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    Max Gruzdev Shoot Out Goal Earns #2 spot in Showcase Ranking

    Dan K Live invades Victorious Elite Locker Room

    Dan K Live breaks into the Elite locker room after a showcase shutout. Interviews with Jared Levine, Alex Sanchez, John Shanley & his fantastic mustache. Fast forward to 18:12 to view our segment.

    Major Revision To Florida Eels USPHL Palm Beach Showcase Schedule


        Elite Schedule  
    THURSDAY 12/17 RINK 1   Home Visitor
      6:00 PM ELITE Florida Eels Richmond Generals
    FRIDAY 12/18        
      10:00 AM ELITE Florida Eels Charlotte Rush
      4:00 PM ELITE Florida Eels Hampton Roads Whalers
    SATURDAY 12/19        
      8:00 AM ELITE Florida Eels Potomac Patriots
      2:00 PM ELITE Florida Eels Carolina Eagles
    SUNDAY 12/20        
      3:30 PM ELITE Florida Eels Potomac Patriots
        USP3 (Empire) Schedule
    THURSDAY 12/17        
      3:30 PM USP3 Florida Eels Richmond Generals
    FRIDAY 12/18        
      10:10 AM USP3 Florida Eels Hampton Roads Whalers
      4:30 PM USP3 Florida Eels Charlotte Rush
    SATURDAY 12/19        
      3:45 PM USP3 Florida Eels Carolina Eagels 
    SUNDAY 12/20        
      11:45 AM USP3 Palm Beach Hawks Florida Eels

    Andrej Stankevich Selected Once Again As USPHL Star of the Week Nov 21-27


    Another Florida Eels Player is selected by the USPHL nomination committee and player of the week:  Andrej Stankevich. In th last 4 games  Andrej Stankevich has had 3 goals and 4 assist .He is 4th on the Eels scoring with 8 goals and 18 assist for 26 points. He is 21st in the league in scoring for all players and clearly amongst the top 3 for defenseman.


    He is a staple on defense for the Eels. He owns the Eels defensive zone. He simply dominates. He is impossible to play against in front of the net, along the boards and entering the zone. He makes flawless first passes out on the breakout and is equally explosive on the rush. 


    This young man makes it look so easy. A text book student of the game. He makes very sound and prudent decisions. He is equally lethal on the offensive blueline. He has an extremely hard  and accurate shot that hits the net.  He quarterbacks the Eels power play with maturity and precision. 


     Andrej Stankevich is a 1995 veteran. He clearly is one of the top 5 defenseman in the entire USPHL Premier Elite or USP3. This is a young man with a definite college future. 

    Info on the Chowder Cups

    The Florida Eels Is Pleased To Announce It Will Be Fielding All Star Teams This Spring and Summer at the Following Junior and College Showcases:

    Pro AM International NHL Pre Draft 1996-1999 May 13th, 14th, 15th, 2016 Walpole & Foxboro MA

    USPHL Spring Showcase 1995- 2000 May 13th, 14th, 15th, 2016 Marlboro MA

    Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup 1997-1999 July 14th, 15th, 16th, & 17th, 2016 Walpole & Foxboro MA

    Pro Am Junior Chowder Cup 2000 & 2001 21st, 22th, 23rd, & 24th, 2016, Walpole & Foxboro MA

    Pro Am Mini Chowder Cup 2002 & 2003 July 29th, July 30th, & July 31st, 2016. Walpole & Foxboro MA

    USPHL Summer Showcase 1996-2000 July 14th, 15th, 16th, & 17th, 2016 Marlboro MA

    These showcases are highly scouted by the NCAA College coaches and recruiters, USA Hockey NTPD coaches, NHL General Managers, coaches and scouts, New England Prep Schools coaches, Scouts from the OHL QMJHL WHL and BCHLL and American and European Minor Pro Teams..

    I f you are interested in partaking in one or more of these showcases please give me a call to register. These showcases are excellent forums to gain maximum exposure and visibility in front of Next Level Scouts and Recruiters. 

    Frank Scarpaci 
    Florida Eels 
    General Manager 

    This Weekend: Big Inaugural Homestead: Daytona Comes To Ft Myers Saktium To Square Off vs The Eels USP3 Team


    This Saturday at 3:20 pm Daytona squares off vs. the Eels USP3 team. Then the two teams face each other for the second game Sunday morning 10:15 am. The Racers have already arrived in Southwest Florida as they play the Junior Blades tonight at 6:00 pm. This is quite a bit for the Racers to chew as they just came back from a 5 game showcase, as did the Eels in Boston Last week. The Racers have elected to make this a 3-day away weekend. 

    Daytona Players To Watch

    1. Kyle Secor 19 
    2. Austin Boyle 16 
    3. Eli Kinsman 13 
    4. Liam McGrath 11 
    5. Chase Horn 10 
    5. Clay Janowick 10 
    7. Jordan Smarsh 8

    Empire Team Collecting Toys For Tots

    The Florida Eels USP3 (Empire) Team has taken on the task of organizing this year's Toys For Tots Campaign. This is a way for everyone in the Eels organization and the Fort Myers Skatium Community can join in and help children in our Fort Myers and surrounding community.


    Eels assistant captain John Drummond has been selected as event chair and will help organize this event. So many children go without. We ask that everyone step up to the plate and contribute.


    Hopefully you can bring an unwrapped Toy this weekend at the Eels USP3 Empire games vs. the Daytona Racers.  First game Saturday Nov. 21st @ 3:20 pm and Sunday Nov. 22nd @ 10:15 am


    Please note that all   TOYS must be all brought in by Dec 6th 2015.  


    We will be asking the Daytona Racers to join in with us to contribute this cause.


     From a GM standpoint, it was especially heartwarming when the USP3 (Empire) team approached me and asked to take charge in helping unfortunate children at Christmas. I was so happy to see my boys recognize that they are indeed extremely fortunate and privileged in so many ways. This type of activity speaks volumes to our boys’ character and resolve in appreciating the community that they play in and that has adopted our team.

    Player Development Spells Ayodele Adeniye


    Eels USP3 rookie Ayodele Adeniye is developing in line like the true Eel’ legacy of top Defenseman. One thing for sure is that the Eels program knows how to develop players and one could say Defenseman are our specialty. The Eels have developed some premier players in the past including the likes of RJ Boyd Drafted NHL Florida Panthers NCAA men’s college hockey Michigan State University, Teddy Ruth Drafted Columbus Blue jackets Notre Dane NCAA Div. 1, Richey Boyd NCAA Men’s  college hockey UNH, Cody Rogers and Brien Thompson NCAA Nichols College, Lucas Bloomquist NCAA Worcester State University, and Joey Colatarci expected to go NCAA Div. 1 this year. In keeping with this tradition we have some very talented players expected to head to NCAA college this fall. We expect upwards of 6 Eel D-Men to move to the NCAA next season.


     We see similar achievements in our rookie Ayodele Adeniye. The entire focus for us with Ayodele is to mature and develop him into a top college and perhaps USHL prospect. This has been a huge jump for Ayodele this season. He moved from   Midget Tier I AAA youth hockey right into Tier III juniors. He has made the adjustment to the speed and intensity quite well. No doubt the players are bigger and stronger. No doubt the shots are harder and goalies and so much better. But the USP3 team has allowed him to mature and enhance those skills with out distractions and unwarranted pressures. Everyday  after practice we find Ayodele working OT shooting 100 pucks and in the evening twice per week capturing two extra evening practices. He working on all of the little things to make him better. Talk to any high level college player or NHL player and they will agree it is by taking these extra hours made the difference.  


    He is playing with and along side of some top players in the entire USPHL. Look at his teammates.  Max Gruzdev the premier forward from Russia. Then there is Kristers Sep the top Latvian player. Both guys have 27 points and amongst the league leaders in points. Then top veteran player Michael Kohler who helps mentor all of the guys on the team.


    On defense, well he joins what is considered the top defense core in the entire league. He has along side him the premier defenseman in the USPHL and perhaps in all Tier II and III hockey Andrej Stankevich. Andrej is the #1 defenseman out of Russia.  Then there is 4 year Vet John Drummond, team Captain Brian Kozek and 2nd year man Alec Parr. WOW talk about putting a Rookie with top guys.


    Coach Frankie Scarpaci HC of the USP3 team allows his guys to develop and grow. He understands they will make mistakes. Too many coaches stifle creativity or jump all over a player for making a mistake. Coach Frankie knows It is all part of the development process. He does not bench players for making a mistake. He wants his players playing. We talk constantly with them after every shift. The good. And if there is an issue how to correct it or how to handle it in the future we deal with it at game time.  Our coaches are mechanics and teachers. Fix it and teach it. We know they will most likely make the mistake again but it is through this coaching and correction we will undoubtedly improve our guys.


    Ayodele is an important player for us as are all of our guys. He is a key ingredient in our mosaic this year. We all have one mission in mind and that is to get to playoffs, win at playoffs, get to Nationals and win at Nationals. But like developing players we take it one game at a time. One period at a time and one shift at a time,

    Colin Whitt Tremendous Work Ethic

    Colin Whitt: A Consummate And Tireless Warrior

    All Work Every Day At Practice Every Game Every Shift  

    With Colin you don’t get the flash the splash and all the hype. You don’t get the ceremonial celebrations. What you do get is a coach’s dream. A young man who is more determined and dedicated than anyone else on your team. These accolades are often echoed much too often without substantiated substance.  For Colin he shows up 60 minutes before ice practice every day to get him physically and mentally prepared for the tough training sessions leveraged by Head Coach Bloomingburg every day.  There you will see a true student of the game. He listens and properly executes. He intently has a close eye on fellow teammates to make sure they are doing the drills or systems correct. As one of the Assistant Captains he lends his support to his fellow teammates to ensure they are all getting it.


    After practice when most players go home Colin remains at the rink. He remains training for another 1-½ hours shooting. He takes this mission various serious, Not 1 or 2 days a week but 5 days a week. Each and Every week. He shoots about 200-300 pucks a day. He has a regimen of shooting 100 wrist shots 100 slap shots 50 backhand and 50 snap shots. He tirelessly maintains this schedule.


    This is a young man who has an incredible work ethic and shows it every day.

    No doubt he plays the same way. He has 2 goals and 10 assist. Not bad for a defensive defenseman. He clearly has offensive abilities but he plays defense first. He is very focused on the ice that enables him to make clean crisp first outlet passes. He does not take risk in his zone. He knows that if a forward makes a mistake, so be it. But if a defenseman makes a mistake it is a shot I net. That is unacceptable to him.


    He is very tough to play against. He will beat you up in front of his net and along the boards. But is smart and does not allow himself to be suckered into penalties. This kid is a coach’s dream. Not just for Coach Bloomingburg but for the NCAA college coaches who are recruiting. The college coaches are smart. They do not simply look at the stats and say who is scoring. In fact for many D men that could be a liability. Risk takers. In Colin’s case the see the proper balance and that is precisely what they are looking for.


    Colin is already garnering NCAA college looks. He showed very well at the USPHL IHC Showcase last week. We expect to hear from more coaches in the next few weeks. We all look forward to the Florida Showcase in December and then the  main CUSPHL Showcase in January.  He is a very bright young man with very good ACT scores. He no doubt will be another Eel Alumni who will move to the Next Level next year- NCAA Men’s college hockey.

    Jared Levine Gets The Nod and Comes Up Huge Including A Shut Out To Secure Two of the Four Wins in The USPHL Showcase In Massachusetts


     Jared Levine Gets The Nod and Comes Up Huge Including A Shut Out To Secure Two of the Four Wins in The USPHL Showcase In Massachusetts


    Jared Levine turned away 21 of 23 shots against the Bay State Breakers on Saturday’s game. The Eels unleashed an offensive assault on the Breakers firing 32 shots scoring 7 goals. You could see the Eels were on fire and looking to make a statement against the Northern Rivals in the USPHL Elite. The Eels have been equal to the task for the last 4 years facing their northern foes but now we are looking to be on top. This game clearly demonstrates what the Eels are capable of. They have a relentless fore-check and as a solid back checking system. But most importantly they are solid in goal. Both Jared Levine and Matt Schneider have been very strong all year and this was a nice game to show off our wares.


    Jared then got a back-to-back call from his Coach. He wanted Jared to face his former team the Syracuse Stars. We all felt that Jared knew the players; their system and it would be especially nice for him to play against them. Well he did more than play. He was perfect. He faced 32 shots and turned each shot away garnering a shutout for his squad. This was another solid performance for Jared who is a 1995 last year veteran. Clearly he is trying to demonstrate what he has to the college recruiters. This was an outstanding performance showcasing his skill set. Jared is a very solid goalie. He is equally a high character young man. Very quiet. He is a thinker. He has a high benchmark for himself and expects the same from all those around him. We were excited to get him this year. GM Scarpaci and Coach Jason scouted him last year and knew he was one of the goalies we wanted this season. He and Max Schneider have made a great duo for the Eels Elite team. We already have several NCAA men’s colleges looking at him and we expect him to sign with a solid program for the 2016 fall semester.

    CJ Antonelli Scores Two Huge Goals To lead Eels Over the Mid West First Place Fighting Irish

    CJ Not Afraid To Battle

     To say CJ Antonelli came to play Sunday morning against the Detroit Fighting is the understatement off the year. CJ came out on fire. He was a s determined as anyone could possibly be to take this win over the Mid West First Place team the Detroit Fighting Irish.  CJ being from Chicago wanted to show those guys from Detroit a little bit of what he was made of.


    The Irish players were talking all the hype before the game. But CJ showed talk is cheap and he clearly showed you have to perform on the ice to win games. He also echoed the concept do all your talking after the game. You don’t win talk from your locker room or in the hallways. You don’t win hockey games from sitting on the bench chirping. You win it by what you do on the ice. CJ Antonelli style. You can see the determination in his face. All business.


    CJ’s performance was illustrated just before his first goal. He was along the boards in front of his own bench battling for the puck. He was knocked down. But he did not let that check stop his play. While on his knees he managed to push the puck forward towards the offensive zone. Then he battled to get back into the play. He Crossed dumped the puck deep into the offensive zone. Skated with all deliberate speed to regain possession. He and his teammates managed to get the puck in the slot and CJ slammed it home. What a shift! That was all work determination.  


    Refusing to take any time off or prematurely celebrating CJ then goes out shortly after and snipes the Irish goalie for his second of the morning. This was all work ethic. All heart and sole. CJ is ripening into a very nice player says coach Frankie head coach of the USP3 team.  He is making a good transition into junior hockey. There is a huge difference between high school and midget hockey. The pace is so much faster. The speed of the game the intensity and hitting. It is not easy to make the transition but CJ has proven he is that quality of player who can do it. His goal is to play NCAA men’s college hockey. He works every day to reach that goal. He attends high school in the morning, trains on the ice 1 & 1/2 hours a day and then another 1 hour off ice. But it takes more. You need to have your heart and desire in sync. You have to be willing to make so many sacrifices and that is exactly what CJ does.  CJ has those intangibles and we see him maturing each ad every day. This game illustrates that.

    The USPHL Showcase A Great Forum For Our Guys To Be Scouted and Recruited


    Star-Studded USPHL Showcase Draws Over 100 NCAA & NHL Scouts 

    By: Frank Scarpaci 
    Sent to: 6 groups.

    The 2015 Islanders Hockey Club Showcase closed on Monday after a thrilling weekend of hockey that brought over 100 NCAA and NHL scouts to the Volpe Athletics Complex and Skate 3 Arena.


    Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 1



    Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 1

    • Postedby Kevin Neeld Oct 11, 2015
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    This is the 1st in a 2-part series on sleep and how it impacts performance.  References for both portions will be included at the bottom of both posts.

    Sleep Dictates Physical and Mental Performance

    Sleep could very well be the most powerful recovery tool available to athletes. As powerful of a “performance enhancer” as sleep can be, poor sleep can have equally profound negative consequences. In a review on recovery strategies centered around the central nervous system (e.g. your brain), Rattray, Argus, Martin, Northey, and Driller (2015) point out that sub-optimal sleep is associated with compromised motivation and immune function, symptoms of over-reaching (i.e. the precursor to over training), and reductions in brain glycogen (i.e. fuel for brain activity). Sleep deprivation is also associated with increased levels of the catabolic hormone cortisol, along with markers of systemic inflammation (Wright et al, 2015). Halson (2014) adds that reducing sleep to <6 hours per night for 4 nights leads to the aforementioned changes, but also changes in blood sugar regulation and appetite, and that a night of sleep deprivation can lead to decreases in power, strength, repeat sprint ability, endurance and perceived effort.

    In fact, according to Czeisler (2011), sleep deprivation leads to performance decrements comparable to having a blood alcohol level of 0.10%.

