Rob Bonneau has been named general manager of the Pics, in addition to continuing to serve in his capacity as the head coach of the program’s U18 team. Bonneau captained the University of Massachusetts Minutemen in his senior season as part of a four-year career from 1993-97 that saw him record 72 goals and 94 assists for 166 points in 131 games before embarking on a seven-year pro playing career that included ten games with his hometown Springfield Falcons in 2000-01.
Mike Lazazzera, who served as the assistant coach of the Premier squad that reached the USPHL Premier Division Semifinals last season, will take over from Patrick Tabb as the head coach for the upcoming season.
Lazazzera has an extensive resume over three decades of coaching, serving in the NCAA, USHL, OHL, ECHL, AHL, and NHL in his career. Most notably, he spent two years as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders from 2006-2008. He spent three seasons with the Pics in his first stint with the team as an assistant from 2011-14, before joining the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers for the 2014-15 campaign in the same capacity. He returned last season to the Pics as he returned to his alma mater, Springfield College, where he is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Roger Westbrooks will remain in his current capacity as the head coach of the program’s Elite team, while John Sarno and Anthony Sarno will continue to coach the U16 team.
Additionally, the team has promoted broadcaster Seth Dussault to Director of Communications, where he will be in charge of the newly launched website in addition to continuing broadcast duties.
The new-look website, powered by SportsEngine, will allow fans, family, and followers to stay up-to-date on the latest from all four of the Pics teams. It will feature articles, player profiles, links to videos, schedules, rosters, statistics, and more.
The Springfield Pics organization, founded in 1971, has helped develop the skills of numerous hockey players of all ages and sent hundreds of players to the NCAA and beyond. Two of the program’s alumni, Bill Guerin (1985-1989) and Ron Hainsey (1996-97) were members of the 2017 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.