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THE ATLANTA SERIES ALWAYS GREAT HARD FOUGHT BATTLES
3 DEC | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Tomorrow the Eels Battles the Knights for Key Playoff Spots

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JS AND DIAZ WIN VOTING POLLS

1 DEC | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Which Elite Defenseman Will Score More Points This Weekend vs. Palm Beach?
Nicholas Magill-Diaz WINNER!!!!!!!!
Sven Nilsson

What Elite Forward Will Score The next Hat Trick
Zac Boyle
Clayton Boyd
Michael Gennello
Jean-Simon Robidoux WINNER !!!!!!!!!!!
David Stonebraker 

This weekend Ice Pregame report Eels vs the Atlanta Knights

The Eels Elite and USP3 team square off against the Atlanta Knights this weekend in Marietta Georgia. Atlanta came to Fort Myers in September for the Eels home games. This the away series for the Eels teams vs. the Atlanta Knights. There is a long-standing rivalry between these two organizations. Both teams were traditionally the top two in the Southern Conference. In fact the founder of the Knights, David Faulkenstein, modeled his program after the Eels. The two are currently again battling for seeding in the South playoffs.

 

 The Eels Elite team is just 1 point behind the Knights who sit in 4th place.  Fourth place is key as 1-4 are guaranteed home ice in the first round. The Eels are pushing hard for that home ice playoff seed. The Eels are on fire of late scoring 21 goals in their last 2 games vs. Palm Beach Hawks just before the Thanksgiving break. They scored 25 goals in their last 3 contests. Moreover, the Eels are eying 3rd place that is currently occupied by the Carolina Eagles. The Eagles have 35 points compared to the Eels 27 points for the Eels. That is 8 points, but we know we can over come that goal; but we need to take it one shift, one period, and one game at a time.  We can’t look too far down the line. One good thing is we will get to play the Eagles at Germain during the upcoming USPHL Winter Showcase in what will be a key game in the standings. But right now we have to have all eyes on this weekend vs. the Knights. If you cannot join us on the trip then please tune in to Fasthockey/HockeyTV for our games.

 

The USP3 team also travels to Atlanta to take on the Knights’ USP3 team.  The Knights USP3 team sit 3 points ahead of the Eels for 6th place where the Eels are in 7th place.  This is a very tight division where 4 teams are with 5 points of 4th place.  Every game is so critical for the teams in the USP3 division. In fact the Eels like the Palm Beach Hawks, the Daytona Racers, the Tampa Juniors have the toughest schedule in the South if not the entire USP3 division. The Eels can over take 6th place and possibly be tied for 5th place with two wins this weekend. The USP3 team is looking to bounce back after the losses to the Jr. Blades just before the Thanksgiving break and are very hungry to get back on the winning track. The boys have been training an extra 1 each day in the sports court in line rink and have watched over 4 previous Atlanta games to prepare for this weekend’s games. Again please join us on Fasthockey/HockeyTV if you cannot make the games in Atlanta.  

Bus Trip To Atlanta Friday

This Friday we leave to Atlanta to play a 2 game away series for both teams

 

The Bus will depart Friday at 8:00 am sharp

 

Please make sure you plan accordingly.

Make sure you check your equipment, as the Knights facility does not have a pro shop. They do have a skate-sharpening machine but I would suggest getting it done here,

 

We will be wearing our Green away jerseys so make sure you pick them up Thursday from your coaches. Also make sure to pack your green away socks

 

Guys Friday morning we leave at 8:00 am Eat a good breakfast. The bus trip is for 8-10 hours. We will have lunch on the road and dinner 

WORKOUTS AND ICE PRACTICES RESUME MONDAY

  

27 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

All Junior players 
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Welcome back.

Workouts for Elite team resumes Monday morning at World Gym and ice practice at noon.

The USP3 team resumes their practice ice session Monday at 1:15 pm and then the off ice at World Gym work outs immediately thereafter as usual.

We have huge games this upcoming weekend as you all know traveling to Atlanta to play the Knights 

How Sleep Impacts Health and Performance

How Sleep Impacts Health and Performance

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin zZz?

by 

Joel Totoro, RD

09/26/2016 3:51 PM

With more than 40 percent of Americans getting less than the ideal amount of sleep, it’s easy to understand why sleep is such a hot topic among doctors and sports scientists.  Lack of sleep has been shown to cause health problems such as weight gain, increased stroke risk, and other illnesses, in addition to research showing that sleep quality can have a significant impact on active performance. 

 

Professional athletes such as LeBron James, Roger Federer, and Usain Bolt are on record as saying they need to sleep 10-12 hours a night to perform at their highest level.  Two-thirds of athletes report worse than normal sleep the night before competition, while an evaluation of professional hockey players showed the percentage reporting sleep disturbances doubles in season.  Student athletes who sleep less than eight hours a night are two times more likely to suffer an injury within a month. 

 

Sleep deprivation can lead to decreased alertness, reaction time, and memory. Sleep loss can lead to potential decreases in immune system function and a reduction in the release of growth hormone, as well as the hormones leptin and adiponectin – both of which play major roles in fat gain and loss. 

 

Sleep has been shown to directly impact exercise abilities: 

  • Well-rested tennis players have a 4.2% increase in hitting accuracy 
  • Well-rested swimmers showed a 17% improvement in starting times 
  • Well-rested football players dropped 0.1 second off their 40-yard dash time 
  • Well-rested basketball players increased free throw and 3-point shooting percentage by 9% each 
  • Under-rested athletes lost 20 pounds off their bench press after only 4 days of inadequate sleep 
  • Perceived exhaustion increased 18% after only 30 hours of sleep loss 
  • Sleep loss led to an 11% increase in time to exhaustion 

 

Fortunately, the foods you eat can play and important role in your ability to sleep. 

  

Protein consumption before bed is linked to improved recovery from exercise and ability to train the next day, while also promoting increases in strength gains and muscle mass. Adding cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, or a small whey protein shake before bed can help your sleep. 

 

Warm Milk has long been believed to help achieve a good night’s sleep; however, many of the early theories have been disproven. 

Now, however, studies have shown that milk from cow’s milked at night have higher levels of melatonin, which helps regulate sleep, as well as vitamin D, and vitamin D supplementation has been shown to decrease the time it takes to fall asleep. 

 

Tart Cherries have been shown to promote sleep by helping individuals fall asleep faster and spend less time awake throughout the night.  

 

Kiwifruit consumption in individuals with self-reported sleep disorders improved both total time asleep and the amount of time spent in bed actually sleeping.  

 

Nuts and Seeds are high in the mineral magnesium, and deficiencies in magnesium can lead to insomnia and “restless leg” at night. Magnesium helps maintain normal levels of blood pressure and blood sugar and promotes relaxation, which promotes a better sleep environment.  

 

Lights Out – one study has shown that two hours of exposure to smartphones, tablets, and laptop displays decreases melatonin – which regulates sleep cycles – by more than 20 percent. Use of these devices should be limited before bed, or at a minimum, turned on night mode or dimmed. Supplementing with melatonin should be considered, as well as eating foods naturally containing melatonin such as pineapples, bananas, oranges, oats, and tomatoes.  

 

 

Joel Totoro, RD

Joel Totoro is a Registered Dietitian with over a decade experience in trauma and sports nutrition. Prior to joining Thorne, he served 3 years as sport dietitian for the University of Michigan and 8 years at the New England Patriots, where he was the first full time sports dietitian in pro-sports. Totoro is also an elected board member for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association.

Does the Source of Your Protein Matter?

Does the Source of Your Protein Matter?

by 

Joel Totoro, RD

09/27/2016 5:41 PM

Protein plays a major role in our bodies.  It provides the structure of our muscles, bone, skin, and tissues, as well as the power to fuel the chemical reactions in our bodies.   It's no secret that protein is important, but for some people it’s unclear which sources they should get their protein from, and whether or not all sources are created equal. 

 

Whole Food

Dairy-based proteins have been studied the most in the recovery and performance area, but quality non-dairy protein sources from egg, beef, pork, soy, pea, and hemp have also been researched.  Research shows that quality whole-food sources of protein can meet baseline protein needs, as well as performance and recovery needs. 

 

Protein Powders

Although whole foods can supply sufficient protein, many individuals often look to protein powders and amino acid supplements to combine with whole foods because of their convenience and not being able to eat enough solid protein before or after training. 

 

Whey Protein Powder is considered a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids and it’s recognized for its high rate of absorption. 

 

Whey protein powders are available in concentrate and isolate formulas, athough there is considerable confusion between the two.  To obtain whey from whole milk it needs to be separated from the fat, lactose, and other components of the milk. 

 

  • Whey protein concentrate is a filtered version of whey that, depending on the exact process, generally is in the range of 70-85% whey protein; for example, 100 grams of whey concentrate powder yields 70-85 grams of useable whey.

 

  • Whey protein isolate, which involves a more complex and expensive process to obtain it, generally ends up in the range of 90-95% whey protein; for example, 100 grams of whey protein isolate powder yields 90-95 grams of useable whey. 

Protein can be measured by its bioavailability; that is, the ability of the body to absorb and use it.  For example, the bioavailability of an egg white as a whole food is 100.  The bioavailability of whey protein concentrate measures 104; whereas, the bioavailability of whey protein isolate measures as high as 159. 

 

Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) is another measure of protein quality.  PDCAAS accounts for the body’s amino acid needs as well as its ability to use the protein.  Whey protein receives a perfect 1.0 PDCAAS rating and does not differentiate between the concentrate and isolate forms. 

 

Vegan Protein sources are non-dairy alternative proteins for those individuals who are lactose intolerant or who choose to avoid animal products.  Its formulated to provide an amino acid composition similar to whey protein isolate.  Pea protein compares favorably to whey protein when compared according to muscle thickness.  Pea protein has a PDCAAS score of 92.8, which puts it in the range of whey protein. 

 

Amino Acids

When it comes to recovery needs, the science community has focused on the amino acid leucine.  Leucine is part of a subset of amino acids called branched chain amino acids.  It’s the key protein trigger that stops muscle breakdown during training and switches to recovery after training.   Some individuals choose to take amino acids to directly stimulate this recovery process, especially those who have gut sensitivity issues post-workout, or those who are calorie conscious.  It should be noted, however, that while amino acids are adequate to trigger the recovery pathway, complete proteins should be included throughout the day. 

 

Although protein comes in many forms, the source that is right for an individual can vary from day to day. Often times a mix of protein sources will help meet individual needs.  On the one hand, whole food sources of protein contain other valuable nutrients and are part of a well-balanced nutrition plan.  On the other hand, whey protein sources are more convenient to consume and faster to digest than whole food sources.  Finally, when recovery is the target, amino acids offer an even faster delivery system to the muscles and are low in calories for those with body composition goals in mind.  

 

 

 

 

Joel Totoro, RD

Joel Totoro is a Registered Dietitian with over a decade experience in trauma and sports nutrition. Prior to joining Thorne, he served 3 years as sport dietitian for the University of Michigan and 8 years at the New England Patriots, where he was the first full time sports dietitian in pro-sports. Totoro is also an elected board member for the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association.

Safely Navigating the Supplement World

What even is NSF?

Safely Navigating the Supplement World

by 

Joel Totoro, RD

09/26/2016 1:10 AM

Filling the gaps in our daily nutrition with tablets and powders isn’t a new concept. The large demand for nutritional supplementation has made the industry an attractive one, leading to a congested and difficult marketplace for consumers to navigate. While federal regulations do exist that dictate the type of claims that can be made on a supplement label, supplement manufacturers are not required to submit their products to a pre-market approval process at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) like pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to do. 

 

At Thorne we believe greatness is measured in milligrams – we believe you deserve access to everything your body needs and nothing more. As the supplement industry has grown, supplement quality has been derailed and customer confusion has risen. Thorne's mission is to provide quality supplements as well as consumer education about how nutritional supplements fit into your lifestyle.  We know the best nutrition program needs to be personalized to you – nutritioned exactly. 

 
In 2007, the FDA issued the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulatory program that dictate federal guidelines for the preparation, purity, and accuracy of labeling nutritional supplements. While these regulations are presented as minimum expectations, supplement companies are mostly left to police themselves. 

 
Fortunately for consumers, there are companies that choose to hold themselves to high standards and fully comply with the regulations issued by the FDA. 

 

Here’s how you can be absolutely certain that you are choosing a supplement company that is making high quality, safe, and efficacious products:
 
Look for Third-Party Testing
Nutritional supplement brands can, and should, retain outside, independent companies to audit their manufacturing processes and test their products to ensure the FDA’s cGMP’s are being complied with, thus ensuring that the company’s products contain the ingredients listed on the label in the amounts listed and don’t contain any harmful ingredients. 

 

NSF International has created an advanced certification program for supplements geared toward elite athletes. NSF International’s Certified for Sport® program tests products for more than 200 substances that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency. A supplement product that bears the Certified for Sport seal ensures that that the product contains exactly what the label claims it does, in the amounts listed, and nothing else. 

 
Realize There is No Cure-All

It’s illegal for a supplement company to claim that any of its products prevent, cure, or treat any medical condition. Supplements are intended to complement the diet and to support overall health and well-being. Any express or implied claims that a product will prevent, cure, or treat a medical condition is a red flag that the manufacturer isn’t in compliance with the FDA’s labeling regulations for nutritional supplements. Furthermore, if a supplement’s product label has a lot of buzz words that don’t mean anything, such as “white hot heat” or “blazing intensity” the company is probably trying to distract you from a lack of evidence behind their product. 

 

Companies often use phrases that imply there’s science behind their product – such as “clinically proven” – but many of these claims are not backed by actual research. Be cautious of products claiming ancient formulas, cutting-edge science, miracle cures, or guarantees. A reputable and honest company will have contact information you can use to request further information for the research behind their claims. Lastly, if a product sounds too good to be true – "Lose 10 pounds in one day" – that's probably because it is. 

 
Take a Lead from Sports

Be aware of ingredients banned in sports by agencies like the World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency. While these ingredients aren’t always prohibited for general consumption, these organizations see a problem with the ingredients, which should be a red flag to you as a regular consumer. Do your research to see if you should ban these ingredients from your nutritional game plan. 
 
Watch out for Warnings

Be wary of supplements with a long list of warnings or contraindications listed on the product label. Any serious adverse effects reported to a supplement company must be reported to the FDA by the supplement company.
 
Be an Educated Consumer

Registered dietitians are trained to evaluate the need for, effectiveness of, and safety of nutritional supplements. Always consult your health-care practitioner before starting a supplement regimen. The National Institutes of Health and the United States Anti-Doping Agency offer resources to help educate you on supplement before you use them. Always be sure to do your homework on your supplement company before taking their products. 

 

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY BREAK

16 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Guys the junior teams and High School Hockey sessions will be off for vacation starting Nov 21-27th Junior Hockey practice resumes Nov. 28th

High School Hockey will resume Nov. 30 and Dec 1st.

Midget players "day time” training with junior players will also be off for vacation staring Nov 21st – 25th 

Florida Eels vs. The Jr. Blades Home and Away This Weekended

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The Florida Eels welcomes three new members to its organization JOHN WITKOWSKI,   Dashel Quartarolo  and  Colin Jones. 

The Florida Eels welcomes three new members to its organization JOHN WITKOWSKI,   Dashel Quartarolo  and  Colin Jones

JOHN WITKOWSKI,  and  Dashel Quartarolorecently were acquired from the Kalkaska Rhinos as part of our Affiliation with the Rhinos. 

Colin Jones was acquired in a trade from the Richmond Generals.

 

# 15 Forward JOHN WITKOWSKI 09/07/1998 6"0 170 pounds 

# 10 Defenseman Dashel Quartarolo 11/11/1999 6"0 193 pounds

# 17  Forward Colin Jones 1996-11-15 5" 11 175 pounds

Jones was one of the leading scorers for the Richmond Generals last season in the USP3 and also played for the Dells Ducks of the USPHL Midwest Division. 

 

 

 

EELS ELITE TEAM WIN 3 OUT OF 4 GAMES AT THE IHC COLLEGE SHOWCASE

14 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

The Florida Eels Elite Team wins 3 out of 4 at the IHC College Showcase in Massachusetts. These were all tough games no givens if you will. The Eels faced two top teams from the Midwest and two from the USPHL Northern Elite Division. The Eels have now won 8 of their last 11 games. More importantly they have won 5 of their last 6 contests.

They have now moved again of the Tampa Juniors by 1 point in the standings at 23 points. They are just shy of Atlanta’s 26 points who occupy 4th place. This weekend Tampa places host to the Atlanta Knights for 2 games. The Eels play Palm Beach home on Saturday for a rare matinee at 3:20 pm and then away in Palm each at 3:30 pm on Sunday for another early game. The Eels cannot control what happens between Tampa and the Knights. We have to be 100% concerned about Palm Beach. The Eels are looking to repeat what they accomplished two weeks ago and sweep the Hawks. That series is critical for the season. If the Eels sweep the hawks and Tampa defeats the Knights the Eels would move into 4th place. Fourth place is critical in the standings as it allows for home ice advantage.

Over the IHC College showcase the Eels defeated the River Falls Renegades 5-0. They drowned the Lake Forrest Lakers 4-2 thus winning both contest over the Midwest teams. The Eels lost to the New Jersey Hitmen being the 2nd game on Saturday 3-4. In fact the Eels dominated the Hitmen throughout the first period and allowed the Hitmen to win with only a few minutes left in the game. The guys were worn down being its 2nd game of the day. The Eels came roaring back with a huge decisive win over the Bay State Breakers 5-1 on Sunday morning. Considering the guys did not get back to the hotel till quite late after the Hitmen game and then had to get up early pack and prepare for the Breakers game, the Eels did very well.

In game one, vs. the River Falls, scoring went as follows:

Jean-Simon Robidoux (even strength) (#7 David Stonebraker, #20 Sven Nilsson) Zac Boyle (even strength) (#10 Brian Kozek) David Stonebraker (even strength) (#26 Colton Crabtree, #13 Jean-Simon Robidoux Sven Nilsson (even strength) (#10 Brian Kozek Jordan Court (even strength) (#55 Blake Hoffman)
In net was Nolan Greene for the Eels who turned away 29 shots for the Shutout. In game 2 vs. Lake Forrest, the scoring went as follows:

Michael Gennello (power play) (#20 Sven Nilsson) Zac Boyle (power play) (#21 Nicholas Magill-Diaz) Michael Gennello (even strength) (#28 Andrii Rusakov) Zac Boyle (even strength) (empty net) (#54 Jordan Court)
In net for the Eels was Trey Kovalick who played awesome in net. In game 3 vs. the Hitmen scoring was an s follows:

Sven Nilsson (even strength) (#26 Colton Crabtree) Michael Gennello (even strength Nikita Lopatin (power play) (#97 Caden Tchop, #28 Andrii Rusakov) In net with one of his best games of the year was Nolan Greene who turned away 22-targeted shots.

In the 4th and final game vs. the Breakers, the scoring was as follows:

Caden Tchop (even strength) (#24 Terell Bolz Nikita Lopatin (even strength) (#20 Sven Nilsson) Zac Boyle (even strength) (#9 Clayton Boyd) Clayton Boyd (power play)
16 Zac Boyle (even strength) (#79 Richard Allgood) In net was Trey Kovalick who turned away 24 of 25 shots and played another incredible game for the Eels. 

 The Florida Eels USP3 team wins 3 out of 4 games at the IHC College Showcase

 The Florida Eels USP3 team wins 3 out of 4 games at the IHC College Showcase dropping the Kalkaska Rhinos 3-1 in game 1, and then were edged out by the Traverse City North Stars 5-4, dropping the Tri –City Outlaws 5-4 and then defeating the Pacific Division first place Seattle Ravens 2-1.

 

Player highlights:

Goalie Nick Kotz went undefeated for the weekend 

Gavin Medina scored 3 goals

Rajhan Munnings also scored 2 goals

Richie Lepardo scored 2 goals with an assist

Jared Figueroa scored 3 goals with a couple of assist

Kellen Crowther) picked up a pair of assists

 

The Eels advanced to 26 points in the standings just 1 point behind 4th place the Richmond Generals. This weekend the Eels will face off against the Florida Blades at home on Saturday and away at Germain on Sunday.

THE USP3 TEAM GOES 3-1 FOR THE WEEKEND 

12 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Way to go guys the USP3 team goes 3-1 over weekend including defeating first place Seattle Ravens from the Northern Pacific league 

NICK KOTZ BACK STOPS TO THREE HUGE WINS

12 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Eels usp3 goalie Nick Kotz comes up huge this weekend as he turned away shots After shots all weekend at the Islanders Hockey college showcase. He was solid in net and had to make a number of timely and key saves to secure the wins 
Kotz went undefeated for the weekend and now is 5-0 in his last 5 starts 
He is on fire and his extra work every day before practice is paying off
He spends over 1 hour per day working on balance quick hands and acrobatic movements 
He is also spending hours each day watching teams we are about to play on Fasthockey video and game film of players who he is about to fave in upcoming games 
Nick is hungrier than ever and you can see it in his eyes he is so determined to win. No doubt Nick came back this season with unwavering determination 
We are very proud of him says GM Scarpaci 

EELS ELITE ARE RED HOT AT IHC SHOWCASE DROPPING THEIR FIRST TWO OPPONENTS AT THE SHOWCASE 

12 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Florida Eels Elite won two straight games at the IHC College Showcase. They play the NJ Hitmen tonight at 8:00 pm for game three of the showcase and they play the Bay State Breakers Sunday morning at 9:30 am for their 4th game.

A Day In The Life Of A Florida Eels Junior Hockey Player
11/07/2016, 8:00pm EST
By Eels Staff
Each day the Eels Junior players train 1½ hours on the ice on skills, conditioning and team systems. They also train an unprecedented additional 1½ hours at World Gym on hockey specific weight and conditioning. Some days they train at the sports court at the Fort Myers Skatium in circuits. These include conditioning ladders to work on quick feet, core, running parachutes, medicine balls, lunges with weights to name a few.

It is truly amazing to watch these guys – the dedication determination and fortitude. They all have one thing in mind: To advance to the NCAA or the ACHA. The Eels program is one of the elite in the USPH and in the USA in advancing young men to reach their goals dreams and mission. It is not easy to achieve. It takes extreme dedication, self sacrifice, hard work and determination.

Look at our record- the record that matters – the record that our parents and players truly care about: The Eels advanced 25 last season and a total of 175. We are proud to say we have 4 NHL Draft picks and 2 NTPD alumni.

The boys this year are no exception. The photos below are illustrations of theUSP3 players working very hard under the direction of Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci and his assistants Joey Giambalvo and Sean Price.

I am very pleased with their unwavering determination in training. It is the little things that add up. Great job guys in getting ready for this weekend’s games vs. Palm Beach.

The Florida Eels Elite team acquires 1998 rookie John Witkowski

The Florida Eels Elite team acquires 1998 rookie John Witkowski 6”0’ from the Kalkaska Rhinos.  The Eels have sent 4 players to Kalkaska this season as part of their affiliation. Kalkaska in return has advanced 2 of its players to the Eels Elite team.

Florida Eels Elite Team IHC Showcase Schedule

Eels USP3 IHC Showcase Schedule

Florida Eels Goaltender Jason Posner Selected as Player of the Week

Florida Eels USP3 netminder  Jason Posner was selected Star of the Week as a Goaltender by the USPHL selection committee. for the week November 7

Jason posted a shutout Saturday evening for the Eels vs. the Palm Beach Hawks at the City of Palms Fort Myers Fl. On Sunday the Eels traveled to West Palm Beach where once again their was a goaltending duel. Jason stole the show once again turning away 43 of 45 shots for a .956Save %

Jason has 5 wins and 4 losses for the season. He has a 2.51 GAA and a .932 save % He has 2 shutouts posted for the season thus far.

FLORIDA EELS DOMINATING HEADLINES IN THE USPHL WEDSITE

 

8 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

A Day In The Life Of A Florida Eels Junior Hockey Player
Florida Eels USP3 Team on Fire, Wins Four Straight
Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings Advance to 14-1 with Victory Over Dells Ducks
South Shore Kings Prepare for Big College Campus Showcase
Traverse City North Stars Sweep Tri City Icehawks in Weekend Series
Florida Eels Elite Sweeps Palm Beach Hawks in Home-and-Home Series
Jersey Hitmen’s Tucker DeYoung Makes NCAA DI Commitment
Kitsap Sun: West Sound Warriors Rally Falls Short
Linell Making Impression: Young Forward Starting to Turn Heads in USPHL
Florida Eels Community Involvement Sponsorship and Fans
VIDEO: Top Five Goals at the 2016 Beantown Fall Classic Released
The Mack Report: Merrimack Receives a Commitment From ’00-Born Forward Jonathan Young 

Eels Rookie Jared Figueroa scores his first USPHL Goal

New comer Jared Figueroa scores his first USPHL goal for the Eels in his second game with the Eels against the Palm Beach Hawks. Jared is rookie form New Jersey and joined the Eels this weekend. He is young and learning the Eels systems as well as junior hockey in general. He adjusted very well in the first week of training and fit right in with the players. The Eels look forward to him being a key part of our team. Great job Jared.

USP3 Eels Goes 4 Straight With Wins Over Hawks

The Florida Eels USP3 improves to 4 straight wins with their solid performances against the Tampa Juniors last weekend and this weekend’s sweep of the Palm Beach Hawks. The guys have shown the league how tenacious and determined they are and the 4 wins have moved them considerably up the latter in the Southern Conference standings. They moved from 7th place to 5th place and only 3 points behind the Richmond Generals. The Eels look forward to their road trip to Boston. The competition there will be very tough but those games ought to improve even further their skills and performance even greater over all as a team.

 

On Sunday Palm Beach struck first in the 2nd period but then Assistant Captain AJ Giordano assisted from Captain Alec Parr scored his first goal as a junior to tie it up. The Hawks went ahead once again but newly acquired rookie  # Jared Figueroa scored his first junior goal  (even strength) from rookie  (#41 Anthony Sozio. This tied things up for the Eels and allowed us to settle things down. The game looked like it was going into OT when with 1.20 seconds remaining in the third period, #91 Richie Lepardo popped in an (even strength) goal to win it for the Eels. The Eels bench exploded as it surely clinched the game and notched a sweep for the Eels.