    Simply, with sub-optimal sleep all aspects of performance relevant to team sport athletes are compromised. As a consequence, there’s a constant internal battle between tapping into mental reserves to maintain a high level of performance and a progressively decreased motivation to do so.

    Much of this research focuses on sleep deprivation (e.g. not sleeping at all for 24-48 hours), which may have some application to college athletes pulling all-nighters to prepare for exams. Given how rare these circumstances are, though, it’s important to note that consistent mild sleep deprivation (e.g. less than 6 hours/night for several nights per week) can have similar influences as total sleep deprivation. These physical and mental performance decrements can appear after only two nights of partial sleep deprivation (Halson, 2014).

    Furthermore, going to bed 2-2.5 hours later than normal can negatively affect sport-specific skills, such as serving accuracy in tennis (Reyner & Horne, 2013), and presumably shooting accuracy in sports like soccer, hockey, and basketball. Importantly, partial sleep deprivation leads to more pronounced performance impairments in the evening of the following day, which is when most competitions are scheduled (Thun, Bjorvatn, Flo, Harris, & Pallesen, 2015).

    Dissecting Sleep Patterns

    Sleep is divided into two major categories: Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Non-Rapid Eye Movement sleep, the latter of which is subdivided further into stages associated with increasing “depths” of sleep. REM and Deep Sleep have specific physiological advantages that warrant noting:

    • REM Sleep: Significant brain activity and dreaming, generally thought to improve memory and learning, including skill development
    • Deep Sleep (Slow Wave Sleep): Huge spike in growth hormone release and inhibitory effect on cortisol release that helps facilitate repair/growth of soft-tissue (e.g. muscle) and related to next-day wakefulness

    While this is an oversimplification, you can think of REM sleep as mental recovery and deep sleep as physical recovery.

    Sleep Monitoring

    As is the approach I take with designing training programs, any specific sleep recommendations should be made with some sort of assessment/tracking information. There are dozens of options, but the overwhelming majority are all finding different ways to assess “actigraphy,” which uses body movement to make inferences about whether you’re awake or sleeping, and if sleeping, what stage of sleep you’re in.

    While it’s not cheap, the device I like the best for this purpose is the Res Med S+. Not only does it provide a daily “Sleep Score” based on your total sleep, wake, REM, Light, and Deep sleep times, but it also ties in quick tips/education based on your specific scores to help you better address your limitation.

    It also has a few basic questions about caffeine and alcohol consumption, and perceived stress levels throughout the day so you can start to understand the relationships that these things have with your personal sleep patterns. The education piece is better than anything else I’ve come across and will help keep you engaged on improving your sleep duration/quality, which is essential to long-term success.

    Res Med S+ Feedback

    My only qualm with actigraphy measures is they’re easily influenced by other people/animals in the bed. If you have a significant other or overly human-like pet (see below) sleeping with you, they’ll likely influence your scores to a varying degree depending on their movement.

    Sleeping with Pets

    My sleep quality is directly linked to whether Ruxin sleeps upside on my head, or on Emily’s.

    As an alternative to actigraphy-based measures, there’s an app called “Sleep Rate” that ties in with Bluetooth HR monitors like the Polar H7 and provides very similar information to the S+. This is what I use when I travel. The heart rate strap is a little invasive, but I like this data because it’s a direct reflection of my physiology, not an inference from the cumulative movement patterns of the bed. The app itself is free, and with a ~$50 cost for the Polar H7 that can be used with other free apps on your phone for training purposes, it’s a worthwhile investment.

    Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 2


    Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 2

    Part 2 of the Sleep and Sports Performance series will dive into specific recommendations to improve your sleep quality, including a cool trick to make your brain think you’re tired, and a few effective supplements you’ve never heard of. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here: Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 1

    The Foundation of Quality Sleep

    Improving your sleep quality is a lot like improving your diet. The best strategy is master the basics, and then use more advanced strategies to troubleshoot individual deficiencies. With this in mind, these are the biggest “bang for your buck” strategies to immediately improve your sleep:

    • Make sure your room is completely black (e.g. no internal or external light at all) and cool
    • Stop using electronics, including TVs, computers, and cell phones ~30-60 minutes before bedtime
    • Put your phone on silent and turn it face down on your nightstand so it doesn’t make sound, vibrate or light up while you’re sleeping. “Do Not Disturb” mode will keep the phone quiet, but will still allow your alarm to go off.
    • Attempt to go to sleep and wake up within an hour of the same time each night.

    Of these, the minimal electronic use is likely the recommendation that will be met with the most resistance. Your body naturally produces melatonin, a hormone that most people are familiar with as a sleep supplement, in anticipation of darkness. When you expose your eyes to light, particularly blue light from electronics, it inhibits melatonin release and essentially signals to your body that you need to stay awake.

                “I SnapChat because I can’t sleep. And I can’t sleep because I SnapChat.”

    Further, electronics that require interaction (e.g. everything except TV) lead to difficulties falling asleep and less refreshing sleep (Gradisar, Wolfson, Harvey, Hale, Rosenberg, & Czeisller, 2013).

    Just as you can tell whether the lights in a room are on or off even with your eyes closed, your eyes perceive light even while you sleep. Even if your phone is on silent, if it lights up on your bedstand, it will still have a stimulatory effect and pull you out of deeper levels of sleep. Naturally, the same is true of lights coming through the window or from alarm clocks. Complete darkness is essential for optimal sleep.

    Hacking Your Sleep

    If you follow the above recommendations and are still struggling to get restful sleep, these are effective strategies worth the time and financial investment to try.

    1) Take a nap

    A complete sleep cycle lasts ~90 minutes. However, Thun et al. (2015) point out that 30-minute naps are effective at restoring performance to a higher level compared to a no-nap condition. From a practical standpoint, this means that naps should be ~20-30 minutes or ~90 minutes. Waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle is why many people feel groggy when they wake up; avoid the 45-75 minutes time zones.

    2) Take a quick warm shower before bed

    It is easier to fall asleep when your core temperature is low (Waterhouse, Fukuda, & Morita, 2012). Intuitively, you might think jumping in a cold tub would help facilitate this process. However, Rattray et al. (2015) commented that cold-water immersion had no effect on sleep measures, but increasing skin temperature did. This may be a combination of heat having a soothing/calming effect on the body and the fact that after heat, the body’s temperature needs to drop to restore homeostasis. This falls into the “try both and see what you like better” category.

    3) Change your diet

    According to Halson (2014), eating a meal with carbohydrates ~1-4 hours before bedtime can decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, increase REM sleep, and decrease light sleep, and low protein diets impair Deep Sleep. There are a lot of considerations in optimizing your diet, but for sleep purposes it appears that making sure you get sufficient quality food throughout the day and eating a small carbohydrate-based meal for dinner (or post-game) will help optimize your sleep quality. This isn’t a free pass to punish a box of cereal right before you brush your teeth; food quality still matters. A “carbohydrate-based meal” may just mean a small chicken breast along with a sweet potato, and large serving of vegetables.

    4) Fall asleep faster with brain “entrainment”

    Sleep zones, and all states of being, are associated with different frequencies of brain wave activity. For example, Deep Sleep is characterized by “delta frequencies” at 0.5-2.0 Hz. Brain activity within certain bands can be stimulated through auditory stimulation. This simply involves playing two sounds at different frequencies in each headphone, such that the difference in their frequencies falls within the range of the target brain activity. In other words, if we wanted to stimulate 2.0 Hz activity, we could put a 6.0 Hz tune in one ear, and a 4.0 Hz tune in the other. 6.0-4.0= 2.0.


    Assuming you, like me, have no idea how to do this on your own, you can download an app called “Neuroathlete”, which allows you to select the desired outcome (in this case “Rest and Recover” and it will play the appropriate tunes for you. It also lets you superimpose “sounds of nature” tunes on top of the humming of the different frequencies. Abeln, Kleinert, STruder, & Schneider showed that this technology had a positive impact on the sleep patterns of youth soccer players (2014), and given the cost, it’s definitely worth trying. I’ve used this personally and had several athletes use it as well.

    5) Supplement

    Most sleep-related supplements receive mixed reviews. Tryptophan in doses as low as 1g has been shown to improve sleep quality (Halson, 2014). Magnesium supplementation, which has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, improves sleep time and sleep efficiency (the amount of time spent asleep while in bed; Abbasi et al., 2012). Valerian is an herb that has a similar calming effect on the nervous system, and results in improved self-reported sleep quality (Halson, 2014). Lastly, L-theanine is an amino acid that may help promote relaxation.

    Some of these ingredients can be found combined together. For example, I really liked Poliquin’s UberMag Plus Px, which has magnesium and tryptophan.

    UberMag Plus Px

    The end of sleep trouble

    6) Sleep More

    Lastly, you may just need to sleep more. Two studies have shown that lengthening sleep duration have had significantly positive outcomes on speed and skill-related performances in basketball players (Mah, Mah, Kezirian, & Dement, 2012) and swimmers (Mah, 2008).

    Wrap Up

    Sleep can have a profound impact on your physical and mental performance. Use the sleep “hacks” in this article to help optimize your sleep, and troubleshoot issues as they arise.

    To your success,

    Kevin Neeld

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    The Daytona Racers Come To Town This Weekend For Their Inaugural Debut At Fort Myers Skatium vs. the Eels USP3 Team


    Just who are the Racers? They are an expansion team this year in Florida. They took over the dormant Space Coast Hurricane Empire franchise, which went dormant  for 2 years when Space Coast could not field a quality team several years ago. The USPHL granted Daytona a franchise and we were all anxious to see how well they would do in the league.


    Well in the beginning of the season the Racers were on fire. They dropped the Florida Jr. Blades in their first three home games vs. the Blades. This raised eyebrows of many. They went 2 for 5 at the recent USPHL Showcase in Boston. They defeated the Islanders Hockey Club 5-4. Keep in mind the IHC beat the Eels at the same showcase. The Racers also defeated the Michigan Wild as well. They lost to a weak Fredrick Freeze. That was surprising. Daytona looked much stronger than the Freeze.  Daytona got crushed by the Chicago Cougars who are a very strong team \

     akin to an Elite team. They also lost to another Midwest team Tri-City.


    The scorecard between the Eels and the Racers: The Eels beat the Racers in Daytona 2-1 and 6-4 back in October. Both of these games were very hard fought battles. In each the Eels made a come back to win the games.


    Their overall record is a very respectable 8-8. They are definitely to be respected.


    The Racers will have a 3 game weekend here in Southwest Florida as they play the Junior Blades Friday night and then play the Eels Saturday afternoon at 3:20pm and the Eels once again Sunday morning at 10:15 am. The Eels are not taking them for granted. We know how important the points are right now. We are still on top in the Florida Division but only by 1 point over the Atlanta Knights. The Eels are looking to gain some ground here so this is a key set of games. Daytona had quite a few older guys when we last played them so you wont see a young group of players. Their experience has gone a long way in the 8 games they won. They picked up some very sold players from New Jersey who have veteran experience.


    The Eels were on fire in the last two games up at the Showcase. They look to continue with that momentum and build on it for this weekend. Scoring has come from a variety of players and it will take a complete team effort once again this weekend. The boys seem to be right on track and 2 wins this weekend will be the best serving for their Thanksgiving. Please come out and join us for this weekend’s games.




    Eels USP3 Beats the Jr Bruins and the Detroit Fighting Irish To Close Out the USPHL Showcase -



    The Florida Eels USP3 team goes 2-2-1 in USP3 Islanders Hockey Club Showcase With Impressive Wins Over The Jr. Bruins and First The Place Detroit Fighting Irish.
    The Eels lost their first game against Northern Rivals the Islanders Hockey Club with an empty netter 4-2. It was a tough game as the boys just got off the plane after a major plane delay and rushing to get to the game on time.  It was a bit unnerving for the boys and they literally had 15 minutes to get dressed and play the game once the bus arrived. The anxiety and commotion no doubt unraveled their composure and it took its cost in the game.
    In game two vs. Motor City the Eels lost in OT 2-1. This was a heart breaker as anyone watching the game would have concurred the Eels was a better team but they failed to capitalize on key scoring chances and allowed the game to go into OT and the result was not as expected.
    Game three vs. Decatur from the Midwest was the Eels most disappointing game of the weekend. Here like in game two the Eels were the better team but could not prove it on the scoreboard and in the end that is what counts. The Eels hit the post may be 9 times while dinging the cross bar another 5. Coach Frankie said if he heard that sound one more time he would get would be physically sick. We played the entire game in their end and came up short. The Eels have some very talented scorers but the well came up dry. The coaching staff took the boys back to the hotel and shook off the cobwebs. The intensity was there. The pace was there. We needed to carry this over to games 4 and 5 and the wins would come. No panic just hard work was in store.
    Game 4 was one of the best games of the season. The Eels defeated the Junior Bruins. This was huge as it was not only the first win of the Showcase but the first time the Florida Eels Association ever defeated the Junior Bruins in over a decade. The drama was ever present. In fact the rink was packed with college scouts parents other USPHL coaches and over 100 other players. The game had everything. Great goaltending by the Eels Nolan Greene, hard hitting by both teams and a very high flying offense by both teams.  This was a huge game for the Eels defenseman both defensively and on the point. Andrej Stankevich notched two, John Drummond scored, and Brian Kozek scored his first and a big one from center and assistant captain Bryan Miller.  The Bruins went down 5-4 in what proved to be a catalyst in game 5.
    Game 5 the Eels faced the Midwest first place Detroit Fighting Irish. This was a big older club who carried an attitude when they hit the rink and a chip on their shoulder throughout the game. The Eels were not the least bit intimidated. They responded with their own brand of hitting and brought on what was missing in game 1, 2 and 3. The Eels shot 28 shots on net and opened them up 5-1. CJ Antonelli had an excellent game scoring twice as did Kristers Seps and Max Gruzdev continued tearing up the league with another goal.
    The Eels looked very strong in all departments and it was an excellent way to close the showcase. The boys had it tough with 5 games but did not show any weariness in game 5. In fact the boys got stronger and stronger as the weekend closed with the big wins over top opponents such as the Jr. Bruins and the Fighting Irish.
    The Eels continued in first place in the Florida Division after this weekend. They have a home stand vs. the Daytona Racers this weekend.

    Eels Elite Showcase Ice Cap

    The Florida Eels Elite team had a strong performance at the USPHL Showcase in Boston Winning 4 out of 6 games. The Eels lost to the Junior Bruins 2-0 empty netter in game one. The Elite team like the USP3 Eels were a bit travel weary and could not deliver the punch needed to down the Jr. Bruins. We played them very well but the Flight legs wore us down. This was a heartbreak loss for Matt Schneider as he was poised to bring home the win for his team. He played very well against the Junior Bruins lethal offense.


    In game two the Eels defeated the South Shore Kings handedly in a 4-2 contest. The Eels were back in form and made a major push on offense to stifle the Kings game plan. Rookie Vitali Mikhailov notched 2 more goals as he has been on fire since joining the team. Alex Sanchez (3rd in league)  and Josh DeLezenne ( 17th in league) both scored once continuing strong amongst the Eels leading scorers. Matt Schneider did very well capturing the Eels first win of the Showcase.


    In game 3 the Eels fell to the first place Islanders Hockey Club 3-1. Here the Eels had trouble finding the back of the net. We played them very well and out played them a good part of the game. Brian Dennerlein was the sole Eels goal scorer. It was a nice game against one of the top teams in the North. We really feel we can beat them but we need to get more than 23 shots on net. Matt Schneider played very well once again facing the Islanders relentless assault on his net.


    In Game 4 unraveled the Bay State Breakers 7-2. The Eels really had their game in check here All cylinders were firing. Our back check denied any sustained attack and our fore-check was relentless. Josh DeLezenne had another 2-goal game. Brian Dennerlein had another goal in this game and Jeff O’Dea and Brandon Rosario joined him. Jared Levine did a very nice job in net turning away 23 shots and securing a win for the boys and getting his team back to the win Colum.


     In game five Jared Levine was back in net and shut out his former team 3-0. Josh DeLezenne was back on the scoreboard with another goal and he was joined by Garrett Wood who has been on fire for the last 3 weeks and assistant captain Jonathan Carlson (11th in league)  who is amongst the league leaders on defense. Levine turned away 32 shots for a nice blanking of the Stars.


    The week was still not over as the Eels had an unprecedented 6 games for the showcase. They knew it would be a herculean task but one we were up for said GM Scarpaci. We train harder than any other program says Coach Bloomingburg and we were prepared to paly what ever number of games that the league set as we had make games from the Hurricane back in October. 


    In the final game – 6 the Eels captured their 4th win of the showcase defeating the Rochester Jr. Americans 3-1. Vitali Mikhailov scored again as did Kade Brannon.

