great group of guys, a group that had a lot of fun together, but also wanted to win a championship. I then met with Coach Deraney and loved the way he described his team, how he runs it, how he thinks Worcester will be a championship team, and that he will do anything to help his players become the best versions of themselves.
I’ve spent most of my career with the Pics and have been lucky to be with such a great program with great coaches. I grew up in the Pics youth system with my Dad, Vern Smith, Chuck Blood, and the late George Rettew developing me into the player I am today. I would like to thank John and Anthony Sarno, TJ Syner, and Barry Almeida for coaching me on the Pics U16 and Elite levels. Lastly, I’d like to thank Rob Bonneau and Brian Collins for coaching me on the Premier team the last 2 years. Coach Bonneau has really helped my overall game focusing on compete level, intensity, and my defensive side of the game while still being able to jump up in the play. Playing my last year has really helped me round out my game and prepare me for college hockey with Coach Bonneau putting me in a great spot to be a leader and contribute in all situations of the game.
When Coach Johny Sarno was asked about his former player: “Luc was a good player and team leader for us at the U16’s PICS AAA team and has played for the U15, U16’s, Jr Elite and Premier teams. He was able to excel and grow throughout his career and within each season. It's great to see him reach the next level of NCAA hockey with Worcester State. We're very excited and happy for Luc. A big congrats”!