Hockey is, and has always been an intense and exhilarating sport, both thrilling to watch and fascinating to read about. Hockey players need to have a certain skill set, with excellent physical strength, spatial awareness and a strong team spirit. It’s always really exciting to watch the progression of a young player, from their childhood right up to their rise to fame and success.
One such young player is 17 year old forward Francesco Arcuri. This rising star has already made a name for himself in the field as a diligent, spatially intelligent and powerful player, and looks set to join the NHL in the next few years.
What You Need to Know About Francesco Arcuri
Arcuri was born in Woodbridge, Ontario, and currently plays for the Kingston Frontenacs (formerly known as the Kingston Raiders and previously the Kingston Canadians).
In 2015, the young forward skated with Ontario Selects for the first time in Bolzano, Italy, where he led his team to a 5-0-0 record in pool play. This was an impressive feat, but he really made his mark in the playoff round, scoring five goals and 12 points in three elimination games before his team was knocked out in the semifinal.
In 2018, Arcuri went to Philadelphia with ECS-O for the World U-15 Championships where his team went undefeated in pool play for the third time in Arcuri’s three appearances in such games. This year, Arcuri tied for the team lead in points, with Mikita Tarasevich, P.J. Neal, Davis Codd and Arcuri all having scored eight points apiece. ECS-O made its way through the single-elimination tournament, winning three of the total of four games by one goal, including the championship game which was decided in overtime.
Arcuri had an impressive OHL Cup. He was cool and collected, with no doubt in his mind that his team would play the way they needed to in order to win. His preemptive confidence was completely warranted, as his team finished the 2018-2019 season as the champions of the OHL Gold Cup, top in points and scoring.
Francesco Arcuri is such a young player, but his age hasn’t stopped him from having an outstanding career so far. He has shown incredible patience in high pressure situations, and has continued to play the game with style and great physical strength, knowing just where to carry the puck into soft spots.
Now & Future
In his 2019-2020 season with the Frontenacs, after being drafted 27th, he accumulated 7 goals, 13 assists, and 20 points with limited time on the ice. His skill for the game and mental game has got him noticed since his career in the U12s and continues to do so today.
He also continues to demonstrate an ability to see the big picture, assessing where his opponents will go, and generating offence seemingly out of nothing. Francesco Arcuri is one to watch out for. His strength, attention to detail and tenacity make him a promising player, and it’s exciting to imagine where the young Canadian forward will be in five or ten years’ time.
Arcuri, who has already caught the eyes of many of the influential advisors in Canadian hockey, is definitely making waves. If you love spotting the up-and-comers in the NHL before they hit the big time, this is definitely a name you need to remember.