     Josh DeLezenne having an incredible weekend showcasing his wares had another goal. (He is 17th in the league) Matt Schneider was in net for another top performance by him turning away 25 shots.


    The Florida Eels Regret The Loss To The Colatarci Family

    Greatest Grandparents

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Joey Colatarci and his brother Nick who lost both his grandmother Marsha K Colatarci on September 10th 2015 and this week November 9th 2015 his grandfather Joseph Colatarci passed away. The Colatarci family have been a staple to the Fort Myers Hockey community for 14+ years. Mr. and Mrs. Colatarci were fixtures here at the Fort Myers Skatium as they watched both Joey and Nick play for the Florida Eels and its predecessor the Ft Myers Phantoms. They were amongst the most loving and supportive grandparents two young boys could ever have. They always stood so proud to watch young Joey and Nick play and enjoy the game. These boys were their life. They were at every game be it in Florida, Tournaments in the Northeast or Showcases out West or Canada. 


    These grandparents were so loving and caring to all of the players Joey and Nick played with. They were there always to lend a helping hand and made countless charitable donations to help their grandchildren’s fellow teammates who were not always so fortunate. They never had a harsh word for any one. They just loved everything and everyone in the Eels.


    Marsha and Joseph Colatarci leave their loving son “Big Joe” as I would call him. Joey and Nick’s dad. Talk about a hockey dad. 100% supportive of his kids. His life is Joey and Nick. When Joey left the Eels to pursue Major Juniors and Canadian Juniors Joey’s dad and grandparents continued to be one of the Eels biggest sponsors. They generously and unselfishly billeted Alex Sanchez, published our program books, printed countless raffle tickets and donated much more to help the Florida Eels. 


    To the Colatarci Family we deeply regret your loss. Big Joe, it was an honor to have known your Mom and Dad.  You have always been a loyal and good friend to me, my family and the Eels. Joey and Nick, my prayers are with you and your dad. I know how much your grandparents meant to you and how much you meant to them.  I can tell you their memory and love will never fade or drift. Keep the lessons you learned from them near and dear to your hearts. You are great kids and as they look over you from heaven you will continue to make them proud.


    Coach Frank, The Scarpaci Family and the Entire Florida Eels Family Past and Present. 

    Come Join Us Tonight At 7:45 pm Puck Drop As Your Florida Eels Elite Team Looks To Down Put the Hawks in a “No Fly Zone” and narrow the margin between the 2 teams in the Southern Conference and Florida Division.




    Tonight: Florida Eels Elite Squares Off vs. East Coast Rivals The Palm Beach Hawks.

    Puck Drops at 7:45 pm This Sunday the Elite and USP3 teams travel to West Palm Beach To Play The Hawks at the Palm Beach Skate Zone.


    The  Palm Beach Hawks sit in 2nd place in the Southern Conference and first in the Florida Division. The Florida Eels Elite team are in 5th place in the Southern Conference and 3rd in the Florida Division behind the Atlanta Knights  in 2nd place and the Hawks who top the Florida Division.


    Palm Beach has played 16 games. Atlanta has played 14 games. Whereas the Eels have only played 12 games. The Eels have 17 points, the Knights have 18.  So the Eels are very close with Atlanta; but the Eels have 2 games in hand.


    The Palm Beach Hawks do sit comfortably with 25 points but played 4 more games than the Eels.  Wow see guys why math is important and yes you do use it in real life!!!!


    In summary, there are 8 points that separate the two teams and that is why this weekend home and away stand is so critical for the Eels.  It all comes down to first making the playoffs and then home ice advantage. Moreover if the battle comes down between Atlanta and  he Eels it is the difference between the Fort Myers Skatium and the MIC in at Atlanta. More over, Atlanta is off this weekend so the 2 game in hand factor will be decided with these two gams against the Hawks. Again a sweep by the Eels will put the Eels 3 points over the Hawks and in 2nd place in the Florida Division. There is a lot at stake here in the outcome of these games.


    If the Eels sweep this series they will considerably narrow the margin. And will still have 4 games to make up vs. Palm Beach. . Four games means 8 points in the future.


    The Eels will not take the Hawks for granted. They always play the Eels tough. We will need to bring our best game both Saturday and Sunday. The Eels are very hungry after losing in OT vs. the Tampa Juniors in their last outing. You can count on all cylinders firing and it ought to be a very lively battle this evening.


    Eels players to be on the watch for tonight:







    Alex Sanchez




    Jonathan Carlson




    Connor Annett




    Josh DeLezenne




    Clayton Boyd




    Jordan Court




    Kade Brannon




    Colin Whitt




    Brandon Halvorsen




    Brandon Rosario




    Both Matt Schneider and Jared Levine are ready to answer the call. They are both eager to play and determined to bring home the wins



    Coach Frank

    Eels Alumni Richy Boyd Has 2 goals in 4 games for UNH

     Eels Alumni Richy Boyd has scored in two games for the UNH  Wildcats NCAA Div. 1 men's team.

    Richy helped his team down Union 5-2 and previously undefeated Merrimack College 4-2

    This is 2 goals in the 4 games Richy Boyd has played this season so far. He is off to a phenomenal start as a second year player for UNH.

    Richy was one of the Eels most decorated players while he played for the Eels. He played right through form Mites to Midgets and 2 years as a Junior player for the Florida Eels


    So Far To Date Four Florida Eels Selected as Weekly All Stars

    So far this year 4 Florida Eels players have been selected as weekly all stars.

    October 12th Zac Boyle Forward All Star

    October 12th Matt Schneider Goalie All Star

    October 26th Alex Sanchez Forward All Star

    Nov. 2nd Ayodele Adeniye Defenseman All Star


    Keep Up the Good Work. Your Skills and performances are being recognized.

    Eels Alumni Max Kirkwood Shuts Out Southern Maine

    GAME ONE: Worcester State 0, Wentworth 6


    Wentworth tallied five goals in the first period as the Leopards defeated the Lancers of Worcester State University, 6-0 in first round action of the ICFCU Shootout hosted by Fitchburg State University on Friday evening.


    Wentworth opened the scoring at the 8:38 mark as sophomore forward Jake McDonogh collected a feed from classmate Ryan Sullivan and deposited the puck into the right side for net for the 1-0 lead.


    The Leopards doubled their advantage (2-0) one minute later when freshman Sean Brennan struck for his first collegiate tally, firing a shot inside the far post off assist from Sullivan and sophomore Chris Sattier.


    The visitors upped its margin at the 13:22 mark as senior forward Stephen McManus broke in on a one-on-one and slipped the puck into the upper left corner as freshmen Adam Lane and Jake Flynn assisted on the play for the 3-0 lead.


    Following a goal by McDonough, Wentworth capped the scoring in the first frame with just over four minutes remaining in the stanza when newcomer Byron Carlisle netted his first collegiate marker on assists by Lane and Sullivan for the 5-0 advantage after 20 minutes of play.

    Following a scoreless second period, concluded the scoring in the contest at the 13:09 mark as sophomore forward Erik Andersson found the back of the net for his first tally on the season, resulting in the 6-0 final.


    Throughout the contest Wentworth held a 38-19 advantage in shots, while the Lancers finished 0-for-6 on the power-play. In goal, senior Salvatore Tecci (Franklin, Mass.) made 32 saves in the complete game effort for Worcester State, while counterpart Joel Miller stopped 19 shots for the Leopards


    GAME TWO: Worcester State 4, Southern Maine 0


    Four different players registered a goal as the Lancers of Worcester State defeated Southern Maine University, 4-0 in second round action of the ICFCU shootout this afternoon at the Wallace Civic Center.


    Worcester State opened the scoring with 43 seconds remaining in the first period as freshman forward Patrick Germain (Auburn, Mass.) fired a shot inside the near post for his first collegiate tally on assists from classmate Mitchell Purdie (Cavan, Ontario) and sophomore Ryan Menard (Ashland, Mass.) for the 1-0 margin going into the first intermission.


    Following a scoreless second frame, the Lancers doubled their lead (2-0) just 36 seconds into the third period when senior Nick Drill (Madison, W.I.) buried a shot into the back into the net. Freshman Cody Slocum (Temecula, Calif.) and sophomore Sean Haltram (Medina, Ohio) assisted on the play.


    The hosts upped its advantage at the 16:06 mark when freshman Mike Moran (Milford, Mass.) collected a pass from sophomore Joe White (Wonder Lake, I.L.) and fired a shot into the lower left corner of the net for his first collegiate tally for the 3-0 lead.


    Worcester State added an insurance score with just over one minute left in the contest as sophomore Alex Pommerville (Macedon, N.Y.) slid the puck into an empty off an assist from Germain, resulting in the 4-0 final.


    Throughout the contest, Southern Maine held a slim 32-28 advantage in shots, while the Lancers finished 0-for-5 on the man advantage. In goal, freshman Max Kirkwood (Brunswick, Ohio) stopped 32 shots for Worcester State, while sophomore Matt Michals finished with 24 saves for the Huskies


    Worcester State (1-1-0, 0-0-0 MASCAC) returns to action on Tuesday as it hosts the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth at 8:45 p.m. Southern Maine (1-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC E) will host the Cadets of Norwich University on Friday at 7 p.m.


    Eels Top Blades 4-1 In Sundays Rematch Splitting Weekend Games



    The Florida Eels USP3 Team Split The Weekend with the Florida Junior Blades.

    In game one the Eels patterned come back was stalled as the Blades eclipsed the Eels 5-3. The Eels scored first by a phenomenal goal by Kellen Crother assisted by Max Gruzdev and Garrett Wood with just 59 seconds into the game. But the Blades kept serious pressure on the young Eels squad. The Blades struck for 2 goals in the first period and another in the 2nd period carrying most of the play in the first and second periods. The Eels made their patterned come back attempt in the 3rd period. The Eels came out on fire in period 3 and appeared to have their cylinders firing. They notched 2 more goals; one from Max Gruzdev assisted by assistant captain Michael Kohler who was taking charge. Then rookie defenseman Ayodele Adeniye scored a nice power play goal again assisted by Michael Kohler and Max Gruzdev. This brought the Eels within 1 as the score was now 4-3. But the Blades struck once again for their 5th of the afternoon to make it 5-3. Eels coach Frankie Scarpaci pulled his goalie with over 2 ½ minutes remaining. The Eel’s coach is of the mindset “we are here to win and we will gamble if we need to. A win is a win and a loss is a loss. We have the guns to score and our players are extremely good at maintaining possession of the puck, so lets go for it” Coach Frankie echoed on the bench.  and the Eels fired 5 + solid shots at net but were not able to close the margin. The Eels were also able to deny any empty net on them while having the extra man.


    Coach Frankie Scarpaci and his team did not panic with the loss. They regrouped, did their review and diagnostic of their game, made some adjustments and set their strategy for Sunday’s game   No doubt the Eels knew they had a better team that showed on Saturday and knew what got them to their first place in the Florida Division with 8 wins in to date. These boys have such determination and will to win. They train harder than anyone in the league and they believed in themselves and how they would show resolve and resilience on Sunday.


    Indeed, the Eels did just that. The Eels came out alive on Sunday and dismantled the Jr. Blades 4-1 with a clear cogent and convincing win. The Eels team that showed up on Sunday is the Eels team that has been playing all season. They came out hitting. They had their extremely aggressive for-check in play. They back checked with a purpose and faster and even more intense than their fore-check. They were simply going to deny the Blades of scoring opportunities. They simply said NO to every thing the Jr. Blades were trying to generate.


    In period one, the Blades did score first but after that the Eels went on fire. In period two the Blades became a bit unraveled that caused them to take several penalties which the Eels took advantage of. The Eels struck for two back-to-back power play goals.  Andrej Stankevich (power play) Max Gruzdev and Ayodele Adeniye assisted and a 2nd power play goal by Andrej Stankevich (power play) assisted by Kristers Seps and team Captain Brian Kozek


    In the third the Eels Garrett Wood scored a nice one to make it 3-1 Eels assisted by Kristers Seps, and Max Gruzdev. Then the Blades pulled their goalie with over a minute to go and the Eels   Kristers Seps took possession of the puck head manned it up to Ayodele Adeniye who made a nice pass to Kellen Crowther who piloted to the empty net for the Eels 4th of the afternoon sealing the win for the Eels. Kellen had an outstanding weekend especially for a first year rookie with 2 goals and very strong performances on every shift. He was a man on a mission.


    In net for the second afternoon in a row was Nolan Greene. He played another phenomenal game between the pipes for the Eels. Nolan faced 21 shots. Held them to 1 goal had a .956 save %.


    This was a full team effort and a very deserving win. The nice thing about this Eels team is over 75% of these players never played junior hockey before. They had no idea of the intensity and emotions of true rivals nor the level of the rivalry between these two Southwest Florida teams just 19 miles apart. That clearly contributed to the score in game one. The boys were not dialed in yet to what these games take. But that clearly changed after the upset Saturday evening. The Eels veterans and 15+ rookies level of intensity rose on Sunday’s match. The coaching staff was extremely proud of its players. These were two very hard fought battles. No doubt the physicality was there. The emotions were there and the talent was there between both teams.


    The Eels now sit in first place in the Florida Division with 13 games played 9 wins 3 losses and 1 tie for 19 points. Atlanta who is also in the Florida Division has 14 games played with 8 wins 4 losses 2 ties for 18 points. Tampa who is in 3rd place in Florida has played 15 games with 8 wins 6 losses and 1 tie has 17 points.  Daytona has 13 points. Palm Beach 9 points and the Jr. Blades have 8 points. These are all critical games despite being early in the season. But 1/4th of the season has been played. In fact the Eels will have an extremely busy month in November as they compete next weekend vs. the Hawks and then travel to Boston for 5 games at the USPHL IHC Showcase at Merrimack College and then back to Florida for a weekend series vs. Daytona and another 5 games in December at West Palm Beach at the USPHL Southern Showcase. 

    The Eels USP3 team stunned by Tampa Juniors.



    The USP3 Eels team was on a roll going 8-1-1 and coming off two huge wins over the Daytona Racers. This Sunday the Eels played their 3rd game in 4 days and it did not go so well. The Eels were very close to bring it to a tie but cross bar hits and near misses haunted the offense all day. Tampa was ready for the Eels and kept pushing hard.

    Tampa scored 3 in a row before defenseman Ayodele Adeniye notched one for the Eels. Then defenseman John Drummond scored for the Eels bringing it within 1. Then with 14 minutes into the third Tampa scored a power play goal making it 4 to seal their win. The Eels pulled their goalie in an attempt to bring it with in one but Tampa scored on an open net and then got a 6th goal with seconds to go.


    The Eels will regroup indeed to prepare for their big games vs. the Jr Blades this upcoming weekend. A loss here should settle things down and again refocus the boys on the little things. No excuses exclaimed the coaching staff and the players as well. They had a job to do and it got by them. These are very determined young men and will take this loss to the drawing board and dissect it closely to make corrective measures. 

    Florida Eels USP3 Team Downs Daytona 2-1 and 6-4

     The Florida Eels USP3 Team Sweeps The Daytona Racers In Midweek Games


    In game one the Florida Eels USP3 defeated the Daytona Racers 2-1

    Goals were scored by Rajhan Munnings his first as an Eel and Bryan Miller Nolan Greene played very strong in net delivering another superb performance.  This was a big win for the Eels team as the Racers have defeated the Florida Junior Blades in their first three outings and had similar success against Tampa and Palm Beach. In their inaugural season Daytona has been stunning their opponents with their play.

    The Eels were determined to beat Daytona. But they knew they would have to fore-check hard and create turnovers and to shut this team down on the back check. Indeed mission was accomplished with a solid 2-1 win Thursday afternoon.



    The Eels and the Racers squared off Friday morning for an early morning game: 730 am The Eels had a bigger challenge as they again did not have Max Gruzdev or Michael Kohler nor did they have Jordan Court who sat out the game to rest a bit.  Coach Frankie decided to rest Goalie Nolan Greene and gave Nick Kotz the start in net.


    The Eels went to into the final period down 3-1. You could see the Racers took on an air of confidence and took the Eels for granted in this game. They clearly thought they had it won and discounted the heart and soul that this squad is made up with. The lesson learned is that this Eels team is far bigger than one line of two to three players. They showed the character and determination of a team destine to be the best.


    There is not much cheerleading with the Eels. They don't stop playing until the final whistle. To come back to win 6-4 was unreal.   Coach Frankie Scarpaci has this team believing in themselves. This is the 2nd weekend in a row that they came back and made a statement.   This is a very young team supported by a few older veterans who are doing a remarkable job in mentoring and leading this squad. This team like Eels teams of the past will be an excellent feeder for the USPHL Elite team. Remember the Elite team has 18 players who moved up from the USP3 (Empire) team.



