Senior left wing Pietro Antonelli has recently accepted a scholarship offer to play hockey for the University of Maine starting in September of 2011. Antonelli will be studying business administration and is elated with the opportunity to begin his college journey this fall.
After three seasons at Stanstead College, Antonelli clearly had a break-out year in his final season. In fact, he was the Spartans' leading point man for much of the season until a rib injury at Philips Exeter Academy in December held him out of the line-up for over a month.
The Blainville, Que. native finished the season with 29 goals and 37 assists for a total of 66 points in 48 games. He was also named to the MPHL Northeast Division All-Star team. In 13 regular season games, Pietro finished fourth in scoring and second in goals with 12 goals and 3 assists.
At 6’01 and 208 pounds, Antonelli is a good two-way forward with skill and a strong ability to protect the puck down low and play well along the boards. He possesses good hands and a good wrist shot and is not afraid to mix it up physically with any of his opponents. As the school's co-head prefect, Antonelli has been a real leader in the Stanstead community and an overall excellent three-sport student-athlete, maintaining a high academic average and consistently being on the school’s academic honour-roll list.
In deciding to attend college immediately, the motivating factor proved to be Maine’s belief that Pietro could step in immediately and provide sound physical play through his size and grit.
Pietro joins his teammates Swann Boisvert and Dylan Gareau as the third Spartan to earn a DI Scholarship to the University of Maine from the class of 2011. Gareau will be playing for the New Jersey Hitmen of the EJHL in 2011-2012, while Swann Boisvert will be suiting up for the RBC Cup Champion Pembroke Lumber Kings of the CJHL. Both boys are expected to join Antonelli in 2012-2013.
On behalf of Stanstead College and the MPHL, we wish all three boys the very best in their future hockey and academic endeavours. Congratulations to all!