Prior to today’s Southern Professional Hockey League trade deadline, the Pensacola Ice Flyers acquired center Massimo Lamacchia from the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs in exchange for right winger Riley Spraggs.
“It’s always a tough day when you have to move a good player but we believe we received a good player as well,” stated Ice Flyers head coach Rod Aldoff. “The addition of Massimo helps our depth up middle. He’s played well all year for Roanoke and that shows with him being near the top of the league in scoring. We believe that this was an area where we needed to improve and you have to give up a lot to get a lot.”
Lamacchia is a second-year pro and a native of Vaughn, Ontario. At the time of the trade, he was Roanoke’s leading scorer with 14 goals, 22 assists, and 70 penalty minutes (PIM) in 41 games played. His 36 points tie him for third in the SPHL in scoring. As a rookie in 2015-16, Lamacchia split the season between the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs and Wheeling Nailers as well as the SPHL’s Louisiana Ice Gators.
Prior to starting his professional career, Lamacchia played four season of NCAA Division I hockey at Brown University. In 113 games for the Bears, he had 16 goals, 26 assists, and 92 PIM.
Aldoff continued, “the Ice Flyers would like to thank Riley for his commitment to the Ice Flyers and Pensacola, we wish him the best of luck in Roanoke.”
The Ice Flyers return to the Pensacola Bay Center this weekend to take on the Evansville Thunderbolts on Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4. It is $5 Weekend meaning every seat, except for Glass, is only $5. Both games are scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. Then on Sunday, March 5, the Ice Flyers travel to take on the Macon Mayhem at 3:05 p.m. CT inside the Macon Coliseum in Macon, Ga.
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