 

In net for the Eels with his second outstanding performance was Jason Posner who turned away 43 of 45 shots for a .956 Save %

 The Florida Eels Elite ignite for 15 goals over their weekend sweep of the Palm Beach Hawks.

 The Florida Eels Elite ignite for 15 goals over their weekend sweep of the Palm Beach Hawks. The Eels offense was pounding all weekend as they drove to the Hawks goalie with a systematic and continuous assault the entire weekend. The Hawks felt the effect of the Eels covenanted battle plan where they first bring the game into the corners, win their battles on the boards, beat you on their cycle and then after tiring you out they send in their high flying aerial attack.

 

One thing for sure as evident in their games all weekend they are relentless. Quitting is not on their menu. You can see it in their eyes “losing is not an option”. Their fore-check is so troublesome for their opponents. They come at you hard and cause loose puck turnovers time and time again. Then when they smell blood, like their maritime name, an Eel, they get hungrier and go in for the kill.

 

Despite having 5 goals scored on them on Sunday, they are a very deadened team that has an awesome back-checking system. They pick up their guys and that denies opponents scoring chances and truly frustrates their opponents and opposing coaches. They jus introduced several new players to their lineup with trades and call-ups. These guys were a major plus to their winning efforts through out the weekend.

 

Scoring for the Eels on Sunday was,

#28 Andrii Rusakov (even strength) (#97 Caden Tchop)

#13 Jean-Simon Robidoux (even strength) (#7 David Stonebraker, #96 Brandon Hotaling)

#19 Michael Gennello (even strength) (#97 Caden Tchop (2nd of the night)

#9 Clayton Boyd (even strength) (#16 Zac Boyle, #54 Jordan Court)

#97 Caden Tchop (even strength) (first of the year) (#96 Brandon Hotaling, #28 Andrii Rusakov)

#13 Jean-Simon Robidoux (power play) (2nd of the night) (#16 Zac Boyle,(2nd of the night)  # Nicholas Magill-Diaz)

#54 Jordan Court (even strength)

In net for the Eels was Trey Kovalick who turned away 39 of 44 shots.

 

For the weekend, look at these numbers for balance scoring,

Andrii Rusakov 1 goal 2 assists

Jean-Simon Robidoux 2 goals

Michael Gennello 1 goal

Clayton Boyd 1 goal 3 assists

Caden Tchop 1st goal in his career, 4 assists,

Zac Boyle, 2 goals 4 assists

Nicholas Magill-Diaz) 1 goal 3 assists

Jordan Court, 2 goals 4 assists

Robert Medina 1 goal

Colton Crabtree 1 assist

David Stonebraker 1 assist

Sven Nilsson 2 assist

Jordin Eurenius 1 goal

Brandon Hotaling 1 assist

 

This was huge weekend for the Eels Elite team. They won 4 of their last 6. They moved up to 6th place in the South, 1 point behind Tampa and 2 points behind 4th place Atlanta. The Eels are looking forward to their road trip to Boston next week where we have 4 key games and no doubt with a mission to advance even further in the standings eyeing that key 4th place spot.

Next weeks games are at SKATE 3 ICE ARENA
355 Middlesex Rd, Tyngsboro, Ma 

Next week Trip To Massachusetts:

We depart on Nov 9th by bus. 9:00 am sharp

The Florida Eels will be staying at the following Hotel while in Massachusetts:

We arrive on November 10th and depart November 13th

Residence Inn By Marriott Boston Tewksbury

1775 Andover St, Tewksbury, MA 01876 US

Reservations: 844-287-1580

Stephan Sizov and Corey Altieri Have Opportunities To Impact Team

Andrii Rusakov called up to the Elite team for Sunday’s game vs. the Palm Beach Hawks. Stephan Sizov gets moved up to the first line on the USP3 team along side of Gavin Medina and Dylan Robello. Corey Altieri moves up to the 3rd line expecting to earn some good minutes. Corey Altieri has done well at practices and has taken advantage of situations that he has been called upon on various line assignments.

 

The Eels captured a win at home and has a huge task ahead of them on Sunday. No doubt with Andrii Rusakov being called up to the Elite squad, Altieri and Sizov needs to come to play as impact players. We cannot afford bystanders at this stage of the season.

These are all opportunities presented to the boys and we trust they will measure up to the task.

 

Richie Allgood returns to the USP3 team on Sunday after serving his unwarranted suspension for fighting. It was too bad as a video showed he was crossed checked and then attacked by an instigator from the Tampa Juniors. The referee did not see the instigation or initial crosscheck nor did Fasthockey show what happen in the fight. We had an independent video but unfortunately it was not overturned. His return to the line up will significantly add experience and depth to the blueline. 

The Florida Eels Obtain Colin Jones from the Richmond Generals

 Florida Eels Elite team acquire veteran Colin Jones from the Richmond Generals.  Colin played one year in the WSHL for the Wichita Jr. Thunder 2013-14, then for the Minnesota Revolution 18U 2014-15, then in 2015-16 he played for the Dells Ducks and the Richmond Generals where he had a career high of 8 goals and 23 assist for 31 points. He currently had 5 assist for the Richmond Elite squad.

 

The Eels are looking to bolster its line up and Colin is a quality center iceman who can fill that job. Colin is a friend of Zac Boyle both coming from Wichita Kansas. So we feel very positive about his skills and character. He will join us for Sunday’s game in West Palm Beach vs. the Hawks.

 

GM Scarpaci has made some moves over the past several weeks and will continue to do so to bolster his teams. We are posturing for positioning in the standings so each move is designed to put the Eels in a better playoff position come season’s end. 

Florida Eels trade veteran forward from Russia Artyom Chugunnikov to the Daytona Racers

Russian Native Artyom Chugunnikov was looking for more ice time as a last year guy. He is a 1996 and wanted to gain some power play and PK time. GM Scarpaci traded him to Daytona where he will get far greater opportunities for the Racers. We wish him the best of luck

Florida Eels USP3 Team Shuts Out Palm Beach 2-0

 The Florida Eels USP3 team shutout the Palm Beach Hawks 2-0 at the Fort Myers Skatium in front of a very solid crowd. The teams played scoreless for over two periods when the Eels finally got on the scoreboard at

14:21 of the 3rd period when #37 Stephan Sizov (even strength) (# Jordin Eurenius, # Dashel Quartarolo. Then with less than a minute to go Palm Beach pulled their goalie trying to tie it up and #41 Anthony Sozio (even strength) (empty net.

 

Jason Posner played spectacular in net. He faced 41 shots, as did the Hawks goalie. It was a goaltending dual throughout the game and Posner came out victorious. In fact in the 3rd period he faced 16-targeted shots and stood strong. In fact in the last 4 minutes Palm Beach went on an incredible push with 6 skaters and a power play and Posner stopped everything that was triggered to him.

 

The Eels now have 18 points. Hampton managed to earn a tie is at 20. So isn’t Atlanta. Hampton plays the Carolina Eagles to day while Atlanta who lost yesterday plays the Charlotte Rush. The Eels can gain a 3-way tie depending the outcome of their contest.

 

The Eels USP3 squares off vs. the Hawks at 3:30 pm in West Palm Beach. The Eels Elite plays at 6:30 pm. An interesting note, the Hawks dropped 6-8 players from their Elite squad the previous night. The Eels dropped 3 players 2 of which were previously on the USP3 team. It is doubtful the Hawks will keep those players on the USP3 team as they will in all probability bring them back up to the Elite team to better their chances in garnering a win for the Elite team. 

Eels USP3 vs Palm Beach At the Ft Myers Skatium

 Today round one of the Eels USP3 vs. the Palm Beach Hawks. The two teams have a tremendous rivalry over the years often battling for position in the standings and then very competitive playoff games to advance to the North. This year is no different.

The Eels are in 7th place with 16 points. Palm Beach is in 8th place with 13 points. The Daytona Racers are a bit behind with 9 points.

 

The Eels could gain considerable ground this weekend with a sweep of Palm Beach. The Richmond Generals are in 6th place and the Hampton Road Whalers are in 5th place both with 19 points. Richmond is scheduled to play the Potomac Patriots who are without a win in 14 games. Hampton is scheduled to play the Carolina Eagles who are in 3rd place. Hampton however has defeated the Eagles in their past two matches.

 

So you can see the Eels are looking to gain ground but their foes above them look like they will not cooperate. Even with out help from losses from Hampton or Richmond, two wins by the Eels would allow them to gain daylight from Palm Beach and allow them to climb the latter as other teams play tougher opponents in the upcoming Northeast Showcase.

 

All of the above is interesting but out of the hands of the Eels. The only thing they can control is the games they play in. What happens elsewhere is out of their sphere of influence.

 

You can expect one thing: The Eels are coming out. They will be putting on a full ice press. We will be playing like we played last weekend against the Tampa Juniors. This is playoff atmosphere and you can expect some exciting fast pace action similar to what we saw last night between their Elite teams.

 

Come down and join us at 3:20 pm at the Fort Myers Skatium and support our Eels.

THE EELS NUCLEAR FORCE

5 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

The line of Jordan Court Zac Boyle and Clayton Boyd is Lethal and down near Nuclear. When coach Frankie reunited these three boys who played for him at the Empire level he new he would have an arsenal so deadly folks would dear akin it to Nuclear. In fact Coach Frankie echoed he doubts whether there is any line in the entire USPHL Premier or Elite with the weaponry of these three young men. Zac is like sending in the Marines. He attacks with such quickness speed you don’t even see where his shot is coming from. Then Jordan. He is akin to the infantry. He beats you up along the boards and wears you down. He never stops and then just when you think you contained him he ignites and makes you look silly.

The Division one speed of Clayton is unparalleled. There is no doubt amongst anyone who seen him play Clayton is the fastest player in the entire league. When he turns on his jets he is gone. The boys yell “See Ya” and he is out of the D Zone exploding with the puck through the neutral zone and then dances around everyone in the offensive zone. He is so exciting to watch.

When you combine the forces of all three of these guys, GM Scarpaci calls it Nuclear. They are so unpredictable for opponents. You have no clue what they will do or how they will set things up. They have tremendous chemistry. It emanated from their roots as Empire players and matured over the years as Eels Elite players.

Coach Frankie has the unique ability to even further expand the strengths and explosive power of each one of these players. When he unleashes them on the ice it is like pushing the button if you will. They are extremely loyal to him as well. You can see the way the way they play and respond. They would go through a brick wall for this team. You can see it when they touch the ice. The fire in their eyes. The determination and dedication is contagious and infectious. They demand the best from everyone on the ice in the locker-room and in the gym.

This Nuclear Trio realizes you win games long before you hit the ice for a game. The training has to be 100%. Nothing less will do. They demand the same from all of their players. Court as Captain and Boyle and Boyd as Assistant Captains. They are all veterans and last year guys. They have one goal one mission this year. To win the League and National title.

They know talk is not enough. They have to take action and personal accountability. As an example of this, look at how they performed in one night. Here is Friday night’s production by this Nuclear Trio:
Eleven Combined Points in one night’s work.
Jordan Court: 2 goals and 2 assists
Zac Boyle: 2 goals and 2 assists
Clayton Boyd: 3 assist

Clayton Boyd has 8 goals 18 assists 26 points
Jordan Court has 8 goals 15 assists for 23 points
Zac Boyle has 10 goals 7 assist for 17 points
Total 66 points among them,

Clayton Boyd is 7th overall in league scoring
Jordan Court is 10th in the league.

These tree boys no doubt are the subjects of every conversation of every college coach GM Scarpaci speaks with on a daily basis. They are not only 
Nuclear in scoring they are all high character young men. Great kids outstanding leaders and ambassadors of the Eels program. 

Nolan Greene AT The Top Of His Game

Eels Goalie Nolan Greene returns to top form with an outstanding performance -30 targeted shots by Hawks turning away 28 for .933 save %

Florida Eel Jordin Eurenius Becoming "A Complete Player"

 Very impressive is all I can say says GM Scarpaci about the “play” of Jordin Eurenius He came to us with a lot of promise when we recruited him to the Eels. We have only one year with Jordin, as he is a 1996 last year guy. No doubt he had some experience as junior player. He was a veteran player and saw quite a few minutes over his junior career. But he came to the Eels as all of our recruits do for one reason: To advance to college. That being his goal and mission he knew he had to adjust his game and become a complete player. He also knew the reputation of Frankie Scarpaci; Head Coach of the Elite team was one of the top coaches in junior hockey to prepare him to capture that task.

 

Jordin has now bought in to the systems, work ethic and drive he has to have to reach his goals. He learned you just couldn’t have goals. Everyone has goals to play college hockey. It is similar to  when players say “coach I have the will to win….play me” As GM Scarpaci echoes,  “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important” That is what Jordin has learned.

 

It takes unequivocal determination, dedication and sacrifice to reach the pinnacle and plateau to where you need to be. Jodin now sees that training 5 days a week for 1-½ hours on the ice and another 1-½ hours in the gym is not and end all. Despite being virtually twice the amount as 95% of most teams and players, it is only the beginning. It is a well-known principle that to be the “Elite  Hockey Player” or performer you have to train 10,000 hours to reach the top of the pyramid. Whether you want to become an Olympic gymnast, premier violinist, Elite basketball player or hockey player you need to put in 5 times more than anyone else.

 

Jordin has those goals and desires. But more importantly, he sees words are not enough. He had to take concrete steps to achieve his goals. As we conferenced with Jordin,l we only have him for this season so we need to close the gap and assimilate the training needed here to date. Jordin now does the extra things necessary to reach his quest. Those things include shooting an extra hour plus each day 100-200 pucks. He is working tirelessly at targets from 15 feet on his wrist shots and snap shot as well as blasting slap shots from 20 -25 feet. He is working on back hand shots and wrap arounds.

 

He now sees that so many of the Eels accomplished players who advanced to NCAA College and  their NHL Draft picks followed this same routine and pattern. The Eels annually have NHL players and NCAA alumni who come to speak to the players. No doubt the common theme and recipe has been “you need to shoot 100 pucks a day. Each day and every day.” Hence Coach Frankie charters his players to fire 150-200 each day!

 

Additionally Jodin also has taken heed that he needed to watch NHL and NCAA players on video. To watch and watch and watch. To see how they score. How they back check with a purpose. For Elite players you just don’t go skate out there, says GM Scarpaci. Back checking is one of the best examples of this. You need to tenaciously back check yes, and outskate your opponent, but you also need to pick up your man or it is for want and will result in a goal for the opposition.

 

Now lets look at Jordin’s recent play. He has moved up to 2nd line power play. He has been a key component of the success of that squad. This promotion was not a badge. He earned it from his demonstrate hard work and hustle both at practice and in games.  You can see his thirst and drive to the net.  Tonight he scored the first goal of the game and it was timely indeed. It was the key goal that got the Eels on the scoreboard and was a catalyst to our win says Coach Frankie.

 

It is this  Jordin Eurenius that will capture the eyes of college recruiters’ scouts and coaches. They will see the insatiable appetite to force turn overs, to back check with a purpose, to score, to block shots and do what ever it takes to win that we are all witnessing from his re0birt as an Eel. As a college prospect.

 

You will see a Jordin who is now so discipline. Yes he is still tough and plays with the proverbial “piss and vinegar”. That “Boston Edge” we love about him. But unlike his previous play, he is now far more discipline and skates away from the retaliation. He has eliminated the foolish penalties for the benfit of the team. In college, otherwise, it would be a death null says GM Scarpaci. We have developed Jodin to play with an edge to be an SOB on the ice but curve it at the right time. The perfect balance. Jordin is now the  guy opponents hate to play against and the guy coaches love to have on their team.

 

It is awesome to see one of your players develop not only skill wise but with the mental and emotional maturity of Jordin says Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci. When we brought Jordin on as an Eel his mom said to GM Scarpaci “take care of my boy…” GM Scarpaci remarked “we will bring him back as a man” Way to go Jordin….we still have  a long road ahead – the remainder of the season  to go - but you are on the right track, Keep up the work.

Florida Eels Clip The Palm Beach Hawks 8-2 in Home Game Friday Night

 The Florida Eels Elite team came out on fire and I mean fire as they dismantled the Palm Beach Hawks by a score of 8-2. The Eels had all cylinders firing as they took over from the drop of the puck. It was an impressive performance in al 3 zones by the Eels squad.

It was especially impressive when you consider that 3 of the players on tonight’s squad were from the Eels’ USP3 team. In fact #28 Andrii Rusakov and Robert Medina who each notched a goal were both called up this afternoon after several of the Eels Elite guys came down with colds so these two boys were given the opportunity to join the big club. Additionally, #97 Caden Tchop who was recently called up to the Elite team from the USP3 team also contributed with 2 assists as he was paired with his former linemates #28 Andrii Rusakov and Robert Medina.

 

The Eels fore-check was fast and furious so to speak. They pressed hard and often. It caused turn over after turn over and the Eels capitalized. They maintained the territorial edge for most of the game. The back check was equally relentless. The Eels managed 63 shots on the Palm Beach netminder compared to 30 on Noland Greene. Greene turned away 28 of 30 and played another stalwart game in net.

 

Scoring for the Eels was as follows:

 

#14 Jordin Eurenius (power play) (#20 Sven Nilsson, # Nicholas Magill-Diaz)

#54 Jordan Court (even strength) (#16 Zac Boyle, #26 Colton Crabtree)

#54 Jordan Court (even strength) (#16 Zac Boyle, #9 Clayton Boyd)

#28 Andrii Rusakov (even strength) (#97 Caden Tchop)

#16 Zac Boyle (even strength) (#54 Jordan Court, #9 Clayton Boyd)

# Nicholas Magill-Diaz (power play) (#26 Colton Crabtree, #7 David Stonebraker)

16 Zac Boyle (even strength) (#54 Jordan Court, #9 Clayton Boyd)

# Robert Medina (even strength) (#97 Caden Tchop, #28 Andrii Rusakov)

 

With the win tonight the Eels moved up in the standings to 6th place 2 points above the Richmond Generals. The Eels Elite team travels to West Palm Beach on Sunday for a 6:00 pm game.

USP3 Team Leaders

USP3 TEAM PLAYERS TO WATCH

4 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Palm Beach Hawks - - - -
Florida Eels - - - -
Date
Sat Nov 05, 2016
Time
3:20 PM EDT
Location
Ft Myers Skatium Ice Center
Game ID
U191
Scheduled
Florida Eels – 2016-2017 Regular Season
Skater Points Leaders
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15
Gavin Medina
R Player PTS
1. Img_1710_smallGavin Medina 15
2. Img_1686_smallBarry Groesch 11
2. Img_1709_smallKellen Crowther 11
4. Img_1667_smallAndrii Rusakov 10
5. Img_1690_smallDylan Robello 9
6. Img_1694_smallStephan Sizov 6
6. Img_1698_smallAnthony Sozio 6
8. Img_1664_smallWill Carey 5
9. Img_1696_smallRichie Lepardo 4
9. Img_1695_smallAlec Parr 4
Florida Eels – 2016-2017 Regular Season
Goalie Goals Against Average Leaders
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2.55
Nicholas Kotz
R Player GAA
1. Img_1687_smallNicholas Kotz 2.55
2. Img_1707_smallJason Posner 2.91 

Eels Elite Leaders


Skater Points Leaders
 
Clayton Boyd
R    Player    PTS
1. Clayton Boyd    23
2. Jordan Court    19
3  lNikita Lopatin    17
4. Zac Boyle    13
5  Michael Gennello    10
6. Simon Robidoux    7
7 David Stonebraker    5
9. Sven Nilsson    3
9.Brian Kozek    3
 
Goalie Goals Against Average Leaders
 
 
     Player    GAA
1.    Nolan Greene    3.02
2.    Trey Kovalick    3.99

The Florida Eels vs. the Palm Beach Hawks. The East Coast Of Florida vs. the West Coast of Florida.- Friday Night Hockey At The Fort Myers Skatium

The Florida Eels vs. the Palm Beach Hawks. The East Coast Of Florida vs. the West Coast of Florida.- Friday Night Hockey At The Fort Myers Skatium

 

The Florida Eels Elite team takes on the Palm Beach Hawks. These are two of the most rivaled teams in Junior hockey. Season after season, game after game, period after period, shift after shift minute after minute….these two teams have battled it for supremacy in the State of Florida.

 

In fact there have been no less than a ½ dozen games that have been determined in the last minute of play. We all recall in the last two seasons down in Palm Beach when the Eels were up by 2 and 3 goals with two minutes remaining and Palm Beach came storming back to tie and clinch a win. By similar token we all recall Palm Beach being up 3-4 goals in the first 2 periods only to see the Eels chip away and snatch away a win out of Palm Beach’s win column. Never assume anything is the correct posture.

 

We all saw Palm Beach ahead in the standings only to be knocked out by the Eels be it in the Elite or USP3 divisions.

 

This weekend the Eels Elite and USP3 play host first at home and then travel to West Palm for the final games.

Friday night is the Eels Elite showdown 7:45 pm. The Eels Elite are looking to avenge last weekend’s losses to the Tampa Juniors. To say coach Frankie Scarpaci has been refining his players and getting them prepared for this weekend’s games would be the understatement of the year. WE are not looking at the standings; win loss columns or who is leading in scoring. We are focusing on our team, our players and our game plan.  Let there be no mistake we are taking this series of games very seriously. Akin to a playoff match.

 

Saturday is no different. The USP3 squares off vs. Plam Beach at 3:20 pm. The USP3 team has been training equally hard as their Elite brothers. The fact that they swept Tampa last week is old news. It is yesterday’s lunch so to speak. We are not sitting back on our laurels. It was a nice no great set of wins. But it is last week. We savored the wins and victories. The celebration is long gone and we have one and I mean one focus in mind. It is to bring down the USP3 Hawks and gain daylight in the standings.

 

It was an airy feeling at the rink on Thursday. You could see it in their faces, the way they practiced and trained off ice. The boys are maturing and becoming young men. I have never seen this group of boys more determined, thirsty and hungry. They are focused. They have become Elite Athletes and ready for battle.

 

With 2 wins apiece this weekend, the two Eels teams would gain considerable grown in the standings. So if you are looking for some exciting hockey this weekend, please come on down and join us.

 

 

A DAY IN A LIFE OF A FLORIDA EEL JUNIOR PLAYER

A DAY IN A LIFE OF A FLORIDA EEL JUNIOR PLAYER

3 NOV | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Each day the Eels Junior players train 1½ hours on the ice on skills, conditioning and team systems. They also train an unprecedented additional 1½ hours at World Gym on hockey specific weight and conditioning. Some days they train at the sports court at the Fort Myers Skatium in circuits. These include conditioning ladders to work on quick feet, core, running parachutes, medicine balls, lunges with weights to name a few.

It is truly amazing to watch these guys – the dedication determination and fortitude. They all have one thing in mind: To advance to the “Next Level” be it the USHL, the BCHL the USA National team and the ultimate goal to play college hockey. The Eels program is one of the elite in the USPH and in the USA in advancing young men to reach their goals dreams and mission. It is not easy to achieve. It takes extreme dedication, self sacrifice, hard work and determination.

Look at our record- the record that matters – the record that our parents and players truly care about: The Eels advanced 25 last season and a total of 175. We are proud to say we have 4 NHL Draft picks and 2 NTPD alumni.

The boys this year are no exception. The photos below are illustrations of theUSP3 players working very hard under the direction of Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci and his assistants Joey Giambalvo and Sean Price.

I am very pleased with their unwavering determination in training. It is the little things that add up. Great job guys in getting ready for this weekend’s games vs. Palm Beach 

Florida Eels USP3 team ready for huge weekend with the Palm Beach Hawks

The USP3 Eels will square off vs. the Palm Beach Hawks this Saturday at home at 3:20 pm and then again Sunday in West Palm Beach at 3:00 pm

 

Here is the scouting report: for the Hawks:

5 wins 10 losses GPG 1.67 GAPG 3.53 PP% 7.7 PK % 75.9

 

Here is the Scouting report for the Eels USP3:

8 wins 7 losses 2.33 GPG 2.73 GAPG PP% 8.7%

 8.7% power play percentage 83.6% PK%

 

The Eels strength has been in goal only allowing 41 goals this season. That is better than 2nd place Charlotte with 53 and 4th place Atlanta with 42. In fact it is just one more than 3rd place Carolina. What is even more impressive is that the Eels have played 1-3 games fewer games than these teams.

 

The Eels are a little shy in the “Goals For” compared to the other teams ahead in the standings but again they played 1-3 games more than the Eels. No doubt the Eels intend to widen this margin this weekend.

 

This weekend’s games are important to the Eels as well as Palm Beach. The Eels are sitting in 7th place with 16 points; Palm Beach in 8th with 13 points. If the Eels sweep and garner 4 points they have the potential of advancing to 5th place over Hampton and Richmond depending what happens in their games. But we can’t control those games just our own. So the focus here is to unleash our guns in full force.

 

Hot hands for the Eels are Gavin Mediana (Colorado) with 6 goals and 9 assists for 15 points.  Kellen Crowther (Florida) has 8 goals and 3 assists for 11 points. Up front is Andrii Rusakov  (Moscow) with 5 goals and 5 assist since being moved down from the Elite squad in only 8 games.  Dylan Robello who had 1 goal and 4 assist in the wins over Tampa last weekend. Then in the back end is Barry Groesch (Illinois) leads all defenseman on the team with 1 goal and 10 assists 3rd overall in team scoring.

 

Both Eels’ USP3 goaltenders are playing strong:

Jason Posner (New York) 3 wins with a .917 save percentage with 1 shutout

Nicholas Kotz  (Illinois Also there is coming off a 2 game sweep of the Tampa Juniors having an overall .925 save percentage. Also having earned one shutout.

 

The Eels players are not taking this game lightly. Each player is not only practicing 1 ½ hours per day on the ice and in the gym, they are shooting well over 100 pucks a day to get their scoring skills refined. This is a huge weekend as the boys will then be off to Boston to play two teams from the Mid-west and two teams form the North.