    Eels Fight Against Hunger

    In our effort to take on the Challenge in the Fight Against Hunger we have set forth the following game plan:

    Elite team: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 cans of vegetables,. For example String Beans, Peas, Corn 

    USP3 team: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 cans of can soups

    Midget team: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 boxes of pasta

    Bantams: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 boxes of 
    rice, mac & cheese etc

    Coaches: Issue a challenge: Cake mixes, drinks or anything you can

    These are not limits just suggestions so we don't have all of the same. Your efforts will have a direct impact in our community.

    We need all items to be delivered to the Fort Myers Skatium. We have to deliver the items Oct 31 so we ask everyone to bring these items to practice next week but no later than Oct 30th 
    Thank you 
    Coach Frank

    Hockey fighting for the Hungry"

    Hockey fighting for the Hungry"

    By: Frank Scarpaci 
    Sent to: all access groups (excl. public).

    The Eels association will take on this Fight In Our Community

    Please join us for this cause 
    All Managers and Coaches please spread the word 
    We need the donations brought to the rink 
    Help us take the lead 
    Coach Frank 

    Hockey fighting for the Hungry! 
    The Florida Junior Blades v. Florida Eels October 31 (3pm) & November 1 (noon) 
    Germain Arena, Estero, FL. 
    A donation to the food drive, which benefits the Harry Chapin Food Bank, gets you in to see the two teams join forces to help fight hunger in our community. Financial donations will also be accepted, as every $1 donated, helps the food bank to provide it’s partner agencies $6 worth of food. 
    Come out and support your favorite team in the cross-town competition, or just to support the community!


    A Message From The NHL Florida Panthers

    By: Frank Scarpaci 
    Sent to: all access groups (excl. public).

    Good Evening Eels Organization! 

    I know most of you have either seen or heard about the discounted ticket link for the Boston Bruins Game on Friday, October 30th when I have called your teams. I wanted to take the time and send it out to each team with the hopes that each team manager/head coach will send it out to their respective teams. The savings that you can receive by going through this link are close to 20% of standard ticket prices and there is a great variety of seats to choose from. I have included a simple layout of directions that make operating the link very easy. I also wanted to see if the teams/players who do come would be interested in doing a post-game photo on the ice to commemorate this great night! 


    Password: Eels 

    Directions to operate link: 

    1. Open up in either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, it doesn’t work in Internet Explorer! 

    2. Once opened up, the next step is clicking the find ticket tab on either of the games. 
    3. It will then ask you to put in a password, which is Eels 
    4. The next step is then just picking the tickets and paying for them.
    5. Once that is complete I will get a order from the buyer and email the tickets out to them. 
    6. If you have questions, you can also call me. 

    Best Regards, 
    Andrew Nawn Group Account Executive 
    O 954-835-8898  


    The content from every Team App is managed by each Team App's administrators. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your Team App administrator.

    FLORIDA EELS contact details:
    Frank Scarpaci 



    Coaches players parents and friends 
    The Florida Eels Elite game has been changed from 8:50 pm to 3:20 pm at the Ft Myers Skatium 
    This time change will give the boys more time to rest as they have their second game of the weekend in Tampa Sunday 
    Please plan accordingly 
    Any questions please see coach Frank

    Zac Boyle and Matt Schneider Selected as Weekly All Stars Elite Division By USPHL

    Zac Boyle Arrived back to the Eels and has been tearing things up on the scoreboard. In just 4 games he notched 5 goals and 3 assists. This week he was selected as player of the week. Matt Schneider has been outstanding between the pipes with a .922 Sav% for the Eels' Elite squad and was also selected to the League's Weekly All Star Group. Matt has 5 wins and 2 losses this season.


    Stars of the Week

    AJ Giordano Shows His Fortitude and Resolve in Weekend Games

    AJ Determined To Press The Opposition Goalie.

     The USP3 Eels defines player development and nowhere is this illustrated more with seeing veteran Michael Kohler team assistant captain teamed up with rookie AJ Giordano from Colorado. AJ has been working very hard to improve his over all skill set not just at practice every day but in doing OT in attending 2 extra practice sessions with Coach Frank in the evening. It sure paid off; as he was fore-checking hard and help create several key turnovers in the game this weekend. He also created a power play forcing the Knights to create a penalty while he was back checking.


    The photo illustrates AJ’s determination and resolve to win. He is a true team player and gives 100% every time he is on the ice. He garnered a key assist this weekend that significantly contributed to the win on Saturday’s game.


    The presence of Kohler with AJ also raised his confidence level, as he is able to feed off the years of Kohler's experience. Michael is one of the premier veteran players in the league and he is always positive with the younger players. The integration of veteran players speaks volumes of how we are willing to take this to the next level by raising the level of all of our players.  AJ is an example of one of our younger players who is developing and getting better each time he is on the ice. He makes us especially proud of his work ethic.


    Way To Go CJ Drummond and Kozak

    Solid Defense by John Drummond and Brian Kozak denies Atlanta of Any Decent Scoring Chance.

    This duo of Brian Kozak and John Drummond along with tenacious back checking by CJ Antonelli cool the Knights jets in their attempt to score and prevent the game from going into OT. The heart of the Eels is illustrated in this photo. It was the hustle and determination of the players that earned them 3 out of the 4 points this weekend. Any coach would take those numbers. But what was even more impressive was the resolve of all the USP3 Eels players to mount the come back in the 3rd period to get right back into it.


    Most teams would have folded. In fact many of the folks watching the game were scathing their heads as the Eels completely dominated the Knights the prior afternoon. But unlike the previous game the Eels had some serious challenges here, inducing a 12-minute to Bryan Miller, A 5 Minute major to Kholer, (2) 3-5 PKs and a few injuries. None of these would deter the Eels.


    . CJ giving up a few inches on these guys in size but not in heart. He plays like a lion. All heart. He is a rookie this year out of Chicago. GM Scarpaci saw him for the first time at the Global Showcase over the spring. He liked him then and loves him even more now. Kozak also form Chicago earned his Captain position on the team. He has shown enormous leadership already and is prepared to lead this team to the USPHL3 playoffs. Drummond has since retuned to the USP3 team and has made a huge difference on the team. His poise and experience speaks volumes on the blue line. He also adds the offensive spark to this team. The pieces are really put together on this squad.  

    Discount Tickets For Florida Panthers vs The Dallas Stars Available Now

    All Heart

    Elite and USP3 Players

    You asked and you got it! 
    Discount Panther Tickets for This Saturday Panthers vs Dallas Stars 
    Directions to operate link: 

    1. Open up in either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, it doesn’t work in Internet Explorer! 

    2. Once opened up, the next step is clicking the find ticket tab on either of the games. 
    3. It will then ask you to put in a password, which is Eels 
    4. The next step is then just picking the tickets and paying for them. 
    5. Once that is complete I will get a order from the buyer and email the tickets out to them. 
    6. If you have questions, you can also call me. 

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    Florida Eels Weekend Ice Cap


     Florida Eels Weekend Ice Cap


    The Florida Eels USP3 team continued with its winning ways. They are neck on neck with the Daytona Racers fighting inch for inch for first place. The Eels played one game over the weekend vs. their East Coast rivals the Palm Beach Hawks in a knock out hard fought battle customarily for these two teams.

    Palm Beach struck first but the Eels battled back notching an impressive win 6-4 over the Hawks.


    The Eels offense was high flying and unleashed 64 shots on the Hawks goalie Noah Brennen who played an outstanding game. The Hawks were also very aggressive on the offensive attack as they pounded 51 shots at Eels goalie Nolan Greene. Both Goalies had played exceptionally well in this match.


    Scoring for the Eels was as follows:


    First Goal by #22 Kristers Seps (short handed) (#24 Andrej Stankevich, #90 Bryan Miller)


    Second goal and 1st of the season by #59 Zach Lemelin (even strength) (#90 Bryan Miller, #79 Brian Kozek


    Third goal by #52 John Drummond (even strength) (#22 Kristers Seps, #11 Max Gruzdev)


    Fourth Goal and 2nd of the game by #22 Kristers Seps (even strength) (#80 Kellen Crowther)


    Fifth goal by #11 Max Gruzdev (power play) (#24 Andrej Stankevich, #18 Michael Kohler)




    Sixth goal and second of the game by #11 Max Gruzdev (even strength) (empty net) (#18 Michael Kohler, #52 John Drummond


    Gruzdev is the league-leading scorer; he has 6 goals already and 17 points on the season.


    Kristers Seps is 9th over all in the league with 11 points He is 2nd in the league in goals with 7.


    Bryan Miller is right on his heals with 3 goals and 7 assist totaling 10 points


    Right behind Miller is Michael Kohler with 2 goals 7 assist for 9 points and league top defenseman Andrej Stankevich with 3 goals and 6 assist.



    Quite obvious her one can see the Eels have some balance scoring by a number of players. But scoring isn’t the only key to the Eels USP3 success. They have enjoyed solid if not outstanding goaltending by Nolan Greene with 5 wins. Our solid Defense by Brian Kozek, Andrej Stankevich , John Drummond Ayodele Adeniye , Alec Parr


    The Elite team lost at home Friday night against Palm Beach. The final score being 5-3 Hawks. The Eels came out flat and the Hawks seized the moment. The Eels scorers were:


    #92 Clayton Boyd (power play) (#96 Brandon Hotaling, #23 Alex Sanchez

    #81 Zachary Boyle (short handed) (#92 Clayton Boyd)

    #91 Jonathan Carlson (even strength) (#27 Connor Annett, #54 Jordan Court)


    The Eels  Elite avenged their loss  on Friday by a big win against Palm Beach Sunday evening. The Eels won in OT 3-2.



    Scoring for the Eels Elite team were :


    #27 Connor Annett (power play) (#91 Jonathan Carlson, #81

    #23 Alex Sanchez (even strength) (#81 Zachary Boyle)


    The OT goal was scored by :

    #76 Josh DeLezenne (even strength) (#54 Jordan Court, #2 Brandon Halvorsen



    Reminder the Eels USPHL3 team will square off against the Palm Beach Hawks Saturday at 3:20 pm. 
    Eels are looking to maintain their top position in the standings whereas Palm Beach is looking to inch up a few notches.

    The Eels Elite team fell Friday night to the Hawks Elite team and the Eels USP3 team is determined not to allow that to happen Saturday at 3:20 pm.

    Please come by and join us in support of the Eels.

    Eels Poised To Play Palm Beach in Home and Away Series This Weekend

     Well we opened the season vs. the Palm Beach Hawks at home on September 6th 2015 and traveled to West Palm Beach September 7th for our first away games. The Elite team won game one 5-3 and then notched their second win of the season 4-1 at the Hawks’ barn. That weekend we got off to a great start with posting 62 shots in game one of the Hawks net minder and then in game two we pounded the Hawks with another 44 with a two day total of 106 shots on net. The Eels received decent scoring from its vets such as Josh DeLezenne, Jeff O’Dea, Connor Annett, Alex Sanchez, Brandon Halvorsen, and Clayton Boyd and from Rookie Brandon Rosario. The Eels enjoyed solid netminding from both Jared Levine and Matt Schneider.


    The Eels continued to play strong as the following weekend they swept the Tampa Bay Juniors 6-2 and 3-1 in their home and away series. Last weekend the Eels ran into a bump in the road dropping both games to the Atlanta Knights 3-5 and 2-5. The Eels coaches offer no excuses. We simply did not play our game. You can count on one thing. The Eels went back to the drawing board and returned to basics this week of practice. We shook off the losses and re-focused. No we wont forget what happen. In fact you learn twice as much from your losses than your wins. So we examined and studied the inequities if you will and prepared for Palm Beach.


    These two squads battle for every inch of the ice every time they play. You can never take anything for granted. Games have completely changed in the last 3-5 minutes of the 3rd period between these squids


    The USPHL3 team also squads off against the Hawks this weekend. The USP3 team only played one game in its opening weekend vs. the Hawks which the Eels won. 3-2. It was an extremely close game and like the Elite teams these teams are very evenly matched. The Eels have a home game this weekend and are off on Sunday. So Saturday’s game is very important for both teams. This will be the only game the USP3 team has before they take off next week for their first College Showcase in Virginia. The Eels are currently tied for 1st with 8 points and Palm Beach is in 6th place with 3 points. You can count on each squad to capitalize on this weekend – the Eels looking to spread the margin and the Hawks looking to narrow the gap

    Jonathan Carlson scoring for the Eels Elite Team against Tampa Bay

    Alex Sanchez and Eels Elite vs Tampa Bay Juniors

    Hampton Roads Whalers Southern Showcase Set to Kick Off


    By Brett Bruneteau
    Boston, MA (September 21, 2015) - The Inaugural Hampton Roads Whalers Southern Showcase is set to open on October 1 at the Chilled Ponds in Chesapeake, VA. The event will feature all 10 teams from the USPHL South Elite Division and all 11 teams from the USP3HL South Division along with the Islanders Hockey Club Elite and USP3 North teams. In total, twenty three teams will be in action at the event.
    “The USPHL Southern Divisions continue to grow in both talent and competitive play every year,” stated Whalers Executive Director Brad Jones. “The Hampton Roads Whalers Summer Showcase will highlight that high-level talent; giving players a fun weekend of competitive play, while exposing them to scouts from around the country.”
    Tickets will be sold at Chilled Ponds and all games will be broadcast on For more information, please visit
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    Rookie Brandon Rosario Lighting Up The Lamp For Eels Elite Team


    Rookie Brandon Rosario Lighting Up The Lamp For Eels Elite Team


    Brandon Rosario 1997 5’11” 185 pounds from NJ Joined the Eels as a rookie this year moving from U18 AAA to the USPHL Elite team. This was a huge jump and we were not entirely sure how he would make the transition. Well once he arrived at training camp the questions was answered. This is a hard working gritty kid who loves to play hard and not afraid to get into the dirty areas. He plays a high tempo game and is a consummate competitor. GM Scarpaci says he is everything I expected and then some.


    In the Eels home opener vs. Palm Beach he notched his first goal in Junior hockey. In game two he assisted on 3.  In game three vs. Tampa it was amazing he did not notch a point. He was all over the ice contributing to the offensive attack over the Tampa Juniors. He did all of the little things sealing the win. His play was like 2-3 year veteran rather than a rookie. Then in game 2 against Tampa and his 4th game of the season he scored his 2nd goal of the young season, which was his 5th point of the year.


    Rosario is the type of player college coaches’ love. He plays hard in all three zones. Hungry to score. Plays with a chip.

    We expect to see quite a bit of production from this young guy who plays much older than he is.




    Eels Travel To Atlanta For Weekend Series

    Florida Eels Elite and USPHL3 teams travel to Atlanta Georgia to square off against the Atlanta Knights this weekend. The Eels leave Friday at 2:00 pm and travel north to Atlanta for this season’s first games against these two clubs. This will be Atlanta’s home opener and we expect some strong local fan support from the Knight fans. Last year the Atlanta home crowd was very hospitable and provided a nice cookout and were gracious to invite our boys.


    The rivalry between the Eels and Knights goes back almost a decade. These two teams have always battled hard against one another and this weekend ought to be no different. The teams are always matched up quite evenly and it all comes down to who wants it more.   The Eels Elite team has a 4 game winning streak and the USPHL3 won its first 3 games as well. It is early in the season but it is great to be off to such a strong start nonetheless.


    Every player on both teams has the right spirit anxious to for the games to be played. The boys are all working very hard every day and we see a clear correlation to the success. 

    Syvan Learning Centers Work With Eels To Improve ACT/SAT Scores


    by Frank Scarpaci 
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    Good afternoon! 
    Attached please find our regular class descriptions for ACT and SAT preparation at Sylvan. 
    We offer free diagnostic tests for both ACT and SAT at our Ft. Myers location in World Plaza; we can also schedule a Diag Day at the Skatium for a group of players, if that would be more convenient for them. 
    Included in the free diagnostic test is a conference with the student and the parent to explain the results and look at what is needed to bring up their score if needed. 
    We look forward to working with your players, and wish your team success in the season. 

    Sue Fowler 
    Director of School and Community Relations 
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    by Frank Scarpaci 
    Posted: 21 minutes ago 
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    Guys we just received notice that the game time for the Tampa Bay Lightning Rookies vs the Florida Panthers Rookies has been changed. The new time is 2:00 pm 
    Earlier today the web site said 3:00 pm but Cam Darcy just informed us that the correct game time is 2:00 pm

    Please plan accordingly 
    Hope to see you all there at 2:00 pm 
    Germain Arena

    Coach Frank

    The Florida Eels Elite and USPHL3 teams Sweep Tampa in Home and Away Weekend Series


    Talk About exciting games….Talk about a fan base…. Talk about come back wins….


