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Philadelphia Revolution: A goaltending development hotbed

The Philadelphia Revolution have long prided themselves on having excellent goaltenders.

Every season, the Revolution have been able to graduate their goalies to higher levels. Most recently, Revolution alum Cayden Primeau added to his collection of accolades by being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

“We always start our recruiting with having the best possible goalies,” said general manager Chris Kanaly. “It’s the first step to building a team that will compete and win games every night.”

This past season, the Revolution utilized the talents of Nick Donofrio. Donofrio is a ’99 goaltender from Michigan who will be moving on to the Ontario Hockey League for the upcoming season.

Donofrio was a highly-touted prospect prior to joining the program. He further developed into a polished, junior-experienced goaltender.

Donofrio’s goalie partner was Daniil Gerasimov. Gerasimov is a Russian native who has committed to become a student-athlete at NCAA Division 3 Augsburg College. In between his two stints with the Revolution, Gerasimov played for the Minnesota Magicians of the NAHL.

Recent NHL draft pick Primeau enjoyed two seasons playing for the Revolution program.

He earned an NCAA Division 1 commitment to Northeastern University playing for the Revs’ U19 Elite team. He moved up to the Jr. A team the following season.

During his first year of junior hockey, Primeau earned the EHL’s Goaltender of the Year Award and a First-Team All Star nomination. This past season, Primeau played for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens with the 199th overall pick.

“Our staff is filled with goaltending knowledge,” said Chris Kanaly. “The majority of the staff were former goaltenders who are now goalie coaches. Some programs don’t even get to enjoy the luxury of one goalie coach. At the Revolution, we employ several so that every goalie will get individual coaching.”

Read past Philadelphia Revolution articles in our archives:

18U team wins Eastern Hockey League 19U Elite squad

Junior teams preparing hard for EHL playoffs