Bombers Add Canadian Forward Ficaccio
The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce their third new player signing, for the 2018-2019 Western States Hockey League season, forward, Emilio Ficaccio. The Calgary, Alberta resident stands 6’0 tall, and weighs 185 pounds. He is a right-shot, born September 25, 1998. Last season, Ficaccio played for the Toronto Predators of the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League.
Ficaccio is familiar with the league, as his older brother played for four different WSHL teams, throughout his career. In addition, he knows former Bombers captain, and Edge School alum, Cal Owens, who shared his experience in Long Beach, prior to Ficaccio deciding to choose the Bombers over some other clubs. Ficaccio’s parents occasionally travel to Southern California for business, and are looking forward to attending some Bombers home games.
Last season, for the Predators, Ficaccio recorded a stat line of 39GP-7G-10A-17PTS. Preceding his junior career, Ficaccio played prep hockey in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL/CSSVHL) for International Hockey Academy, Swiss International Sports & Education Center (SISEC), and Edge School.
Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “We are eager to get Emilio down to Long Beach, into the locker room, and onto the ice. In all of my conversations with him, he came across as a mature, team-first young man, with a defined set of goals. He is coming to Long Beach with the intentions of developing himself to play at the collegiate level. We are hoping Emilio is going to be a veteran leader, as he is in his final year of juniors, as well as an energetic, physical, north-south type of player. I have no doubt he is working hard this off-season, and will arrive ready to go, in September. He did his homework, he took his time, and we are honored he feels the Bombers organization will provide him the best platform to advance to college hockey.”
Emilio’s Player Profile Page:https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/340244/emilio-ficaccio
Q & A with Emilio Ficaccio:
Last season, in your first season of junior hockey, you played for the Toronto Predators of the GMHL, recording 17 points. How did your rookie season go?
Overall, my first season of junior was a great experience. I was playing as a defenseman for half the season, and finished the year up on forward. I took some very big steps as a player. I am very excited to start my second junior year.
Your brother played in the WSHL, for four organizations. You also know former Bombers captain, Cal Owens, from your days at Edge School. How much did you know about Long Beach, prior to deciding to sign?
My brother and Cal both were big reasons the WSHL was known to me, as a very competitive league. From my talking with Coach White, and Cal, about the program, I learned almost everything I could think of, and I’m confident Long Beach is going to be everything I could hope for.
What type of player can Bombers fans expect to see, when you are on the ice, this season?
Bombers fans can expect a physical, two-way forward. I love the offensive aspect of the game and I love a good play that starts from the back end. Doing anything it takes to get the puck up the ice, and get a scoring chance, is what I’ll be trying to do.
What were some of the reasons you decided to sign with the Bombers?
There was a lot considered when making the decision to come play for the Bombers. The main reasons, ultimately, were that I know the coaches care about their players and want to set them up to succeed. The program’s record speaks for itself and it’s been a long time dream of mine to live in a place I’d enjoy as much on the ice as I will off, and what better location then Long Beach California.
What are some of the things you are most looking forward to, on and off the ice, in Long Beach?
Mainly, I’m looking forward to seeing success with my team and bonding with this new group on the ice everyday. Off the ice, I’m looking forward to training in the sun and experiencing a new city. Couldn’t be happier with my decision to play for the Bombers.