 

If you have time please come out and join us supporting our guys Saturday 3:20 pm at the Fort Myers Skatium for game one of the home and away series.  Your presence and cheers go along way. They are heard loud and clear. They are truly motivating. If you cannot make it join us on Fasthockey or HockeyTV Saturday and Sunday’s away game down in Palm Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Eels Elite Showdown Vs Palm Beach Hawks This Friday Night At The Fort Myers Skatium

The Florida Eels square off against their East Coast of Florida rivals the Palm Beach Hawks. The Hawks have always been the Eels chief rivals in Florida for over a decade. The Eels are very hungry and looking to ground the Hawks offense. It is November 1st and a new month. Rest assure Coach Frankie and his coaching staff will be working very hard this week fine tuning his players skills and team systems in preparing for this huge set of games vs. the Hawks. Sure the Hawks have taken a few hits lately as reflected in the standings,  but the Eels are not taking any team or wins for granted.

 

The Hawks are just as hungry for a sweep themselves. They are looking to climb up the standings as the Eels are. This will be a dog fight no question says GM Frank Scarpaci. . You can bet each team will be leaving everything on the ice.  Fans can expect a great game this weekend. We all know how potent the Eels offense can be. It has been stalled last weekend but we can all taste it when we enter the rink. The players are ready to play their game. In the corners, the Eels patterned hard for-check that creates turn overs and look forward to some areal assault by its high flying forwards. This is not a game you would want to miss.

 

The Hawks have 7 points in the standings. They have 2 wins 7 losses but mange to garner 3 ties. They have only scored 30 goals this season but have very good goal tending only allowing 58. The Eels have allowed the same number 58. That is a key focus of the Eels this week as Palm Beach has allowed 3 few goals than the Tampa Juniors. We all saw how strong and stingy Tampa’s netminder is. So you can count on the Eels to pound the Hawks goalie with a sustained attack.

 

An interesting and surprising fact is that Palm Beach has only played 12 games thus far.  The Eels have played 16. The Hawks average 1.3 goals in the first period. 1 goal in the 2nd and almost none in the third period. Another key fact is that 80% of their goals come from Pierre Anthony Martineau who has 12 goals to date and his linemate Gabrielle Vanier with 8. Third in scoring, is Matias Weir with 2 goals and 6 assist. Their top defenseman with good size at 6’3” 210 pounds is William Briere has 4 assist.

 

In goal for the Hawks in 95% of the games is Sean Barker.

 

Also interesting to note Palm Beach has 206 penalty minutes compared to the Eels 183.

 

The Eels have a power play percentage of 19% compared to Palm Beach of 9.6% Both the Eels and the Hawks have a PK % of 79%

Key to both teams stay out of the box.

 

The Eels coaching staff is reviewing all game footage for the Hawks. Coach Frankie is one of the hardest working guys in the business. He studies his opponents and knows them as ell as their own coaches.

 

But  our job is to get ourselves ready and play our game. Rest assure Coach Frankie is on it.  When all cylinders are firing it is very hard to stop the Eels. We have 4 very solid lines and each one can contribute offensively. They all are required to shut down the opponents with equal force, determination and fortitude. The boys know how important these games are. They are hungry and have the fire within them. They have confidence but are not arrogant. They have been taught control their emotions. Don’t let their highs get to high or their lows too low.

 

Please be sure to come out for game one of the Elite games Friday night at 7:50 pm at the Fort Myers Skatium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Eels Elite Team Ready To Take On The Palm Beach Hawks In Weekend Home and Away Series

 The Eels Elite Team with several key injuries get top by the Tampa Juniors in weekend series. Just last weekend the Eels Elite swept Tampa in two games. The difference we had 3 major injuries. The boys worked hard and never quit. The guys realized they had huge adversity and needed to make some adjustments.

 

Fortunately the team had a needed rest on Monday to nurse some injuries. The ailing players will all be back by Wed. so we will be ready for the upcoming games this weekend.

 

Every team faces injuries and you just don’t cancel or reschedule games in Juniors College or pros. It is a reality you play through it. You dig down and fight through it. In many cases you come out on the short side. A loss. But that is part of the learning process and player development. The reality is you get ready and adapt. That is the specialty of Coach Frankie. He will have his boys ready for the upcoming weekend and the road trip to Boston

 The Florida Eels USP3 team sweeps the Tampa Juniors

 The Florida Eels USP3 team sweeps the Tampa Juniors in a home and away series over the weekend. The Eels came out extremely aggressive from the drop of the puck in game one in Ellenton. The Eels established the setting with a strong for-check forcing turn overs after turnovers and maintaining the game in the Tampa zone 65% of the game and another 20% in the neutral zone.

 

The same was true in game two despite one or two players being dropped from the Elite team. Equally impressive was the Eels back-checking. The Eels took two losses vs. the Atlanta Knights allowing 8 goals and only scoring two in that series.  Consequentially, the Eels coaches and players spent a considerable time correcting some inequities and fine-tuning their games.  The Eels USP3 looked poised and ready for next weekend’s action vs. Palm Beach.

 

The Eels are sitting at 7th place with 16 points. They are looking to over take the Richmond Generals and the Hampton Road Whalers who share 6tha and 5th place respectively with 19 points.  Hampton is scheduled to play the Carolina Eagles while Richmond is scheduled to play the Potomac Patriots.

 

In reviewing the weekend’s games the Eels USP3 toppled Tampa 3-2. The Eels pounded 50 shots on the Tampa net minder. Scoring for the Eels:

 

#88 Kellen Crowther (power play) (#90 Dylan Robello)

#74 Gavin Medina (even strength) (#90 Dylan Robello, #47 Will Carey)

#28 Andrii Rusakov (even strength) (#74 Gavin Medina

In net for the Eels with an awesome job in net was Nick Kotz who turned away 28 of 30 attempts.

 

In game two, the Eels dropped Tampa 4-1. In net again was Nick Kotz who turned away 38 of 39 shots.

Scoring for the Eels was:
#90 Dylan Robello (power play) (#79 Richard Allgood, #28 Andrii Rusakov)

#28 Andrii Rusakov (even strength) (#90 Dylan Robello, #95 Barry Groesch

#92 Rajhan Munnings (power play) (#90 Dylan Robello, #74 Gavin Medina

#74 Gavin Medina (even strength) (#95 Barry Groesch, #77 Corey Altieri

COME OUT TO SUPPORT YOUR HOME TOWN EELS TODAY AS THEY PLAY THE TAMPA JRS AT THE SKATIUM

 

30 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

The Eels USP3 plays the Tampa Jrs at 11:00 am 
The Eels Elite Take on the Tampa Jrs at 1:15 pm

The Eels USP3 took down the Tampa Jrs last night in Tampa 3-2 in a real nail biter. Expect the same up and down exciting action again here this morning.

The Elite team was edged out by Tampa despite a 3rd period surge where the Eels scored 3 goals amazing come back attempt bringing it to within one goal @ 5-4. Then Tampa notched a power play goal and scored an empty netter to seal the game at 7-4.

The Eels 3rd period action was one of their best of the year. They will sure come out alive this morning to avenge their loss.

Please join us live or on fasthockey.com or HockeyTV.com to watch the live action of your home town Florida Eels. These are indeed some very exciting games. The boys love your support. Home to see and hear you at the games

Welcome Back Coach Sean Price

This week marks the return of Coach Sean Price. Coach Sean was away on a pre planned vacation in Europe. It is great to have him back He will be a big addition in helping our teams. It has been a huge job for Coach Frankie Frank and Joey and we welcome Sean back.

Florida Eels Weekend Preview Vs. the Tampa Juniors


Crushing Hit By Eels USP3 guys

This weekend the both Florida Eels teams square off against the Tampa Juniors. Last weekend the Eels Elite swept the Tampa Juniors while the USP3 team enjoyed the weekend off. This weekend both teams have their work cut out for them. The Tampa Juniors have 14 points and the Eels 13. Yes just one point separates the two teams.

 

The Eels are in 6th place while Tampa is in 5th. So these 2 games are especially important for both teams.  The Eels were elated to take both games last weekend but that was last weekend. That is well behind us. We wont take anything for granted the least of which the Tampa Juniors. Those were not easy games and they are a very good team.

 

We have worked hard all week preparing for these 2 games. Saturday the games are in Ellenton FL for both the Elite and USP3. Sunday we return home to complete the weekend series.

 

The USP3 team is ready to return to action. Their games are 5:15 pm at Ellenton and then back in Fort Myers Sunday at 11:00 am.  The Eels are in 7th place and Tampa is in 10th. This is a very competitive division like the Elite division. The Eels have 12 points and Tampa 7. Tampa did play last weekend and split with Daytona. The Eels could climb to 6th place over taking Hampton with a sweep.

 

Count on the games to be tough hard battles as each squad on both programs are trying to gain valuable ground in the standings.

 

Florida Eels Community Involvement Sponsorships and Fans

 

Florida Eels Community Involvement Sponsorships and Fans

 

The Florida Eels Junior players are known for getting heavily involved in community activities. In fact it is a hallmark of our program getting our players involved in “Reading At Local Elementary Schools, Actively involved in Hockey’s Fight Against Cancer, Hockey’s Fight Against Hunger, Hurricane Relief, Brand New Clothing Drives to garner new clothes for orphanages and shelters, and Toys For Tots at Christmas time,

 

This past weekend the Eels players went to over 250 local businesses and schools hanging our posters for home games. This again drives families to our games and gets them to see witness and experience some great games. We at the Eels try to make our games events with 50/50 raffles and chuck a puck, mite and squirt mini games between periods and mentoring programs with our rink youth programs.

 

The hanging of posters also allows us to introduce our USPHL and Eels program to 250 businesses and fans in the Southwest Florida community. We canvass the Fort Myers Cape Coral and Lehigh cites. These businesses are prime candidates as potential sponsors for our Eels program. The Eels have build solid sponsorships and partnerships with CCM, Hooters, World Gym, Crowther Roofing, Firestone Tire, Applebee’s Neighborhood Restaurants, ADVO care, Squad Locker, Doctor Michael Jugan  MD DO and Doctor Christopher Greene chiropractor.

 

The Eels are expanding their sponsorship and community partnership base every month and with activities like this we will see many new businesses and fans gravitating to the Eels program and games. Currently, the Eels have anywhere from 250-500 fans per game. That truly is incredible being that we are not the USHL NAHL or USPHL Premier Division. One thing for sure is the Eels know how to market our program to businesses fans and colleges.  The Eels are a true model for the USPHL.

MESSAGE FROM THE COACHES - WORK ETHIC

26 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

This week we had some pretty tough practices. You can see it requires each player to effectuate and master high level skill sets. We are trying to show you what is required to play at the “Next Level” which is college hockey. Some guys are working very hard. Everyone needs to raise their level and effort. It is not about doing it correct once or twice or at practice. It is about systematic and continuous efforts every time at practice. Ice time in games will be rewarded by your accomplishments at practices.

As you heard the coaches echo time and time again, “Hockey’s a funny game. You have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It’s not up to anybody else. You have to take pride in yourself” So guys we need every once of effort and determination. Just because you struggle at XY or Z. Don’t give up. Eels never give up. These are life lessons. We don’t quit just because it is difficult. The easy way or short cuts is not often the correct way. Look at the guys playing in the NHL and College. How many guys are not playing in the NHL or college? Far more than that do. Exactly. Do you think they got that far because they took the easy way out? 
How many of you stay late or come early to shoot? Practicing Saucer passes and or stick handle?
Guys I see who is doing it. See most of all who is not.
Look yourself in the mirror. How bad do you want it?
Lets get prepared for Tampa and lets hand it to them like they never been handed it to them before. 
Have you given it all you can this week? 

 The Florida Eels acquire Dashel Quartarolo

 The Florida Eels acquire Dashel Quartarolo from the Kalkaska Rhinos as part of our player development agreement with Kalkaska. Dashel Quartarolo is 6’4” 196 pounds highly skilled defenseman. He has been to a number of top regional scouting camps and is on the radar of a number of USHL and NAHL teams. Dashel has equally garnered attention from several NCAA Division 1 and 3 college coaches and scouts. GM Frank Scarpaci has been working out the acquisition from the Kalkaska Rhinos with GM and Head Coach Krzysztof Oliwa.  Coach Oliwa has been developing Dashel through out the summer and fall and honestly feels he deserves an opportunity to advance to the USPHL Elite division.

 

 Dashel has strong skill set and with his size and seasoning with an Elite team we can help him realize his full potential. Quite a bit of credit goes out to coach Oliwa. Rather than keep him playing USP3 for the remainder of the season, Coach Oliwa sacrificed his own team for the benefit of player development in moving Dashel to the Eels Elite team.  Unfortunately many coaches are short sighted and lose track of what they are really here for with Tier III players and teams.

 

Coach Oliwa has extensive experience behind the bench and on the ice, as he is a Stanley Cup Champion with the New Jersey Devils. His forte is training and training. He was instrumental in developing Robert Cerepak who was clearly one of the USPHL’s top players last season. He sent Robert to the Eels program last year knowing that GM Scarpaci has had a tremendous record in advancing players to NCAA college programs. Indeed last season Robert was one of our 25 young men we advanced to college hockey. Robert is now playing for NCAA men’s Colby College.

The Florida Eels Sweep The Tampa Jrs in Weekend Home and Away Series

 On Sunday the Florida Eels Elite down the Tampa Juniors in game two with an OT win 4-3. The Eels defeated Tampa at home on Saturday afternoon 6-3. In today’s contest the Eels traveled to Ellenton Florida to conclude their home and away series.

The Eels once again played a very discipline game with only 3 minor infractions. The Eels penalty kill once again came up strong denying Tampa’s strong power play. Tampa also played a very discipline game only having two minor penalties but the Eels did score on one going 50% on the Power play. Last night the Eels went 60% on the PP.

 

In the first period the Eels were the only team who got on the scoreboard. Scoring for the Eels in period one was:

 

#29 Nikita Lopatin (even strength) (#19 Michael Gennello and Sven Nillson

 

In period 2 Tampa scored 3 goals and the Eels scored 2 bringing the game to a 3-3 tie. For the Eels it was:

#9 Clayton Boyd (power play) (#54 Jordan Court and Brian Kozek

#9 Clayton Boyd (even strength) (#54 Jordan Court)

 

In the 3rd the game remained scoreless bringing the game into OT. The Eels and Tampa played 3 on 3 until the Eels caught a penalty bringing it to 4 skaters for Tampa to 3 for the Eels. It was a real nail biter. The Eels once again shut down the Tampa Juniors power play and resumed 3 on 3 action. Then #29 Nikita Lopatin brought the puck deep into the Tampa zone and blew by 2 Tampa players and made an incredible move pulling the goalie across the crease and beat him clearly. Lopatin’s goal was assisted by Jordan Court.

 

Nolan Greene played another strong game turning away 50 of 53 shots

for a .943 Save %.

 

This was another two goal event for Clayton Boyd and Nikita Lopatin. Clayton is 5th in scoring overall in the league. He garnered 9 points in the last 4 games.

 

This two game sweep plus last Sunday’s huge win over Atlanta brings the Eels moved from 7th place to 6th place overall in the Southern Conference. Keep in mind that 1 point is the difference between Tampa and the Eels – Tampa has 14 to the Eels is 13. Not Atlanta has 15 so 2 points separate the Eels from 4th place. This is a very tight race in the Southern Conference ad every weekend it will come down to good old fashion barnburner battles.

Florida Eels Elite Team With Huge Come back vs the Tampa Juniors In Game One of Weekend Series.

FLORIDA EELS DEFEAT THE TAMPA JRS IN GAME ONE OF HOME AND AWAY SERIES.

23 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

The Florida Eels Elite team came back from a 3-1 deficit after the first period to topple the Tampa Juniors 6-3. This was a huge come back win for the Eels. In fact Jordan Court Eels Captain scored with only 23 seconds into the first period to make it 1-0 Eels. From the start of it the Eels looked like they were about to cripple the Tampa Juniors . But Tampa came storming back. At 4:11 Tampa tied it up and then scored a go ahead at 7:38 of the first period. Then Tampa opened the margin up at 18:41 and the Eels were on their heels as things seemed to look like they were coming unraveled. Coach Frankie Scarpaci calmly got his players back on track. We needed to settle a few guys down he echoed. We had to get our guys re-focused and stick to our system. That is exactly what they did. No panicking here. In the period 2 the Eels managed to tie the game with two goals.
Scoring in the second went as follows:

Michael Gennello (power play) (#22 Jace Lis D’Alessandro, #20 Sven Nilsson Zac Boyle (power play) (#10 Brian Kozek, #9 Clayton Boyd) In period three you could see the Eels came out with confidence. They also were the much more disciplined of the two teams. They only had 3 infractions for 6 minutes in penalties. Tampa went 0-3 on PP where the Eels capitalized on Tampa’s penaties going 3 for 5 which is a pretty good 60%.

In the 3rd the Eels opened things up with a sustained attack that thawed Tampa’s attempt to come back. Scoring for the Eels was as follows:

Jace Lis D’Alessandro (even strength) (#19 Michael Gennello, #29 Nikita Lopatin Terell Bolz (even strength) (#19 Michael Gennello, #8 Mendell Dubuisson) Zac Boyle (power play) (#54 Jordan Court, #9 Clayton Boyd) Goalie Trey Kovalick had his second straight start and as many wins. He had another awesome game turing away 31 of 34 shots with a .912 Sav %

The two teams meet Sunday up in Tampa at noon

JOHNNY DRUMMOND STARED FOR NCAA DIV. 2 POST UNIVERSITY LAST NIGHT ON DEFENSE.

JOHNNY DRUMMOND STARED FOR NCAA DIV. 2 POST UNIVERSITY LAST NIGHT ON DEFENSE.

22 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Guess who started for Post University NCAA Division 2 men’s college hockey team last night on defense? Yes our own Johnny Drummond. How proud we all are. Johnny played for the Eels for last 3 seasons. He was assistant captain for the last two seasons. No doubt Johnny was one of our premier academic players. He knew school came first. His mom made enormous sacrifices for him and he accepted his responsibly to excel in school so he could realize and reach his goals.

Johnny was accepted to probably more NCAA schools than any player ever on the Eels. His grades paved the way as did his phenomenal SAT and ACT scores. Indeed, every week we had a new coach calling GM Scarpaci wanting to speak about Johnny. He was a solid Defenseman and that is the most sought after position in college hockey. When you combine his hockey skills and academic achievements it propelled him to the top.

Johnny chose NCAA Division 2 Post University. He had so many choices but Post just felt right. He loved the school, the coach really wanted him and the scholarships achieved and awarded to him were unmatched.

Last night he received such a great honor to be selected as a started in defense and as a rookie no less. His mom Lisa, and all of us here in Florida were so proud of him. 

THE FLORIDA EELS HONORS OUR FAMILY MEMBER MARIE STOCK AT TODAY'S GAME WHO HAS BEEN CALLED TO BACK TO HEAVEN

 

22 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

In memory of Marie Stock the Florida Eels make tribute to her memory of so many great times with the Florida Eels. Assistant Captains Brian Kozek and Zac Boyle make the presentation of Dillion Kauffman’s game jersey to her husband beloved husband Gerry. The game win was dedicated in her memory. The boys have been wearing the Cow Bells and Fight Against Cancer on their helmets in honor of “Grand Ma” 

PLEASE JOIN US AT TODAY'S EELS GAME AS WE HONOR THE MEMORY OF MARIE STOCK

22 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Today we honor the memory of one of our Eels’ family members and no doubt one of our most loyal fans and supporters: Marie Stock. Most of us knew her as “Grand Ma” Marie came to the Eels program over 3 years ago as the Grand Mother of Dilion Kaufman,

Marie and her husband Gerry were one of our most loyal fans who supported our players for years after Dillon went to college. They were billet parents for so many players as well. Marie you will be missed dearly by all of us but never forgotten.

We would like to make a presentation to Gerry – Dillon’s game jersey on behalf of Marie. Thank you for giving us so much over the years.

Florida Eels Partner with Sylvan Learning Center To Provide SAT and ACT Classroom Training For Players

10/17/2016, 2:45pm EDT

By Florida Eels Staff

The Florida Eels always has placed education first in the development of its players. The operative word in college hockey is “College”.So many programs lose site of this fact.  

 

Without gaining 'admission' to college you cannot play mens college hockey. It seems obvious but for many it is a secondary consideration in their quest to play at the Next Level. The Eels have many components in advancing their players on to college hockey. We have done quite well over the years with 175 alumni players who have advanced to college hockey. In fact we moved 25 last season. That is truly remarkable for any Junior team let alone a Tier III program from Florida.

 

 Those are not simply bald staticsics.. Those are “players” - they are Individuals not inanimate objects. We are not moving cargo. These are Individuals who are very important to all of us at the Eels. We take the time to learn our guys on and off the ice. We get  to know their character traits their personalties and family life. We know that not all players come to us with equal abilities  Many are strong  academic as students. Others struggle on test taking or with grades in high school. There is much work to do with these young men. Sometimes it means enrolling in community colleges to show colleges that they can do college level classes. Sometimes they need a year or two in college and gain inanimate as a transfer student. Some times it means enrolling in PG courses in local Prep Schools. Other instances, we help them select a SAT ACT prep course. For some players on line courses is enough. For many others they need teach instruction and tutoring to score higher on the standardize college test. That is where SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER comes into play. They have a proven track record and are recognized and certified experts in Test Taking. We looked at their program and are quite impressed. The last two seasons they helped a number of our players significantly increase their scores.

 

The Florida Eels have partnered with SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER as a vehicle for our players to advance their scores. It is not mandatory by no means. It is just another option and tool to assist our players to reach their goal and mission. As GM Frank Scarpaci echoes "it is not enough to have a dream or goal. You have to take concrete and specific steps to reach and realize those goals. It is hard work indeed.. that is life. Nothing comes easy. But boy is it worth it.”  

Bryan Miller Playing For UF Gators vs FGCU Gators

Bryan Miller plays in front of a packed Germain Arena crowd filled with present and former Florida Eels players’ families and fans. Bryan made his debut in Ft Myers as a Florida Gator College hockey player. We are all so proud of Bryan says coach Frankie. He clearly was one of the top players on the ice for both the Gators and the FGCU Eagles. This was a pretty good game. There were some very talented young men playing a very competitive game on both teams.

 

Coach and GM Frank Scarpaci was especially proud seeing Bryan Miller having laced up those skates and playing college hockey. Bryan played for his Eels as a youth hockey player as a bantam and 2 years as a midget and then 2 years as a junior player. He is a prime example of “player development” for the Florida Eels. Last season for the Florida Eels Juniors he was one of the league leaders in scoring for the USP3 division and was definitely one of the team’s leaders not just as an assistant captain but also in all respects on and off the ice.

 

Bryan is a high character young man. He is an extremely intelligent young man with very high grades in high school - boasting all AP and Honors classes - while also scoring off the charts on the SAT entrance exams.  He had a plethora of offers to some of the top universities in the USA including UNH and NYU. Despite so many Northern college offers, he elected to seize the opportunity at the University of Florida. He is a Pre-Med student and academics had to trump NCAA hockey options. The demands of Pre-Med is overwhelming and being a prudent young man he recognized he could study at UF, which is one of the top academic schools in the USA, and continue to have fun and enjoy playing hockey at a nice competitive level. The ultimate “Having Your Cake and Eating It Too.”

 

Coach Frankie echoed,” Boy it was great seeing him again on the ice. He is so smart as a player. Fast and skilled with so much hockey sense.”  My god was Germain packed as well. At the announcing of the line up you could hear the Eels fans scream and cheer louder than anyone at the arena. His parents Alan Miller and Lisa Miller and his sister Lauren were beaming proud as they could be. This is what it is all about. GM Frank Scarpaci states, “This is what the Eels do. We use our Junior program as vehicles to develop and advance players to college. It made me once again proud to have had a small part in helping Bryan Miller reach and realize his goals and dreams – of not only playing college but to reach a college as prestigious as UF.” Bryan was one of 25 players who advanced to college from the Eels last season.

Time Change for Saturday's Elite game

NOTE TIME OF SATURDAY Oct 22 GAME Eels Elite vs Tampa Jrs  HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 3:20 PM

MONDAY SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER IS OFFERING OUR FLORIDA EELS FREE BASE LINE TESTING FOR SAT ACT AND TOFEL EXAMS.

MONDAY SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER IS OFFERING OUR FLORIDA EELS FREE BASE LINE TESTING FOR SAT ACT AND TOFEL EXAMS.

20 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Guys Sylvan Learning Center as you know are experts in SAT ACT and Tofel training are offering free base line testing for Florida Eels players who are interested in studying for these test. Alec Parr has set up the time so you must talk with Alec Parr for this. Alec I want names by Friday afternoon

I strongly urge every 1996 1997 and 1998 player to take advantage of this very generous offer to our players.

There is no financial obligation for this initial testing.
You will capture a yardstick of where you are and then we can talk about your options

Guys no matter how good of a hockey player you are if you don’t have good SAT ACT or Tofel scores and or good GPA it makes your options very limited

Monday is the only day available. We can see if we can get this done at a time that won’t conflict with ice sessions for either team.
Coach Frank

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High School Hockey Thursday Night 6:00 pm

High School Hockey Thursday Night 6:00 pm

Guys game three of the Greater Ft Myers Hockey League is Thursday Night Oct 19th at 6:00 pm

 

The Junior players join in to make this very exciting up and down extremely fast pace games each week.

 

Hope to see you there

High School Hockey Thursday Night 6:00 pm

Guys game three of the Greater Ft Myers Hockey League kicks off Thursday Night Oct 19th at 6:00 pm

The Junior players join in to make this very exciting up and down extremely fast pace games each week.

