Marlboro, MA- Last weekend's Eastern Spring Showcase served as the kickoff to the summer hockey season, and when the final buzzer rang, the Philadelphia Revolution emerged with the championship and the attention of all the scouts in attendance.
The Revolution regrouped after a difficult inaugural campaign and came to the showcase armed with a trio of veterans, a solid contingent of players from last season's Empire (Junior B) entry, and a handful of recruits, the Revolution hoped to help solidify the team for the upcoming season.
"We had some great chemistry considering everyone was coming from different parts of the country," said Director of Hockey Operations Geoff Marottolo. "We thought it would be a good opportunity for the newer players to get to know the veterans and it turned out to be an excellent showcase."
The Revolution started off with a tilt against one of the Springfield Pics entries on Friday and followed that up with wins on Saturday against the Capital District Selects and the Jersey Hitmen. Sunday's playoff round saw the team defeat the South Shore Kings, Apple Core, and finally the Junior Bruins.
"It was only spring hockey, but we still wanted to win it," commented Marottolo. "Hopefully we can use it as a springboard to the season and put together a great run in the fall."
"We faced a very high level of competition and played some very exciting games. Our organization is always striving to be better, and we're very pleased with the result."
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