A Message from General Manager Frank Scarpaci,
The Florida Eels Junior Hockey Organization has franchises in both the USPHL Elite and Empire Divisions of the USPHL. With both Junior team’s, athletes have the unique opportunity to play a high level of hockey in the Southwest of Florida. The number one goal when coming to the Florida Eels Program is not only to win games, but to develop in such a way that players can achieve their desired placement in the next stage of their hockey career. With numerous players rising to professional, Division 1, and Division 3 NCAA schools, it is obvious that our main goals for our players have been and continue to be met.
As an organization, we are looking for exceptional hockey athletes; players that hold themselves and their organization alike with the utmost respect. They must hold the highest character and compete level. Further more, our players must not only be dedicated to their position in the organization, but feel privileged to put on the same sweater as those who had the opportunity in previous years.
With these qualities we can work with each player and the teams as a whole to mold a well finished hockey player, and moreover, a man.
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.
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
BY: MAT BERNSTEIN - JANUARY 13TH, 2015
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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.
- See more at: http://blog.purehockey.com/5-ways-get-noticed-college-hockey-recruiters/#sthash.4otNH2NE.dpuf
No Doubt Eels Players Get Recruited
|Chowder Cup Scouts|
|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)|
|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)|
|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|
|Ian Macinnis||Cornwall Colts (CCHL)|
|Jim Madigan||Northeastern University (NCAA D1)|
|Bill Maniscalco||Avon Old Farms (Prep)|
|CJ Marottolo||Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)|
|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)|