SUMMIT, NJ - As a Hilltopper, he was judged to have the 'Heart of a Lion'. Now, his new team from The Great White North is hoping that he has the eye of a Sharpshooter.
'He' is Summit High School Class of 2017 alum Chris Giangiulio, and he has taken a detour from his journey to Quinnipiac University to pursue his goal of playing hockey in Canada, something he dreamed about since he was a young boy.
Giangiulio played a full senior season with Summit High School Varsity Football Team, and then completed a full season playing for the Maroon and White Varsity Ice Hockey Team, and played club hockey for the New Jersey Colonials since he was five years old.
Less than three weeks before his tuition was due, Giangiulio received an e-mail from a coach from the Almonte Sharpshooters, a Canadian junior hockey team. Giangiulio had pretty much forgotten that he had profiles online that he had uploaded nearly a year ago, profiles he and his family had decided to continue to update these just to see if he could generate some activity from schools he may not have contemplated in his original search.
The Sharpshooters' coach, Angelo Gallo, asked for more film on Giangiulio and then requested that he head to Ottawa and skate for him as soon as possible. In early July, Giangiulio made the trip to Ontario and spent two days with the organization -- visiting with the coach, skating with the team, completing their practice and drills, along with skating independently for the coach.
Giangiulio had not been on the ice in months, so his expectations were tempered, but Gallo asked him to sign a contact and he was given 48 hours to discuss the opportunity with his family. After careful deliberation -- he was all set mentally to head to Quinnipiac -- Giangiulio and his family decided it was an opportunity that he had wanted, long hoped for, and could not pass up.
Giangiulio is one of only two players selected from the United States. He deferred his enrollment at Quinnipiac and now resides with a homestay family that also includes one other teammate from France.
The Sharpshooters are members of the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League (CPJHL), a developmental league where many players begin their junior careers. As a development league, every player participates in two–four practices per week -- dependent on game schedule -- with one weekly practice focused solely on individual skill development.
The CPJHL was put together to fill the the role of increasing competitiveness for -- and commitment to -- the Junior hockey player, and to provide a recruiting ground for NCAA, NJCAA and CIS college coaches.