Written by Eric Welsh, Chilliwack Progress
The Chilliwack Chiefs have signed a new player who promises to be a problem for fast-typing sports writers.
While Frankie Carogioiello’s last name may give media folk nightmares, his on-ice ability is what will drive opponents nuts. The Chiefs have been recruiting the five-foot-10 and 165 pound forward for two years, with the team’s hockey boss, Brian Maloney, and associate hockey boss, Brad Rihela, both making trips back east to watch the teenager play.
“Frankie is a player we are really excited about and know that his IQ, work ethic and skill level will complement our offence nicely,” Maloney said. “He comes from a fantastic program at St. Andrews College, and will become a fan favourite here in Chilliwack.”
St. Andrews College is a prep school in Ontario that has been a productive pipeline for the Chiefs.
Last season’s D included two of the program’s alums, Xavier Henry and Jack Agnew. Corey Andonovski, a key member of Chilliwack’s RBC Cup champions, also came from the Saints.
One of Carogioiello’s teammates from last season’s St. Andrews entry, Kienan Draper, committed to the Chiefs in late February.
“I’m really excited to have been given the opportunity to wear the Chiefs uniform for the upcoming season,” Carogioiello said. “Chilliwack is a first class organization that has had lots of success in the past. They have a great staff with an amazing fanbase that I can’t wait to play in front of. I’m thrilled to be a Chief and excited to help bring a national championship back to Chilliwack.”
In 63 games with St. Andrews in 2019-20, the 18 year old produced 17 goals, 58 points and 94 penalty minutes. He also spent 10 games with the Ontario Junior A Hockey League’s Toronto Jr. Canadiens, where he posted one goal, five points and 22 PIMs.