Sacco commits to Wildcats

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications)

It can be difficult to follow the footsteps of your father when he played in the NHL and is an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins.

Joe Sacco of the Vernon Vipers has gotten off to a strong start after committing to play for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats in the fall of 2016.

The 22-year-old out of Reading, MA., joined the Vipers in 2015-16, scoring 10 goals and nine assists in the regular season. His three points in the final five games helped the Vipers clinch the final playoff spot in the Interior division.

His father, Joe, scored 213 points in 738 career NHL games. He was head coach of the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-10 to 2012-13, and was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in his first year behind the bench. He joined the Bruins staff for the 2014-15 season.

New Hampshire plays in the NCAA’s Div. I Hockey East conference, alongside programs such as Boston College, Vermont, Providence and Boston University.

Sacco will join a team that features former Vipers, Dylan Chanter and Michael McNicholas, as well as other former BCHLers Adam Clark, Cameron Marks and Marcus Vela.