Alex Peterson has committed to Holy Cross for this upcoming 2019-2020 season. Alex has been described as a complete player, with his skating ability and speed, puck handling skills and high end IQ. He is able to capitalize on his chances and set up his teammates.
The Pennsylvania native tells us how he got his start:
“I started skating when I was six and started playing hockey shortly after that. I first got into hockey because of my neighbors, who were from Canada, convinced my parents to get me into hockey along with their kid who is the same age as me.”
Alex played his first year of Juniors for the Philadelphia Little Flyers in the EHL:
“Playing my first year of juniors in Philly really helped my development as a person and a player. They have a great organization and I am very thankful for my time playing there throughout my career.” He continued his Junior career the next season with the Amarillo Bulls in the NAHL, “The biggest transition from the EHL to the NAHL I think is the speed of the game and the depth of each team. Also, moving to Texas was my first time moving away from home but it has been great here. Coming from the Northeast, the lifestyle down in Amarillo is very different from what I expected of Texas.”
This past season was Alex’s second season in Amarillo, he more than double his points from last season. He tells us how he was able to take his game to the next level:
“I think as long as you focus on playing the right way, playing hard every night and focusing on the little details in game then the points will come. I also have been playing with two great linemates Gabriel Seger and Logan Jenuine, which helps a ton and I love playing with them. All three of us have been having a lot of success playing together this season.”
Taking us through his recruitment process:
“I really didn’t start talking to Division I schools until after the NAHL Showcase of this year. I was talking to a good number of schools but never visited any of them until after I committed to Holy Cross. Holy Cross has a ton to offer for me. The main reasons I decided to go there was because they have amazing academics, and I really like their hockey program and where they are headed. Also, the coaching staff made me feel very comfortable, their campus and facilities are beautiful and it’s not too far from my house so my parents will be able to come and watch.”
We asked Alex how he is going to prepare for NCAA Division 1 hockey:
“Right now, I am focused on finishing out my junior career and making a deep run in the playoffs. Then, once my season is over I’m going to keep training hard over the summer to develop my skills and work hard in the gym as well to get prepared for school. The toughest challenge I’ve faced in hockey was probably not getting much attention until late in my career and just having to stick to my game and keep working hard.”
Alex finished the season with 64 points in 59 games on 25 goals and 39 assists. 14 of those points came in 13 playoff games, where the Bulls made it to the 3rd round.
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