In September, RPI received a commitment from ’03 Forward Hunter Wallace. Wallace is a left-shot forward listed at 5’7″ and 165 LBs. Currently, he is playing for the Brooks Bandits in the AJHL. The Bandits are widely considered one of the best junior hockey programs in all of Canada because of their ability to develop players for NCAA hockey and their consistent winning. RPI is no stranger to them with former Bandits on the roster in Ryan Mahshie, James McIsaac, and Jake Lee. Wallace is currently doing very well for them with 29 points in 33 games despite being one of their younger players.
Wallace’s main asset is said to be his elite speed and skating. Not only does he have “lightning-quick” speed, but he also has great edges that allows him to accelerate and decelerate well. The skating qualities make him absolutely deadly offensively as it’s tough for defenders to stay with him due to his elusiveness. Additionally, he has really good hockey sense and vision. He has a knack for finding the right spots in the offensive zone and making the right plays. He can almost anticipate plays before they happen, and he certainly has the skill to go with the skating and brains. Overall, he has a skill set that is absolutely dynamic, and I think he can be a big contributor in all situations with his offensive skills and his versatility when he gets to RPI.
With his birthdate and the fact that it is only his first year in junior hockey, Wallace is projected to enroll in 2023. He will likely spend next year with the Brooks Bandits once again. With how good their player development is, this is definitely a great program for him to play at until he arrives at RPI. It seems like he will be an excellent player for the Engineers, and we can’t wait to see his development until then! Congratulations to Hunter and his family!