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PIHL Player Spotlight: Michael Facchiano

By PIHL, 01/30/20, 3:30PM EST


NAME: Michael Facchiano

TEAM: Central Catholic

YEAR: Senior


JERSEY #: 15

Q: What got you started in hockey and how old were you?
  As far back as I can remember, I loved hockey. My older cousins really showed me the sport, and I loved watching hockey and going to the games. I started skating when I was 4 and started playing when I was 5.

Q: What is the single best thing about playing for your PIHL team?
 My teammates have become my brothers. I came to Central Catholic knowing only one person on my team, and ever since freshman tryouts, we have all been great friends. Hockey is a great way to make friends, just like any other sport.

Q: What do you enjoy most about playing high school hockey in the PIHL?
 I enjoy playing against all my buddies that go to other schools. It’s great to see your buddy from years ago and compete against him on the ice.

Q: What is the most-memorable hockey game you have ever been involved in with your PIHL team?
 That would be our win against Peters Township in the semifinals of the JV Tournament. We won in overtime, and it was the best feeling ever!

Q: Which opposing PIHL team do you really enjoy playing against, and why?
 It's definitely Peters Township. I live in Peters Township, but I go to Central Catholic. So it is great to be able to compete and against all my old buddies and people who are still my friends from my neighborhood.

Q: Are there any routines or rituals you must stick to before every game, such as listening to a certain song?
 Of course I do. There are too many songs that we listen to before games, so I can not name them all. But we do listen to a lot of rap such as CAPO by NLE Choppa. It’s provocative, but it gets the boys going. It really puts us in the mood to go win a game.

Q: If you were put in charge of the entire sport of hockey and could change just one thing about the game, what would it be?
No neckguards. They are annoying, and I do not see how they serve a purpose in playing. I think that neck guards should be optional because the chance you get hit in the neck with a skate blade is very slim to none.

Q: Are you involved in any other organized sports or activities outside of high school hockey?
 No. Hockey is the only thing I really partake in outside of school activities.

Q: What is something unique about you that most people would be surprised to know?
I am adopted from Russia, so it makes sense that I play hockey.

Q: What are your two favorite apps on your smartphone, and why?
 Snapchat and Instagram. I use Snapchat instead of my phone number because really only my family has my number and I prefer it that way. Instagram is so advanced now, it is crazy. You can see people’s pictures of cars, sports, lifestyles, and more.

Q: Would you rather be Superman or Batman, and why?
 I would be Batman because I would have a sweet cave and a waterfall with so much money that I couldn’t spend it all.

Q: What person outside of your family has done the most for you?
 Probably my friend Dayne Martin. I barely knew him coming to Central, and now we can tell anything to each other. We really get each other, and I do think that goes along with our chemistry on the ice. I know where he is going to be, and he knows where I am going to be.

Q: What plans do you have for after you graduate from high school?
I plan to go to college and play club hockey. I want to get finish my education, but I also do want to continue to play hockey.