Hope to see you there

 

Court and Boyd combine for 9 points in weekend debut vs Atlanta

 Captain Jordan Court scores a Hat Trick plus garners 2 assist in weekend win over the Atlanta Knights notching a 5-point game. Assistant Captain Clayton Boyd score 1 goal (Penalty Shot) and garners 4 assist in weekend debut. Boyd is the Eels leading scorer with 17 points and Court is right up there for a balanced attack with 12 points

Rookie Richard Allgood Connects for 2 assist in weekend win over Knights

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS ROOKIE RICHIE ALLGOOD GARNERS TWO ASSIST OVER WIN VS. ATLANTA

19 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Congrats goes to Richie Allgood who assisted on 
2 of Jordan Court’s 3 goals in the 2nd game vs the Atlanta Knights

In addition to his offensive accomplishments over the weekend Richie played solid in all 3 zones and was a key factor in Sunday’s win. He is a rookie with a lot to learn. But he is coming along just fine. We are very proud of him and his efforts whenever he hits the ice. He works hard at every practice and 2-3 times per week he garners extra ice with the USP3 team.

Way to go Richie.

Coach Frankie 

Florida Eels Elite Team spits Weekend home Series With Atlanta Knights

Florida Eels Elite Team spits Weekend home Series With Atlanta Knights

 

It what could be called a good old fashion high scoring coral type of weekend games for the Eels vs. the Atlanta Knights. On Saturday the Knights best the Eels 7-4. The Knights took advantage of the Eels penalties scoring 5 power play goals. That was the tell tale story here that night.  The Knights seized the opportunities presented by the Eels. The Eels managed to score 4 but it was not enough to keep pace with a very potent power play of the Knights.

 

For the Eels was

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#29 Nikita Lopatin (power play) (#22 Jace Lis D'Alessandro, #40 Nolan Greene)

#13 Jean-Simon Robidoux (power play) (#20 Sven Nilsson)

#9 Clayton Boyd (penalty shot goal)

#13 Jean-Simon Robidoux (power play) (#9 Clayton Boyd, #29 Nikita Lopatin)

 

On Sunday Coach Frankie Scarpaci had his team a lot more disciplined  The Eels returned to their form and pounded 72 shots on Atlanta scoring 7 goals and allowing 4 on 54 shots. You saw a much more aggressive Eels fore-check and the back check was much more intense.

Scoring for the Eels was

#54 Jordan Court (even strength) (#9 Clayton Boyd, #79 Richard Allgood)

97 Caden Tchop (even strength) (#19 Michael Gennello, #10 Brian Kozek)

#54 Jordan Court (even strength) (#79 Richard Allgood

#55 Blake Hoffman (even strength) (#7 David Stonebraker, #54 Jordan Court)

 

#54 Jordan Court (even strength) (#9 Clayton Boyd)

#19 Michael Gennello (even strength) (#29 Nikita Lopatin, #22 Jace Lis D'Alessandro)

#16 Zac Boyle (even strength) (#9 Clayton Boyd, #54 Jordan Court)

 

Highlights Jordan Court Team Captain had a hat trick and 2 assist for a 5-point night.

Rookie Defenseman Richard Allgood assisted on 2 and Clayton Boyd notched 2 assist in this game.

Goalie Trey Kovalick turned away 50 of 54 shots for a huge win for the Eels

 

The USP3 team had a tough weekend vs. a much older Atlanta team that was predominately 1996, 1997 and 1998 players- 12 to be exact. So you could say this was a seasoning type game. The boys faced ostensibly an Elite level team in age and talent. But our guys never quit. We were out scored 6-0 in game 1 and 6-2 in game two. This is the type of game where the boys go to school if you will. They are leaning to adapt against these older teams and what they need to do to move their game into the next gear to over come this opposition. Uniformly in the locker room the boys saw that despite their age and experience Atlanta could be beat. The boys have some work to do as all teams and players do. But the fire and spirit in the Eels USP3 team never flickers. These young guns have heart and are extremely determined.

 

#49 Ethan Gill (even strength) (#90 Dylan Robello, #47 Will Carey)

#88 Kellen Crowther (even strength) (#52 Dimitriy Minakov, #28 Andrii Rusakov)

 

The coaching staff gave the USP3 team a double ice session on Monday to work on strictly D-Zone coverage and how to over come certain obstacles. Coach Joey and I are very proud of our players. They never quit and that shows the will to win. With that fortitude we will charter these guys on the right course.

A Message From Coach Frankie

A great ice hockey coach once said, “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy”

 

 Guys, we have echoed all week, there wont be any Procrastination” by the Eels this weekend! We are hungrier than ever. We want the puck more than Atlanta. We want to score more than Atlanta.  We are more determined and focused. We have the “Will To Win” and it is written all over our faces and implanted in our hearts. We will deny Atlanta at every stage…from puck possession, from scoring and from sustaining a formidable fore-check. We train harder than anyone in junior hockey. Our work ethic is unequaled by any team. We believe in our teammates. We trust our systems. This is our house and we will deny Atlanta  every step along the way.

 

We have paved the path for you it is your job to execute as you have been trained to do!

 

Coach Frankie 

Florida Eels sign rookie defenseman Jace Lis D'Alessandro from Montreal Quebec

 

Florida Eels sign rookie defenseman Jace Lis D'Alessandro from Montreal Quebec. Jace played midget AAA in Canada. He is a very gifted player with a strong skill set. Extremely smart player who has  explosive speed and able to turn the tide in the game by his ability to turn the play back up ice in his transition game. He is the new generation of defenseman making enormous headway in the juniors and the NHL says Elite Coach Frankie Scarpaci. “In today’s game we are looking for the defenseman who has the ability to read and react to shift a defensive play and transition to offense. We witnessed this so well in last year’s Stanley Cup winner the Pittsburgh Penguins who was able to get the puck out of the D-Zone in 10-12 seconds. Jace brings this ability to our Elite team.”

Jace is a strong two way defenseman who plays very well in all three zones. He is a competitor who battles so well in front of his own net along the boards and can be deadly on the offensive blueline.

 

 It is remarkable as he is only a 1998. He is great in the locker room.  A high character individual which is the hallmark of our program. He brings depth to the Eels squad and will no doubt help us in the weeks and months ahead of us says GM Scarpaci who was instrumental in bringing him here. We welcome him to our Eels family.

ATLANTA COMES TO TOWN THIS WEEKEND

15 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

This weekend the Florida Eels Juniors Have home games vs. the Atlanta Jr. Knights. The Eels have been off for two weeks due to Hurricane Mathews forced rescheduling.

 

The Eels USP3 team squares off first with game one Saturday 3:20 pm at the Fort Myers Skatium. The Elite team kicks off their first game at 8:50 pm on Saturday.

 

Sunday the USP3 plays game two of its homestand is at 8:50 am and the Elite game is at noon. These two associations have always had a very  competitive and spirited history between them. Despite being so early in the season, we can expect a playoff atmosphere in the weekend set of games.

 

The Elite team is looking to climb in the standings being tied with the Palm Beach Hawks. Tampa is 2 points ahead of the Eels.  They are playing Palm Beach over the weekend. The Eels could over take Tampa this weekend with two wins.

 

The USP3 team is looking to catch the Richmond Generals if they garner 2 wins over the weekend. Richmond has the Hampton Roads this weekend so the Eels have to do their job in its pursuit of moving up in the standings to 5th place overall in the Southern Conference. This season we see quite a bit of parity amongst the USPHL teams. Never in the history of the league has the competition between the teams been so close. Truly, any team in the USPHL can beat any other on a given night. This is a tribute to how good the USPHL has become.

 

We invite you all to come down and join us for the weekend festivities. The Eels appreciate your support and hope to provide you with the most exciting brand of hockey in Southwest Florida. These are truly future college hockey stars and it is so thrilling to see how they mature and develop in to incredible young men before us. Look at what we accomplished last season. Twenty-five young men advanced to play college hockey. Lets see who this year will ripen into a college player form our hometown Florida Eels.

 

 

Florida Eels Alumnus Reid Halabi has signed with the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL.

 

Florida Eels Alumnus Reid Halabi has signed  with the Tulsa Oilers  of the ECHL. Last season he played for the Allen Americans and the Fort Wayne Komets in his professional hockey debut.

Halabi joined the Florida Eels organization in 2012-13. The power forward quickly made his mark on the league helping lead Eels through the USPHL season. Throughout the season, Halabi thrived in the Eels system building his reputation on the ice as force along the walls and in front of the net. 

“Reed is a young man with enormous dedication and determination. He is a workhorse,” stated Florida Eels Elite Team Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci. “He will put out 100% for the Tulsa Oilers, as he had for the QMJHL for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and the Moncton Wildcats. 
While playing for Chicoutimi Sagueneens
he accumulated 181PIM in 57 games and with a similar hard nose style of play for the Moncton Wildcats he racked up 149 in 41 games. Over his tenure in the QMJHL he was considered the toughest player in the league.

 

There is no doubt he will be pushing the envelope to move up to the Manitoba Moose (AHL) with an eye for the ultimate goal to the NHL affiliate the Winnipeg Jets (NHL). Reid has as much passion and fortitude as any player who laced up a pair of skates says, GM Frank Scarpaci. He noted, “Don’t let the penalty minutes fool you. This kid can really play the game. He is a gifted player with an incredible menacing shot. He drives to the net hard and is very hard to stop and defend. He makes defenseman pay the price. A real team player where he is often called upon to defend the likes of more finesse players.” We wish Reid the best of luck.

The Florida Eels always has placed education first in the development of its players. The operative word in college hockey is “College”.So many programs lose site of this fact.  Without gaining 'admission' to college you cannot play mens college hockey. It seems obvious but for many it is a secondary consideration in their quest to play at the Next Level. The Eels have many components in advancing their players on to college hockey. We have done quite well over the years with 175 alumni players who have advanced to college hockey. In fact we moved 25 last season. That is truly remarkable for any Junior team let alone a Tier III program from Florida.

 

 Those are not simply bald staticsics.. Those are “players” - they are Individuals not inanimate objects. We are not moving cargo. These are Individuals who are very important to all of us at the Eels. We take the time to learn our guys on and off the ice. We get  to know their character traits their personalties and family life. We know that not all players come to us with equal abilities  Many are strong  academic as students. Others struggle on test taking or with grades in high school. There is much work to do with these young men. Sometimes it means enrolling in community colleges to show colleges that they can do college level classes. Sometimes they need a year or two in college and gain inanimate as a transfer student. Some times it means enrolling in PG courses in local Prep Schools. Other instances, we help them select a SAT ACT prep course. For some players on line courses is enough. For many others they need teach instruction and tutoring to score higher on the standardize college test. That is where SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER comes into play. They have a proven track record and are recognized and certified experts in Test Taking. We looked at their program and are quite impressed. The last two seasons they helped a number of our players significantly increase their scores.

 

The Florida Eels have partnered with SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER as a vehicle for our players to advance their scores. It is not mandatory by no means. It is just another option and tool to assist our players to reach their goal and mission. As GM Frank Scarpaci echoes "it is not enough to have a dream or goal. You have to take concrete and specific steps to reach and realize those goals. It is hard work indeed.. that is life. Nothing comes easy. But boy is it worth it.”  

 

SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER PARTNERS WITH FLORIDA EELS TO PROVIDE EXPERT SAT AND ACT CLASSROOM TRAINING FOR PLAYERS

14 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

12741 World Plaza Lane · Ft. Myers, FL, 33907 · (239) 275-1130 · sylvan.fortmyers@sylvanlearning.com
ACT® PREPARATION FALL/WINTER 2016
ACT Test Dates:

September 10, 2016 October 22, 2016 December 10, 2016 Class 1: July 7-September 8**
PREP FOR TEST DATE: September 10
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Practice Test 1: July 30
Practice Test 2: August13
Practice Test 3: September 3

Class 2: August 18-October 20**
PREP FOR TEST DATE: October 22
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Practice Test 1: September 3
Practice Test 2: September 24
Practice Test 3: October 15

Class 3: October 3-December 7**
PREP FOR TEST DATE: December 10
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
NO CLASS Wed. Nov. 23

Practice Test 1: October 15
Practice Test 2: November 12
Practice Test 3: December 3

BEFORE YOU ENROLL—TAKE A FREE Diagnostic ACT or SAT so we can customize a prep program just for you!
Cost of $1349*** includes:
• 38 hours of instruction, including a 12-hour Advanced Reading Course that can double your reading rate for increased success on ACT
• All materials
• 3 practice tests (administered at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays)
• A year’s subscription to Sylvanprep.com, for additional prep available 24 hours a day
• Payment options of one or two payments OR financing for 6 or 12 months with NO interest

**Without Advanced Reading, Class 1 begins July 28. Class 2 begins Sept. 8, Class 3 begins Oct. 24

Without Advanced Reading, cost is $949 12741 World Plaza Lane · Ft. Myers, FL, 33907 · (239) 275-1130 · sylvan.fortmyers@sylvanlearning.com
SAT® PREPARATION CLASS FALL/WINTER 2016
SAT Test Dates:

October 1, 2016 • November 5, 2016 • December 3, 2016 • January 21, 2017

Class 1: July 18-September 28** PREP FOR TEST DATE: October 1
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
NO CLASS Mon., Sept. 5
Practice Test 1: August 6
Practice Test 2: August 27
Practice Test 3: September 24

Class 2: August 22-November 2**
PREP FOR TEST DATE: November 5
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
NO CLASS Mon., Sept. 5
Practice Test 1: September 17
Practice Test 2: October 8
Practice Test 3: October 29

Class 3: September 20-December 1**
PREP FOR TEST DATE: December 3
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
NO CLASS Thurs., Nov. 24
Practice Test 1: September 24
Practice Test 2: October 22
Practice Test 3: November 26

Class 4: November 7-January 18**
PREP FOR TEST DATE: January 21
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
NO CLASS Wed., Nov. 23
Practice Test 1: November 19
Practice Test 2: December 10
Practice Test 3: January 14

Cost of $1499*** includes:
• 42 hours of instruction, including Advanced Reading Course that can double your reading rate for increased success on SAT
• All materials
• 3 practice tests 
(administered at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays)
• A year’s subscription to Sylvanprep.com, for additional prep available 24 hours a day
• Payment options of one payment OR financing for 6 or 12 months with NO interest

BEFORE YOU ENROLL—TAKE A FREE Diagnostic ACT or SAT so we can customize a prep program just for you!Without Advanced Reading, Class 1 begins Aug. 8, Class 2 begins Sept. 14, Class 3 begins Oct. 11, and Class 4 begins Nov. 30 
*
Without Advanced Reading, cost is $1049 

COLLEGE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

COLLEGE RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Good morning guys

Every player whether college bound for next season or in the near future needs to do the following analysis in search for their targeted colleges.

  1. Go on www.uscho.com. That will list every NCAA college team by Division. Then league. You will see where the hockey team stands who they play against and other statically data. You will be referred to the main web site to the college and the web site for the hockey team. 
  2. Take plenty of time to pursue these sites. Think in advance what areas of study you think you might want to focus on in college. This is important as not all colleges have the same majors or areas of concentration. For example. You may be interested in Sports Management, Business, Finance, Pharmacy, Nursing, Engineering, and Physical Therapy. Not all schools are equal in offering these disciplines. Even when you have narrowed your search down to a major you should peel back the banana and research further. Some schools are very well known for their departments. Famous for their Business for example. Or their Pharmacy department. National recognition. Babson for example is one of the top 5% Business schools in the USA. Concordia Wisconsin’s Pharmacy department is one of the leaders in the academic world. U Mass Boston top in Political Science. New England College is a very respected Business and Sports Management. Johnson and Wales is top in Culinary Arts but has no Engineering. MSOE is top in Engineering. 
  3. Division. Div. 1, 2, or 3. This is a major issue for many players. Some are so focused on only playing Div.1 and this is so misguided. Many players are not aware there is a Div. 2 option. 
  4. Look at academic requirements of the schools that meet your interest. For example: what is their GPA benchmarks? What are the average SAT/ACT scores to gain entrance? 
  5. Go to the team web page. Where do most of the players come from? Demographics. Is there a heavy concentration or apparent bias in the North or West for example?
  6. What junior programs did their players play for in the past? For example USHL NAHL USPHL BCHL
  7. Where did the coaches graduate? What school did the coaches play for? Previous schools they may have played at? Coaches’ record? Google the team and look up all you can. Google the coach. 
  8. Look up any stories about the team from their web site.
  9. Check out locations.  Northeast. New England Massachusetts. Boston. Or Midwest. Wisconsin Michigan Minnesota. 
  10. Most schools have a virtual tour on the web site. Be sure to look at it. Imagine yourself attending that campus. Look closely at the web site to gain any insight. Ask other people. Family friends anyone you can.    
  11. Try to narrow it down to a manageable 10. Pick 3-4 safe harbors. Schools you think you clearly should get in and play hockey. 2 on the other end. Wish list long short. 3-4 hopefuls if you will
  12. It all comes down to “getting In” If you can’t get in there is no reason to go further. By the same token if you are hell bent on playing and you have zero to no chance on playing ice hockey then revised the list.
  13. Meetings with coach Jason and Frankie. These guys can be invaluable sources in helping you with the selection process. They have a real good feel for the industry and can help you in the selection process. There may be schools you forgot or did not list. There may be schools that are outside of your range. There may be a school that you need to do more work to get into. Etc.
  14. Then meet with me. We can put all of this together. You need to write letters to admissions office. Introduce yourself. A similar letter to the head coach and assistant coaches. Provide U-Tube or DVD clips. Provide your schedule for up coming games/showcases. Ask coach Jason and Frankie to write letters of recommendations.
  15. See if there is reciprocal interest by the coaches. If there is no interest by the coaching staff and you want to play hockey there then you should refocus and look at other schools. Call the coach if necessary. 
  16. Once you have the school targeted and there is interest fill out and send in your application. This typically cost $50.00 most players apply to 10 schools. I realize it is $500 we are talking about but this is your career here. You need options. There are thousands of players competing for limited spots and you need to do your part in the recruiting process.
  17. Visit school campuses if possible. For those not going to college in the fall take the time in the spring and summer to make trips to the schools. Visit the colleges. Look at the classrooms. Speak with students Hockey players the coaching staff Look at the dorms the food etc.
  18. For those going to school in the fall you need to put the metal to the pedal. You may need to take a few days off midweek and visit schools. 
  19. Financial aid. You need to fill out financial aid forms. Your parents MUST do this as well
  20. Practice roll playing with mock interviews with coaches. At showcases be proactive Let coaches know you will be there and that you want to talk with him. 
  21. Be prepared to tell the coach you want to attend XYZ School. Why identify the major the campus studying in New England etc. Tell him why his team. Detail info. This makes difference.
  22. Look at Key ACHA programs such as ACHA Div. 1 and 2 programs. Most NCAA Div. 1 schools have an ACHA program. You have tough decisions to make. You may have the grades and SAT scores to get into BC or Princeton or Michigan for example. But short on skills to make the NCAA team. But you got into sat 3 NCAA Div. 3 schools. They are very good schools but they are small and do not have the same prestige as say Princeton or BC or NYU. Well you have to evaluate your options A degree in Engineering from NYU or Business form BU is worth far more than one from a smaller college. You owe it to yourself to consider and weigh all options. You need to be talking to your parents and my coaches and myself. These are life decisions and should not be made without careful considerations. 
  23. The items I am going over here are not new. I have been talking about them since the day you arrived. For vets who have been with me you have heard it again and again. You will make the difference in where you go and not go.
  24. The most successful players in this process are ones whose parents are actively involved. Players tend to be lazy and tell you they are doing all of this. In the end it could make the difference if they get into a good school or not. If they get to play college hockey. If they get financial aide.
  25. Players and parents call me if you have any questions. You should be spending a minimum of 2 hours a day on this process. If you are a 1995 more time is needed. 

Christmas Break For The Junior Players

Folks
The  Eels Juniors  may go home Dec 19th and must be back for practice Jan 1 & 2
We travel to Boston Jan 3 for Showcase Jan 5-8

 

Thanksgiving Break

Folks
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 21 -27th
Players have games on Nov 20th They are free to go home on Nov. 21 and must be back Nov. 27th

Thanks
Frank

HEALTHY SCRATCHES FOR JUNIOR PLAYERS FOR HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICES AND GAMES

11 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

This week’s junior players who will be practicing Wed. night and playing Thursday night.

Greater Cape Coral (White)
Jersey # Last Name First Name

10 Allgood Richie
80 Basilone Antonio
16 Boyd Clayton HEALTHY SCRATCH
77 Boyle Mark Andrew
9 Court Jake
76 Ewens Garrett
24 Gill Ethan
87 Giordano AJ
56 LeFort Ryan
86 McBride Alex
88 Mills Jackson
24 Munnings Rajhan  
92 Niland Peyton
28 Robello Dylan
6 Sozio Anthony
27 Altieri Corey
53 Tchop Caden HEALTHY SCRATCH

1 Chaney Will

Fort Myers Metro
(Black)

Last Name First Name 84 Boyd Ryan
10 Brann Jeff
53 Carey Will HEALTHY SCRATCH
9 Cossentino Anthony
80 Cossentino Mary
97 Crowther Kellen HEALTHY SCRATCH
27 Demeyere Mason
16 Groesch Barry
28 Lepardo Richie
77 Majeau Zachary
76 Medina Gavin
6 Mills CJ
85 Niland Stephanie
96 Pawlowciz Lucyan
11 Stitt Caleb
58 Tschabold Dylan

33 Posner Jason HEALTHY SCRATCH

30 Kotz Nick PLAYING 

ATLANTA COMES TO TOWN THIS WEEKEND

11 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

This weekend the Florida Eels Juniors are back on track with Hurricane Matthews long gone and the Eels well rested. This will be the first outing between the two organizations this season. The Eels are hungry and ready to explode. They were really looking forward to their games vs. the Palm Beach Hawks and the Daytona Racers last weekend. But due to Hurricane Mathews the games were rescheduled and the boys had to stall their on ice performances.

The Eels divided the two squads up and scrimmaged for two games on Sunday to keep them fresh. They have been working hard all week getting ready for Atlanta. In retrospect it was good that the Eels had the unscheduled weekend off as so many of the boys were sick with the flu. So the rest did them good to energize the players and get healthy.

The Eels USP3 team squares off first with game one Saturday 3:20 pm at the Ft Myers Skatium. The Elite team kicks off at 8:50 pm on Saturday.

Sunday the USP3 plays game two of its homestand is at 8:50 am and the Elite game is at noon.

Elite team is looking to climb in the standings being tied with Palm Beach. Tampa is 2 points ahead of the Eels. The Eels could over take Tampa this weekend with
two wins.

The USP3 team is looking to catch the Richmond Generals with 2 wins over the weekend. Richmond has the Hampton Roads this weekend so the Eels have to do their job in its pursuit of moving up in the standings to 5th place overall in the Southern Conference. 

REVISED SCHEDULE POSTED ON EELS WEB SITE

10 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Folks the 3 Daytona games have been re-scheduled along with the 2 Palm Beach Hawks’ games

Please go to www.floridaeelsjrhockey.com for the complete revisions.

Coach Frank 

Greater Fort Myers High School Hockey League off to a Great Start

The Florida Eels Juniors Program enters into a very unique roll by entering many of its high school age players from its Elite and USP3 teams in the Greater Fort Myers Inaugural High School Ice Hockey League. The players play with the local high school teams and play their games every Thursday evening when at home. This has gone a long way in making the High School teams take off in a great way to start this season. This is the inaugural season for the Greater Fort Myers High School League and these players not only provide strong numbers into the local teams but also add rich talent and skill set to the local squads.

The junior players have added character, skills, and professionalism through out every part of the program. The games have an entirely different level for the players involved. The emphasis here is to help develop all of the local players partaking in local high school hockey. Being high school hockey, each player must maintain a minimum GPA to remain on the team. A minimum GPA criterion is required by most high schools in all other sports so we mandate this as well in this program. Coaches are required to review the players’ quarterly report card to ensure compliance. This is audited by our program manager and Educational Coordinator Kim Stitt. We want integrity in our program. We are pioneers here and this is the start of a phenomenal program for years to come. By similar token, the players are required to be in good academic standing at their school in terms of discipline and attendance. These factors simply are not often considered nor come under the radar of typical travel or recreational hockey programs. I am very proud of us adopting these high standards for our High School League players.

The Florida Eels Junior high school age players are phenomenal mentors to the local players who are not currently playing juniors or travel hockey for that matter. My junior players are held to an even higher standard in this program. We monitor very closely and make sure that a league official is at every game to monitor penalties. If there is any unnecessary roughing or excess hitting by any junior player, the player will be removed for participation. There is a fantastic camaraderie amongst all of the players throughout the entire program, regardless of what team they are on. There is a de-emphasis on the competitive side and more of a focus of true player development. This is a completely co-ed program and we have 6 girls who play in the program. “Don’t get me wrong”, echoed Frank Scarpaci Eels GM and High School Director, “Anyone watching these teams practice and watching the games would think they were watching a Tier I AAA group of players. The players are extremely fast, the goaltending is strong and talented, the passing is on mark, the fore-check, and back-checking is tight—it is a beautiful sight. Every fan was on the glass as the play was up and down the ice in full throttle.” 

It is so refreshing to see the high skilled Florida Eels Junior Players making that extra pass and actively becoming mentors to the high school players during games and practices. It is a new BRANDING if you will. The parents love it. The players love it. In fact at the first game of the 20 game season the Fort Myers Skatium was host to over 150 fans to watch the High School league’s inaugural game. The place was loud and spirited with out the “nonsense” of foolishness in so many travel league games.

The Greater Fort Myers Hockey League is independent from the Lightning Conference in the Tampa area and the South Florida Scholastic High School Conference. “We have to start somewhere,” echoed Frank Scarpaci, architect of the new Southwest Florida High School League. “We expect to double our teams in the next 12 months. We were not able to join the Tampa Lightning Conference as so many of our players are divided among 14 schools in the Lee County, Collier County, and Hendry County School Districts. The current set up for existing high school leagues would not allow us to allow players from multiple counties to join on one team and we were not going to deny any of our players a chance to continue playing in their high school years as they prepare for junior hockey or college hockey in their future.”

One of the major attractions to the new Greater Fort Myers High School League is that the teams practice every Wednesday and play their games on Thursday. This frees up so many players to work and attend to other extra curricular activities in high school. So many of the players who grew up playing ice hockey as Mites, Squirts, Peewees Bantams and Midgets wanted to continue playing, but the academic demands of high school, Dual Enrollment in college, college prep activities, being dual sports athletes, and working conflict with typical travel ice hockey schedules. This unique program in Southwest Florida addresses many of those concerns and allows so many players to continue playing ice hockey and develop their skills in the game they love. 

