Frank Simonetti was a 1984 graduate, an All-American hockey player while at Norwich, and a player for the Boston Bruins from 1984 to 1988. In 1985 he received the prestigious Olympia Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements as an amateur athlete during his time at Norwich.
While at Norwich, Simonetti shone on both the soccer and hockey teams. As team captain, he led the soccer team to a playoff run during his senior season of 1983. The Cadets hockey squad also went to the playoffs that same year under his leadership as assistant captain. He was named All-East as a junior and All-American during his senior year, and upon graduation was Norwich’s leading defensive scorer. In addition to his accomplishments on the ice and the soccer field, Simonetti regularly appeared on the Dean’s List as a mechanical engineering major, served as vice president of his class and on the Honor Committee, and was the 1984 recipient of the Garrity Award for outstanding student-athletes.
After graduating from Norwich, Simonetti joined the Bruins’ AHL farm team before being called up mid-season. He impressed as a staple of the Bruins’ defense that season, skating regularly in the 1985 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
At the conclusion of the season in 1985, Simonetti returned to Norwich to be honored with the presentation of the prestigious Olympia Award, recognizing the Olympic ideals of amateur athleticism. The award was presented by the Southland Corporation, a sponsor of the 1984 Olympics. The ceremony was held at Norwich in recognition of Simonetti’s achievements as a Norwich student-athlete. Gymnast Mary Lou Retton and “Dream Team” basketball player Patrick Ewing were among the Olympia honorees around the same time.
Simonetti’s professional career would unfortunately be plagued by injury, and he retired in 1988. He was inducted into the Norwich University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
You can visit the Norwich Archives to learn more about Frank Simonetti’s career with Cadets Hockey and his Olympia Award through the Athletics Department Records.