Michael P. Traggio ’95
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 2011
Defenseman Michael Traggio ’95 arrived at Meehan Auditorium in the midst of a revival of Brown Men’s Ice Hockey. In 1988-89, Brown went 1-25-0, earning just one victory in Ivy League play. The year prior to Traggio’s freshman season, Bruno went 6-2-2 against Ivy opponents, taking the League championship. In his first season, he helped Brown to its first double-digit win season in the ECAC since the 1976-77 season. Tallying 11 total points, he earned ECAC Rookie Team honors.
In 1992-93, Brown was an ECAC Championship finalist and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Bruno advanced to the quarterfinals that season and is the last Brown hockey squad to join the field of the 12 top-ranked teams in the nation.
Along with team victories, the individual accolades continued to pile up for Traggio in his junior season. Posting a career-best 15 points, he was named the ECAC Best Defensive Defensemen while leading Brown to a second place finish in the Ivy League.
His hard work and dedication to Brown Hockey was recognized in his senior year when he was elected team captain. Brown posted a 7-2-1 record in league play and Traggio led the team to its first Ivy Championship in four years. He totaled five goals and seven assists that season and earned his secondstraight ECAC Best Defensive Defenseman award. He was also named to the All-ECAC First Team and the All-Ivy First Team. Arguably the most effective captain elected during Coach Bob Gaudet’s nine-year tenure at Brown, Traggio is considered to be the most skilled defenseman to play at Brown in the last 18 years.
Following his time at Brown, Traggio played professional hockey in Italy before working as the Director of Hockey at Logitech Ice in San Jose, California from 1996-2002. He has since moved to Connecticut where he manages the Mars Athletic Center at The Hotchkiss School and coaches the boy’s varsity hockey team. Traggio and his wife Anna ’93 have four children: Nick, Ellie, Giaco and Tieler.