Thanks to the Florida Eels and the addition of high school aged junior players to the High School Hockey League, a new chapter in U18 hockey is being written in Southwest Florida. This is another example of the Florida Eels being good community partners. The Eels are a very active a program in the Greater Fort Myers and Southwest Florida community. Their teams have been leaders in Hockey’s Fight Against Hunger, Hockey’s Fight Against Cancer (having raised over $60,000 in donations for local families), Toys For Tots, Reading Programs to Elementary Students, Hurricane Relief Efforts, Parks and Rec Clean Up Crews, Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive volunteers, and Clothing Drives for local children shelters. The Florida Eels believe that the player on the ice is as important as the player off the ice in their community. 
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CCM STICK ORDER

7 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Guys a bunch of you asked if you could purchase some additional CCM Sticks
Well I called the rep and he will let us place an order
I cautioned you to buy these as you seen that when you break your sticks the replacement cost for an immediate sticks were very expensive.

Hence please order now as i cannot place another order till after December

Here are the 4 curves we will continue to stick during the season.

75, 85, 100 flex

P19 – old nugent Hopkins original Sakic 
P90 – current Crosby / Bauer ovechkin / close to 19 but more toe
P28 – all toe / kreps Easton / mcdavid / Giroux 
P80 – identical Kane curve / close to CCM p40

The sticks are selling quick prior to getting in inventory in some curves. We have multiple ships planned during the season. There might be a few out of stock now but in stock either October 14th or November 1st. 

FLORIDA EELS ELITE TEAM TO PLAY TEAM BEIJING - CHINA'S FUTURE NATIONAL TEAM

6 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

 

NHL.com: Teams Up With New York Islanders

10/05/2016, 12:15pm EDT

By Cory Wright

A Chinese hockey team is developing under the tutelage of the Islanders organization

 

For China’s national hockey program, the road to the 2022 Winter Olympics starts on Long Island.

 

The Beijing Hockey Association has teamed up with the New York Islanders in an effort to develop the country’s national program, with a goal of icing a Chinese team in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

 

How are they doing it? A group of junior players from Beijing are spending eight months under the tutelage of Islanders Skills Development Coach Bernie Cassell and Jr. Islanders coaches Eric Conway and Rudy Sulmonte.

 

These players are making a full commitment to their hockey careers, uprooting themselves from home for the entire season. They’ll practice four times per week, work out off the ice three times per week and play 44 games in the USPHL (United States Premier Hockey League) at the Elite Level.

 

“They pay attention, they’re hungry, they want to get better,” Cassell said. “Since they got here, since I’ve been working with them for two weeks I’ve seen a huge improvement and the reason is that they listen, they pay attention and they are open to new things and they apply it right away.”

 

The Beijing team will practice and play at Northwell Health Ice Center – the Islanders’ official practice facility – giving the junior players access to a state-of-the-art facility. They are currently 0-1-0 following a loss to the P.A.L Junior Islanders. Their first home game is on Friday, October 7 at Northwell.

 

This unique partnership is a continuation of the Islanders work to grow the game of hockey in China. The Islanders first opened an Islanders hockey office in Harbin, China in 2005, have welcomed numerus Chinese teams to the Lighthouse International Hockey Tournament – five players on Team Beijing played in the pee-wee tourney – and have taken the Jr. Islanders to compete in the Project Hope Tournament twice.

 

The team is still committed to growing the game abroad, but now they’re just using the NHL-quality resources available at home.

 

The Florida Eels Elite team is scheduled to play Team Beijing at the New England Sports Center at the USPHL Main Winter College Showcase Jan 9th 2017. This will be a huge event for the Eels having been one of the USPHL Elite teams selected to compete against the future of China’s National team.

Greater Cape Coral (White)
Jersey # Last Name First Name

10 Allgood Richie
80 Basilone Antonio
16 Boyd Clayton
77 Boyle Mark Andrew
9 Court Jake
76 Ewens Garrett
24 Gill Ethan
87 Giordano AJ
56 LeFort Ryan
86 McBride Alex
88 Mills Jackson
24 Munnings Rajhan
92 Niland Peyton
28 Robello Dylan
6 Sozio Anthony
27 Altieri Corey
53 Tchop Caden

1 Chaney Will

Fort Myers Metro
(Black)
# Last Name First Name

84 Boyd Ryan
10 Brann Jeff
53 Carey Will
9 Cossentino Anthony
80 Cossentino Mary
97 Crowther Kellen
27 Demeyere Mason
16 Groesch Barry
28 Lepardo Richie
77 Majeau Zachary
76 Medina Gavin
6 Mills CJ
85 Niland Stephanie
96 Pawlowciz Lucyan
11 Stitt Caleb
58 Tschabold Dylan

33 Posner Jason

30 Kotz Nick (Alt) 
 

Southern Teams Shine Bright at Hampton Roads USPHL Showcase
10/04/2016, 10:00pm EDT
By Mike Klein
Chesapeake, VA (October 4, 2016)- The second-annual Hampton Roads Whalers USPHL Southern Showcase wrapped up on Monday afternoon after four exciting days of hockey, that saw the Elite and USP3HL teams shine under the spotlight.

In the Elite Division, the host Hampton Roads Whalers continued their torrid start beginning with a 3-2 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Juniors. Saturday saw another hard-fought game, this time against the Charlotte Rush, but once again, the hosts prevailed 3-2. On Sunday, the Whalers banked shutout wins over the Florida Eels in the morning and Carolina Eagles in the nightcap.

Despite the loss to Hampton Roads, their first regulation defeat of the season, the Charlotte Rush had an excellent weekend, recording wins over the Palm Beach Hawks and Florida Eels on Friday as well as one on Sunday over Tampa Bay.

The Atlanta Jr. Knights similarly posted a 3-1 record, downing the Richmond Generals on Friday, Carolina on Saturday, and the Potomac Patriots on Monday. The only blemish on the weekend was Sunday’s rematch against Richmond, which ended in favor of the Generals.

Carolina netted two wins on Friday, besting the Eels in the morning and Palm Beach in the late game.

Palm Beach came away from the weekend with two wins, knocking off Richmond on Saturday and Potomac on Sunday.

Potomac split their twin-bill on Saturday, skating past Tampa Bay early but falling to the Eels in the late game. Tampa Bay also edged Richmond 2-1 in overtime on Sunday.

In the USP3HL games, the Florida Jr. Blades fared the best over the weekend, going 4-0 with wins over the Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Atlanta Jr. Knights, and Hampton Roads Whalers.

The hosts started off the weekend with a Friday split, bowing to the Palm Beach Hawks in the morning and beating Tampa Bay in the evening matchup.

Much like their Elite Division team, Charlotte still left the Chilled Ponds with six points, dropping the Jersey Shore Whalers on Friday and the Florida Eels and Palm Beach Hawks on Saturday.

For their part, the Eels left with plenty to celebrate along the lines of three wins, as they downed Carolina 4-3 on Friday in overtime, the Islanders Hockey Club in a shootout on Sunday morning, and the Junior Bruins late Sunday.

Along with the single point from the shootout, the Islanders bagged wins over Hampton Roads, the Daytona Racers, and Potomac Patriots.

Jersey Shore kept pace in the North with wins over Palm Beach and the Richmond Generals, and a shootout loss to Carolina.

Carolina also picked up a win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Atlanta played a marathon schedule and came out with three wins, knocking off Richmond on Friday, the Bruins and Potomac on Saturday but falling to the hosts on Sunday.

The Bruins, however, did not leave empty-handed, as they netted shutout victories against Palm Beach and Daytona.

Richmond tallied four points on Saturday, edging Tampa Bay in the morning and skating past Daytona in the evening.

Daytona reeled in a win over Potomac on Saturday and Tampa Bay earned a victory over the Patriots on Sunday.

TIER I MIDGET OR BANTAM OR AAA WE HAVE THE NEXT LEVEL HOCKEY RIGHT HERE AT THE FORT MYERS SKATIUM HIGH SCHOOL FALL WINTER LEAGUE

6 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

 

Folks the Greater Fort Myers High School League is unreal. This is the most excitement any bantam or midget age player can ever hope for in the state of Florida. GM Frank Scarpaci of the Florida Eels has put together a very unique program that combines Bantam and Midget players with younger Junior players of the Florida Eels Junior teams both Elite and USP3 squads.

 

The teams are selected purely by draft. The players get a 20 game schedule. There are on average 15 players per team and one goalie. The players practice once per weeks for 22 weeks. The players have practiced 4 times thus far and just had a practice scrimmage to make the final teams.

The cost is $1,600 we supply game jersey

 

The teams are now set. There will be two squads. Metro Fort Myers and Greater Cape Coral. The two teams will be reseeded after 10 games to ensure a competitive balance.

 

The teams will square off tomorrow Thursday at 6:00 pm 1 hour game

 

We saw a preview of the season’s games tonight in the scrimmage. OMG this was the fastest games ever for this age group. The passing was quick foe-checking intense and the juniors showed the young guns the importance of the back check.

 

The junior players are like on ice coaches every shifts. The coaches mix up and integrate the lines with bantam midget and junior players ensuring that’s the level of play is very high tempo. The Banatam and midget players are experince what the Next Level is . These junior players are amongst the best in the Usphl. Very high skills set and what other way to get better training than to be on the ice with such mentors. These guys will facilitate so much in raising the bar.

 

The goal here is two fold:

 

First, Build the skills of these Banatam and midget players. Provide them not only with outstanding coaching by Patrick Olsen and Pat Constantino but to have true AAA Tier I caliber players such as our junior players play with and along side them as well as competing against them as well. You can’t garner this from playing AA or A hockey in the FLHA or CFHL. No way the level of your teammates and opponents cannot mirror what we put on the ice. The junior players are so excited to be part of this player development structure. The level here exceeds the level of play offered under the Tier I program Alliance at a fraction of the cost. Sure you don’t travel or play two games every other or third weekend but who needs it. You get once practice per week and one games per week with the top players in the nation. We are looking at quality player development at a fraction of the cost. Think about no hotels games mid week and the players are free on weekends etc to do other things demanded of them in high school. It also allows players to get part time jobs on the weekends.

 

The second component of our mission is to build Fall Winter High School hockey in Ft Myers Cape Coral and the surrounding community for our players.We will strive to extend the deprogrammed dot all players in the southwest community regardless to where they play their travel or Rec hockey. This is beyond the Label of the Eels. We want to expand our program to 4 teams. Some will be true high. Schools and others metro teams or combined high schools.

 

If your son or daughter is interested in joining our program there is still time . We have a few spots open. Please contact me at 941-400 9023 Frank Scarpaci 

Games Rescheduled Due To Hurricane Mathews

Folks 
Governor Scott from the state of Florida and many local, City, Town, Counties and the State on the East Coast of Florida have declared a state of emergency due to the onset of Hurricane Mathews. Georgia South and North Carolina Governors have done the same. This will have a major impact on the East Coast of Florida including Daytona and West Palm Beach and perhaps the central area of the state.

Obviously the safety of the players for the Daytona Racers and the Palm Beach Hawks are paramount here.

We cannot risk the safety of our players.

The league wants the games canceled and rescheduled as well

Accordingly, the Friday, Saturday and Sunday games vs. the Daytona Racers have been rescheduled.

The Elite game vs. the Palm Beach Hawks will be rescheduled as well

We are sorry for any inconvenience but we have no option here.

The weather reports and hurricane models do not show any Hurricane activity here on the Southwest part of Florida excepting some rain and at most 18 MPH winds. We will continue to monitor the situation and weather reports and if we see any change in the direction of the Hurricane Mathews we will act accordingly.

We will have an intersquad scrimmage on Sunday 9:00 am – 11:00 am for both teams so we can get two hours of scrimmage in for the boys.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me 
Frank Scarpaci 
 

Message from the coaches

Guys we have a new week and this week we have to practice the way we saw how we need to play. You have to work hard to get good as the great NHL Super Star  Paul Coffey said to a group of USHL players. Then you have to work even harder to make sure everyone on the team meets your work ethic to make the team good. Then to be great you all have to be 1% better every time you touch the ice. (Coach Frankie)  Every shift & every period & every game.

 

That is what will make you great. If you have 30 shifts in a game and you make

yourself just 1% better every time you  hit the ice- you will be 30% better every game.

 

Think about this. It is simple when you break it into every shift. Just skate that much faster.  Shoot one more time ….Make sure your shoots hit the net.  Take your play wide not up the middle. Get the puck quick out of the D Zone. Gain the Red line by getting the puck deep in the O-Zone. Deny the other team the puck when you are out there. Beat your opponent on 1 on 1 battles. Back check harder so that you are ahead of the opposition on the back check picking up your guy and that means for that shift you will deny a shot on your goalie.

 

 This is taking complete accountability for yourself. Talk to your linemates adds to leadership and accountability. If a goal against us don’t hold your heads down. Get back to basics and our work ethic. We face adversity with a vengeance. We can and will over come anything. That has to be your mindset. Exude confidence.  The Harvard Approach: They believe they can do anything and so shouldn’t you. That is what the Eels are. Guys this is a simple recipe. What is difficult is making sure you demand this of yourself every shift and every practice.

 

Go Eels

Florida Eels Showcase Ice Cap

 

 The Florida Eels just completed their second college showcase in 2 weeks. That was a lot of hockey in a very short time. Both teams played some very quality games against some of the top teams in the league. The experience was incredible. The list of colleges will soon be posted as we are accumulating them from the showcase directors.

 

The Elite team though only going 1-3 over the last debut in Norfolk/Chesapeake VA competed very well. The teams we faced are filled with older vets who played with one another for several years. The guys are learning our systems and coming together.

 

The team as a “team” now has the cohesion. We have 16-17 new guys this year and GM Scarpaci just made some major moves with key additions, which will undoubtedly bolster our lineup and add considerable depth to the squad.  Recent acquisitions are  Mendell Dubuisson, Jean-Simon Robidoux, Maulta Helt, Jace Lis D'Alessandro and the welcome return from injured  Brian Kozek and the moving up of top USP3 forward Caden Tchop will have a major positive effect on the Elite team. From a defensive perspective we just matched some of the top teams in the league.  Our forward additions adds size and power up front. The boys are very hungry and expected to explode. We saw this vs. the Potomac Patriots and will no doubt come alive.

It is easy when you are winning. That never tests the Will and Character of Players. It is learning to over come adversity is what test the true make-up of the players and teams. As a reminder look at the two teams who competed in the Stanley Cup this past season. The Penguins and Sharks. People forget that in the beginning of the season the Sharks lost quite a few games and were declared dead. The hockey analysts all wrote the Penguins off as well. But the two teams over came adversity. As Coach Scarpaci echoed, “you can’t win until you learned what loosing feels like. You learn twice as much from your losses than your wins. We have the personnel and these guys have the talent and heart. Just watch how we take off.”

 

We look forward to the game vs. the Palm Beach Hawks this Saturday at home. The boys have been on the road for 8-9 days over the past 2 weeks. That is a very tough and grueling schedule. No doubt it had an impact on them.

 

The younger USP3 squad has won 3 out of their 4 games at both showcases. Moreover they won 6 of their last 7 games. In the past 7 games we only allowed 11 goals for a 1.57 GAA. Both goalies earned 2 shutouts and both against the Junior Bruins. The wins at the last showcases included big wins against the Islanders Hockey Club who are in first place in the Northern Conference and the Carolina Eagles who were in first place in the entire Southern Conference.

 

The boys are doing very well. A reminder that 16 of these players NEVER played juniors before. That is 16 rookies. Now that is impressive. The team is in 4th place behind 3 teams of stacked veteran players. After 8 games in 14 days on the road-wow that is impressive. The team is young and hungry; they are a determined and dedicated group of players who are learning tremendously in such a short time span. Playing juniors is not like playing midgets. The training requires so much more and the commitment is tremendous.. The games are so much faster and the decision-making is so different to what they ever were accustomed. 90% of the boys live away from home and that of itself has a toll on them. Look at the past 2 weeks and the bus travel involved.

 

 The Eels players on both the Elite and USP3 teams handled this adversity very well. We are training them for the Next Level and college hockey. But the key here is that they have to learn to handle all of this on their own. Without their parents involved. When they get to college no player can have parental involvement. It would be a “death null.”   The boys need to find it with in them and with their coaches to improve their skills, learn the systems, and earn their ice time and we are very proud of our guys. Their attitude is so positive. That is so key to success. To sacrifice for the team.  Not one player looks to his minutes, his line, his stats ….That is what makes guys champions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overspeed: Kicking skill development into high gear

09/21/2016, 3:00pm MDT

By Michael Caples - Special to USAHockey.com

Hockey players, by trade, must perform skills at a variety of different speeds, but being able to execute skills at top speed, or game speed, is essential to success at higher levels.

Enter overspeed training: making sure players are moving at top speed when working on skills such as stickhandling, passing and shooting.    

“Overspeed training, on ice, is really just about learning how to perform skills at top speed,” said Kevin Neeld, director of performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in New Jersey. “On the ice, you can design drills where you have people build up speed intentionally by ramping around the neutral zone or circling around the net and building up speed, approaching the neutral zone and then having them go through some skill components that have been developed under slower speeds and more controlled situations prior to that.      

“From an off-ice perspective, overspeed training is a little bit different than top-speed training, in that overspeed training is traditionally done by using either downhill running or bands that facilitate you having to recover your stride length faster because you’re literally running faster than you would be able to do on your own.”

Skill development across different speeds

Neeld, the strength and conditioning coach for USA Hockey’s Women’s National Team, said that overspeed training off the ice is more geared toward runners and other dryland sports. Overspeed training, in a hockey sense, should primarily be focused toward on-ice exercises. 

“I think the important thing is that players should be able to express their skills across different speeds,” Neeld said. “You don’t want a player who has outstanding hands and vision, but only when their feet are standing still, or if they’re gliding and moving at half-speed. Hockey is such a unique sport in that it requires people to execute skills in a bunch of different body positions in a bunch of different tactical situations and then really, most relevant to what we’re discussing, at a bunch of different speeds.

“If players aren’t accustomed, if they don’t practice having to scan the ice to find open players and open spaces at full speed, they’re not going to be as good at that as they would be if they had made it a training focus.”

Stretching out of their comfort zone

By bringing a player to top speed before beginning a skill drill, the player is pushed out of his or her comfort zone, which will help with their development.

“I always say that I think the best hockey players see the game slow,” Neeld said. “They’re able to see the play develop and execute plays even if they’re moving very quickly; they can see things happen. Overspeed training is an opportunity to speed the game up and pull them out of their comfort zone so that when it comes game-time, things actually appear to be moving a little slower than how they’ve trained.”

Overspeed will lead to failure – and that’s OK

When kids start incorporating overspeed training into their practices, errors will occur – and that’s OK.

“I would say get comfortable making mistakes, because there is such an emphasis on the outcome that some of the process might be lost,” Neeld said. “If you slow your body speed movement down to make sure, to borderline guarantee that you connect on the pass or you’re able to get the shot off that you want, then you’re missing the opportunity to make a mistake and develop from it in the future. If you never make those mistakes at high speed, if you always slow down to accommodate your current comfort zone, then you’re never going to develop those skill sets at high speeds. It’s important to be comfortable being uncomfortable.”

That same mindset applies to coaches, as well – Neeld wants to see coaches let players learn from their mistakes on their own during overspeed training sessions.

“To not over-coach the process is a message I would give to coaches,” Neeld said. “It’s easy to micro-manage and to put the players in positions that guarantees they will be successful. I think sometimes that’s helpful, but we all learn from our mistakes. In this case, getting some repetitions in and letting kids figure it out without over-instructing the process will allow them to learn skills in a way that will be longer-lasting than just executing them the way the coach is telling them to on any given day.”

HOTEL AND RINK THIS WEEKEND VA

27 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Hotel for Virginia Showcase Residence Inn Chesapeake Greenbrier
1500 Crossways Blvd 
Chesapeake VA 23320

Rink
Chilled Ponds Arena

1416 Stephanie Way
Chesapeake VA 

Gavin Medina #2 in USPHL Top 5 Goals

Nutrition For Hockey Players

From The Book "Game Winning Nutrition"

By: Rita Wyczynski and Cathy Williamson

 

3 Game Winning Nutrition Tips

Think of hockey players as high-performance automobiles and food as the fuel that drives their performance. Far too often, players run out of gas during a game after having lunch at a fast-food restaurant or forgetting to eat breakfast. This would be like putting diesel fuel in your tank instead of regular gas or trying to drive on empty. You can be the most skilled player in the world, but if you aren't putting the right fuel into your tank, you won't have the energy to compete at the highest level. In order for players perform their best day in and day out, they need to take in premium fuel.

Here are 3 game-winning nutrition tips for hockey players:

1) Pre-Game Tip = Prepare

Players should never step on the ice feeling hungry. You need to time your pre-game meal so that most of the food is out of the stomach and broken down by the body by the time you hit the ice. If the game is 3 hours away, you can have a larger meal that is 75%carbohydrates (ie. rice, pasta, vegetables, fruit etc.) and 25% protein (ie. chicken, eggs, beans etc.). The closer you get to game time, the smaller and "lighter" the meal should be, meaning that you want to have less fat and protein and a focus more on carbohydrates. If you have an early morning practice or game, at least grab a piece of fruit or granola bar so that you have some fuel in the tank before you hit the ice. The key is to make sure that you have fuel in the tank and it is of the highest quality possible.

2) In-Game Tip = Hydrate

Proper hydration is the most important nutritional strategy an player can use. If you are thirsty, it is too late! The thirst sensation kicks in after you have lost 1 to 2 liters of water. This means that you are already dehydrated and your performance can be decreased by 15 to 20%. The solution? Always carry a water bottle with you and sip from it all day long - not just when you are at the rink.

A Note about Sports Drinks: It is suggested that sports drinks with electrolytes should be consumed when athletes are participating in an intense activity lasting more than 60 minutes. Therefore, for the majority of young hockey players, sports drinks are not necessary. On the other hand, a highly competitive hockey player, who is bantam age or older, may benefit from these specialty drinks for "recovery purposes" because they are so convenient and can be purchased anywhere. Instead of having sports drinks BEFORE a practice or game, Have these drinks during a tough practice or immediately after a tough game instead of beforehand since their high sugar content may lead to a sugar "crash".

3) Post-Game = Recover

Immediately after a player steps off the ice, they have a 30 minute window where their body is at a heightened state to recover and they need to start rehydrating and refueling. One of the best recovery drinks a player can have is 1% chocolate milk. It has the simple sugars needed to start replenishing energy stores and the protein needed to start repairing tired muscles. By drinking chocolate milk (as well as lots of water), players will be well on their way to recovering from their on-ice session and getting ready for the next one.

Premium hockey performance requires proper training, great coaching and the right equipment. But in order for athletes to perform their best day in and day out, they need to make sure that they are taking in the best fuel possible through their nutrition.

FLORIDA EELS JUNIOR TEAMS SET TO TRAVEL TO VIRGINIA: SOUTHERN STARS SET TO SHINE AT HAMPTON ROADS USPHL SHOWCASE

25 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Southern Stars Set to Shine at Hampton Roads USPHL Showcase
09/19/2016, 10:45pm EDT
By Mike Klein
Chesapeake, VA- The Hampton Roads Whalers are proud to announce Second Annual Hampton Roads Whalers Southern Showcase set to open on September 30 at the Chilled Ponds in Chesapeake, VA.

The USPHL Showcase Series allows for players to be seen multiple times in one weekend by a battery of scouts with all games happening under one roof. The slate of multiple games in three days provides a clear picture of not just a player’s skill on the ice, but also his conditioning. Also, due to the central location, players from teams outside the area are guaranteed ample time to recover from both the games and the travel to the rink.

The event will feature from the USPHL Elite South, USP3HL North, and USP3HL South Divisions. Teams participating from the Elite Division are the Hampton Roads Whalers, Carolina Eagles, Florida Eels, Palm Beach Hawks, Charlotte Rush, Tampa Bay Juniors, Atlanta Jr. Knights, Richmond Generals, and Potomac Patriots.

USP3HL South teams in attendance will be the Hampton Roads Whalers, Tampa Bay Juniors, Florida Jr. Blades, Palm Beach Hawks, Daytona Racers, Potomac Patriots, Carolina Eagles, Florida Eels, Richmond Generals, Atlanta Jr. Knights, and Charlotte Rush.

Joining the field from the USP3HL North are the Junior Bruins, Islanders Hockey Club, Frederick Freeze, and Jersey Shore Whalers.

“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 FastHockey.com. For more information, please visit ww.whalernation.com and USPHL.com. 

Instilling Mental Toughness in Your Game

 

 “To be mentally tough is to resist the urge to give up in the face of failure, to maintain focus and determination in pursuit of one’s goals, and to emerge from adversity even stronger than before. Psychologists claim that almost everyone can benefit from strengthening these skills, even those people we might consider paragons of mental toughness.  The U.S. military is now implementing a resilience-building program, designed by a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, intended to make soldiers as rugged in mind as they are in body. This effort—one of the largest psychological interventions ever attempted—holds lessons for anyone who wants to strengthen their mental muscles.”

 

 “Mental toughness comes from thinking like an optimist. People who don’t give up have a habit of interpreting setbacks as temporary, local and changeable,” notes Penn psychology professor Martin Seligman, describing the intervention in a recent journal article. When such individuals encounter adversity, they think to themselves: “It’s going away quickly; it’s just this one situation, and I can do something about it.” Sergeants learn to analyze their beliefs and emotions about failure, and to avoid describing failure as permanent, pervasive and out of their control — all characterizations that undermine mental toughness.”

 

These concepts apply directly to ice hockey and any other competitive sport. The key to  mental toughness in your game is in building mental toughness is not allowing the Negative thoughts to overwhelm your mental and physical abilities. Indeed, the human mind has 80,000 negative thoughts a day. Wow. 80,000. Therefore, it is essential to develop   the ability to resist  the acceptance of failure  —    The I can’t do it syndrome.  For example, with hockey players, one may think:

  • I can’t score,
  •  I wont make the good pass,
  • I wont beat him on the backcheck,
  •  he is better than me,
  • I wont stop the puck,
  • we can’t win….

