Usseglio Family The Spine of Hockey Success For East Catholic

Tommy Usseglio is doing his part in the family business for East Catholic. MaxPreps photo by Kevin Pataky.

Tommy Usseglio is doing his part in the family business for East Catholic. MaxPreps photo by Kevin Pataky.

It was the early 1970s, and Frank Usseglio was a hockey-mad kid in the hockey-mad state of Massachusetts.

“I grew up in Arlington,” Usseglio said. “There weren’t that many kids who didn’t play hockey. If you didn’t play hockey, then you weren’t from Massachusetts.

“I thought (then Boston Bruins goaltender) Gerry Cheevers was pretty special. He had the mask with all the stitches on it. He was one of the superstars of the Bruins, so I can remember volunteering to play goal.

“It was fun, stopping the puck and everyone on the team slapping my stick. It was pretty cool, getting pleasure out of denying other people’s there.”

Thus a Usseglio family tradition was born.

Frank was the first hockey player in his family, and played in goal all the way through college at Holy Cross.

Tommy, the second of Usseglio’s four children, is the starting senior goaltender for East Catholic (Manchester, Conn.).

Halle is a freshman reserve goaltender for the East Catholic girls team, which also includes players from Glastonbury and South Windsor. Frank Usseglio, who helped start the program, is the head coach.

One family. Four children. Two goalies that got into the family business at the same school.

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