    This weekend was filled with it all. The setting was set. The drama and hype before the games. It all started Saturday night in Ellenton. The USPHL3 teams squared off first. 5:15 pm. You knew when you looked up in the stands it was going to be loud and lively. Over 80 Eels fans traveled to the game to watch their Eels do battle. The Eels players got a little taste of what hometown fan base a week ago when they played against the Palm Beach Hawks. But for many of the Eels USPHL3 players it was something else to see your hometown fans travel to see you play. We are not talking about a dozen or so. No way. There were 80+ who came out strong.


    Trust me the effort was well worth it. Coach Frankie Scarpaci had his players ready. This past week the boys had extra practices on the ice and additional off ice conditioning and chalk talk. They were taking this game very seriously. Four points was their mission. They were not holding anything back. It would be a full course press from the drop of the puck. It was satisfying to see the boys fore-check working well and the back check efforts equally in tack. Goaltending by Nolan Greene was superb.  Final score Eels 4-3


    Scoring for the Eels was:

    1. #90 Bryan Miller (even strength) (#93 Gavin Medina, #52 John Drummond)
    2. #93 Gavin Medina (even strength) (#90 Bryan Miller, #22 Kristers Seps
    3. #90 Bryan Miller (even strength) (#11 Max Gruzdev
    4. #22 Kristers Seps (even strength) (empty net) (#18 Michael Kohler, #11 Max Gruzdev

    In goal   


    Nolan Greene








    The Elite team then took center stage and the crowds got bigger. Now we started to see another 150 fans arrive for Tampa and the excitement rose to an even higher level. The cheers were loud and the folks got into the games.


    In this game Tampa fell victim to the experience of 18 veteran Eel Elite players. The boys unleashed. 53 shots on their goalie and put in 6.

    Tampa’s goalie actually played quite strong making some incredible saves on some sharp shooters.  You could tell that this was Tampa’s first game of the season and were they would be fine-tuning real fast.

    Scoring for the Eels was:

    1. #7 Kade Brannon (even strength) (#92 Clayton Boyd, #83 John Shanley)
    2. #91 Jonathan Carlson (even strength) (#92 Clayton Boyd)
    3. #91 Brian Dennerlein (even strength) (#8 Gage Downing, #96 Brandon Hotaling)
    4. #23 Alex Sanchez (even strength) (#5 Colin Whitt)
    5. #7 Kade Brannon (even strength) (#54 Jordan Court, #92 Clayton Boyd
    6. #23 Alex Sanchez (even strength) (#27 Connor Annett)

    In goal for the Eels was


    Matt Schneider







     He played a very strong game looking extremely well for his 2nd win of the year.



    In the home series Tampa USP3 team jumped over ahead of the Eels 3-1 at the end of the first period. The Eels did not have all cylinders firing in period one and the Tampa Juniors was getting the best of the Eels as they smothered the Eels in their own zone.  You had to give a lot of credit to the Tampa USP3 team as they had to travel very early in the morning and they should have been tired. The opposite seemed true here. The Eels did not look their best. Then Coach Frankie Scarpaci changed his goalie bringing in Nolan Greene giving his team a change of scenery and a wake up call to get refocused and ignite a fire in their bellies. Well The Eels USPHL3 team came marching back and scored 4 more times with a huge comeback performance thus earing them their 3rd win of the season.  The win was great no doubt but it was how they responded to adversity in the comeback was what impressed the coaches. The boys showed discipline and resolve. You really are seeing the character and personality of this team starting to develop. Some teams would have thrown in the towel after going down 3-1 in the first period. This was not the case here and it is even more impressive as this Eels team is very young with over dozen rookies in the lineup.

    In the end the Eels won 5-3.

    Scoring for the Eels was:

    1. #24 Andrej Stankevich (even strength) (#88 CJ Antonelli, #11 Max Gruzdev)
    2.  #24 Andrej Stankevich (power play) (#11 Max Gruzdev, #22 Kristers Seps
    3.  #11 Max Gruzdev (power play) (#18 Michael Kohler, #52 John Drummond)
    4.  #94 Brad Lemelin (even strength) (#52 John Drummond, #80 Kellen Crowther
    5.  #11 Max Gruzdev (even strength) (#18 Michael Kohler, #88 CJ Antonelli)


    The Elite team took the ice at 2:00 pm and the crowd was 250 strong. The place was shopping and we knew we would have a barnburner on our hands. Remember this was only the first series between the clubs this season and only the 2nd game for Tampa. But the rivalry is so strong. It is a good one though. Players play with all out determination. Nothing is held back. But the sportsmanship and character is not checked at the door. These players and coaches demonstrate the professionalism and decorum that makes the league proud. The hits are hard. Fore-check extremely aggressive. Determination and grit written all over their faces. But very respectful.


    Tampa stuck first with goal one on the first period. Unlike like Saturday’s high scoring game, Tampa was hell bent to keeping this close. You can see the maturity of Tampa develop in one game. They did a very good job keeping the Eels off the board until 13:22 of the 2nd period which tied the gam


    The Eels continued to push hard and unleashed   63 shots on Tampa’s goalie. The Eels scored. 3 goals and won by a final 3 -1  Scoring for the Eels was


    1. #13 Brandon Rosario (power play) (#27 Connor Annett, #2 Brandon Halvorsen)
    2. #91 Jonathan Carlson (power play) (#2 Brandon Halvorsen, #23 Alex Sanchez
    3. #7 Kade Brannon (even strength) (#5 Colin Whitt, #54 Jordan Court)


    In net for the Eels Elite team


    Jared Levine








    Jared played an another strong game for the Eels.  He earned his 2nd win of the season.

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    Another Eel Goes Pro: Reid Halabi who just signed his Pro Contract with the FORT WAYNE KOMETS of the ECHL.


    Congrats to Florida Eels Alumni Reid Halabi who just signed his Pro Contract with the FORT WAYNE KOMETS of the ECHL.

    Reed played for the Eels Empire team in 2014


    His Profile: 2012-13-- Entered juniors with Lloydminster of the AJHL (Alberta Junior Hockey League) appearing in two games. 2013-14--

    Joined the Florida Eels Empire Team 2014. Was clearly a Man among Boys in the entire EJHL He played like a pro. Dominate in the corners. Hit with force of pro player. A big league shot. Physically and mental tough.

    Scouted by the QMJHL at EJHL Showcases.

    Made his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) leading Moncton with 149 penalty minutes while scoring two goals and six points in 44 games. 2014-15-- Led the QMJHL with 181 penalty minutes appearing in 57 games with Chicoutimi scoring three goals and eight points.


    Reed is a young man with enormous dedication and determination. He is a workhorse. He will put out 100% for the Hornets and there is no doubt he will be pushing the envelope to move up to the

    San Antonio Rampage of the AHL with the ultimate eye on the BIG Prize: The Colorado Avalanche. We know it is long shot for any young man. But one thing for sure never count out Reid Halabi. He has the skill, been seasoned properly and has the other intangibles such as work ethic, determination, grit and heart to take his the distance. 

    USPHL Players Continue to see Success

    Success Stories

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    Jack Eichel

    Jack Eichel’s home state of Massachusetts offers a wealth of teams for an aspiring hockey player, but in eighth grade, Eichel had chosen to join the Junior Bruins to help him reach his goal of playing in the NHL. By the end of his first season in the black and gold, he had already established himself as one of the top prospects in the world. He opted for one more year with the Bruins, accepted a scholarship from Boston University, and later joined the US National Development Program.
    Eichel continued to dominate at every level and entered his freshman season at BU with tremendous expectations. Needless to say, he delivered. Eichel scored points in each of his first ten games, served as captain of the USA World Junior Team, and was named the 2015 Hobey Baker Award winner after scoring 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists). After the season, he joined Team USA for the IIHF World Championships and finished third on the team in scoring, ahead of several established NHL players.
    The Buffalo Sabres selected him with the second pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and Eichel signed less than a week later. He will be looked upon to be the face of both the Sabres and American hockey, and is sure to carry the flags of the Junior Bruins and USPHL throughout his career. 

    Jimmy Vesey

    After being passed over in his first year of eligibility for the NHL Draft, Jimmy Vesey decided to leave his high school hockey team to join the South Shore Kings in an effort to further his development and increase his chances of playing the sport at its highest level. To say he made the right choice is an understatement. Vesey thrived in junior hockey, scoring 91 points (48 goals, 43 assists), and was selected in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
    As a freshman at Harvard University, Vesey played for the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championships. His junior year saw him lead all NCAA players with 32 goals in 37 games, and he was named the runner­-up for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award. Although the Nashville Predators offered him a contract, he elected to play his senior season for the Crimson and graduate with his classmates. First, however, he will enter the season as the hottest prospect in all of college hockey.

    Charlie Coyle

    As Charlie Coyle entered his draft year, he had to evaluate his choices, both for the upcoming season and college hockey. Rather than continue at his prep school as a junior, he opted for summer classes to accelerate his studies, enter Boston University a year early, and play for the South Shore Kings in his draft year.
    “I wanted to make an impact in college hockey right away, and playing for the Kings helped me get ready for that,” he said.
    The move paid off, as Coyle tallied 72 points (23 goals, 49 assists) and was drafted late in the first round by the San Jose Sharks. Prior to his professional career, he appeared in two World Junior Championship tournaments and was acquired by the Minnesota Wild in an attempt to build a team full of young prospects. After a half-season in the American Hockey League, Coyle was promoted to the NHL and has since scored 79 points (31 goals, 48 assists) in 189 games.

    Jeremy Langlois

    Growing up in Arizona, Jeremy Langlois had prodigious talent but few people there to see it. Fortunately, he caught the eye of Jersey Hitmen head coach Toby Harris, who immediately offered him a spot on the team. To say Langlois thrived in the new environment would be an understatement, as the forward exploded for 82 points in his one season with the team. As the year progressed, NCAA teams took notice and an offer from Quinnipiac University was accepted.
    After completing a four-year run with Quinnipiac, Langlois signed with the Springfield Falcons (AHL). After two years in the AHL and ECHL, he accepted an entry-level contract from the San Jose Sharks. While it may be a short flight from Phoenix to the Bay Area, there is no question that it would not have happened without Langlois’ season with the Hitmen.

    Steve Moses

    Steve Moses had always heard he was too small for the NHL. Despite a stellar three seasons in the Junior Bruins system, he was never drafted by an NHL team and did not even receive a ranking from the Central Scouting Bureau. Still, the Junior Bruins gave him an opportunity to display his talent and he earned a scholarship from the University of New Hampshire, where he recorded 98 points (47 goals, 51 assists) in four seasons.
    “I can’t say enough great things about the Junior Bruins organization,” he stated. “Anybody who has the opportunity to play for them should do it.”
    Again, no NHL teams called, so he signed with Helsinki Jokerit in Finland’s SM-Liiga, where he played for two seasons. The team, along with Moses, moved to the Russian-based KHL. In his first and only season in the new league, he set the single-season record for goals with 36. Finally, his NHL dream came true when he signed with the Nashville Predators in the 2015 off-season.

    Weekend Recap Eels vs Palm Beach

    Recap of the Florida Eels Weekend Games


     The Florida Eels are off to another great start with a sweep of the Palm Beach Hawks Elite team in home openers for both teams. In game one for the Eels home opener the Eels defeated the Palm Beach Hawks 5-3. Scoring for the Eels was as follows:

    #76 Josh DeLezenne (even strength) (#9 Jeff O'Dea, #91 Jonathan Carlson)

    #9 Jeff O'Dea (even strength) (#76 Josh DeLezenne, #91 Jonathan Carlson)

    #13 Brandon Rosario (even strength) (#27 Connor Annett, #23 Alex Sanchez)

    #2 Brandon Halvorsen (even strength) (#27 Connor Annett, #23 Alex Sanchez)

    #92 Clayton Boyd (even strength)


    In net for the Eels was


    Jared Levine














    In game two the Eels traveled to West Palm Beach for their first away competition.  The Eels were hungry from the drop of the puck and kept up a relentlessly offense and a tenacious fore-check creating even more scoring opportunites. The Eels pounded 44 shots on net against the Palm Beach netminder. The Eels won 4-1. Scoring for the Eels was as follows:

    #9 Jeff O'Dea (even strength) (#91 Jonathan Carlson, #76 Josh DeLezenne

    #27 Connor Annett (even strength) (#91 Jonathan Carlson, #13 Brandon Rosario

    #23 Alex Sanchez (even strength) (#13 Brandon Rosario, #27 Connor Annett)

    #23 Alex Sanchez (power play) (#27 Connor Annett, #13 Brandon Rosario


    In net for the Eels was

    Matt Schneider







    The USPHL3 team also got off to a great start. The Eels won 3-2 in a shoot out. Like all of the games between these two clubs it was very exciting. The teams finished regulation 2-2 and it went into a 5 minute OT. The score remained 2-2 forcing a shoot out. The Eels won 3-2.

    #24 Andrej Stankevich (even strength) (#11 Max Gruzdev, #18 Michael Kohler

    #22 Kristers Seps (even strength) (#11 Max Gruzdev, #20 Ayodele Adeniye

    In the shoot out

    #11 Max Gruzdev (shot made)

    #24 Andrej Stankevich (shot made)


    In net for the Eels was


    Nolan Greene







    Brian Dennerlein Re-Joins the Florida Eels

    Welcome Back Brian 
    I am pleased to announce that Brian Dennerlein has rejoined the Eels. Brian spent a short while with the Tier II BCHL and has elected to rejoin the Florida Eels family. Brian is a high skilled forward with speed and a knack to drive to the net.

    Brian is excited about rejoining the Eels. As a 1995 He is in his last year as a junior player and will focus on gaining a spot on an NCAA Men's ice hockey team next fall.

    Brian is another component of our building for this year. The Eels are looking good with 3 wins this weekend. 2 big wins for the Elite and 1 win for the USPHL3 team. We look forward to next the upcoming games vs Tampa

    Top Russian Prospect Andrey Stankevich Joins Eels


    Defenseman Andrey Stankevich from Russia Joins the Eels.

    Stankevich is a Keysports Prospect and is highly regarded in Russia. He has been under the radar of the KHL and is considered one of the premier defenseman from Russia. He is a very smart player. Outstanding in the defensevive zone. And a consummate threat on the offensive blueline. Stankevich will be a major contributor. This past weekend he scored one goal in regulation against the Palm Beach Hawks and one in a shoot out. 

    Upcoming USPHL October Showcase in Virginia


    USPHL College Showcase hosted in Chesapeake, (Hampton Roads) VA on October 1-4 2015. This will be our 10th year hosting this College Showcase and believe it to be our best, showcasing our talented University Hockey prospects. This year we will have 11 Elite teams and 12 USPHL3 teams representing a large geographic region from Massachusetts to Florida. (Teams listed below)


    Elite Division:

    Atlanta Junior Knights, Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Florida Bull Dogs, Florida Eels, Hampton Road Whalers, Middlesex Islanders Hockey Club, Palm Beach Hawks, Potomac Patriots, Richmond Generals, and the Tampa Bay Juniors.



    Atlanta Junior Knights, Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Daytona Racers, Florida Junior Blades, Florida Eels, Hampton Road Whalers, Middlesex Islanders Hockey Club, Palm Beach Hawks, Potomac Patriots, Richmond Generals, and the Tampa Bay Juniors.


    There will be college hockey coaches and recruiters in attendance at this venue. This is a prime opportunity for our players to showcase their talents and skills. Indeed, this is one of the primary reasons why so many good players come to the Florida Eels. The Eels are a leader in college showcase participation as we play in 4 in season events and 4 out of season showcases.


    The Eels are proud of our legacy in college placements with over 165 alumni who went on to play college hockey. Moreover last season we moved 20+ players to men’s college hockey teams.


    Before the showcase we will have competed in 8 league games. These key games and the tree weeks of training camp and practices over the next 5 weeks will undoubtedly prepare our boys for the completive challenge of these events. 

    Upcoming USPHL October Showcase in Virginia


    USPHL College Showcase hosted in Chesapeake, (Hampton Roads) VA on October 1-4 2015. This will be our 10th year hosting this College Showcase and believe it to be our best, showcasing our talented University Hockey prospects. This year we will have 11 Elite teams and 12 USPHL3 teams representing a large geographic region from Massachusetts to Florida. (Teams listed below)


    Elite Division:

    Atlanta Junior Knights, Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Florida Bull Dogs, Florida Eels, Hampton Road Whalers, Middlesex Islanders Hockey Club, Palm Beach Hawks, Potomac Patriots, Richmond Generals, and the Tampa Bay Juniors.