 

 You as a Elite athlete must learn to fight back against such negative thoughts, challenging their accuracy and searching for  the  positive.  This requires mental training and conditioning . The training must be worked on every day. Throughout the day.

 

Intense training as you train your body.

  • Think and visualize you scoring.
  • Think and visualize you beating the opponent in the foot race to the boards,
  • Beating your opposition on the back check.
  • Beating the opposition to the puck.
  • A goalie Stopping the puck.
  • You Making a clear, accurate and hard pass.

 

Think if you have 80,000 negative thoughts a day and at least 7 hours of your day involves ice hockey and you sleep 8 hours a day, that means at least ½ of 80,000 negative thoughts ( 40,000)  must be over come. That being said, it is well understood that it takes 2-3 positive thoughts to over come a negative one. Thus we need to instill over 150,000 positive thoughts. OMG Many of you are thinking I did not realize I had that many thoughts a day.  Yes you do and it is critical for you to realize that.

 

This conditioning and development of mental toughness  is what develops confidence and proper attitude. It is why some guys excel and others flounder. You can see it when they walk into the rink, step on the ice, in the way they carry themselves, the way they play. It is called exuding confidence.  This does developed over night. It requires mental conditioning and training. No different that your physical training

 

 

 

Florida Eels Train This Week as they Prepare for the 2nd Showcase of the season

Southern Stars Set to Shine at Hampton Roads USPHL Showcase

09/19/2016, 10:45pm EDT

By Mike Klein

Chesapeake, VA- The Hampton Roads Whalers are proud to announce Second Annual Hampton Roads Whalers Southern Showcase set to open on September 30 at the Chilled Ponds in Chesapeake, VA.

 

The USPHL Showcase Series allows for players to be seen multiple times in one weekend by a battery of scouts with all games happening under one roof. The slate of multiple games in three days provides a clear picture of not just a player’s skill on the ice, but also his conditioning. Also, due to the central location, players from teams outside the area are guaranteed ample time to recover from both the games and the travel to the rink.

 

The event will feature from the USPHL Elite South, USP3HL North, and USP3HL South Divisions. Teams participating from the Elite Division are the Hampton Roads Whalers, Carolina Eagles, Florida Eels, Palm Beach Hawks, Charlotte Rush, Tampa Bay Juniors, Atlanta Jr. Knights, Richmond Generals, and Potomac Patriots.

 

USP3HL South teams in attendance will be the Hampton Roads Whalers, Tampa Bay Juniors, Florida Jr. Blades, Palm Beach Hawks, Daytona Racers, Potomac Patriots, Carolina Eagles, Florida Eels, Richmond Generals, Atlanta Jr. Knights, and Charlotte Rush.

 

Joining the field from the USP3HL North are the Junior Bruins, Islanders Hockey Club, Frederick Freeze, and Jersey Shore Whalers.

 

“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 FastHockey.com. For more information, please visit ww.whalernation.com and USPHL.com.

 

Florida Eels Showcase Ice Cap

Florida Eels Showcase Ice Cap

 

The Eels Elite team working on putting it away as they had an up and down weekend at the Southern Showcase. In each game they played very hard and in 3 of the games clearly outplayed the opposition. In fact even in the game vs. Charlotte the Eels were 50/50 until the last half.

The Eels garnered a tie vs. the Richmond Generals. The game was all Eels but we were unable to clinch it in regulation and near the end of OT 3vs 3 Richmond tipped the clincher. Then the lost to Charlotte 6-2 it being their 2nd game of the day after a long trip.

The guys bounced back on fresh legs the next day to completely dominate the Potomac Patriots 4-1. All cylinders were indeed firing. But today despite dominating the Eagles in the first period, the Eagles snake bit us in the 2nd half 4-1.

 

GM Scarpaci says this is a very talented group of guys. They are still finding one another and we see enormous potential. We will be making some tweaks over the next several days in planning for our next showcase in Hampton VA next week. Coach Frankie is in no way discouraged. Disappointed yes. Of course. But we see the talent level here and we will turn it around and find our winning formula.

 

GM Scarpaci was also encouraged by the number of scouts who approached him about our players. These were top-level schools looking at our boys. They look well beyond the win loss column. To them it is all about skill set and compete level. Clearly that was present.

 

The USP3 started off slow with a loss to East Coast Eagles 3-1. In fact the boys played quite well but came up short in execution and scoring. No doubt the long trip took a little toll on them and it took a little time to adjust. The coaches adjusted the lines and made a few changes and the USP3 team responded with 3 huge wins. First they lade victim on the Jr. Bruins 3-0. Then with a daunting task of two games in one day the responded like warriors. They took down the Richmond Generals 3-1 and in their 2nd game of the day and 4th of the weekend dismantled the Springfield Pics 6-1.

 

We saw all around balanced scoring with goals and assists form quite a few guys, including:  Gavin Medina, Alec Parr,  Kellen Crowther, Corey Altieri, Dimitriy Minakov, Stephan Sizov, Caden Tchop, Dylan Robello, Richie Lepardo, Anthony Sozio,  Will Carey, and Ethan Gill. Equally strong were outstanding games by Jason Posner and Nick Kotz,

 

The boys will arrive back Friday night around 9:00 pm and take the weekend off to reenergize and rest. They will be back on the ice Monday for three hard days of training and will be off to Chesapeake/ Hampton VA very late Wednesday evening for the 2nd showcase of the season.

 

Win or loose the effort was there says Coach Frankie. His guys never quit on either team. It showed us the character of the players. They have the compete level and the will to win. Like every year we make adjustments and rest assure as evidenced by years past, GM Scarpaci is not done building his teams. There are a few ingredients needed here and we will add them to the chemistry.

Florida Eels Gavin Medina Voted top 2 Goals in USPHL Southern Showcase

Florida Eels USP3 veteran Gavin Medina earns top 2 in the top 5 rankings of outstanding goals in the USPHL Southern Showcase in Mass.

Southern Elite, USP3 Teams Impress NCAA Scouts at USPHL Showcase

09/22/2016, 6:45pm EDT

By Mike Klein

Marlborough, MA - The Inaugural USPHL Southern Showcase wrapped up today at the New England Sports Center after three tense days of action. Over one hundred scouts were on hand to see the best of the Elite and USP3 Southern Divisions as the teams made their early season statements.

 

In Elite Division action, the Carolina Eagles emerged as the only remaining undefeated team when the games closed. The week started off with a 3-2 overtime win over the Charlotte Rush on Tuesday. Wednesday saw the Eagles edge the Palm Beach Hawks in OT before skating past Tampa Bay 3-1 in the late game. A 4-1 win on Thursday over the Florida Eels rounded out a perfect trip up north.

 

After the loss in their first game, the Charlotte Rush turned things around in a big way, defeating the Florida Eels late on Tuesday, nipping the Hampton Roads Whalers 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday, and finishing with a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Jr. Knights on Thursday.

 

Hampton Roads picked up seven points in Marlborough, thanks to wins over Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta.

 

The Richmond Jr. Generals had a fine showing with a 3-1 record. The Generals started off with a 2-1 overtime win over the Eels on Tuesday. Wednesday saw the only blemish on their weekend; a loss to Atlanta in the morning, before they regrouped for a win over Palm Beach in their late game. A 4-2 win over Tampa Bay capped off their week.

 

Atlanta also picked up a win over the Potomac Patriots on Tuesday.

 

Tampa Bay and the Eels each picked up wins on Wednesday, and Potomac closed the weekend with a 3-2 overtime win over Palm Beach.

 

In the only Northern Division game on the docket, the Junior Bruins downed the Bay State Breakers on Wednesday.

 

In USP3HL action, the Carolina Eagles made the biggest splash in Marlborough, going 4-0. Tuesday saw the Eagles get by the Florida Eels 3-1. A tense 4-3 win over the Islanders Hockey Club was the result on Wednesday, and they downed the Springfield Pics on Thursday morning before defeating the Junior Bruins to close out their week.

 

Despite the opening loss, the Eels had a great showing, picking up wins over the Bruins on Wednesday and the Richmond Jr. Generals on Thursday.

 

In their other action, Richmond knocked off the Bruins and Islanders, but fell to the Palm Beach Hawks in overtime Thursday morning.

 

Palm Beach also bagged a win over Springfield on Tuesday.

 

The Charlotte Rush regrouped from an opening loss to the Islanders and picked up four points by defeating the Bruins and the Springfield Pics.

 

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A Message From The Coaches

 

Reflecting on the last few games, I remind myself of what one of the greatest coaches in all of sports once said to his team after a few losses: “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” –Vince Lombardi

Boys we need to make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears. You need to believe in yourselves. You have incredible opportunities in front of you. Don't allow little adversity squash your goals and mission.. Sure we faced defeat. But you are talented young men. But talent alone won't get you far. You need to have the passion, desire determination to overcome obstacles. To be the best. In hockey we call this the will to win.

 

Over the past week we saw team USA loose miserably. Why? How did these talented men, NHL superstars in many cases come up so short? They lost foot races by 6 inches....They lost one on one battles...They did not shoot....and when you don't shoot you don't score....

Does this sound familiar? I think so. One of these guys was Patrick Kane. NHL MVP and leading scorer and 3 time Stanley Cup Champion.

Well, you are a young junior hockey player. Playing for one of the most herald junior programs in the USA. One that doesn't talk the talk. One that placed 175 young men JUST LIKE YOU into college. You have to buy in. You have to have the insatiable appetite to outwork the next guy...to out shoot your opponent....to win scrums and loose puck battles....to win battles along the boards, to back check as hard as you fore-check....to play the hardest in the D zone...and protect your house like you would protect your house at home.....

Guys we will teach you this....It is a mind set. But I need you to give me 100% commitment determination and dedication. To never let anyone out work you. You can control your work ethic,

 

Now lets turn up the jets. I am up and awake. Yes at 2:16 AM  this morning and I am fired up! I am going to unleash a full-scale assault on the Potomac Patriots today. How about you? That includes sending in my infantry That is YOU... and YOUR Teammates who are going to drive hard out of your D Zone into the neural zone and push the puck into the offensive zone. Beat them up along the boards and in the corner. To attack their net with a vengeance. Did you see Canada’s Drive? Bergeron's crashing the net last night? Now that was heart and determination. I demand that of you today!

 

Next I am sending in my high flying forwards to sustain a complete aerial attack When we have the all 4 lines fling and firing at the net NOBODY can stop us except one team: Ourselves! And that is not going to happen.

 

I expect you all to embrace one word: NO. That is correct.

  • No you won't stop me form pressing hard on the fore-check.
  • NO you won't stop me from winning the one on one battles.
  • NO you won't stop me from forcing turnovers.
  • NO you won't stop me from scoring.
  • NO you won't beat my goalie.
  • NO you won't stop my relentless back check.
  • NO you won't stop me from WINNING!!!!!!!!

 

My goose bumps are popping and my adrenaline is flowing in my veins. How about y. ou….

 

Coach Frankie, Coach Joey and myself  want to see and hear from every player and I mean every last one of you by 9:00 am this morning and you tell us that you are personally going to take accountability

Plan Your Bus Trip To Boston

BUS TRIP DETAILS

15 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

The Florida Eels Junior Players will be disembarking on their first major road trip of the year. The boys will be heading to Marlboro Massachusetts for the Southern Conference Showcase. The bus will leave approximately 8:00 am on Sunday. Leaving from the Ft Myers Skatium

All players must check their equipment. Make sure they are in good order. They should bring their Eels hockey bag to the rink. The bus is leaving 8:00 am sharp so make sure you are fully packed Saturday evening ready to go. Double check equipment helmet repair etc.

You should eat a full breakfast Sunday morning. This is a long bus trip. We will buy lunch and dinner for the boys of course along the way. We will arrive in Boston between 8:00 and 10:00 am Monday.

I recommend that you bring plenty of snacks and any closed container beverages for the bus ride. Bring a pillow if you want. You may also want to bring a small blanket;
Wear comfortable clothing for the ride. You may want to bring DVD movies etc.

Please bring the smallest bag you can as a suit case. The bus has very limited storage space.

Monday night after practice we will have dinner back at the hotel. Clare will be preparing this

You need to make sure you bring any personal medication that you are prescribed. For example diabetic medication.

You must bring your dress suit. Shirts and tie for games. We will be selling Sweat Shirts for anyone who wishes to wear them on the bus or lounging at the hotel. Cost is $30.00. See Clare at the rink.
We will be providing you with breakfast lunch and dinner during the showcase. However, if you want extra food such as subs, pizza etc. as so many boys like to do and Gatorade etc. you must bring extra money for those things. Right next to the Embassy Suites where we are staying there are a number of restaurants and a grocery store. Plan spending money accordingly.

For those players who are still in high school and or taking college courses there is plenty of free time to get your work done. It is your responsibility to attend to your studies and academics. This would be required of you in college and it is no different here. NO EXCUSES.

We will be seen and scouted by a number of college coaches who will be at the venue. This is a 6-sheet facility. You never know who is a coach or college recruiter. You all know that the Eels set the bar in conduct and character. We are to refrain in any way from any cussing or poor conduct. You are an Eel. We have a very prestigious and recognized program and you are ambassadors for us while at these showcases. The same is true at bus stops. You represent us and I am trying to promote and advance you to college hockey. So please act professionally and respectably at all times.

No tobacco chew at the rink or on the bus. You should not being doing it anyway but NO Chew at these games. Before during or after while at the rink or on the bus. 

JOIN US FOR THE EELS DOUBLE HEADER THIS SATURDAY AT THE FT MYERS SKATIUM AS THE EELS TAKE ON THE PALM BEACH HAWKS.

 

This Weekend’s Games:

This weekend will be Palm Beach Hawks open their season at the Fort Myers Skatium against the Florida Eels USP3 team at 3:20 pm and the Elite team at 8:50 pm. This will be a huge weekend for their coaching staff as it is their debut after taking over the helm from Coach Tim who ran the program for 5+ years.

 

The Eels Elite team had a split decision last week, winning their first game over Tampa 6-1 but got stalled in game two with a 4-3 loss despite out shooting Tampa 58-22. We were happy with scoring 9 goals remarked Elite coach Frankie Scarpaci but was not thrilled with us giving up 5 over the weekend, 4 in one game.  Our defense and defensive system is pretty good and we simply wont allow that to happen again.

 

We also showed we have some offensive weapons with a 6-goal game and then unleashing 58 shots in game two. We need to execute those shots. There is no doubt in coach Scarpaci’s mind that he will see a much concerted scoring out of his players in the future.

 

The Eels wont take Palm Beach lightly or for granted. Notwithstanding the coaching changes, Palm Beach is a tough organization and the new coach is a respected guy. He knows his hockey says GM Scarpaci and we can expect a hard fought competitive battle this Saturday night.

 

The Eels USP3 had faced “Baptism by Fire” so to speak with 13 rookies as they played a home and away series vs. the Jr. Blades.  The scores 5-0 and 4-1 did not reflect the fortitude hustle

determination and character of the Eels in those two games. The guys never quit.. From the drop of the puck they were in the Jr. Blades’ face with an aggressive for-check and a relentless back check. The Eels hit every Blade player who had the puck.  Our guys were much younger and no doubt gave up about 6-9 inches in height but you would never know it. More  Blade players hit the ice than Eels. The Eels caused Blades to loose the puck with their  forcing turn overs.

 

Sure the game were scored a loss but the Eels coaches had an altogether different scorecard. In the first game the score at the end of the first period was 1-0. At the end of the 2nd period it was 2-0. In game two the Eels played them even harder.

 

  You cannot measure heart. If you could the yardstick would have out ruled the result in the final score. The boys’ development is key here and these are all training games. The experience here for our guys speaks volumes in their player development. We saw the attitude in the locker-room in the games. That continued throughout this week and on the practice ice, in the gym and in reviewing game prep. The Eels USP3 guys are just as hungry and determined as the Elite.

 

The Eels USP3 team will not take the Palm Beach Hawks team for granted either.  The coaches emphasize don’t get your highs to high and your lows too low. Control your emotions. We know year in and year out the Hawks have a very strong team built on some of the local guys from Palm Beach and Ft Lauderdale. They are very good players who are as eager and anxious to garner a win as the Eels USP3.  But the Eels determination work ethic and training has always proved to much for Palm Beach. This is a new season so let the games begin.

 

So folks please join us in this double header of hockey Saturday at the Ft Myers Skatium

 


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REVISED SCHEDULE FOR BOSTON SHOWCASE NEXT WEEK FOR ELITE TEAM

13 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

E023 Tue Sep 20 -
Richmond Generals
New England Sports Center Rink 1
10:30 AM EDT -
E041 Tue Sep 20 -
@ Charlotte Rush
New England Sports Center Rink 1
4:50 PM EDT -
E034 Wed Sep 21 -
Potomac Patriots
New England Sports Center Rink 3
4:10 PM EDT -
E040 Thu Sep 22 -
@ Carolina Eagles
New England Sports Center Rink 3
11:10 AM EDT - 

CLAYTON BOYD WINS POWER POLL FOR SCORING FIRST SHORT HANDED GOAL OF THE SEASON

13 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Clayton Boyd Comes Up Short- Short Handed That is as he wins the Power Poll of the Elite Team. Clayton Boyd scored the first short-handed goal of the year and that does not come as a surprise. Clayton often finds himself with the puck on the PK and typically terrorizes opposing goalies. Good Job Buddy!!!!! 

RICHIE ALLGOOD WINS POWER POLL 

13 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

The Eels put out power polls each week looking at what players will do what and when. It is a fun event and many family players and fans partake. Last week it was posed: Which rookie defenseman will score first on the USP3 team.
This weekend Richie Allgood settled that question as he scored in game two vs. the Jr. Blades.

We congratulate Richie for his goal. We saw some pretty solid play by all of our D man as they were firing hard from the Blue line. We expect to see quite a bit offense from all of our defenseman joining in with the forwards this year.

New poll this week 

Game Two Ice Recap

Game Two Weekend Ice Cap

Florida Eels Elite vs. Tampa Juniors.

The Tampa Juniors avenged their home opener loss on Saturday night to the Florida Eels Elite team with a 4-3 victory at the Eels home opener. The Tampa Junior team came out to quick start with a 1-0 score in the first period.  

The Eels managed a strong assault on the Tampa goaltender. Outshooting them consistently throughout the 3 periods 2-1.  Despite being out played period after period Tampa managed to stay ahead on the scoreboard.

 

 In the period one, the Eels scored one goal scored by Eels 4th year veteran Zac Boyle assisted by Eels 4th year veteran line mates Clayton Boyd and Jordan Court. Tampa managed to put past 2 more goals on the Eels veteran goalie from the Syracuse Stars Try Kovalick. The Eels did come out on fire in the 3rd period with 2 more goals one by Canadian Rookie JS Robidoux assisted by Clayton Boyd (his 2nd assist on the day, and Russian Rookie forward Nikita Lopatin. The 3rd Eels goal was notched by Zac Boyle his 2nd of the day assisted by Jordan Court and Clayton Boyd his 3rd of the game.

 

The Eels managed to shoot 55 times on the Tampa Goalie. But were not able to over come the 1 goal deficit.

 

This concluded a split weekend for the Elite team.  Winning their away game and dropping their home opener. The boys will be back on the ice for training this week to prepare for the Saturday’s game against the East Coast of Florida rival: The Palm Beach Hawks. The boys will be then leaving to an extended road trip to Boston where they will be competing in the Southern Conference Showcase at the New England Sports Center Marlboro Ma September 20th -22nd (Midweek event to capture the exclusive attention of the Northeast Scouts).  

 

The Eels USP3 vs. the Jr. Blades.

The USP3 team faced the Jr. Blades in game two of their weekend opener. This time the game was away at Germain Arena in Estero FL just 20 minutes down the road. The Eels lost the previous afternoon 5-0 but it was a hard fought battle as the Eels 13 rookies took on a team of 16 seasoned veteran players many 1997 and 1996 DOB. In game 2, the Eels younger guys came out once again with an incredible fore-check. They were even more aggressive than in game one.  The boys in just one game showed huge improvement. They forced turn over after turnover in all 3 zones on the veteran Blades team. The managed far more shots double than what was recorded in game one.

 

 Every player on the Eels managed to hit at least 5 times in this game. You could see the determination and fortitude laid out by the Eels’ players. Through inexperience they made 2 weak turn overs that allowed 2 goals. The Eels did manage a nice goal from Rookie Defenseman Richie Allgood his first as an Eel and as junior player. It was assisted by Eels Rookie Anthony Sozio. The Eels garnered 24 shots on net in this game. There were huge positives in these games and this one in particular. With experience the turnovers would not happen and the game is 2-1. The Eels had at least 5 break aways. They will result in goals. The Eels will pull the trigger on many of the 24 shots fired over the contest. The Blades team is one of the top programs in the USP3 so we were extremely pleased with our efforts this weekend.

 

The boys like the Eels Elite have a game vs. the USP3 Palm Beach Hawks. Saturday 3:20 pm. Then they too will be heading to the New England Showcase on Sunday. This is the first of 5 main college showcases the Eels will be competing in. We look forward to those highly scouted games up north.

Florida Eels Elite Team Thaws Tampa's Home Opener Celebration With a 6-1 Decisive Win Over the Tampa Juniors

 

The Florida Eels Elite team came out on fire against the Tampa Juniors in their season opener as they dismantled the Tampa Juniors 6-1. The Tampa Juniors were looking to get a jump on a new season but the Eels put a hard brake on their hopes as the Eels’ rained on their home opener.

 

 This year’s Eels Elite team has 8 rookies unlike the 25 veterans who played on the Eels’ Elite team  last season. In fact there are only 4 returning players from last years’ Elite team as the Eels advanced 25 to college!  There are  2 veterans on this year’s Elite team from last year’s USP3 team. The Coaching staff went on a very aggressive recruiting campaign attending 12 showcases over the Spring and Summer to bolster its  Elite roster. We added 7 strong veteran players from around the USA Canada and Russia who were looking to join an organization that develops college prospects and who in fact has a proven record of advancing its players to college.

 

In tonight’s game Clayton Boyd had two goals, Ukarian veteran Andrii Rusakov  had one goal, American born Sven Nilsson who has played in Sweden notched one, newly acquired veteran Jordin Eurenius scored his first as an Eel, Canadian Jean-Simon Robidoux  scored one

 

Mike Gennello combined for two assist as did Nikita Lopatin. David Stonebraker notched his first assist as an Eel.

 

Nolan Greene played outstanding in net turning away 29 of 30 shots for a .967Save percentage.

Check Out Photo Gallery 12 Photos of Eels USP vs Baldes

Go to the Photo ICON to view some good photos of game one Eels USP3 vs. Blades

Florida Eels USP3 All Heart in Saturdays Loss but looks to rebound in game 2 Sunday at Germain

The Florida Eels USP team falls to the Blades in game one of the home and away season openers. The Florida Eels USP3 team with 13 rookies faced the Jr. Blades - a team with 16 solid veteran players. The Blades had 4 players 1996, 6 who were 1997. That was ½ their team. The Eels have no 1996s and 7 1997.

 

GM and Head Coach Frank Scarpaci said he was extremely proud of his young team’s efforts yesterday’s afternoon. Sure we lost. But that is not the sole barometer in evaluating a team’s performance.  We held the veteran Blades team to a 1-0 goal margin at the end of the 1st and to a 2-goal margin till the end of the 2nd. In the third the Blades were able to propel through with 3 goals but two came from power play opportunities. The both teams were extremely discipline when you compared the legion of battles fought between these two clubs over the past 7 years. The Eels had only 5 penalties for a total of 10 minutes. They did a superb job killing off 3 of those infractions. For a very young team, this was remarkable.

 

Very impressive was the young Eels players fortitude and grit in this contest. They came out hitting. That is the understatement of the year. The hitting was clean and relentless by both clubs. The hits came not only from the Eels vets but also from its young guys who never laced up skates in a junior game. We saw determination in every players' eyes. They played every shift as though it was a 1-0 game and fear was never a factor.

 

The Eels played an aggressive fore-checked – in your face style hard and never once backed down. They battled hard along the boards and in front of both nets. You can see in periods one and two this determination frustrated the veteran Blades players.

I can stay without equivocation not one of our players quit.  Said Coach Scarpaci. Sure for a number of the guys, Coach Scarpaci said it was “baptism by fire” if you will.  But it was an invaluable teaching game. Indeed these are all training games so to speak. We build on each experience in the regular season to develop as individuals and as team.

 

Coach Giambalvo commented “no doubt the Blades had the edge in game one with their experience. But the fact is that is the best they have. This is not the case for our guys. Most of the Blades played together for 2+ seasons and ½ are very seasoned vets. Our guys have tremendous speed and skill set. We will put it altogether quite soon and ripen into one of the top teams in our division.” Further echoing these sentiments, Coach Scarpaci remarked, it is not where you start in this game, it is where you finish. This is all about player development. We focus here on youth not age at this level. The Eels prove this year after year. Our USP3 teams builds college players.

 

We look forward to game two at Germain Sunday at noon. You can expect the Eels to bring their best game to the ice. The guys wont dwell on Saturday’s loss. They will take the experience and garner its experience as a catalyst to move forward says GM Scarpaci.

BOSTON SHOWCASE SCHEDULE SET

10 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

The Florida Eels Elite team and USP3 teams are heading To Massachusetts at the end of the month. The teams’ schedule is set. 
Elite 
E023 Tue Sep 20 - Richmond Generals
New England Sports Center Rink 1
10:30 AM EDT
-
E034 Wed Sep 21 - Potomac Patriots
New England Sports Center Rink 3
4:10 PM EDT
-
E040 Thu Sep 22 - Carolina Eagles
New England Sports Center Rink 3
11:10 AM EDT
-
E041 Thu Sep 22 - Charlotte Rush
New England Sports Center Rink 1
4:50 PM EDT
-

USP3
U027 Tue Sep 20 - Carolina Eagles
New England Sports Center Rink 1
12:20 PM EDT
-
U032 Wed Sep 21 - Junior Bruins
New England Sports Center Rink 2
12:20 PM EDT
-
U038 Thu Sep 22 - Richmond Generals
New England Sports Center Rink 3
9:20 AM EDT
-
U042 Thu Sep 22 - Springfield Pics
New England Sports Center Rink 4
4:00 PM EDT
-

The Times are great and the college scouts will be there during these mid day games
These are must games for our players 

USPHL SHOWCASE SET TO FEATURE SOUTHERN TEAMS IN MARLBORO, MA

All Heart

 Marlborough, MA- The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to announce the Inaugural USPHL Southern Showcase at the New England Sports Center from September 20-22, 2016. The event will feature top teams from the Southern division’s Elite and USP3 levels.

