Sunday, August 16, 2015

Incoming UNH Freshman Frankie Cefalu

Frankie Cefalu - Forward #9

For the 2015-16 season, the UNH hockey team welcomes six freshmen. The Class of 2019 includes 5 forwards - Marcus Vela, Ara Nazarian, Jason Kalinowski, Chris Miller, and Frankie Cefalu - and defenseman Matt Dawson. Here is a profile of Frankie Cefalu, including a new interview with his former coach Jon Lounsbury.

Frankie Cefalu
Last Team: Walpole Express
Eastern Hockey League
DOB: 3-13-1995 Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Defense, 5'11", 170 lbs. Shoots Right
Commit to UNH: 1-30-2015 at Age 19 years, 10 months.

Coach's Report

Throughout the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, Frankie Cefalu was coached by Jon Lounsbury, Head Coach of the Walpole Express. This week, I had an opportunity to interview Coach Lounsbury regarding Cefalu's strengths and readiness for NCAA hockey:

Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): What are Frankie's strengths and how did he develop during his seasons with the Express?
Coach Jon Lounsbury: Frankie developed a ton in his 2 seasons with the Express. He is one of the most dynamic players I have seen. Coaches often talk about "hockey sense" - Frankie has an incredible feel for the game of hockey. He sees things develop and attacks. This past season Frankie became stronger and took a lot of pride in his defensive play. Those two things were the difference makers for him this season. .

Mike Lowry: What kind of adjustments will Frankie need to make as he begins his NCAA career?
Coach Lounsbury: He is going to need to adjust to the new speed of the game, but he also has the ability to dictate the pace of the game while he's out there. He also has to get used to the academic rigors and stress that will come with being a student athlete. Frankie graduated from a prestigious high school (Nichols School, Buffalo NY). He has been out of the classroom for 2 seasons. We are excited for his next adventure and can't wait to see him in a Wildcats' uniform.

Junior Hockey Achievements

~ 2013-14 season: First Team EHL All Star. Second leading scorer in Eastern Hockey League, 1st in assists (17g, 46a).
~ 2012-13 season: Most assists in EHL (46).

2014-15 Highlight Reel

Junior Hockey Statistics

Player Year Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
Frankie Cefalu,  (F) 2014/2015 Walpole Express EHL 44 17 46 63 48
Playoffs EHL 4 4 3 7 2
2013/2014 Walpole Express EHL 42 9 46 55 45
Playoffs EHL 2 1 0 1 0

Link to Article on Frankie Cefalu

"Buffalo Native Frankie Cefalu Commits to UNH"


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