The Philadelphia Revolution is proud to announce Chris Kanaly as their new General Manger. Chris has been a member of the Revolution staff the last 3 seasons as an assistant and was a coach on both the EJHL and Empire Benches the past few years. Kanaly is the current Goaltender Coach for the Philadelphia Flyers 'AA' Affiliate in Trenton (Titans) and owns one of the largest Goaltender Schools in New Jersey.
His school has placed numerous students at the Division 1 and Professional ranks over the past decade including Revolution Alumnus Jamie Regan, who has committed to play for the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2012. Chris tended goal collegiately at Hofstra University from 1991 - 1995.
Owner, Phil Pulley said "The future successes of the Revolution on the ice will be directly attributed to Kanaly's ability to assemble and lead a team of management, coaches, scouts and administrators who continually identify, sign, develop and motivate an exceptional group of experienced hockey players. We believe that under his leadership, the Philadelphia Revolution will soon achieve its goal of winning an Eastern Junior Hockey League Championship.”
Kanaly went on to say, "Working for a First Class Ownership group is what any GM in this league would want. Having the tools and support to build and develop young talent in the Philadelphia area is a special gift. I look forward to the challenges ahead as we assemble and prepare our Teams to compete annually to win a championship in their respective divisions.
The Philadelphia Revolution has agreed to terms with James Laux earlier today and he will become the franchise's New Head Coach of their flagship team that plays in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). Laux previously spent the past 3 seasons guiding the Revolution’s Empire Team. As the Head Coach, he amassed an impressive 81 - 54 - 7 record while appearing in the Empire Playoffs for three consecutive seasons and made one National Tournament Appearance with his team in 2012.
Laux played collegiately at the NCAA Division 1 Level for Colorado College in Colorado Springs from 2001 - 2003. He then went on to play professionally in the Philadelphia Flyers Organization with the Phantoms in the AHL and Trenton Titans in ECHL.
"Having the opportunity to hire a Coach of James' caliber and pedigree is something that this Organization could not pass up. Said newly appointed General Manager, Chris Kanaly. He went on to say at the Press Conference, "Being able to promote from within and change the culture of our franchise is something that we hold in very high esteem. James brings not only a reputation as a no nonsense coach, but he has also played at the highest levels. This will be an important attribute when placing players at the Divison 1 Collegiate level. I look forward to working closely with him during the 2012 Season and beyond."
Laux went on to say, "I am excited for the opportunity to continue my Coaching career here in Philadelphia.”
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