The USPHL Showcase Series allows for players to be seen multiple times in one weekend by a battery of scouts with all games happening under one roof. The slate of multiple games in three days provides a clear picture of not just a player’s skill on the ice, but also his conditioning. Also, due to the central location, players from teams outside the area are guaranteed ample time to recover from both the games and the travel to the rink.

The Southern Showcase will feature a slate of games involving teams from the Southern Division of both the Elite and USP3 Divisions. From the Elite Division, the Atlanta Jr. Knights, Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Florida Eels, Hampton Roads Whalers, Palm Beach Hawks, Potomac Patriots, Richmond Generals, and Tampa Bay Juniors will make the trip. The Bay State Breakers and Junior Bruins will also be on hand for selected games.

USP3HL action includes the Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Florida Eels, Palm Beach Hawks, and Richmond Generals. They will be joined by Northern Division representatives Islanders Hockey Club, Junior Bruins, and Springfield Pics.

“There is no question that the USPHL Showcase Series has greatly contributed to the success of our member organizations,” stated USPHL Director of Hockey Operations Leigh Dean. “The players are always ready to go at each event and the number of scouts at the rink on any given day speaks for itself.”

The USPHL Southern Showcase will also represent a great opportunity for scouts to see some of the top players in the Elite and USP3 Divisions. As NCAA hockey is a highly-regionalized sport with most teams located in the Northeast and Midwest, the Southern Showcase allows the scouts to watch teams from a faraway locale in their own back yard. Furthermore, per NCAA rules, a showcase counts as only one of seven allowable viewings of a prospective student athlete in a season, regardless of how many games the scout has watched.

Additionally, the Southern Showcase is timed to ensure the attendance of scouts. With multiple games happening at every rink during the weekend, a scout has an overabundance of options when it comes to finding players. While this may seem advantageous, it means a raft of great players will get overlooked. By hosting the games during the week, the teams are guaranteed to enjoy the undivided attention of collegiate and professional scouts.

“Of all the advantages of the USPHL Showcase Series, the access for scouts is undoubtedly the most important,” commented USPHL Commissioner Jeff Nygaard. “The USPHL planned the Southern Showcase to take advantage of the relative downtime in the scouts’ schedules to give the players from our Southern teams the recognition they deserve.”

For more information on the USPHL Southern Showcase, please visit USPHL.com. 

The Florida Eels New Look

GREEN JERSEYS ARRIVED

9 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

 

Folks the New Eels Green Jerseys Have Arrived and are being unveiled.
Great new look. The boys love them.

The White Jerseys should be in next week in time for next weekend’s games. 

Florida Eels USP3 Home Opener This Saturday Afternoon At the Ft Myers Skatium 3:20 pm

FLORIDA EELS USP3 TEAM HOME OPENER VS BLADES SATURDAY AFTERNOON 

9 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

The Florida Eels USP3 team squares off against the Florida Jr. Blades. The Eels and the Blades has to be one of the fiercest rivalries in all junior hockey in the USA. These two teams battle in every second of every minute in every hour of the contest. They define what true competition is all about. They battle in every zone and for every inch of territory. Last season the Eels finished on top of the Florida Division in regular season and went on to topple the Tampa Juniors in the first round of the Florida Division in round one of the USP3 Florida Division playoff games. Then the Eels USP3 team had to face the Blades. It was an intently fought battle and as everyone predicted the games would go to all 3 in the best of 3 to settle the winner. In game one the Eels won convincingly. Game two the Jr. Blades made a come back to tie the series 1-1. In game three the Eels defeated the Blades in a stunning win. This game the Eels USP3 team their third out of 4 years opportunity to make it to the Northern playoffs.

The funny thing about the games between these two teams is that all are reminiscent of playoff games. Each game is a battle. Neither team takes each other for granted. The two teams are 20+ miles apart and the close proximity fuels the competitive atmosphere. In the end the games like all others amount to 2 points. But the players believe far more is at stake. It has proven to be great games throughout. The fans come out in droves. The count at times has been over 500+. In fact you generally see over 100 Eels fans travel to Germain for the away games.

Game one is a home game for the Eels.USP3 team. It is at the Fort Myers Skatium at 3:20 pm on Saturday. Game two is away at Germain Arena Sunday at noon, making it a home and away weekend.

The Eels have returning in net second year veteran Nicholas Kotz. Sharing with Kotz is Jason Posner also a second year veteran goalie who played last season for the Long Island Royals. The Eels USP3 team has a good number of solid veteran players returning coupled with some top Midget U18 and 16 Tier I players. They have speed and have showed strong determination during the Eels 21 day training camp. GM Scarpaci says I am very impressed with this squad. They also play a high tempo game that is the Eels have been known to bring every night. We look forward to seeing this team ignite. 

Florida Eels Elite Team Has Season Openers This Weekend Against the Tampa Juniors

 This weekend the Florida Eels Junior program officially kicks off their 2016-17 regular season play.  The Florida Eels Elite team first game is Saturday evening at 5:15 pm; it will be away in Ellenton where they square off against their west coast of Florida chief rivals the Tampa Bay Juniors. Game two against the Tampa Juniors will be back at home at the Fort Myers Skatium Sunday morning scheduled at 9:15 am.

 

This rivalry has always been quite intense between these two organizations. The battle has been for west coast supremacy in the Sunshine State. Over the past 4 seasons the Eels have advanced to the USPHL/EJHL Frozen-Four in Boson Mass. No doubt the Eels have been the regular season and playoff leaders in Florida and in the Southeast. It was the Tampa Juniors who tripped the Eels out of the Frozen Four birth 2 years ago in the playoffs.

 

This has always been an acute rivalry with bitterly fought contest in Ellenton, the once home rink of the Eels 6 seasons ago. The Eels prove year in and year out to be one of the most successful programs in all of junior hockey with a phenomenal success in the advancement of its players to college hockey. Indeed the Eels have 175 alumni who went on to play college hockey with a high water benchmark of 25 this past season.

 

The Eels have a number of returning veterans in their line-up. Additionally, they have bolstered their Elite team with experience veterans and high end rookies from the 12+ showcases its coaching and scouting staff covered over the spring and summer months.

 

In goal for the Eels is last year’s USP3 standout Nolan Greene who will be sharing the duties with Trey Kovalick who played for the Syracuse Stars Elite team last season.

 

This season Frankie Scarpaci who was Head Coach of the Eels USP3 team for the last 4 seasons has moved up to take the helm. He just completed his 21-day training camp and one week of Elite team training. The pieces are falling into place quite nicely. The players are very exciting to watch. Coach Scarpaci maintains a high tempo strategy, as the Eels have been known for. We see our players jelling very well. Coach Scarpaci is a taskmaster with his players and has a strong reputation in getting every ounce of energy from his players. We look forward to the games this weekend and the upcoming season. We don’t know exactly what Tampa looks like as this is the first opportunity that we get to see the Tampa Juniors says GM Frank Scarpaci. But we can expect Coach Brett Stout to bring his best game to task this weekend. He always has a strong squad and they play the Eels well. 

FINANCIAL AIDE AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Frank Scarpaci 

 

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.

 

 

 

Off-Ice: The New Pre- and Post-Performance Imperative

09/07/2016, 11:15am MDT

By Mike Doyle

USA Hockey’s American Development Model practice plans are meant to maximize the amount of skill development time during on-ice sessions. However, a child’s athletic development shouldn’t be limited to the time spent on the ice.

For many coaches and parents, the idea of developing young hockey players begins and ends with on-ice practice. Mark Tabrum, director of USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program, believes that in order to make the best players, we must first make the best athletes. This includes age-specific, off-ice training. For many, this might represent an overhaul in traditional hockey training.

“In our culture, parents drop their child off 30 minutes before practice (at most),” Tabrum said. “They have their one-hour practice, and within 10, 15 minutes, kids are gone and out the door.”

Redefining “Hockey Practice”

At minimum, a dynamic warmup before hitting the ice and cool-down stretch after can be implemented at any age. In order to truly develop the best possible players, Tabrum thinks coaches, parents and players have to change their outlook towards the meaning of “hockey practice.” In order to get the best out of young athletes, he suggests making age-appropriate, off-ice training a part of a team’s practice plan – before hitting the ice.

“They’re not getting that physical literacy when they’re younger,” Tabrum said.

Physical literacy is the development of fundamental movement and sport skills. With budgets tightening in schools, funds that were once dedicated to physical education programs are getting cut. Formerly, kids would get fundamental sports development at school. Without the opportunity for children to build fundamental physical skills, they’re less likely to hit their full athletic potential later in life.

Tabrum saw the effects firsthand.

“At the beginning of the year, teams will get together at somebody’s house and have a barbecue so parents and kids get to know one another,” Tabrum said. “Because the weather is nice, [kids will] throw a football or a Frisbee – they’re doing these active things. Then you watch them and you realize they can’t throw or catch a ball. They haven’t developed those muscle groups or developed those skills.

“That’s where I noticed it big time.”

Specialization Inhibits Athleticism

A big culprit to the lag in overall athleticism is sports specialization – especially in hockey. Narrowing the scope at a young age hinders athleticism rather than building it.

“We need to develop the overall athlete,” Tabrum said. “How many three- or four-sport athletes [in high school] do you see? You don’t. It’s rare that you get a two-sport athlete because we’re specializing at an earlier age. Those kids aren’t developing the rest of their bodies and other muscle groups. Are they really becoming the best athletes they can be? The answer is no.”

Raising Athletes

Whether hockey coaches are prepared for it not, developing an overall athlete may fall on their shoulders. The mindset of training athletes, not just hockey players, might be outside of their comfort zone. But just like a coach utilizes over-speed training for players, they too need to embrace pushing themselves. For Tabrum, molding hockey players becomes secondary to raising athletes.

To enact real change is not easy. It is a labor of love. But in the end, putting our children in the best possible position to succeed is worth it.

“We’re in such a hurry to get to the wrong finish line; we’re worried about that 8- or 10-and-Under championship,” Tabrum said. “Does that really matter? Where will the player be when they’re 18 or 20? Let’s re-structure our development structure to focus on that finish line instead, because that’s when it really counts.” 

USA Hockey has an array of age-specific, off-ice training tools online and on its award-winning Mobile Coach App. It’s never been easier to pass on and gain knowledge. However, it is up to people at local associations to implement the mindset shift.

“It’s at the grassroots level that those changes need to be made,” Tabrum said. “If we’re changing the way we do business and we can change that one aspect – adding off-ice training – I think we’ll see noticeable gains in the very near future.”

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FLORIDA EELS ANNOUNCE CHRISTOPHER M. GREEN, DC AS THE OFFICIAL TEAM CHIROPRACTIC FOR THE FLORIDA EELS JUNIOR PROGRAM

 

Dr. Christopher Michael Green, chiropractor, is in private practice with his partner and wife, Dr. Michelle Marie Giroux, on Corkscrew Road in Estero.  They are the owners of Chiropractic Care and Rehab Center, LLC. 

 

Dr. Green was born and raised in Amsterdam, New York.  He did his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York, College at Brockport. His professional studies at Life University, College of Chiropractic, in Marietta, Georgia. 

 

After school, Dr. Green returned to New York where he was employed within the Physical Rehabilitation Suite of Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.  While there, he worked side by side with orthopaedic surgeons, PTs, ATCs, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, podiatrists, RNs and internists in a multi-disciplinary setting.  

 

Dr. Green is currently in private practice in Estero with great interest in athletics and sports injuries.  He holds a Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification from NASM.  He is a federally certified DOT Medical Examiner #9001524897.

 

He volunteers his time coaching the Naples men’s Rugby Football Club, coaches youth baseball and teaches rugby to young people.   In his leisure time he plays guitar poorly.  

 

He has three children, Townson Michael, Ryder Davis and Nola Riley Scarlett.  

 




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RESEARCH AIDES IN FINDING THE RIGHT COLLEGES FOR YOU
6 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

Guys as we discussed today in researching the colleges look at www.floridashines.org
It will help you match you to the right college for majors grades ACT SAT scores 
It is not an absolute. It is a guide and a good one at that
It is free!!!

FloridaShines | Colleges & Careers in Florida

FloridaShines makes it easy for you to learn about degrees, register for an online course, get your transcript, or check out a book from any of Florida’s 40 state colleges or university libraries.

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The American Hockey Center College Hockey Guide is provided as a free service to the hockey community as a tool to research information about NCAA and ACHA college hockey in the United States. The guide will provide basic details of college hockey programs at all levels for both men and women. It is searchable by Gender, School, Level, League, and State. Links to college teams Web sites are included for more details and contact information.

For young players who desire to attend a college where they will be provided with an opportunity to play competitive hockey while acquiring an education, the College Hockey Guide is an excellent research tool.

Players and parents must be aware that grades are of utmost importance. College Hockey GuideThe most talented and skilled players will not be accepted into a college if their grades do not meet the minimum standards for the school!

 College Hockey GuideSome things to research . . .

  • What are the college academic offerings - does this fit your needs?

  • What are the academic requirements for admission - can you qualify?

  • What is the tuition cost - does this fit your budget?

  • What is the former playing level of the current players - does this match your playing experience?

  • Is there an on campus hockey arena - is a fan base important to you?

  • Is there a cost to play - player fees and equipment?

  • Is there a team locker room?

  • Is there a team physician, trainer and access to training facilities?

  • Is transportation provided to away games?

  • How many games are played each season?

  • How often are practices and at what time of day?

Players often aspire to earn a hockey scholarship. Only a few ever realize this goal. In men's college hockey, studies have shown that there are 200 or less hockey scholarships awarded to American players each year, so only the top 200 or less from a pool of thousands will be included. Scouts look for academic ability as well as hockey talent, so prospective players must excel in both. It is rare that a player receives a scholarship at the age of 17 or 18. Most are more experienced 19, 20 and 21 year olds. In women's college hockey, the annual pool of players is smaller and the players are younger, thus scholarships are somewhat less competitive but still require a very high level of academic and hockey abilities.

All levels below NCAA Division I do not offer athletic scholarships but there may be academic or need-based scholarship money available. Recruiting at these levels is an imperfect science and there is no guarantee of inclusion on a team. Coaches tend to over recruit and there will always be cuts, so it is important that players opt for teams that match their previous level of success in hockey. Team rosters with player's former teams are usually available on team Web sites to help determine the best fit. Below are a few guidelines to help with this process.

 

NCAA College Hockey

(two levels of hockey are played by NCAA college teams)
 

NCAA Division I is the highest level of college hockey. Players at this level have usually been identified at an early age and many are given athletic scholarships (Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships). Most of these players have been standouts at a very high level of Prep School Hockey or Junior A Hockey and most have played beyond high school age for one or more years to further develop their skills and strength. If a player has not been recruited by a Division I college, it is not likely that this level will be a good fit.

Browse all NCAA Division I hockey teams:   Men's   Women's   Search

 

NCAA Division II There are a very limited number of teams that are classified as Division II. These teams usually offer athletic scholarships and compete in either Division I or Division III and are entered into our database under their respective level of competition.

 

NCAA Division III is a very high level of play. These teams recruit heavily and players at this level have usually been recruited by the college. Most of the players have played a high level of Junior, Midget AAA or Prep School hockey before entering college.

Browse all NCAA Division III hockey teams:  Men's   Women's   Search

 

ACHA College Hockey

(three levels of hockey are played by ACHA men's teams, two by ACHA women's teams)
 

ACHA Division I is a high level of play. These teams recruit heavily and players at this level have usually been recruited by the college. Most of the players have played a high level of Junior, Midget AAA or Prep School hockey before entering college.

Read what NHL.com says about ACHA hockey

Browse all ACHA Division I hockey teams:  Men's   Women's   Search

 

ACHA Division II is a good fit for many players who have been standouts on average level high school or midget hockey teams. Many of these programs are well organized and managed and can offer a good experience for players who do not qualify for the higher levels.

Browse all ACHA Division II hockey teams:  Men's   Women's   Search

 

ACHA Division III is generally a step down in playing level, but many of these programs are well organized and managed and can offer a good experience for players who do not qualify for the higher levels. Note: There is no ACHA Division III in women's college hockey.

Browse all ACHA Division III hockey teams   Search

 

NJCAA College Hockey

 

NJCAA is a high level of play and some teams are equal to ACHA Division I and NCAA Division III teams. These teams could be a good fit for players who do not attend a four year college. Note: There are no NJCAA teams in women's college hockey.

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SEPTEMBER SHOWCASE COLLEGE COACHES INVITES

SEPTEMBER SHOWCASE COLLEGE COACHES INVITES

6 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

In just a few weeks the Florida Eels will be heading up North to compete in the First Annual Mid Week USPHL Fall College Showcase. This showcase will consist mainly of Southern Conference Elite and USP3 teams. This is the first year the USPHL launches a mid week college showcase. The novel idea was spirited by capturing an early attempt to garner the NCAA College coaches to see our Southern Conference players before the coaches kick off their own regular season.

Just this morning I personally wrote to over 180 NCAA Div. 1 and 3 college coaches inviting them to the showcase and explaining about its happenings. We all need to prepare for the upcoming games this weekend and the events that will soon ensure in the next several weeks. I will be meeting with many of you today to discuss college recruitment.

The Showcase will start Tuesday and run through Thursday September 20th – 22nd. The showcase will be hosted at the New England Sports Center primarily mid-day.

The Florida Eels are extremely excited to be sending both of its USPHL Elite and USP3 teams. The Eels are one of the more successful programs in junior hockey not just in the USPHL but also in the entire USA hockey program. We advanced 25 players to college this past season. 16 to NCAA. The Eels have consistently moved 20+ players to college each year for 4 straight seasons. In fact the Eels have advanced 175 players to college hockey.

The players will be leaving early by bus on Sunday September 18th time TBA. They will be arriving Mid day Monday September 19th. The players will be returning back to Florida after their last remaining games Thursday evening. We will be staying at the Embassy Suites in Marlboro Mass. Below is our schedule for the Showcase. I caution all parents like all showcases exact times are always subject to change without notice.

Every college coach will receive a copy of the Eels schedule in a few days. I will be following up with them next week as well. The coaches will be receiving a list of our players, their profiles, and contact info for scouting and recruiting for their convenience.

Elite Team Schedule

E023 Tue Sep 20 - Richmond Generals
New England Sports Center Rink 1
10:30 AM EDT
E034 Wed Sep 21 - Potomac Patriots
New England Sports Center Rink 3
4:10 PM EDT
E040 Thu Sep 22 - @ Carolina Eagles
New England Sports Center Rink 3
11:10 AM EDT
E041 Thu Sep 22 - @ Charlotte Rush
New England Sports Center Rink 1
4:50 PM EDT
USP3 Schedule

U027 Tue Sep 20 - @ Carolina Eagles
New England Sports Center Rink 1
12:20 PM EDT
U032 Wed Sep 21 - Junior Bruins
New England Sports Center Rink 2
12:20 PM EDT
U038 Thu Sep 22 - @ Richmond Generals
New England Sports Center Rink 3
9:20 AM EDT
U042 Thu Sep 22 - Springfield Pics
New England Sports Center Rink 4
4:00 PM EDT 

 

Reminder: College meeting today

By: Frank Scarpaci 
Sent to: public.

Reminder Today after Elite practices GM Frank Scarpaci will meet with all Elite players who are targeted to advance to college next season. We will discuss what they need to be doing in preparation for upcoming college showcases. 

We will review communications with the college’s coaches, targeting college’s admissions and coaching staff etc. The development of a U Tube recruiting videos etc.

We will distribute and provide NCAA materials

Additionally we will review college targeting sites

Further we will review college scholarship options grants and loans.

For USP3 players on the college track for next season we will meet the 1-½ hours prior to the USP3 practice. If any player is unable to meet due to high school or college classes do not worry. I will be glad to meet separately with you.

In the mean while every player should start to prepare his list of colleges he would like to target. This is your “Bucket List” so to speak. You should have 2-3 should be a bit beyond your reach 6-7 in your comfort zone and 2 safety values. This list should be well thought of. In other words you need to look and examine the college admissions SAT and ACT minimal scores. You should look at their min GPA grades.

These items take time and research. Players need to go on the Internet and investigate. 

Call me if you have any questions. More will be detailed Tuesday. 

Coach Frank

Check Out Photo Page of Pre Season Games vs UT

We captured a number of good photos on the photo page of the web site check them out

Pre Season Opener Vs UT

LET THE GAMES BEGIN: FLORIDA EELS VS. THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA MEN'S ICE HOCKEY TEAM

5 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

 

Today at 2:30 pm at the Clearwater Ice Arena
The Florida Eels Junior teams square off in their pre season openers vs the University of Tampa ACHA Div. 3 mens college hockey team 

Jeff Nygaard Named Commissioner of United States Premier Hockey League

Jeff Nygaard Named Commissioner of United States Premier Hockey League

09/02/2016, 9:30am EDT

By Brett Bruneteau

BOSTON, MA – The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) has announced the hiring of Jeff Nygaard as its new Commissioner.  Nygaard replaces Richard Gallant, who stepped down from that role but remains a member of the league’s board of governors.   Nygaard comes to the USPHL from the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), where he served as Executive Director for the past four years. Nygaard, a Fergus Falls, Minnesota native and graduate of North Dakota State University (1990) brings decades of hockey experience and administrative background to the USPHL. 

 

Armed with an experience and proven track record of player safety, well-being, development, and advancement success, Nygaard plans to apply that familiarity when taking the helm of the Nation’s largest ice hockey league, the USPHL.

 

“I’m excited to be joining the USPHL at a time when junior hockey is on the cusp of a lot of upcoming change,” said Nygaard.  “The group of owners, coaches and staff in this league are dedicated to setting ambitious goals and working toward accomplishing those goals.  I’m honored to be a part of that process.  The same can be said for the midget and youth divisions of hockey in the USPHL.  We’re on the verge of changing the face of hockey on the East Coast."

 

Conversely, the USPHL has already changed the face of hockey by setting record numbers in both player development and advancement.  In its first two seasons, the USPHL helped produce more than 500 college hockey players.  However, in the past season alone, the USPHL had over 300 college commitments, a record number, a positive trend, and the reason why many are calling the USPHL the number one league for player advancement in the country.

  

At the college level, USPHL alumni are also taking in their share of the spotlight.  During this past season, South Shore King’s Jimmy Vesey became the second USPHL alumni to win the Hobey Baker award (College Hockey’s Best Player) in as many years.  In 2015, the honor went to Junior Bruins alumnus Jack Eichel.  Two other major college hockey awards were also presented to USPHL alumni. Matt Vidal (Bay State Breakers) was named the winner of the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, and Chris Dylewski (Tampa Bay Juniors) was presented with the Hockey Humanitarian Award, honoring college hockey’s finest citizen.

 

September USPHL Showcase

In just a few weeks the Florida Eels will be heading up North to compete in the First Annual Mid Week USPHL Fall College Showcase. This showcase will consist mainly of Southern Conference Elite and USP3 teams. This is the first year the USPHL launches a mid week college showcase. The novel idea was spirited by capturing an early attempt to garner the NCAA College coaches to see our Southern Conference players before the coaches kick off their own regular season.

 

The Showcase will start Tuesday and run through Thursday September 20th – 22nd. The showcase will be hosted at the New England Sports Center primarily mid-day.

 

The Florida Eels are extremely excited to be sending both of its USPHL Elite and USP3 teams. The Eels are one of the more successful programs in junior hockey not just in the USPHL but also in the entire USA hockey program. We advanced 25 players to college this past season. 16 to NCAA. The Eels have consistently moved 20+ players to college each year for 4 straight seasons. In fact the Eels have advanced 175 players to college hockey.

 

 The players will be leaving early by bus on Sunday September 18th time TBA. They will be arriving Mid day Monday September 19th. The players will be returning back to Florida after their last remaining games Thursday evening. We will be staying at the Embassy Suites in Marlboro Mass.

 

Below is our schedule for the Showcase. I caution all parents like all showcases exact times are always subject to change without notice.

 

Every college coach will receive a copy of the Eels schedule in a few days. I will be following up with them next week as well. The coaches will be receiving a list of our players, their profiles, and contact info for scouting and recruiting for their convenience.

 

 

 

Elite Team Schedule

 

E023

Tue Sep 20

-

Richmond Generals

New England Sports Center Rink 1

10:30 AM EDT

E034

Wed Sep 21

-

Potomac Patriots

New England Sports Center Rink 3

4:10 PM EDT

E040

Thu Sep 22

-

@ Carolina Eagles

New England Sports Center Rink 3

11:10 AM EDT

E041

Thu Sep 22

-

@ Charlotte Rush

New England Sports Center Rink 1

4:50 PM EDT

USP3 Schedule

 

U027

Tue Sep 20

-

@ Carolina Eagles

New England Sports Center Rink 1

12:20 PM EDT

U032

Wed Sep 21

-

Junior Bruins

New England Sports Center Rink 2

12:20 PM EDT

U038

Thu Sep 22

-

@ Richmond Generals

New England Sports Center Rink 3

9:20 AM EDT

U042

Thu Sep 22

-

Springfield Pics

New England Sports Center Rink 4

4:00 PM EDT

 

 

REVISED COLLEGE SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEKEND GAMES.

2 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

The Times for this Monday’s scrimmage games with the Eels vs. the Univ. of Tampa have been changed to 
USP3 2:30 and Elite is 4:00 pm
Clearwater Ice Arena

These games are NOT on Fasthockey.

