Commitment Q&A: Providence's Matt Alvaro
by Mike McMahon/Staff Writer
Matt Alvaro, one of the top prospects in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, committed to Providence earlier this week. The 5-foot-9 forward, who was named OJHL Second Team All-Prospect last season, is a '96 birth year and is slated to start with the Friars next fall.
CHN: What about Providence stood out to you and made it the destination you want to play your college hockey?
Alvaro: "What stood out to me about Providence is the positive direction the program is going in. The new renovations to Schneider Arena are unbelievable. It really is a state-of-the-art facility. The coaching staff there is amongst the best in Division 1 college hockey, and it is also a great academic school. Playing in Hockey East was also very attractive to me. You have the opportunity to play against some of the most historic programs in college hockey. When you put everything together, I feel that Providence is the full package. I am extremely happy with my decision."
CHN: What other schools had you visited or talked to?
Alvaro: "I had received offers and interest from numerous schools. I got the chance to visit some very prestigious college campuses. In the end, I felt that Providence was the best fit."
CHN: How would you describe your style as a player?
Alvaro: "I would describe my style of play as a responsible two-way player. I pride myself on my work ethic and being responsible in all three zones. I feel that I can produce offense, but at the same time I don't sacrifice my defensive play. I like to do the little things in hockey games such as taking a hit to make a play, or getting pucks out. I feel that at the end of the day that's what wins hockey games."
CHN: Your an OJHL vet but this is your first year with St. Michael's, how has that transition gone?
Alvaro: "The transition has been great so far. The coaching staff is great, and we have a good group of guys in the room. The Buzzers had a lot of success last year, winning the OJHL, and they were the best team in the province. I just wanted to come in and contribute, and help the team win."
CHN: I know you were also drafted by Peterborough in the OHL ... What made you decide on the NCAA route?
Alvaro: "I always felt that my style of play was more suited for college hockey. At the end of the day, college hockey is he best of both worlds. You have a chance to pursue your dream of playing in the NHL, and at the same time you get a degree."