The Canadians are happy to announce that Eli Ghantous has accepted a
scholarship offer from Robert Morris University just outside of
Pittsburgh beginning in 2014, joining former Canadians teammate Jay
Ghantous is in his third season with the Canadians and has progressed
on the ice each year. He made the team as a 16 year old and played in 37
games. Paired with former Canadians standout Theo Hannah, they became a
top shutdown duo in the league. Ghantous was able to ajust well to the
speed of the CCHL and opponents quickly became aware of when he was on
the ice because of his physical play. The 6', 214lb defenceman showed he
could handle the bigger forwards in the league, stopping many who
thought they could beat a rookie defenceman.
Ghantous always showed great character in the room and this year is an
assistant captain on the team. His leadership is displayed both on and
off the ice and he is one of the hardest working during practice and in
Jason Clarke and the coaching staff saw something special in Ghantous
at the CCHL prospects camp in 2010 and were suprised he was still on the
board when they drafted him in the second round. 'Eli has shown a real
commitment to his game since day 1. He's a big, strong kid and we knew
instantly that he'd be a success in this league,' said Clarke. 'He comes
from a great family and is such a grounded young man. His listening
skills and ability to translate the information into his game right away
was the true telling sign.'
Ghantous spoke with cpcanadians.com
and said he chose RMU because it was a great school. 'The coaching
staff are top notch and very professional. They treated me like I was
already part of the team and made me so comfortable throughout the
entire process,' he said. 'What really stood out was the care the
players are given. It's the biggest family I've seen outside of CP.'
He plans on pursuing a degreen in Forensic Accounting and also said that RMU's academics fit perfectly with those plans.
Congrats from everyone in the CPC organization Eli - we're very proud of your achievement!
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)