    Atlanta Junior Knights, Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Daytona Racers, Florida Junior Blades, Florida Eels, Hampton Road Whalers, Middlesex Islanders Hockey Club, Palm Beach Hawks, Potomac Patriots, Richmond Generals, and the Tampa Bay Juniors.


    There will be college hockey coaches and recruiters in attendance at this venue. This is a prime opportunity for our players to showcase their talents and skills. Indeed, this is one of the primary reasons why so many good players come to the Florida Eels. The Eels are a leader in college showcase participation as we play in 4 in season events and 4 out of season showcases.


    The Eels are proud of our legacy in college placements with over 165 alumni who went on to play college hockey. Moreover last season we moved 20+ players to men’s college hockey teams.


    Before the showcase we will have competed in 8 league games. These key games and the tree weeks of training camp and practices over the next 5 weeks will undoubtedly prepare our boys for the completive challenge of these events. 

    Florida Eels Bring In Latvian Native Kristers Seps to USPHL3 Squad

    Florida Eels USPHL3 team adds depth to its scoring by bringing in Kristers Seps. A Latvian born native, Seps brings quite a bit of energy and scoring power. He is a high tempo player who shows determination and fortitude at every practice. Kristers played one year in the WSHL last season so he comes with Junior experience. You can see the way he plays at practice. He has an appetite for scoring. He drives to the net and battles very well for the puck.

    He adds the extra scoring we were looking for on the USPHL3  His addition is part of our building block for this team. In addition to his on ice skills he brings that experience amongst the players . Good role model in the locker room.  Coach Frankie Scarpaci is very high on Seps. 

    Nutritionist Anne Kozek To Address The Junior Teams

    Nutritionist Anne Kozek To Address The Junior Teams Today Wed at 3:00 pm

    We are thrilled today to have Anne Kozek coming to the Fort Myers Skatium to address the Junior players about nutrition. Proper dieting is essential to player development and conditioning. Mrs Kozek has a wealth of knowledge and experience and will provide us with extremely helpful information for our boys.

    We are requiring all of the Junior players to be present. Mrs. Kozek will make her presentation at 3:00 pm in the school area.

    Veteran Defenseman Colin Whitt Earns Top Goal

    Congratulations Colin Whitt whose hard work earned him top goal of the 2015 USPHL Summer Showcase as ranked by the USPHL! 

    SAT and ACT Test Prep Books and Online Programs

    All Junior Players planning to take or retake the SAT and or the ACT test should purchase one or both of a test Prep workbook.

     You should NOT try to do it on your own. There are very good programs out there offering live and online test prep classes.


    At the minimum, I suggest you should purchase either Barron’s, Kaplan, Princeton test prep books. These are available at any major bookstore. They all have DVD/CD and online services.


    I strongly urge you all to spend 1 1/2 hours a day

    Studying for these tests. You can set aside every day the time. For example, 7:00 am -9:30 am, Maybe 3:00 -4:30 pm


    I do not recommend you set a time later in the evening. Generally you are tired after a full day of workouts, on ice practice and part time jobs. Please it is essential to prepare for these tests with the same determination and diligence as you prepare for your ice hockey. Strong scores will help enormously in gaining entrance into very good colleges and speaks volumes in garnering scholarship money.


    Coach Frank



    Get Better Scores with SAT Test Prep

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    The results? You’ll not only see impressive SAT test scores, but you’ll also see your son or daughter grow with confidence. Many of students at our center in Fort Myers & Cape Coral master the skills needed to raise test scores in as little as five to eight weeks!

    Why SAT test prep at Sylvan of Fort Myers & Cape Coral works


    In contrast to most SAT prep programs, Sylvan uses a proven mix of small-group instruction, independent learning, online resources and SAT practice tests. This comprehensive approach ensures that kids not only learn strategies for tackling every type of exam question (including the essay portion of the SAT), but they also can focus on the specific skill areas they need to improve.

    With in-class SAT prep at Sylvan of Fort Myers & Cape Coral, your teenager can take full advantage of:

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    • Expert SAT tutors who know the college entrance exams inside and out.
    • Personalized homework to improve the skills that need the most help.
    • Flexible class hours to fit your teen’s busy schedule.
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    Increase Scores with ACT Test Prep

    With more than one million students taking the ACT test each year and an ever-increasing competition to get into the best universities, the stakes are high for scoring well on the ACT test. Not to mention, the number of ACT test takers is up almost 20 percent since 2010. It’s no wonder that ACT test prep has grown so important!

    The good news is that Sylvan of Fort Myers & Cape Coral's ACT prep program can help your teenager navigate this big test with ease, earning impressive scores along the way.

    Our expert ACT tutors will motivate and inspire your teen with a personal approach that takes the mystery out of the ACT test. You’ll not only see impressive ACT test scores, but you’ll also see your son or daughter grow with confidence. For many of our students, it only takes five to eight weeks to master the skills they need to raise their scores!

    Why ACT prep at Sylvan of Fort Myers & Cape Coral is highly effective


    What makes Sylvan of Fort Myers & Cape Coral's ACT test prep program unique? We use a proven combination of small-group instruction, independent learning and ACT practice tests. This cohesive approach ensures that teens learn the strategies for tackling each type of exam question (including the written portion of the ACT). In addition, they can focus on the specific skill areas they need to improve. 

    When you sign up for our in-class ACT prep program, your teen will benefit from:

    • Small-group instruction on the skills and strategies needed to score high.
    • Expert ACT tutors who know the college entrance exams inside and out.
    • Personalized homework to improve the skills that need the most help.
    • Flexible class hours to fit your teen’s busy schedule.
    ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc., which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. 

    !0 Tips On Recruiting


    Frank Scarpaci 
    Posted 10 minutes ago 
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    Top 10 Recruiting Tips 
    Our very best advice when trying to attract a college coach's attention. 
    It’s incredibly hard to make an NCAA Division I hockey team, and the deciding factor in landing one of those coveted positions typically comes down to your hockey ability. That said, there are a number of things young players and parents can do to catch the eye – and the interest – of college recruiters. 
    Here are 10 ways you can help your cause at the rink, in the classroom and beyond: 
    1. Be Proactive 
    College coaches are limited in when and how often they can contact recruits, and they can’t reach out to a player until after his 10th grade year. Players, however, can contact coaches at any time. It can help to let a school know that you are interested with a reminder of where they can see you play. See More: Writing a Winning Hockey Resume 
    2. Be Studious 
    The better your grades and standardized test scores, the more options you will have. Only 59 schools offer Division I men’s hockey – you don’t want to narrow your field further because your marks aren’t up to par. 
    3. Be Aware of Eligibility Requirements 
    Two key elements are part of determining a student-athlete’s NCAA eligibility: their academic achievement and their amateur status. Review the requirements at to understand what classes and standardized test you need to take. Don’t jeopardize your amateur status by signing a CHL contract or playing in a game. 
    4. Be a Character Player 
    Coaches constantly have to make tough recruiting decisions between equally talented players. What often breaks the tie is what they can see of a players’ character in a game. Is he a good teammate? How does he respond to a bad shift, or a bad call? Always assume that someone’s watching you – they probably are. 
    5. Be Committed to Improving 
    Many young players get wrapped up in playing every showcase event that they can. Coaches recognize, however, that development comes in practice, not games. Instead of signing up for every showcase, spend time working on a part of your game that has room for improvement – then show off those skills when you are back in the spotlight. 
    6. Be Consistent 
    Colleges have three coaches each who can watch recruits – they don’t employ scouts. Therefore, they can’t be at every game and they may see you on an off night. Do your best to give a consistent effort and rest assured, they see recruits multiple times before making any decisions. 
    7. Be Our Guest 
    The best way to find out whether a school is right for you is to take what’s called an unofficial visit (official visits are paid for by the school and only available once you are in 12th grade). An unofficial visit can allow you to see the campus, tour the facilities and even take in a game. Reach out to the coaching staff before you go and let them know you’ll be on campus. See More: The Benefits of Unofficial Visits 
    8. Be Inquisitive 
    As much as coaches want to find the right fits for their programs, they want to be sure their recruits are comfortable where they end up as well. They want to hear recruits asking questions – insightful questions – of the coaching staff, players, professors and others around their program. 
    9. Be a Supportive Parent 
    Never forgotten in this process are the parents and their significant role. It shouldn’t be too significant, however. Your son should be the one writing letters and reaching out to coaches. Coaches want to know that it’s the player’s ambition, not their parents’. Be supportive but not overbearing – coaches have to be sure they want you in their program for four years as well. 
    10. Be Patient 
    The last – and often hardest – piece of advice is to be patient. The recruiting process takes time, and prospective student-athletes can commit to schools anywhere from 15 years old to 21. Don’t get frustrated if you aren’t one of those select few who get an offer while playing minor midget hockey. Follow these other nine steps and the recruiting process can be a rewarding, exciting experience. 
    The document provided by Kyle Lawson, Director of Education and Recruitment, College Hockey, Inc.





    Frank Scarpaci 
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    Athletic Scholarships 
    Q: What are athletic scholarships? 
    A: An athletic scholarship is financial aid from a university or college based in any degree on the athletic ability of the student-athlete. Athletic scholarships are formalized by entering into agreements called "National Letters of Intent," which is a written agreement between the institution and the student-athlete. 
    Q: What is a "National Letter of Intent"? 
    A: The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is the name of the document that formalizes an athletic scholarship. It is a binding agreement between a student-athlete and a university in which the university agrees to provide athletic aid in exchange for the student-athlete's agreement to attend the university. 
    Q: What is a verbal commitment? 
    A: A verbal commitment is a non-binding agreement between a prospect and a coach to attend that coach's institution. 
    Q: What is covered by an athletic scholarship? 
    A: Funds for tuition and fees, books, room and board, and certain other expenses. The only required expense that a full athletic scholarship cannot cover is transportation to and from campus. 
    Q: Are scholarships guaranteed for four years? 
    A: Thanks to a change in NCAA rules in 2011, scholarship agreements may be made for anywhere from one to five years. 
    Signing a National Letter of Intent, even for a scholarship promised for four years, commits a student- athlete to that school for one year. 
    Even those scholarship agreements made for one season are almost always renewed annually; they are very rarely cancelled and never for on-ice performance. 
    Q: Can athletic scholarships be cancelled if I play badly or the coach doesn't like me? 
    A: Athletic scholarships may not be reduced or cancelled year-to-year based on your ability or performance, because an injury prevents you from participating or for any other athletic reason. 
    If you are receiving an athletic scholarship, the scholarship may be reduced or cancelled only if you: 
    • render yourself ineligible for NCAA competition; 
    • misrepresented any information on your application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement; 
    • commit serious misconduct which warrants a substantial disciplinary penalty; or 
    • voluntarily quit the team for personal reasons. 
    Q: Who decides if I get a scholarship? 
    A: Although admissions offices can refuse the admission of any student, thereby effectively refusing an athletic scholarship, coaches and athletic departments typically have a good sense of what to expect from their admissions office. This allows coaches to scout and recruit players who they can reasonably expect to earn admission. 
    Q: Does every student-athlete receive a 100% or "full" scholarship? 
    A: Universities are permitted to grant 18 "full" scholarships and typically carry around 26 players, so not all are on full scholarships. In other words, most NCAA teams have some players who receive only a portion of their expenses in athletic scholarship (i.e. partial scholarship) and some players who receive all of their expenses in scholarship (i.e. full scholarship). 
    Financial Aid 
    Q: What is financial aid? 
    A: Financial aid is a grant from the university that is not based on athletic ability or participation on an athletic team. 
    Q: What is covered by financial aid? 
    A: Financial aid can be granted for tuition and fees, room and board, books and transportation. 
    Q: How do universities determine the amount of financial aid granted? 
    A: Although determining financial aid varies between universities, it is typically calculated based on the student and his parents' ability to contribute to the cost of post-secondary education. This is determined by evaluating the current savings and expected earnings of the student over the summer and the student's parents' overall wealth (i.e. earnings, savings, investments, etc.). Based on these types of criteria, the institution makes a judgment on the amount that the student and parents are able to contribute toward a university education. In theory, any shortfall between the expected contribution and the expected university expenses is covered by financial aid.

    The document provided by Kyle Lawson, Director of Education and Recruitment, College Hockey, Inc.

    Tips To Maintain Low Stress

    Tips To Maintain Low Stress



    Many parents get their children involved in youth sports so they can have fun. But a good time can quickly turn into a bad one when pressure on youth athletes causes them to feel stress.

    Sometimes the stress comes from the outside when children feel like their parents or coaches expect a win. Other times, pressure can be internal, brought on by the athletes themselves. This can cause fear and anxiety, negatively affecting your child before, during and after competition. 

    Fear of failure is one of the most prevalent stressors in sports. Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ and our partner Positive Coaching Alliance encourage you to remind your child that the game is about more than just winning. Supporting your children and doing all you can to avoid instilling negative thoughts or emotions lets them focus on striving to play well. Using the simple phrases below before a game will help:

    “I love you” “Play hard” “Have fun”

    After some time, stressed athletes can become resentful or decide to quit playing their sport entirely to avoid these negative feelings.

    It’s important for your youth athlete to find ways to de-stress, calm down or “zone in” on their own before, during and after a game. This will help avoid a sense of negative pressure and funnel that energy positively toward their performance. 

    A non-attachment approach is a way youth athletes can learn to perform their best when it matters most. Non-attachment is having the ability to detach yourself from the outcome of a performance and just focus on executing during competition. Youth athletes must learn to define themselves by more than just the results of the game. This can be reinforced after the game when you have the chance to talk to your athletes about their performances.

    Making comments such as: “I love watching you play!” or “You looked like you were having so much fun out there!” will remind your child that the game isn’t all about winning or losing. 

    At home you can help your children relieve some of their stress by making sure they are managing their time well and getting enough rest. Both are key elements in a healthy low-stress lifestyle.

    When children learn to enjoy sports for their own sake, and their goal becomes to do their best rather than trying to be the best, they will find it easier to overcome stress before, during and after the game.

    Key Points In Your Mental Game

    Key Points In Your Mental Game


    Encourage Young Athletes to Prepare for the Unexpected 

    Youth Sports Prepare for the Unexpected 
    In sports, there is one given - expect the unexpected.

    As fans, this excitement of not knowing what will happen next is a big reason why we attend, watch and talk about sporting events. For athletes, the unexpected, while thrilling, demands proper preparation to be successful.

    From in-season practices to offseason cross-training, preparation helps our youth athletes build a rock-solid foundation for game-day success. It’s what they do to get ready for competition that often makes the difference when the unexpected happens.

    But how can you help your youth athletes prepare for the unexpected? How can you convince them of the power of preparation?

    Liberty Mutual Insurance, in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance, offers the following helpful tips and tactics for preparing for the unexpected.

    Envision only success. Encourage them to visualize a stress-free, successful performance – no matter what scenario unfolds. By “practicing” visualization, meditation and other mental training techniques, they’ll give their minds a powerful pre-game “workout.”

    All-out effort. There are many parts of the game they can’t control, but they can control their effort and attitude. Remind them that win or lose, what is more important is whether t they gave 100% effort!

    Keep at it. Tell them the mind is a muscle. Like any muscle, it has to be exercised to grow strong. And like any other part of their game, the more they work their mind, the stronger it gets, making it easier for them to adjust and adapt on the fly.

    Switch it up. Just like your children can “cross-train” by playing multiple sports, they can vary and “change up” their practice routine. They can try practicing with different equipment, or work on using their “off hand”. They can also prepare for different roles, such as a reserve player training to take on a starter’s responsibilities.

    Situational learning. Encourage your kids to practice in different, even difficult, conditions and situations. Practicing in different conditions will help them adapt to a tough game day environment, challenge their normal routine, and demand game-like focus. Activities like simulating crowd noise with a sound system will force them to focus and “zone in” on performing their best.

    With these simple tips from Liberty Mutual Insurance, we hope that your child can always stay prepared for the unexpected.


    Six Steps To Keeping Your Cool In A Game

    Six Steps To Keeping Your Cool In A Game


    In the heat of a game, it’s easy to lose our cool. Just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the midst of a sweep of the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs, with the series well in hand, J.R. Smith committed a flagrant foul that resulted in his immediate ejection and a two-game suspension. Losing his cool may very well cost his team, as the Cavs are already hampered due to an injury to another starter, Kevin Love.

    Maintaining self-control in the face of challenges, adversity and disappointment is one of the great life lessons that sports can uniquely teach our kids. And while we’d all like to hope that our kids just ‘know what to do’ when the moment presents itself, a little coaching and some clever tips can go a long way toward giving your kids the tools they need to keep their cool in sports and in life.

