Hearing the name Lou Franceschetti brings to mind such words as "work ethic," "physical play," "checking," "fighting," "creating havoc"?all tools of a trade that kept him employed in pro hockey for 18 seasons and counting.
He began his pro career with the Washington Capitals organization who picked him up from the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA in 1979. Before finally making his debut with the Caps in 1981-82, Franceschetti apprenticed in the IHL and the AHL for three seasons.
Over his eight years with Washington, he made frequent trips to the minors, skating for the Hershey Bears, the Binghamton Whalers, and the Baltimore Skipjacks.
Franceschetti's most productive season came when he put on a Leafs jersey in 1989-90, scoring 23 goals and 15 assists. From then on, though, his output waned as he completed his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres in 1991.
And although his big-league days are through, Franceschetti continues to be a well-traveled man around the world of hockey. Since 1992, he has played and coached in New Haven, Rochester, Jacksonville, Detroit, Minnesota, London and Nashville. He has also tried his hand at roller hockey, playing for the Toronto Planets and coaching the Phoenix Cobras and the Buffalo Stampede of the Roller Hockey International League.