WARMINSTER, PA -- Hunter Canestra, a forward for the Philadelphia Revolution, has committed to Lebanon Valley College (LVC) for the fall of 2019. The '99 native of Boyertown, PA is in his first season with the Revolution, and to date, he's tallied 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 30 career games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).
"Hunter's ability to score and use his size makes him a difficult matchup for any defenseman in our league," said Revolution general manager Chris Kanaly. "He will bring the same style of game to the collegiate level. We are extremely happy for him to have made his decision to attend LVC.”
While this season is Canestra's first full year in the EHL, the skilled forward did play two games for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers back in the 2015-16 campaign. Canestra was a midget player at the time, and he's continued to develop over the years. That progression of development hit a new level this season, and Canestra is very grateful for everything that the Revolution organization did for him.
“When you come to a new organization, you never know what to expect," said Canestra. "Everyone, from ownership to the players, made the transition easy. I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Pulley for their commitment to the program and junior hockey, to [GM] Chris Kanaly for taking the time to speak with me and my parents in the summer, and to Coach Rogger for all of his support so far this season.”
Canestra went on to talk about how playing in the EHL was the key towards this big moment in his career, and how he can't wait to continue on at the next level.
"The EHL helps you get exposure to the college scouts," added Canestra. "There are always scouts in attendance at the showcases, and in my case, I was seen at a rivalry game. They are everywhere. The biggest factors in making my decision to LVC were the high level academics of the school, that it was close to home, and that they have done a great job reviving the program with changes to the facility and locker room.”
WARMINSTER, PA -- Alex Pelletier, a defenseman for the Philadelphia Revolution, has committed to Albertus Magnus College for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Lititz, PA just finished a three-year junior career with the Revolution, that started out at the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) level back in the 2016-17 season. Pelletier won a championship that season with Philadelphia, and then put together a pair of solid years (2017-18 and 2018-19) at the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) level.
“Pelletier is the ultimate competitor," said Revolution head coach Jon Rogger. "He just wants to win. I rarely had to worry when he was on the ice. He plays an honest game and plays the right way.”
Pelletier is now set to join a new program at Albertus Magnus, that has already committed 10 EHL players so far this season. The big defenseman is excited to be joining this class, and took some time to reflect.
"It was a long road to get to this point and there were some challenging times. I can’t thank my teammates and coaching staff enough," said Pelletier. "They stuck by me in tough times and supported me throughout my time at the Revolution. It truly is a family.”
Pelletier went on to discuss his decision to join the Falcons in their inaugural season.
“I really felt welcomed by the coaching staff and it is a beautiful campus," added Pelletier. "I was excited for the possibilities of coming to a brand new NCAA program. My mom tries to be at all the games, and that support was above and beyond. The Pulleys are great. They consider the players as part of their family. They want us to succeed. We were always treated well and with respect. They also held us accountable and helped teach us some valuable life lessons."