Freddie Macciocchi playing for Holy Angels
“The name on the front is more important than the one on the back”
This quote can be attributed to none other than Herb Brooks, and it’s a quote that sticks with hockey player Freddie Macciocchi.
Freddie’s journey to Minnesota and the Schwan Super Rink has been an exciting one. Unsure of where he would be playing at the end of the 2014-2015 season in Illinois, Freddie decided to visit Minnesota. After experiencing the amazing energy at a Minnesota high school hockey game, he was sold.
The Macciocchi family moved to Minneapolis, and Freddie began attending the Academy of Holy Angels. While initially worried about making the transition, Freddie felt welcomed almost immediately.
“The community at Holy Angels Hockey made it so much easier. All the players were super welcoming right from the start.”
Macciocchi also trains at the Schwan Super Rink with FHIT Hockey. He is part of the elite Minnesota Advancement Program, or MAP, that trains at the Herb Brooks Training Center through FHIT. Through the program Freddie, has worked not only to grow his knowledge of the game, but to become, “bigger, stronger, and faster."
Freddie also enjoys the team aspect and camaraderie of MAP, something that reminds him of Herb Brooks’ philosophy. Being able to meet and develop relationships with players that come from northern Minnesota, as opposed to the metro area has also been beneficial.
After a standout senior season with Holy Angels, Freddie will be going to play for the Northeast Generals in the NAHL this fall. After learning about the team philosophy and the success of former players from Bryan Erickson, the assistant coach and general manager of the Generals, the decision was made.
Freddie says he hopes to play hockey and receive a top notch education at a Division 1 school. Right now, his favorite schools are Bowling Green State University, Brown University, and Boston College.
When asked how he planned to spend his last days in Minnesota, before it’s time to move out east, Freddie gave the typical Minnesotan answer.
“Spending time with my friends, up at the cabin, fishing, and going on the boat.”