Scott’s Friday profile is a very interesting article on one of the top young award winning defensemen in the league, Lambton Shores Predators’ Franco Sproveiro.
A Look At: Predators’ Defenseman Franco Sproveiro – by C. Scott Holland
Being a defenseman on any team in the GOJHL is a hard task, but for the Lambton Shores Predators they have found a valuable one in Franco Sproveiro. Entering his sophomore year with the team, 5′ 9″ Franco is already a standout on the blueline and has set several team records (most rookie points in a single season and most rookie goals in a single season.)
His rookie season was a magical one as he played 49 games, collected 11 goals which included 6 powerplay tallies, had 41 assists for 52 points. At the West Conference wind-up banquet he was named the Roy Bruhlman Rookie Of the Year and was a member of the Rookie All-Star team – and that was on top of participating in the Top Prospects Game earlier in the 2014/15 season.
With a flexible schedule, the 170 lb. rearguard, who attends St. Pats High School, spends some of free time away from hockey being involved with his school’s tennis and soccer teams. Having that kind of ability certainly shows the young man’s agility.
Despite playing for Lambton, he cites Sarnia’s Brock St. arena as being one of is favourite places to play a game “because it’s in my hometown,” he says.
The one facility in which he doesn’t like to play is “Strathroy’s (West Middlesex Memorial Centre) because it’s ice surface is so small.” But as it is with any arena, a player has to adjust and he feels that there are many areas in which he can improve his game. “All areas,” he states, “I’m always looking to get better.”
His career has had several highlights. One was having his team make it to the Alliance Hockey finals while another was being named the West Conference’s Rookie of the Year (2014/15).
The Sarnia Sting selected Franco with the 141st overall pick in the 8th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection Draft. He played 9 games with the Sting last season and is working hard to become a full time member of the Sting.
Since joining the Predators, he feels that his “offensive and defensive skills, as well as being a powerplay specialist” are his greatest assets which aid Lambton.
Looking ahead to his future his aspirations are high. Franco hopes to be playing hockey somewhere a decade from now and if he isn’t playing hockey professionally, then he’ll have to fall back on his dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer.
No matter how one views Franco’s situation, his future is definitely looking terrific.
(Photo – Sarnia Observer)