Philadelphia Jr. Revolution: Four Empire team players, coach off to All-Star Games

Philadelphia Jr. Revolution: Four Empire team players, coach off to All-Star Games

The Philadelphia Revolution is proud to have four players and their head coach chosen from the Empire Junior League team to participate in the All-Star Games. They will be part of the Empire League’s Western Conference All-Star team.

Forwards Connor Bechtel and Chris Connor and defenseman Travis Kauffman and Nicholas Minerva will join their head coach Mark Catron in the event.

The games will take place Jan. 20-21, 2013, in Hooksett, N.H., and include a round-robin format. Teams from the East, West, and South Conferences of the Empire Junior Hockey League and a team from the Eastern States Hockey League will participate.

Defenseman and captain Connor Higgins was chosen from the ESHL Revolution team to participate as well. Jon Sandos from New York Apple Core will be joining Catron on the bench for coaching duties. There will be one game on Sunday night and two games on Monday.

Catron has helped lead the team to a 15-4-0-1 record so far.

“[I am] honored to be named to the game as a coach, but it’s all the players that make it happen,” said Catron. “They work hard in their game prep, and it’s been showing on the ice so far.”

Bechtel and Connor each have 25 points in 15 and 16 games played, respectively. Kauffman has 20 points in 20 games played, and Minerva has 12 points in 19 games played with the Rev.

“I think the four boys are pretty proud of themselves and excited to be going,” he added. “But it’s also tough because you know that others are also playing very well this year, and I wouldn’t have been surprised to see four other players chosen. It’s been that kind of season so far. But in saying that, our locker room is a tight-knit group, and the boys were excited and happy for the four who are going.”

The team sure is finding success in a group effort this year, with six players who have 20 points or more and another five players who have contributed over 10 points so far this season. They are powered by the support for the Revs from their community.

“The parents on this team and the fans, people and staff we have seen in the rinks have been great to both the team and myself,” said Catron. “It’s been an exciting first half of the season and fun to be a part of the Revolution Empire team and league. We hope to keep it going into the second half of the season.”

— By Rhiannon Marie Volpe

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