By Dave Woolford
© Toledo Free Press
TOLEDO, Ohio – Nick Vitucci makes it perfectly clear that if he had not become a hockey player, and later a hockey coach, he would have been a race car driver.
Or, is it the other way around? Vitucci drove a race car at Flat Rock Speedway last summer, and his credentials made no reference to “coach.”
OK, so the one-race performance with a seventh-place finish among 14 cars with only four cylinders was a lark. But Vroom Vitucci isn’t a coach, either, at least not yet. With no team and no place to play following the Toledo Storm’s demise two years ago, along with the venerable, old sports arena, the term “coach” became rather nebulous.
He is, however, a coach in waiting. While the former Toledo Storm mentor waits to return as the new Toledo Walleye coach this fall in the new Downtown sports arena, he’s continually Nick-picking his way through the college and minor league hockey ranks, fishing for promising players who he hopes will become Walleye, hook, line and sinker.