Fayetteville, N.C- The Fayetteville Marksmen on Friday announced the acquisition of center Massimo Lamacchia and the rights to defensemen Brad Bourke from the Pensacola Ice Flyers, in exchange for the rights to goalie Sean Bonar.
“Our decision to move Sean was not easy, nor was it taken lightly,” Head Coach Nick Mazzolini said. “He was a big reason why the team had success on the ice last season. By us acquiring offensive fire power, both up front and on our blue line, we feel we are a more well-rounded team.”
“We are very excited to bring two high-caliber players to our roster,” added Director of Hockey Operation, Ryan Cruthers. “We felt it was important to add high-end talent up front and to our group of defensemen and making this trade did that for us. We are expecting Lamacchia and Bourke to be instrumental pieces on the ice and in our locker room.”
A native of Vaughan, Ontario, Lamacchia comes to the Marksmen for his third season of professional hockey. After beginning last season with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, Lamacchia was traded to the Ice Flyers for their post-season push. In 15 games with the Ice Flyers, the 5-foot-8, 161 pound center tallied 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists), while adding three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in four playoff games. In all, Lamacchia appeared in 56 games between the two teams, depositing 16 goals and 31 assists.
During the 2015/16 season, the then-rookie appeared in 18 ECHL contest with the Manchester Monarchs (2) and the Wheeling Nailers (16), and joined the Louisiana IceGators for eight games.
Prior to turning pro, the 26-year-old skated for the Brown University Bears from 2011-2015, appearing in 113 games and scoring 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists), during his tenure.
Bourke is entering his third season of professional hockey, after spending the 2016/17 campaign with the Evansville Thunderbolts and Ice Flyers. The native of Onoway, Alberta skated in 61 games between the two teams and totaled 31 points (7 goals, 24 assists) from his blue line position.
The previous season, the 28-year-old began his rookie campaign with Fayetteville, totaling one assists in three games before joining the IceGators. With Louisiana, Bourke notched five goals and 11 assists in 35 games of action.
Before turning pro, the 6-foot-1, 181 pound blueliner suited up for the University of Alberta- Augustana, completing five successful seasons (2010-2015) with the Vikings. In all, Bourke appeared in 140 games, scoring 93 points (27 goals, 66 assists) during that time.
“Massimo and Brad bring experience and success to a training camp that is light on returners and in need of more proven talent. We believe that our current roster is full of potential and will only be enhanced by the addition of these two fine hockey players,” added Mazzolini.
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