Wilmington, MA --
|Jeff LoVecchio (photo: Ron Marcotte) |
After three years at Western Michigan University, Jeff LoVecchio thinks he’s ready for professional hockey.
So do the Bruins, who signed him on March 18, 2008.
LoVecchio eventually played in 14 regular season and six playoff games for the Providence Bruins at the end of the college season.
“It was amazing,” said LoVecchio. “It was a dream come true signing a professional contract.”
Obviously, getting paid to play your favorite game is a major benefit, but the young forward was quick to point out some other perks too.
“I went from a team in college where we didn’t win too many games to Providence, where we didn’t lose too many games, so it was great,” he smiled. “I’m really happy I got to go there at the end of the year.”
Nonetheless, LoVecchio looks back on his college years as an important time for both his personal and hockey development.
Leaving wasn’t exactly easy.
“I felt it was the right time for me and my career to take the next step,” he said, “but leaving school and the boys behind was pretty tough.
“I really liked Western Michigan, so it was bittersweet.”
The 6-2, 200 pound winger was a finalist for the award for the top defensive forward in the CCHA last season, and still managed to contribute nine goals and 12 assists in only 36 games.
In Providence he already showed promise with 3-2-5 totals in 14 games, and an assist in the playoffs.
With that sort of talent, he’s ready to work, and ready to get to the big club.
“I just want to come into camp in the best shape I can, work as hard as I can, and give myself a chance to get called up some time during the year,” he said enthusiastically. “I’ll see where the cards fall.”
|(photo: Ron Marcotte) |
Although he was unable to play during Boston Bruins Development Camp due to a wrist injury, LoVecchio still looked at it as a very positive experience, especially the bonding sessions with his future teammates.
Well-liked outside the rink, LoVecchio’s friendliness is infectious, but that affability is indicative of a deeper loyalty Jeff has for his friends and teammates.
Illustrating that fact, literally, he has a collection of tattoos which signify of the most important people in his life -- his mother, father, and sister’s initials, as well as two stars on his chest for close friends who have passed away.
“Oh yeah,” he added, “I also have a shamrock on my back just because I’m half Irish.”
With some elbow grease and a little bit of that Irish luck, LoVecchio hopes he’ll be able to see some time in Boston during this coming season.