By Jean DePlacido
---- — 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.
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.
He is one of seven inductees along with
Joseph “Skip” Arvilla and Peter Bruni (posthumously), Elizabeth Bonfanti, Terri Niles, Kelli Reardon and Mark Rowell.
This is the sixth Hall of Fame to come calling for Perrone; he’ll return to his alma mater, Hamden High School in Connecticut, to be inducted there at a ceremony at the Laurel View Country Club on Nov. 14. Perrone is also in the Massachusetts Football Coaches, State of Maine All Sports, Southern Connecticut Diamond Club, New Haven Legends and John Bapst (Maine) High School Halls of Fame. Three of these Halls are in Connecticut where he grew up and was an outstanding high school athlete, two in Maine where he excelled at UMaine and later began his coaching career, and a pair in Massachusetts.
“Salem State is one of the joys of my life, from the top administrators to all the workers, parents and players. It is one big family,” said Perrone. “This is the frosting on the cake. I figured I would probably go in some day, but was happily surprised it came this quickly.
“God has been good to me, and I have so much to be thankful for. I always say the biggest Hall of Fame are the kids who played for me. I love coaching and working with kids. If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at email@example.com.