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October 1, 2012

Jean DePlacido column: Rocheville now tending goal for AJHL's B

Brad Rocheville is playing goalie for the Boston Rangers in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League.

The former Bishop Fenwick star spent last season with the Palm Beach (Fla.) Hawks in the EJHL South, where he recorded the most regular season wins (16) of any goalie in the league.

The Junior Rangers were formerly owned by

Mike Adessa and known as the Boston Jr. Bulldogs.

Last week the Rangers played two exhibition games in Sioux City, Iowa at the USHL Fall Showcase, then traveled to Philadelphia to open the regular season.

“I’m happy to be closer to home,” said Rocheville. “It’s a better league here and another step up for me.

“We’re carrying three goalies and we’re all striving to be No. 1. One kid is older than me; the other a year younger. I almost wound up playing in Philadelphia, but this is a good choice for me. Our home ice is the Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury, and it’s a very nice new facility.”

The way the 19-year-old Rocheville sees things, he can only get better playing for the Rangers.

“After this year I’d love to go to college,” he said. “I’ve matured and I think I’m ready, but I might stay another year in Juniors, too. It’s typical for most college freshmen hockey players to be 20-21 years old, so it wouldn’t faze me at all to spend an extra year in Juniors. I plan to wait and see what offers come along.”

Rocheville has already been getting calls and emails from colleges and has plenty of time to make up his mind where his next move will be.

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Next Friday, Oct. 12, former Salem State baseball coach Ken Perrone will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Veterans Hall in the Ellison Campus Center on the Vikings North campus. Perrone spent 30 very successful years at the SSU baseball helm and recorded the most wins (674) in the university’s history, having retired at the end of last season.

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