Mark Fratarcangeli Finishes One Career, As Another Begins
As one career comes to a close for Mark Fratarcangeli, another is just beginning.
The former Chatham Maroons forward, who spent three years in Chatham, recently finished his ACHA hockey career playing for the Adrian College Bulldogs, and is now hoping to pursue a career as a sports medicine physician.
“Attending Adrian College provided me with more than I ever could have hoped to expect,” said Fratarcangeli, a Tecumseh product.
“Not only was I able to win three playoff championships and a national championship over the course of my four years, but I was able to excel academically as well.”
“From top to bottom Adrian College checked off a lot of boxes for criteria I found important when being recruited by other schools. Mainly, the small campus atmosphere allowed me to develop many tight knit relationships with not only other students but also faculty and professors as well. Having the opportunity to attend Adrian College has shaped me into who I am today and has opened many doors for me moving forward with my life.”
Fratarcangeli points to the 2018 National Championship title, the first in program history, as his highlight of his playing career at Adrian, one that saw him play 123 regular season games in a Bulldogs uniform.
Last season, Fratarcangeli posted career highs in goals and points scoring 21 goals and 37 points in only 33 games.
Now, the former Chatham Maroons player, who is also an alumni of the Sun County and Windsor ‘AAA’ systems, is looking forward to what is next, but he will still miss Adrian.
“The thing I will miss most about Adrian is being around my teammates everyday. The bonds I’ve made with my teammates over the past four years is truly genuine, especially with the guys who were a part of my recruiting class. We knew that Adrian was a strong program when we were recruited, and it’s just so gratifying to see how far we’ve come these past four years and that we were able to leave our mark on the program.”
With his playing career coming to a close, Fratarcangeli also remembers his time with the Maroons with gratitude.
“Looking back on my days in Chatham, I consider myself fortunate to have been part of such a great organization and surrounded by such great talent and coaching,” he said. “Coach Tyler Roeszler was extremely influential in developing my overall game and provided me with opportunities to be successful both in the GOJHL and at the college level as well. From the dedicated fans that supported us every Sunday to the organization as a whole, I have nothing put positive feedback and gratitude for my time in Chatham.”
Now, the chapter is closed, at least on the playing side for Mark Fratarcangeli, but he still hopes to give back to the game that gave so much to him.
“Unfortunately, I do not plan to continue on with hockey. I am grateful for all that I was able to accomplish and achieve throughout my career. I hope to still stay around the hockey community in some form or another and give back to the sport that gave me so much over the past 21 years.”