Chronowski Signs With Canadian Junior Team
Alex Chronowski has only been to Canada one time — for a short vacation.
But thanks to a new opportunity in his favorite sport, he’ll be more familiar with it soon enough.
The former Wyoming Area ice hockey standout signed with the Grey Highlands (Ontario) Hawks of the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League for the upcoming season. He is set to make the journey north at the end of the month and meet not only his new teammates, but also the billet family he’ll be staying with while he plays.
“I’m really excited,” Chronowski said in a phone interview. “I’m just going to try playing my game that I’ve always played. It’s a physical game that I play, and I always like to stay in front of the net. Give the goalie and defenders a tough time. That’s the game I’m going to play.”
Chronowski, 19, excelled on the ice at Wyoming Area, leading the Warriors to the Casey Classic title as a senior captain in 2016. However, he expects an adjustment period with his new team for a very good reason: He hasn’t played competitive hockey in over a year.
Chronowski also excelled in track and field, swimming and tennis at Wyoming Area, and he was awarded a track scholarship to Keystone College. He attended the school last season and wasn’t able to play hockey locally at the Toyota SportsPlex or Revolution Ice Centre because of his commitments.
“I’m expecting it to be a little more difficult to pick it back up,” Chronowski said, adding that he’s been working on his stickhandling as much as he can. “Especially with my teammates now, most of them have been playing in the offseason overseas. They might have an edge on me.”
The CPJHL is a developmental junior league currently comprised of 11 teams. According to its website, the league places an emphasis on individual skill development, and most players who participate have the goal of advancing further in their hockey careers.
Grey Highlands directly reached out to Chronowski after finding his profile on the Elite Prospects online database. After learning more about the team from assistant GM Alex Magi, Chronowski and his family were behind the move.
The decision to play hockey was a no-brainer for Chronowski. After he was adopted as an infant in Russia and moved to the U.S., he became involved in the sport soon after he turned 4 years old. Living in Exeter with parents David and Patricia and brother Tristan, he naturally was a huge Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fan.
Even after playing a handful of sports in high school, hockey was still by far his favorite. All he needed was a new opportunity.
Chronowski doesn’t necessarily see himself becoming a professional hockey player, but he said he would like to set himself up for a career in the sport — maybe as a coach, equipment manager or physical therapist.
“I’m just going to let playing hockey ride on as long as I can,” he said. “I’m just going to go out there and put all my effort into it.”
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