Frank Pietrangelo was signed by Kurt Kleinendorst for his second season in charge of the Storm, 1998/99 as the number one netminder for the club.
An ex-NHLer, he had played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup with them in 1991, and the Hartford Whalers in the big show, he came to the Storm by way of Italy and Germany. He won a championship with Bolzano in Italy in his first European season before moving to Kaufbern in the German DEL the next year. Unfortunately, the money at Kaufbern ran out after a couple of months and Frankie returned to Italy to play for Assiago.
The following year, with the needs of his young children at the forefront, Frankie decided he wanted to play in England and sigend up with the Storm for the 1998/99 season.
In his first season with the Storm, Frankieís NHL experience shone through as he was widely touted as the best netminder in the British Superleague and was an influential part of the Manchester Storm squad that went on to win their first Superleague title. His contribution to the team and overall outstanding play also earned him the Superleague player of the year award for