    So this month, the team at Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive, along with the experts at Positive Coaching Alliance, prepared a six-step approach and companion exercise to help teach your athletes how to keep their cool in frustrating moments.

    Take A Break. 
    When you’re feeling upset and frustrated, sometimes we all just need a quick break to re-center ourselves. Call time-out. Sub out for a play and take a deep breath on the bench.

    Name That Tune. 
    Sometimes it takes recognizing and naming a feeling to then be able to cool down. Encourage kids to notice how their body is feeling to recognize and name the emotions that accompany those feelings, and then to be able to say, “I feel….”. “Is your face red? Are your hands clenched? Are your shoulders tense? Okay – that sounds like you might feel ‘mad’.”

    Count to 10. 
    Having recognized and named an emotion (“mad!”), they can start to recover, maybe counting to ten – “ten Mississippi” if a bit more time is needed – to help the body slow down and give the brain a chance to process and think.

    What Are My Options? 
    Help your athletes take a minute to think through the options for dealing with the emotion. Yell and scream? Kick dirt? Walk away? Tell the other athlete – in nice words – why you are angry? Brush it off and move on to the next play? Help your children think through all of the potential options, and then give them the chance to pick what they think is the best option.

    Try this exercise in practice or at home: write a scenario at the top of the page, “An opposing player just committed a dirty foul on me!” and then split the page into two columns, one labelled Good Options, the other labelled Bad Options. Then have your athletes write down all of the possible actions they could take and place each action under either Good or Bad. (You can do this exercise as a team with players providing answers together and deciding whether each should go under Good or Bad.) Once all the possible choices are listed, circle the best choice and discuss why it is the best. (This page can turn into a poster that may be a great addition to the locker room for the season, reminding kids that there are lots of options but that as a team you’re striving for the best option and the one that maintains self-control and good sportsmanship.)

    Act Out The Best Choice. 
    Step five is to practice acting on the best choice from the Good Options you selected in step 4; don’t just think it in your head. This suggestion may seem more like drama class than sports practice, but act out the best-choice emotion. Think improv: how can you demonstrate and show the emotion if you had no words? It might feel like you’re over the top, but by being overly effusive with emotions in this acting, your athletes cement the ‘best choice’ in their minds, their emotions and their body language.

    Get focused on the next play, the next pitch, the next side change, the next round. Some teams use visual cues like a “brush it off” sign or a “flush it” hand gesture to remind everyone to let it go, reset, refocus and get back into the game.

    Keeping your cool can be tough, especially when the contest isn’t going your way, the fouls aren’t being called, the scoreboard doesn’t reflect your effort, or when a cheap shot disrupts your concentration and flow. But athletes who learn how to stay calm, focused, and ready for what’s next are more likely to stay mentally and physically in the game and give their teams the best chance to win – on and off the field.



    A Message from General Manager Frank Scarpaci

    All Heart

    The Florida Eels Junior Hockey Organization has franchises in both the Elite and Empire (USPHL3) Divisions of the USPHL. With both junior team’s, athletes have the unique opportunity to play a high level of hockey in Southwest Florida. The number one goal of our program is not only to win games, but to develop players and give them the necessary skills to elevate their game and achieve their hockey goals.  With numerous players rising to professional, Division 1, and Division 3 NCAA schools, it is clear that our program prepares players for the next level.

    As an organization, we are looking for exceptional well rounded players. We expect our players to conduct themselves in a respectful manner in and out of the rink. Florida Eels players are expected to not only respect the organization but truly hold themselves to the highest standard. Furthermore, our players must not only be dedicated to their position in the organization, but feel honored to put on the same sweater as those who had the opportunity in previous years.
    With these qualities we can develop each player and the teams as a whole to mold well finished hockey players, and moreover, men. 

    Legendary Russian coach Anatoli Tarasov said hockey requires "speed of hand, speed of foot and speed of mind." So how do we become faster?



    Hockey is a sprint sport. Players who can play the game at a very rapid pace are the most successful. Legendary Russian coach Anatoli Tarasov said hockey requires “speed of hand, speed of foot and speed of mind.” So how do we become faster?

    Once players have developed technical proficiency, it then becomes important to add overspeed training. This is simply pushing players to a speed at which they are uncomfortable. It can be with their stick skills, skating skills or even competitive play.

    When using overspeed training techniques, it's vital to monitor fatigue levels, because once a player starts to fatigue, they are no longer working toward the development of skill and speed.

    Adjusting to a New Playing Level

    Adjusting to a New Playing Level

    11/19/2015, 1:45pm MST
    By Todd Smith

    Moving up a level in hockey can be exciting and rewarding. But it can also can bring adversity. As a young player joins a new team at a new level, they often face more physically developed and experienced players, and therefore, must learn to be resilient.

    Cary Eades, head coach of the United States Hockey League’s Fargo Force, has a unique perspective on players moving up levels in the hockey world. Along with his work in the USHL, Eades has also served as the high school hockey head coach at Warroad (Minn.) High School, and as an assistant coach at collegiate powerhouse North Dakota. During his time, Eades has seen hundreds of players make the transition from high school to the USHL and then onto college hockey and beyond. He has learned that all players, regardless of their size, talent level and pedigree will face adversity at some point as they adjust to a new playing level.

    “Every step of the way is a learning process,” admits Eades.

    He offers the following advice on adjusting to a new playing level.

    Reality Check

    The number of quality hockey players in the United States has never been greater – and it’s only growing. Eades has seen the exceptional growth of American hockey firsthand in the USHL as his Fargo Force rosters players from Florida and Colorado alongside the traditional hotbeds like Minnesota and New England. It’s an indication of the groundswell of talent from every corner of the country. This can catch players and their parents off guard because, after all, they are most often accustomed to being the big fish from their little pond.

    “I think every step up the ladder, players are often surprised at just how many good players there are out there. All of these players are now battling for ice time,” said Eades. “That’s an eye-opener for parents, too: how many great kids are competing for the spots and how hard it is to win a spot in a higher level like the USHL.”

    Less Shine, More Salt

    Let’s face it: A player moves up a level because they have talent. As star players, they’re used to getting a lot of ice time and opportunities because they’re typically gifted scorers or skaters. But to be successful as they move up to another level, players need to adapt and learn to play in all situations.

    “They have to learn to do all the little things it takes to be a consistent player,” said Eades. “Most of them can contribute offensively, but they have to learn the defensive side of the game. They have to learn positional play so they can play in all circumstances. They have to become reliable and dependable.”

    Handling Adversity

    Some players will have success early and then hit a wall later. Others might face adversity immediately as they adjust to the size and speed of the new level. Some will have to battle confidence issues. This is often because they are used to being the star. As they move up, their ice time and opportunity might diminish, and that can quickly crush an ego. But instead of griping about lack of playing time, Eades encourages players to flip the scenario.

    “Players always say that they’ll play better if they play more,” said Eades. “I tell them that if they play better in the time they are given, then they’ll play more.”

    And sometimes, even “playing better” isn’t an automatic solution to this kind of adversity. At advanced levels like the NCAA, players may simply need to be patient, regardless of their performance or ability level. Some teams boast exceptional depth, or a roster full of more experienced players, and younger players might have to accept that gratification won’t be instant. Those who can persevere through this kind of adversity, without losing their cool or their confidence, will grow from the experience.

    Make the Most of your Opportunities

    One of the greatest examples Eades has of a player making the most of their opportunity and limited playing time is when he coached a young T.J. Oshie, now a forward for the Washington Capitals. Eades was coaching at Warroad High School when Oshie moved there from the Pacific Northwest. Initially, Oshie didn’t get a whole lot of ice time and struggled with the intensity and level of competition in the northern Minnesota hockey hotbed. He was a small kid, too, and had moved away from home and was now literally the new kid on the block. The Warroad coaching staff worked with Oshie during and after practice to improve his game. Oshie became a relentless rink rat and practiced on his own or in pickup games for hours at a time. An injury to a top Warroad player opened a spot on the top line and Oshie filled it and his game took off.

    “The whole time, he continued to work hard,” said Eades. “Sometimes it’s a break and being ready for the opportunity.”

    Off-Ice Adjustment

    Not all lessons are learned on the ice when a player moves up to the next level. Eades believes that the lessons a new player learns off the ice are just as valuable.

    “A new player can make great strides with off-ice strength and conditioning sessions. Film study, too,” said Eades. “When they take that teaching and apply it back to the ice, that’s where they can show improvement. They don’t need to be perfect, but they can strive for a higher consistency and intensity and performance level.”

    From Being Too Small to Three Stanley Cups

    When Eades was coaching at North Dakota, a skinny under-aged freshman named Jonathan Toews arrived on campus. Initially, Toews was too small and slight to play center because he couldn’t handle the center's physical responsibilities down low. So the coaches had to protect him and play him on the wing.

    “Once Toews adjusted to the strength and the speed he took off,” said Eades. “But it was a mental adjustment for him, too. Toews was very hard on himself. As a coaching staff, we had to help him be less critical and to enjoy the game a bit more. He took our words to heart and he really fought through some tough times. But he learned not to dwell on things and move through them quicker.”

    Parental Adjustment

    The players aren’t the only ones that have to adjust to moving up to a new level. Often, the transition is equally challenging for the parents. After all, they are the ones who have been watching their kids' practices and games since the beginning.

    “Parents should be patient,” said Eades. “They should understand that development is a process. Sometimes success is not instantaneous and it takes a lot of hard work.”

    Eades believes that junior hockey and NCAA parents need to accept their player being on the fourth line or being scratched or sometimes having limited playing time. To work up the ladder, a player has to work extremely hard and improve their game in all areas, not just the flashy numbers on the scoresheet.

    “But saying those words isn’t enough,” said Eades. “You have to live through them. At first, it’s a challenge. But patience and belief in your young player and supporting him/her and the coaches is huge. If you start making excuses for your player, that usually ends in a train wreck.”

    Five things not to do on social media


    1. Do not post inappropriate pictures or use inappropriate language in tweets or posts — including retweets.

    This goes right along with the content Van Malone flagged from one of his prospects. As much of a no-brainer as it seems, inappropriate pictures and language are posted regularly by hopeful collegiate athletes.

    Guess what? They’re passed up for the roster spot.

    There is no reason – at all – to be posting even possibly questionable content. From pictures of you and your friends – or a singer or actor you may like – to YouTube links to songs with explicit language: even if you think it’s “not that bad,” or “your friend posted it, you were just re-tweeting it,” anything remotely off-color is absolutely not worth it.

    2. Do not speak poorly about your teammates, other schools, or the students at either.

    This can illicit many levels of damage. From the problems it will bring to your team culture and chemistry, to the questions it will raise about your character, there is no upside to writing mean things about others on the internet.

    There’s also something very real called cyberbullying.

    Just because you’re sitting behind a computer screen and not saying it to someone’s face doesn’t make it any less hurtful or damaging. And it can get you immediately overlooked by a college coach.

    3. Do not trash a teacher or coach.

    First of all, this can absolutely only hurt you for two very serious reasons – it could get you kicked off your team, and/or kicked out of school.

    More importantly, though, it’s completely classless. Why in the world would a college coach offer a student-athlete who openly bashes their current coach? It doesn’t make much sense. And it won’t happen.

    4. Do not insert yourself in controversial conversations or engage in arguments.

    This can be tough. Especially if you’re passionate about your beliefs and strong in your convictions, which is an extraordinary way to be.

    The thing is, social media isn’t the place to debate, argue, or create controversy on important topics, especially as a student-athlete trying to make the absolute best impression possible on a college coach or school. Save your comments, criticisms, or feelings for the right place, and don’t engage in negative back-and-forth on the internet.

    5. Do not post while emotions are running high.

    Whether it’s after a huge win, a tough loss, a bad break-up, not getting the grade you hoped, or the curfew you were counting on – posting while emotions are running high is never, ever a good idea.

    We may be really happy, or terribly disappointed. Either way, our minds aren’t on the straightest course, which often leads to words we’ll later regret. Wait until you’re level-headed, and have time to really think about whether or not a post is a good idea, before hitting the button.


    Reprinted in part from

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    Why College Hockey? 
    The Incredible Journey 
    For more than 100 years, college hockey has been a breeding ground for outstanding hockey players and people. Today college hockey players make a bigger impact in the NHL than they ever have, with more than 30% of the league in 2011-12 coming from the U.S. college ranks. 
    NCAA hockey is made up 59 member schools across six conferences: Atlantic Hockey, Big 
    Ten, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East, NCHC and the WCHA. The member teams range as far west as Alaska and as far south as Alabama. 
    There are a number of reasons to consider the college hockey path: 
    • Pro Opportunities: From Martin St. Louis to Jonathan Quick, college hockey consistently produces NHL stars and its presence in the league continues to grow. 
    • Player Development: With its style of play, emphasis on practice and opportunity for strength and conditioning, college hockey provides an unparalleled environment for player development. 
    • Education: Some of the finest institutions in the world offer college hockey, providing young players exposure to elite educational programs while pursuing their hockey careers. 
    • Student Life: The off-ice experience of life on campus, surrounded by fellow students in a supportive environment, is unmatched and often considered the best time of a person's life. 
    • Special Events: Holiday tournaments, conference championships, outdoor games, the Beanpot and the NCAA Frozen Four provide college hockey players the opportunity to play in intense, high-profile special events. 
    • History: With traditions unique to each school and a history that traces back to the 1800s, today's college hockey players carry on a proud legacy. 
    College Hockey, Inc. believes there is no better place to build your skills than college hockey. That said we know young hockey players face difficult choices, and we hope this site helps answer questions you may have about such subjects as: 
    • Recruiting: The college recruiting process can be exciting, nerve-wracking and - sometimes - confusing. We provide some background. 
    • NCAA Eligibility: To play college hockey it's important to succeed both athletically and academically. Find out what it takes to maintain your academic eligiblity. 
    • FAQ: We offer answers to many other common questions about recruiting, major junior, advisors and more. 
    Every Friday and Saturday night during the college hockey season, teams play in college arenas full of hyped-up fellow students, friends, family members and fans. Thousands of fans sing their school fight song after every goal. School spirit creates an atmosphere not experienced anywhere else in the world. 
    Those are memories college hockey players carry into their NHL careers and beyond. And all terrific reasons to Play It Smart. Play College Hockey. 
    The document provided by Kyle Lawson, Director of Education and Recruitment, College Hockey, Inc.

    5 Tips for Succesful Billeting Life

    By Nick Olynyk

    Imagine that you’re being dropped into a stranger’s house for a winter. You don’t know who the people are. You don’t know what it looks like inside. Yet that’s where you must eat, sleep and live. You’re going to call it “home.”

    That’s billeting, and it’s a major part of playing junior hockey.

    During my career, I lived in 12 billet homes (for varying lengths of time). Most of these billets were awesome, awesome people, opening up their homes to me, cooking food for me, listening to my gripes and helping in whatever way they could. However, I always saw one guy on each team who just didn’t jive with his billets.

    I really think that billet problems can be prevented before they start. If you ever listen to former junior players rave about playing in a certain town, a big part of that is the billet family with whom they lived. In fact, the best billets often become lifelong friends with players. They will be your biggest fans.


    To ensure a quality season at your billets, here are five big tips to follow:

    1) Establish Open Communication Early

    Chances are that your billets are going to be 10 times more experienced at billeting than you are. They know that players have routines, rituals and habits. This means the first thing they’re going to do is look for what you prefer. The clues you leave—your actions, patterns, thank you’s—reflect what you like at home.

    However, billets aren’t mind readers. If you want a certain pre-game meal, tell them. I had one billet that made me the same thing all of the time because that is what their last player liked. I didn’t want spaghetti casserole every game day. That’s not what I ate, and they didn’t mind making me something else once I told them. Seeing me succeed and making me comfortable made them most happy. Sometimes you just have to let them know how to do that.

    2) Establish Boundaries with your Hockey Billet

    If there is something your billets do (or don’t do) that makes you hold a grudge, you’re going to have a long season. Whenever you have a problem in a billet house, bring it up and be respectful. For instance, if the billets kids are being too loud when you’re trying to sleep the night before a game, don’t be afraid to tell the kids. If the kids keep it up, go to the parents the next day.

    As long as you are respectful about it, your billets often bend over backwards to help you or at least strike a compromise with you. They know sacrifices will have to be made, and they know that works both ways. Be able to handle awkward conversations and you’ll end up getting less awkward situations.

    3) Know Your Rituals

    Although the house will revolve around you on game day, that game day won’t run smoothly unless everybody involved knows how it should go. Routines are key for smooth billet houses because everybody knows what to expect and how carry on.

    On the other hand, if you have to be at the rink early one morning, know that your billet dad has the shower at a certain time. Expect it and bend your schedule around it. Also, don’t make yourself late for dinner by hanging out too late after practice. The family is likely waiting on you.

    After a while, these rituals become the status quo. It’ll be like playing with good line mate or a solid D partner. You’ll have a feel where each other are going before you get there.

    4) Be Respectful

    No, I’m not going to give you some kind of coach’s lecture here. What I am saying is that your billets are bound to want you in their house more if you treat their house like it’s your own. Simple things are to keep your mess inside your room, leave the bathroom the way you found it and don’t park in the driveway. These are the thankless things that go a long way. They will get noticed.

    If your billet sees that you take care of their house, they are more likely to take care of you. They may even bend the rules that one time you need them to bend them. This often comes into play when girls come over. (The number one cause of billet issues, in my opinion.)

    The coach will always give a rule on girls. Some coaches don’t want them at your billets, some want them out by curfew. Others just want you home and don’t care what happens once you’re there. If you don’t put your billets in an awkward situation where they have to break team rules for you, they’re more likely to give you a break when you need it most.

    5) Be Part Of The Family

    Every player is different. Some thrive in billet atmosphere, some want out. I was both of these players. When I was young, I was right in with the family, at birthday parties with the kids and all. By the time I was a 20 year-old I had been living by myself every summer. I felt like I was babysat.

    However, part of getting more freedom around the house was actually being a part of it. I knew if I hung out with the kids for a half-hour each night they often left me alone for the rest of it. I didn’t want to hide in my room all evening trying to keep away from them, even if they could be pests at times. If you just give a little you’ll often get more back. Billets want you as part of their family. That’s why they invite you, a stranger, into their house.


    What you need to know about insurance as a college athlete

    Being a college athlete is no joke. Between practices, strength training, competitions, tournaments and more, there are a lot of opportunities to injure yourself. And sometimes slapping an ice pack on it won’t cut it.

    There are few hotter topics in the world of collegiate athletics then what benefits and protection student-athletes receive as part of a team. Especially this past year with talks of unionization and other pay-to-play discussions. Making sure these young men and women, who do so much for their schools, are taken care of both on and off the field of play is a topic that’s been at the forefront of the business of college athletics and recruiting, as it should be.

    So how does this all work? What happens if you get hurt during your college career? Who covers mandatory physicals or that concussion test you were required to undergo? Below are some key points when it comes to how insurance works for athletes in the NCAA.

    How insurance works for athletes

    You have to have insurance.

    Student-athletes have to provide proof of insurance before they can practice or play. They must be covered up to $90,000, which is the current deductible of the NCAA Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program. This minimal layer of required coverage is known as basic accident coverage.

    But it doesn’t necessarily have to come from your school.

    A school is permitted to provide that coverage, however is not required to do so.

    Coverage can come from the school, a parent or guardian, or through a policy taken out by the student-athlete him or herself.

    Let’s go back to the Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program.

    Under the Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program, which is in place for all student-athletes at active institutions, the NCAA covers any injury over the $90,000 premium, and provides $20mil in lifetime benefits to any student-athlete who becomes totally disabled while practicing or playing. This covers both medical benefits as well as disability pay. As well, funds to complete their degree are provided.

    In addition, the NCAA provides full coverage, (including the basic accident coverage), to any student-athlete participating in championship events (tournament play) through the Participant Accident Program.

    What about issues an athlete has because he or she played college sports?

    The insurance issue gaining the most attention right now is what happens to student-athletes who require long-term care for injuries incurred while playing college athletics.

    The NCAA’s current standing is that this care is commonly deferred to the student-athlete’s individual or family insurance policy, which every person in the country is required to have since the passing of the Affordable Care Act.

    So a bottom line here: the NCAA has set policies in place when it comes to insurance coverage as a student-athlete, but specific policies under the NCAA vary by school.

    This is a really important question to discuss with coaches and programs as you research schools and weigh the pros and cons of different offers.

    Who is responsible for my insurance coverage? 
    If the school is offering to cover you, find out the exact policy. 
    If you are responsible for your own coverage, make sure you do your homework in order to avoid any unforeseen costs down the road.

    Attention Parents Of College Bound Players

    Players Need To Complete College Applications and Financial Aide Forms Now

    By now we have met with your son before the recent showcase and college tours in New England.


    We have combed the College Hockey Book, the NCAA DVD materials I provided to them by me, and examined and various college websites.


    We have had a minimum of 3 office conferences. Some boys many more. We discussed various college options, programs of study and opportunities to play at that targeted school.


     Your son was advised to go to the web sites of the desired school and fill out recruiting questioners. This should have been done 30-60 days ago. Many of the boys have done this. Some despite my urging have not.


    Your son was also advised to write to the college head coach, assistant coaches and admissions expressing his interest in attending that school in the fall and his desire to play for the coach and his hockey team.


    Specific verbiage was suggested to the boys during our several office conferences to impress upon the coaches his strong points and true desire to attend the university and his determination to play for the ice hockey team. Again some boys have taken advantage of this and others still have not.


    Our list stared as high as 25 colleges and we have worked them down to 5 for most players. A number of the boys broadened that list to 10.


    Last week I met with each player going over his targeted college and strongly advised him that he had to complete his college applications no later than midnight Jan 25th.


    It is imperative that these applications get done. A college coach cannot even come close to committing to a player unless that player first completes a college application, fills out a recruiting form, provide SAT/ACT scores, provides high school transcripts, submits his college essay and any letters of recommendations required by the school.


    Some of the boys have been on task and others are very tardy in their completion of their task. Some procrastinate and those that are not diligent will be left behind. So much depends on them getting these items done. Financial aid is awarded on a completed applications and the time is extremely sensitive.


    Keep in mind that being accepted to the college is half the battle. The other equation is whether you can afford it and that comes down to the financial aid side of the equation.


    Folks No other program does what we do. No other program spends so much time counseling advising and assisting their players in the process. No other program gets them exposed and visits and tours the colleges as we do. However, despite these opportunities being afforded to the players some are not taking full advantage of this and are not zealously and aggressively pursing what they need to do.


    Please check with your son. Go over the college list we worked out. Make sure he has filled out the recruiting profiles, completed his college applications and made sure SAT/ACT scores etc. are being forwarded to the coaches.


    Even there the job is not complete. On a weekly basis each player should be sending his weekly update on accomplishments ( goals assist, key back checking, saves GA) in the games played or otherwise make an attempt to communicate with the coaches.


    Keep in mind that they are competing with 1,000 other players for these limited spots and they should not take anything for granted.



    5 Ways To Get Noticed By College Hockey Recruiters

    5 Ways To Get Noticed By College Hockey Recruiters 
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    Want to get the attention of the top college hockey coaches like Jerry York? Use these tips… 
    Getting The Attention of College Hockey Recruiters: 5 Tips 
    According to NCAA regulations, college coaches are permitted to begin speaking with and recruiting young hockey players only after January 1 of their 10th-grade year. However, while coaches aren’t permitted to initiate contact with players until then – and aren’t allowed to speak about players publicly until after they’ve signed their Letter of Intent – hockey players are allowed to speak to coaches prior to the aforementioned timeframe, just so long as they are the ones that have initiated contact. 
    With that being said, just what can a young hockey player do to get the attention of recruiters – both on and off the ice – if college hockey is the path they want to take? Here’s a look: 
    1. Try Out For USA Hockey Events 
    USA hockey hosts select events and district development camps every summer, where participants are among the “best of the best” and often have the eye of college recruiters. What’s more is that inroads with USA hockey also up the chances that players will be accepted to its National Team Development Program (NTDP), which hosts Under-17 and Under-18 teams in Ann Arbor. These teams play against a number of Division I programs in preparation for annual world championships. They’re also a pipeline to college hockey as well as the NHL. Jack Johnson, Phil Kessel and Ryan Kesler are just a sampling of the players that are former NTDP skaters. 
    2. Market Yourself 
    That’s right, create a hockey resume to mail or e-mail to coaches you’re interested in playing for. Include things like your academic background, recent teams, your current coach’s contact information, notable stats, awards and achievements. 
    3. Fill Out Recruiting Questionnaires 
    Visit the websites of any college hockey programs you’re interested in and look for recruiting questionnaires. Fill them out for each school that interests you to get a better idea of where you might fit in and to get coaches to notice who you are. 
    4. Be Persistent 
    By rule, you’re allowed to initiate contact with college coaches prior to Jan. 1 of your sophomore year of high school, but coaches aren’t allowed to respond to texts, e-mails or voicemails. It sounds silly, but rules are rules. So if you really want to get a coach’s attention prior to Jan. 1 of your 10th grade year, you have to either hope they pick up the phone when you call or speak to them face-to-face. So if you want to get their attention bad enough, be persistent, patient and don’t give up. 
    5. Have A Good Attitude 
    If you’re an exceptional player in whatever league you play in, there’s a good chance you’re being tracked by college hockey recruiters. But it’s not just enough to be exceptionally skilled these days – coaches are looking for good, team-first players that are willing to listen to criticism and improve their games. 
    When it comes to college hockey recruiting, the bottom line is that if you’re good enough, you’re probably on the radar of most college programs. But just because you’re on the radar doesn’t mean you can’t put a bug in the ear of college coaches. The aforementioned five tips are great ways to connect with college recruiters and coaches to determine if you’d be a good fit for their program. 
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    Marty Abrams Wellington Dukes (OJHL)
    Mike Addessa Calgary Flames (NHL)
    Peter Alden CT. Wolf Pack (EHL)
    Tony Amonte Thayer (Prep)
    Dan Armstrong Brockville Braves (CCHA)
    Craig Badger The Gunnery (Prep)
    Ryan Bailey Canterbury (Prep)
    Robbie Barker Lawrence Academy (Prep)
    Ben Barr Western Michigan (NCAA D1)
    Joe Beal Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
    David Berard Holy Cross (NCAA D1)
    Rick Bennett Union (NCAA D1)
    Paul Billing Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
    Todd Bracket Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
    Vinny Bohr Topeka Capitals (NAHL)
    David Borgess Stonehill College (NCAA D3)
    Dean Boylan Phillips Andover Academy (Prep)
    John Burgess Suffolk University (NCAA D3)
    Mathieu Castonguay Northwood School
    Jason Cerenzia St. Georges (Prep)
    TJ Clarke Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL)
    Larry Cockrell Governor's Academy (Prep)
    Carl Corrazzini St. Marks (Prep)
    Cliff Cook NY Aviators (USPHL)
    Brendan Collins USHR
    Matt Curley Bentley (NCAA D1)
    Bob Crocker Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
    Mike Cusack Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
    Derek Cunha Williston Northhampton School (Prep)
    David Cunniff Worchester Shark (AHL)
    Kevin Cunningham Connecticut College (NCAA D3)
    Al Cusson Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
    Tony Dalessio NH Jr. Monarchs (EHL)
    John Dean North York Rangers (OJHL)
    Rich Decaprio Bosotn Jr. Rangers (EHL)
    Pat Desir Moses Brown
    Scott Drevitch Boston Bandits (EHL)
    Dan Driscoll Berkshire School (Prep)
    Tad Doherty Becker College (NCAA D3)
    Jerry Domish Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL)
    Craig Doremus New York Bobcats (EHL)
    Rick Dorual Hawsbury Hawks (CCHA)
    Ted Donato Harvard (NCAA D1)
    Nate Dudley Babson (NCAA D3)
    Keith Dupee Lawrenceville (Prep)
    Jerome Dupont Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
    Cam Ellsworth Umass Lowell (NCAA D1)
    Scott Frank Cape Cod Islanders
    Doug Friedman Kents Hill School (Prep)
    Jason Fortier Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (OJHL)
    Brain Gallagher Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL)
    John Gardner Avon Od Farms (Prep)
    Mathew Greason  Trinity College (NCAA D3)
    Matt Goethels Pomfret (Prep)
    Peter Goulet Napean Raiders (CCHA)
    Guu Girourd  CIH Academy
    Steve Greely Boston University (NCAA D1)
    Rich Guberti Fordham University
    Jason Guerriero Yale (NCAA D1)
    Ben Guite Maine (NCAA D1)
    Rob Haberbusch Hamilton College (NCAA D3)
    Chris Hall Colby College (NCAA D3)
    Ryan Hardy USNTDP
    Josh Hand Manhattanville College (NCAA D3)
    Michael Haviland Colorado College (NCAA D1)
    Andy Heinze Valley Jr. Warriors (EHL)
    Ian Henderson  Hawksbury Hawks (CCHL)
    Steve Hoar Becker College (NCAA D3)
    Rob Hutchinson Trinity-Pawling School (Prep)
    Steve Jacobs NE Wolves (EHL)
    Paul Jennings Gloucester Rangers (CCHL)
    Dan Jewell Hamilton College (NCAA D3)
    Matt Johnson Tri City Storm (USHL)
    Kiernan Joyce Sherbrook Phoenix (QMJHL)
    Matt Keating Tufts (NCAA D3)
    Jerry Keefe Northeastern University (NCAA D1)
    Casey Keselring New Hampton School (Prep)
    Paul Kirtland  Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)
    Tom Kowal WBS Knights (EHL)
    Eric Lang Army (NCAA D1)
    Trevor Large Canisius College (NCAA D1)
    Jay Leach Maine (NCAA D1)
    Nate Leaman Providence College (NCAA D1)
    Chris Line Vermont Lumberjacks (EHL)
    Mark Lotito NJ Avalanche
    Bob Luccini Carolina Panthers (NHL)
    Chris Locker Shattucks St. Mary's
    Jon Lounsbury  Walpole Express (EHL)
    RC Lyke Richmond Generals (USPHL)
    Jon Kirk National Sports Academy
    David MacDonald Advisor
    Ian Macinnis Cornwall Colts (CCHL)
    Jim Madigan Northeastern University (NCAA D1)
    Bill Maniscalco Avon Old Farms (Prep)
    CJ Marottolo Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
    Geoff Marottolo Advisor
    Kris Mayotte Providence College (NCAA D1)
    Eric McCambly Daniel Webster College
    Dave McCauley Bay State Breakers (USPHL)
    Jon McCourt Endicott College (NCAA D3)
    Scott McDougal Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
    Ed McGolgan Washington Capitals (NHL)
    Will McNally Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
    Bob Miele Westfield State (NCAA D3)
    Steve Miller Providence College (NCAA D1)
    Paul Merritt Buffalo Sabers (NHL)
    Jon Morin Phillips Andover Academy (Prep)
    Vincent Montalbano St. Louis Blues (NHL)
    Fred Myers  East Coast Wizards (EHL)
    Steve Needham Wesleyan University (NCAA D3)
    Frank O'Connor Northern Cyclones (EHL)
    Chris O'Donnell Salmon Arm (BCHL)
    Dave O'Donnel South Shore Kings (USPHL)
    Bill O'Neill Salem State College (NCAA D3)
    Greg Osborne  Pomfret (Prep)
    Devin Payne Brockville Braves (CCHA)
    Juliano Pagliero Holy Cross (NCAA D1)
    Jon Park  WBS Knights (EHL)
    Brian Parriso Casper Coyotes (WSHL)
    Dave Peers  Jr. Wolfpack (EHL)
    Brett Provost South Kent  (Prep)
    Derek Richards Olympia Sports Management
    David Quinn Boston University (NCAA D1)
    Brett Riley Charlottetown Islanders
    Rob Riley Columbue Blue Jackets (NHL)
    Cam Robichaud NH Jr. Monarch (EHL)
    Frank Robinson Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
    Rocky Romanella University of Delaware
    Larry Rocha St. Anselm (NCAA D3)
    Peter Roundy Trinity College (NCAA D3)
    Lou Santini NY Applecore (EHL)
    Patrick Schafer Providence Capitals (USPHL)
    Gary Shuchuk University Of Wisconsin (NCAA D1)
    Rod Simmons NH Fighting Spirit
    Dave Spinale Xavarian (Catholic)
    Todd Sterling Boston Bandits (EHL)
    Jean St. Pierre McGill University
    Jon Sokolski Millbrook School (Prep)
    Vincent Soriento Millbrook School (Prep)
    Mike Souza Uconn (NCAA D1)
    Bob Thorton New Jersey Rockets (EHL)
    Brain Troy Winchendon School
    Jim Troy MSS Sports
    Ron Tugnutt Kemptville 73's (CCHL)
    Brain Umansky Islanders HC (USPHL)
    Nick Unger National Sports Academy
    Mike Warde Bridgton Academy
    William Weiand Northern Cyclones (EHL)
    Steve Wiedler Curry College (NCAA D3)
    Brendan Whittet Brown University (NCAA D1)
    Mark Yates Central Scouting (NHL)/ Halifax (QMJHL)
    Brain Young  Oswego State (NCAA D3)