Coach Frank 

Tropical Storm Watch

TROPICAL STORMS

30 AUG | BY FRANK SCARPACI

To Florida Eel Junior Players
We have been monitoring the storm all weekend long and the disturbance has now been named Tropical Depression 9, which is currently headed into the Gulf. Organization is expected to occur over the next few days which will make it a Tropical Storm (name unknown).

Numerous computer models bring the storm over North to Central Florida by the end of the day Wednesday and into Thursday. The National Hurricane Center is encouraging Florida residents to monitor the storm closely as heavy rains and gusty winds will begin as early as Wednesday afternoon in our neck of the woods. The intensity of the storm at this time still remains highly uncertain.

Click HERE to see more information, including forecast models, on this storm.

To many of you this is your first encounter with Tropical storms and Hurricanes. Let there be no doubt you will be in good hands and safe with your billet families. . We will continue to monitor this system and advise all players and parents of updates. At any time feel free to contact me by phone 941-400-9023 if you have any questions.We will send further updates.

Frank Scarpaci Florida Eels GM
941-400-9023

CCM STICK SALES

26 AUG | BY FRANK SCARPACI

CCM Partners With Florida Eels.

The CCM Rep Showcase Sticks Skates and Other Gear for the Florida Eel Junior players The players were allowed to try out and use sticks and top of the line skates during their noon and 1:15 training sessions. That is amazing that we are provided that latitude and players get a test drive with the sticks and skates.

This is the 4th straight year that the Eels have partnered with CCM, which provides our junior players with significant discounts. This Monday and Tuesday the Eels will be placing stick orders. We encourage players to take advantage of this opportunity. There are no limits on the quantity players can purchase. The cost for top of the line Tacks is $125.00 these are pro stock. The retail price for these sticks is approximately $280.00 We have to order the sticks in bulk. So we cannot simply order 1 or 2 sticks later. Accordingly, it is recommended that you order a sufficient supply for the season.

All players must bring in cash or check on Monday or Tuesday when placing their order.

If you have any questions please call Frank Scarpaci GM
9410400-9023

Florida Eels Inter Squad Scrimmage #3

The Florida Eels Junior players will scrimmage Friday August 26th from Noon to 2:30 pm. This is the third scrimmage of the new and retuning players. The coaching staff has been pleased with the players at the training camp and scrimmages. It gives us an opportunity for the coaches to see multiple combinations and evaluate the players’ competitive level.

USPHL Releases 2016-17 Regular Season Game Schedule

  

BOSTON, MA – The USPHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence on Wednesday, September 7, with a 18U division face-off between the Jersey Shore Whalers and the New Jersey Rockets at Rock Ice Arena in Dunellen, NJ.  The 2,400 game schedule, featuring all divisions of junior, midget, and youth hockey, will conclude on Sunday, February 26, with a USP3 showdown between the Kalkaska Rhinos and the Decatur Blaze. 

 

After clinching their second Premier Division championship, the Jersey Hitmen will enter the 2016-17 regular season, once again, as the USPHL’s reigning champion and top team.  The team will open up its regular season with a banner raising ceremony prior to the first game against the P.A.L. Junior Islanders in a double header on September 17 and 18 at the Ice Vault in Wayne, NJ.  The Hitmen will then head to Boston, MA the following weekend (September 24-26) to compete in the Junior Bruins Shootout.  At the showcase, they will play the host team Bruins, South Shore Kings, and Okanagan Eagles.  The event will mark the first time of the 2016-17 regular season that each Premier Division team will be showcased under one roof.

 

The USPHL Heritage Classic will be hosted in two of America’s most prominent cities this season, including Detroit, MI and Chicago, IL.  Teams and dates will be released at a later time.

 

The league’s regular season will pause from Sunday, January 15 to Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Day), for the 2017 USPHL All Star Games and activities in North Andover, MA.  Games for the Premier, 18U, and 16U levels will be played at both Lawler Arena and Gallant Arena on the campus of Merrimack College.

 

The USPHL Showcase Series will feature 23 regular season events during the course of the 2016-17 regular season as well.  A complete listing of showcase dates and times will released in the coming weeks.

 

Divisional Breakdown

 

Premier
The Premier Division is among the nation’s leaders in advancing players to NCAA Division I hockey. Last year featured a thrilling battle for the Founders Cup, with the Islanders Hockey Club clinching the title on the second-to-last day of the regular season. The Jersey Hitmen, however, defeated the Islanders to win their second consecutive Dineen Cup. This season, the Premier Division will consist of the Hitmen, Islanders Hockey Club, Junior Bruins, South Shore Kings, PAL Jr. Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Connecticut Jr. Rangers, Springfield Pics, Syracuse Stars, and Okanagan Eagles.

 

Elite
The Elite Division, one of the nation’s leaders in NCAA Division III advancements, will feature three subdivisions this season: North, South, and Midwest. Last season the Hampton Roads Whalers defeated the Florida Eels in a thrilling contest to win the division crown. The North Division consists of the Junior Bruins, PAL Jr. Islanders, South Shore Kings, Syracuse Stars, Rochester Monarchs, Connecticut Jr. Rangers, New York Aviators, and Team Beijing. The South Division is made up of the Hampton Roads Whalers, Florida Eels, Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Palm Beach Hawks, Potomac Patriots, Richmond Generals, and Tampa Bay Junior Hockey Club.

 

New this season is the Midwest Division, featuring the Dells Ducks, Chicago Cougars, Forest Lake Lakers, Detroit Fighting Irish, Blaine Energy, Steele County Blades, River Falls Renegades, and Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings. Last season, the Midwest Division was combined with the USP3 Midwest, and the Dells Ducks took home the USP3 title.

 

USP3
The USP3HL, among the nation’s leaders in advancement to NCAA Division III and ACHA college, returns with the North, South, Midwest, and Pacific divisions. The USP3 North will feature the Frederick Freeze, Islanders Hockey Club, Jersey Hitmen, Jersey Shore Whalers, Springfield Pics, and Junior Bruins. The USP3 South will consist of the Atlanta Jr. Knights, Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Daytona Racers, Florida Eels, Hampton Roads Whalers, Florida Jr. Blades, Palm Beach Hawks, Potomac Patriots, Tampa Bay Junior Hockey Club, and Richmond Generals. The USP3 Midwest boasts the Alpena Flyers, Decatur Blaze, Ironwood Yoopers, Kalkaska Rhinos, Marquette Royales, Michigan Wild, Motor City Hawks, Traverse City North Stars, and Tri-City Icehawks.

 

The USPHL also welcomes a new USP3 Pacific Division to its lineup. In its inaugural season, the Pacific Division brings the arrival of the Eugene Generals, Seattle Ravens, West Sound Warriors, and Tri City Outlaws to the fray. 

MIDGETS
The USPHL brings back its 18-and-under, 16-and-under, and 16U Futures this season. Last year, Selects Academy at South Kent School took home both the 18U and 16U titles while the Potomac Patriots won the 16U Futures crown. Once again, the midget divisions will features the youngest and brightest stars from around the country. Last season’s midget crop included fifteen players with NCAA Division I commitments in the 18U Division along with fourteen more in among the 16U players. Three players from the 16U division were tabbed to join the US National Development Program.

 

HP Youth
Entering its inaugural season, the High Performance Youth Divisions will extend the USPHL’s renowned brand of player development to younger aged players seeking unrivaled player training and competition. The new divisions are comprised of both major and minor levels of 14 and under (Bantams), 12 and under (Peewees), and 10 and under (Squirts) and will focus on a unique and innovative player development model that is centered on skill acquisition, pragmatic game scheduling and player retention and advancement.  The youth platform of the USPHL will also provide players an assortment of developmental opportunities unrivaled by any traditional youth hockey league on the east coast.

 

Reminder: Division Game Schedule Breakdown
* Premier Division - 225 total games: 10 teams x 45 games
* Elite Division – total 616 games: 28 teams x 44 games
* USP3 Division – total 660 games: 30 teams x 44 games
* 18U Division –total 208 games: 16 teams (total 183 games: 15 teams)
* 16U Division –total 236 games: 17 teams (total 210 games: 16 teams)
* 16U Futures –total 80 games :12 teams (approx)
* HP Youth – total 368 games: 41 teams

 

Schedule Notes
* Regular Season Opens: Sunday, Sept. 2
* All-Star Break: Sunday, Jan. 15 – Monday, Jan. 16
* Last Day of Regular Season: Sunday, Feb. 26

To view the full regular season schedule, visit USPHL.com 

 

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Team Bonding Five Team Challenge

 

This weekend the Boys were divided into five teams and they competed amounts the other teams in team bonding events. The boys performed various task around the Southwest Florida community. The results to be published in a few days. This has been a long-standing tradition in the Eels association. It gives an opportunity for players who really may not know one another to get out and nothings with each other in a fun environment yet competitive which the boys all love. 

There will be prizes for the winners. 

Watch for the results

FLORIDA EELS 21 DAY TRAINING CAMP CAPTURES TOP NEWS STORY IN USA Hockey Magazine and the USPHL NEWSLETTER

FLORIDA EELS 21 DAY TRAINING CAMP CAPTURES TOP NEWS STORY IN USPHL NEWSLETTER

by Frank Scarpaci 
Posted: 10 days ago 
Updated: 10 days ago by Frank Scarpaci 
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Florida Eels Establish 21 Days of Pre-season Training Camp
07/30/2016, 3:30pm EDT
By Florida Eels Staff
The Florida Eels start their main camp August 21st and will go for 21 days to prepare their players for the upcoming 2016-17season. Most teams have 1 week or 2 at best for pre season training. This is a major difference in the Eels training format. GM Scarpaci says we stand alone in this concept. We firmly believe it gives our players an opportunity to get into shape after a long summer. Players need time to get accumulated to Junior hockey. We don’t want to rush things. That is how players get hurt and the injuries often can be long term and nag all season.

We have many returning veteran players – say 50% of our players but we have 50% new players. These new players however, are not all are rookies. Many of these players come form top European and Canadian Teams as well as players who are migrating from many Tier II and Tier III USA teams. The 21-day period allows us to do team building. This is a concept that has gotten quite a bit of attention lately in many articles and magazines. “Team Building” But for the Eels it is not a new or novel concept. Team building is the corner stone of any successful sports team and this is especially true in hockey. We have studies the USA Hockey NTPD model for years as well as many of the NCAA Div. 1 & 3 colleges and USHL teams to see what they do. For the Eels we emphasize that “buying into this” will determine 100% how successful we will be as a team. This goes well beyond our sport. We have taken literature, videos and invited servicemen from the Navy Seals and the USA Marines on this instructional format and they have been excellent vehicles for teaching dependency and foundations of a unit. Moreover, as GM Scarpaci often echoes we are teaching life lessons far beyond ice hockey. He has brought in key executives form fortune 500 corporations to talk about the success of these companies depends on the “team” approach and concepts. These learned skill sets is what builds our players character and leadership. So many of our players who have advanced
on ward and have echoed years later that what they learned at the Eels helped them enormously later in their jobs and family.

The Eels spend 3 to 4 hours of training daily. The guys are on the ice for 2-3 hours during this period and another 1 ½ hours training at World Gym and our own sports court off ice training facility. Just look at the success of some of our summer Olympians such as the swim team and gymnast. They have reached their heights by putting in the necessary hours of training. To be successful in Junior hockey and college you no longer can just get by. You need to be 100% dedicated and determined to be the best. This requires putting in the time on the ice, training in the gym each day and developing the right mental game that includes hockey intelligence. To these ends the Eels require extensive video analysis and classroom time. We review game film of NHL; USHL and NCAA Div. 1 players. We look at the positives and review some tapes of inequities by some players. We are firm believers in showing players the right way of doing things. So that is why we video some of our practices and look extensively at our Fasthockey game tapes to exam our games. Indeed, showing the players the right way also involves a critical analysis of showing errors I in their games and practices. This system has proved enormously for the Eels in enhancing players’ development individually and as team.

Another major benefit of the 21-day training camp is acclamation. GM Scarpaci says the guys are getting acquainted with their teammates, the coaches, their billet families and the Fort Myers community. We make it fun. The players are divided in many groups and we do scavenger hunts, car washes, food drives, go to the beach, cook outs, kayak racers, soft ball games, 3 on 3 competition, pool parties and fishing.

With a 21-day program we can take plenty of time to access and evaluate the players, to determine where they fit and attend to their needs. There is so much they need to work on. Quite frankly it gives us a real edge. This is why the Eels are November ready in mid September. The Eels also manage to set up a series of scrimmages during this time period to give the coaches an opportunity to evaluate certain players with other players. To test line combinations and strategies Test power players, penalty kill units and systems.

One really gets to appreciate how important this concept is when you see us in action. The coaches actually can take all our defenseman exclusively on the ice and work Defense only. I mean for an hour each day. The same for forwards. These are special ice sessions. While the forwards are being trained on the ice, the forwards are working on shooting in the sports court area or doing other “forward” specific activities. This is incredible. Where else can you garner this individualized training? The NHL, KHL, USA NTPD, The USHL, NCAA Div. 1 colleges and the QMJHL, The WHL, and the OHL. The Eels have set and raised the bar in Tier III Junior hockey.

We are very excited about this year’s Eels teams. We have some very talented young men joining an already talented group of players. The Eels are expected to be right back to where they were last season. It all starts April 15th and the momentum and excitement mounts for 21 straight days.

FLORIDA EELS FANS WELCOME THE FLORIDA EELS BACK TO TOWN WITH A HUGE RECEPTION

by Frank Scarpaci 
Posted: 8 days ago 
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Florida Eels Fans Welcome the Florida Eels Back To Town 
With A Huge Reception
For the 10th straight season the Eels Training Camp opens with a huge community reception. Many of the Florida Eels players arrived for its 21-day training camp. The opening weekend allows the players families to meet and greet with the dozens of billet families who play host to the Florida Eels’ junior players. It is a weekend long festivities where by the players get to spend down time meeting and greeting the entire coaching staff. They get to know once another in a less formal environment. The players also get to have their first stab at team bonding. There are so many guys from out of town and from Europe so for many it is their first time with one another.

The Fort Myers Cape Coral community also gets to meet our players. So many of our fans get to come and meet our new and reunite with our rerunning players. The Eels are heavily supported in the community. Unlike many junior programs our teams have true fans. Yes indeed, we average 250 folks per game but there are many games we draw in excess of 500 fans. In fact as will be attested to by the Tampa Juniors and the Palm Beach Hawks, many of our fans travel to our away games. We average some times 100+ fans at away games. In fact when we attuned the Charlotte Showcase we had well over 100 fans there as well.

Last night the Florida Eels owners rented the ice for a special public skate with members of our families, our youth hockey program and fans in general. It was pretty special having our players skate right along with the kids and moms and dads as well. It is this type of interactive activities that captures the hearts of so many of the residents in the Southwest Florida community. We are not just another hockey team renting ice at the Fort Myers Skatium. Oh no. These boys are very much involved n all kinds of community volunteer efforts. Last year we raised enough “Food for the Hungry” to feed 100 families from November to Christmas. We raised several hundred “Toys For Tots”, and the previous year we clothed well over 100 young children with brand new clothes at Christmas as well as other community-based activities. We will repeat all of the above this season while also taking part in “Reading With Young Children In the Public Schools”

It was a very warm and heart felt evening as we saw teachers from the local public schools there to welcome our players, members of the Cape Coral Police Department, The City of Ft Myers Police Department, the Lee County Sheriff’s office and the Lee County Fire Department. Their presence underscores how much the Eels are part of the Fort Myers Cape oral Community. In fact the Eels have several of our own alumni who have graduated from college and returned back to this community to become educators, law enforcement officers, and fighter fighters and EMTs as well.

Last night there was a huge reception for the players, their families, billet families, and members in the community. We had so many very generous food donations from the families and friends. But a large thank you goes out to one of the Florida Eels biggest sponsor “Hooters” who continues their unwavering support of our Florida Eels. We thank you immensely. Without you we could not have made this the success it was. We thank so many of the moms and dads who volunteered their efforts in preparing the food and making this event once again very special.

The Passing Of Marie Stock

This week the Florida Eels lost of its own. Our Eels lost one of its  family members and no doubt one of our most loyal fans and supporters: Marie Stock. Most of us knew her as “Grand Ma” Marie came to the Eels program over 3 years ago as the Grand Mother of Dillion Kaufman, who was a recruited played from Colorado.  Dillion’s mom and dad  were very excited as their son would be living with his grandparents while he played on our Florida Eels Junior team. 

 

When Marie and her husband Gerry came to the rink we saw all smiles. They came to every home game and actually traveled to Tampa to watch their grandson, they traveled  to Palm Beach and the Space Coast as well. We noticed that despite Dillion playing for the Empire team, Grand ma and Grand Pa were at the Elite games as well. They brought a new sound. The “Cow Bell” When ever the Eels scored or made a great play we heard the loud ring. We often heard her loud yell at the referees when they made a bad call which was often. LOL. 

 

In fact Grand Ma and Grand Pa even traveled to Atlanta GA to Raleigh and Charlotte North Carolina and Potomac Washington. In fact on numerous occasions they traveled to Boston Mass for the Eels showcases. Now one might think well they were there to watch their grand son right? Yes and no. Even after Dillion moved on to college they continued to support in traveling to so many away games and never missed a home stand. 

 

The true heart of Marie and Gerry was they often gave words of confidence and encouragement to every player. This was so phenomenal as 40+ players are living here away from home. Texas Colorado Mass New York Illinois Indiana Oregon California Russia Latvia Sweden Michigan Minnesota Louisiana etc. The boys looked for them. When they had good games and when they struggled they were there. Every player loved having them. But the love for our guys went well beyond games and well beyond ice hockey.

 

Moreover,  Grand Ma and Grand Pa  stepped up to a become billet host family to a number of our players. There is no doubt how deeply and affectionately Grand Ma and Grad Pa effected their lives. The boys who lived there have been impacted for time memorial. How luck you were. 

They gave so much in unselfish generosity to those in need. Never wavering or turning their backs on any player. She often would invite a number of our players over to her home for a nice home cooked meal. And boy could she cook. An plenty too. It made her feel good and she made the boys feel even better. She squashed any feeling of being home sick. 

 

Never a negative word from her. Winning was great. Boy did she have a mile wide smile when the Eels USP3 team defeated the Blades last season.  All cheers. But when we lost she would be yelling we will get then back the next day.  She always reminded our coaches they are still only young boys. She knew how to put things in perspective. It was funny even the Referees loved them, smiling as they made their calls and seeing her agitated face. LOL  A face we all loved and will forever miss. 

 

As you all heard by now, Grand Ma took a turn for the worst earlier  this week. The  deadly cloud of Cancer took over her body and in short order pulled her down. I will tell you with her passing there is a forever void amounts all Eels..  A void that will be evident in her empty seat at the rink, a deadened cow bell that will go um rung, a silent yell at the refs, and devoid whispering to our players. But Grand Ma, I know you are looking down upon us and I state steadfastly,  we will never forget you. You were an amazing individual who touched so many lives in our organization, both players and parents alike. You will always be remembered by all of us. I can say emphatically i will always think of you at every game and every time i see or hear a cow bell it will bring a smile to my face. We were truly blessed to have had you part of our Eels family. I regret that like all  amazing  people your presence was cut short much too early. We don’t know God’s plans and the mystery of life and death. But i feel unequivocally confident, you will be looking down on us and providing your blessings and watchful eye to all of our players as they advance on in life. We love you Marie.

 

Coach Frank

LAST NIGHT TWO OF THE FLORIDA EELS RUSSIAN PLAYERS ARRIVED

by Frank Scarpaci 
Posted: 1 minute ago 
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The Florida Eels are extremely excited about our imports this season. In fact the Eels will be hosting 5 Russian Players this season. Two of these boys arrived last night. All 5 players are top prospects and will be under the radar of USHL teams next season.
In the next day or so please come by the rink to welcome the boys.
Also joining the Eels team this season is one of the top defenseman in the world.

Florida Eels Capture Major Story in USPHL Newsletter.: Florida Eels Establish 21 Days of Pre-season Training Camp

 

Florida Eels Establish 21 Days of Pre-season Training Camp

07/30/2016, 3:30pm EDT

By Florida Eels Staff

The Florida Eels start their main camp August 21st and will go for 21 days to prepare their players for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Most teams have 1 week or 2 at best for pre season training. This is a major difference in the Eels training format. GM Scarpaci says we stand alone in this concept. We firmly believe it gives our players an opportunity to get into shape after a long summer. Players need time to get accumulated to Junior hockey. We don’t want to rush things. That is how players get hurt and the injuries often can be long term and nag all season.

We have many returning veteran players - say 50% of our players but we have 50% new players. These new players however, are not all are rookies. Many of these players come form top European and Canadian Teams as well as players who are migrating from many Tier II and Tier III USA teams. The 21-day period allows us to do team building. This is a concept that has gotten quite a bit of attention lately in many articles and magazines. “Team Building” But for the Eels it is not a new or novel concept. Team building is the corner stone of any successful sports team and this is especially true in hockey. We have studies the USA Hockey NTPD model for years as well as many of the NCAA Div. 1 & 3 colleges and USHL teams to see what they do. For the Eels we emphasize that “buying into this” will determine 100% how successful we will be as a team. This goes well beyond our sport. We have taken literature, videos and invited servicemen from the Navy Seals and the USA Marines on this instructional format and they have been excellent vehicles for teaching dependency and foundations of a unit. Moreover, as GM Scarpaci often echoes we are teaching life lessons far beyond ice hockey. He has brought in key executives form fortune 500 corporations to talk about the success of these companies depends on the “team” approach and concepts. These learned skill sets is what builds our players character and leadership. So many of our players who have advanced

on ward and have echoed years later that what they learned at the Eels helped them enormously later in their jobs and family.

The Eels spend 3 to 4 hours of training daily. The guys are on the ice for 2-3 hours during this period and another 1 ½ hours training at World Gym and our own sports court off ice training facility. Just look at the success of some of our summer Olympians such as the swim team and gymnast. They have reached their heights by putting in the necessary hours of training. To be successful in Junior hockey and college you no longer can just get by. You need to be 100% dedicated and determined to be the best. This requires putting in the time on the ice, training in the gym each day and developing the right mental game that includes hockey intelligence.

To these ends the Eels require extensive video analysis and classroom time. We review game film of NHL; USHL and NCAA Div. 1 players. We look at the positives and review some tapes of inequities by some players. We are firm believers in showing players the right way of doing things. So that is why we video some of our practices and look extensively at our Fasthockey game tapes to exam our games. Indeed, showing the players the right way also involves a critical analysis of showing errors I in their games and practices. This system has proved enormously for the Eels in enhancing players’ development individually and as team.

Another major benefit of the 21-day training camp is acclamation. GM Scarpaci says the guys are getting acquainted with their teammates, the coaches, their billet families and the Fort Myers community. We make it fun. The players are divided in many groups and we do scavenger hunts, car washes, food drives, go to the beach, cook outs, kayak racers, soft ball games, 3 on 3 competition, pool parties and fishing.

With a 21-day program we can take plenty of time to access and evaluate the players, to determine where they fit and attend to their needs. There is so much they need to work on. Quite frankly it gives us a real edge. This is why the Eels are November ready in mid September. The Eels also manage to set up a series of scrimmages during this time period to give the coaches an opportunity to evaluate certain players with other players. To test line combinations and strategies Test power players, penalty kill units and systems.

One really gets to appreciate how important this concept is when you see us in action. The coaches actually can take all our defenseman exclusively on the ice and work Defense only. I mean for an hour each day. The same for forwards. These are special ice sessions. While the forwards are being trained on the ice, the forwards are working on shooting in the sports court area or doing other “forward” specific activities. This is incredible. Where else can you garner this individualized training? The NHL, KHL, USA NTPD, The USHL, NCAA Div. 1 colleges and the QMJHL, The WHL, and the OHL. The Eels have set and raised the bar in Tier III Junior hockey.

We are very excited about this year’s Eels teams. We have some very talented young men joining an already talented group of players. The Eels are expected to be right back to where they were last season. It all starts April 15th and the momentum and excitement mounts for 21 straight days.

USPHL Spot Light: Florida Eels to Play ACHA Opponents through Preseason Exhibitions


Eels Getting A Taste Of College Hockey Early In heir Season

 

Florida Eels to Play ACHA Opponents through Preseason Exhibitions

08/05/2016, 5:15pm EDT

By Frank Scarpaci

The Florida Eels Juniors are looking forward to the upcoming season in the USPHL. 

 

But as an added element GM Frank Scarpaci scheduled three games against local ACHA Colleges as a preseason tune up for the Eels teams. The Eels USP3 and the Elite teams will each scrimmage against the University of Tampa  ACHA team on Labor Day September 5th In Clearwater.  

 

On September 14th one of the teams will play against the University of South Florida Bulls ACHA (USF). These are excellent forums for the players to see ACHA College  hockey as well as engaging in some very competitive games before the season gets into full swing. 

 

The Eels have scrimmaged these teams for 10+ years. It is a huge win win for the college coaches and the Eels Junior players. The Eels are expected to play games against Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Atlantic

The Florida Eels Recognized By USA Hockey Junior Hockey Magazine

USA Hockey Magazine Features The Eels Success Story. All About advancing players to college.

 

 In Fact 25 Florida Eel Junior players advanced to college this season. The Eels have 175 alumni as a program who moved its players on to college. That is what it is all about. Indeed, playing college hockey should be your end game for every player.

 

This does not happen simply by sprinkling goal dust on our guys says GM Scarpaci. It comes from a detailed process where by we promote our players to the decision makers: The College coaches. This includes attending 5 in season showcases, 4-5 out of season showcases, visiting college campuses, preparing video clips, SAT/ACT training and test taking and college counseling and advising with expert educational advisors.

FLORIDA EELS ADD COLLEGE GAMES TO PRE SEASON MIX

The Florida Eels Juniors are looking forward to the upcoming season in the USPHL. But as an added element GM Scarpaci scheduled three games against local ACHA Colleges as a preseason tune up for the Eels teams. The Eels USP3 and the Elite teams will each scrimmage against the University of Tampa on Labor Day September 5th. In Clearwater. On September 14th one of the teams will play against the University of South Florida Bulls (USF).

 

These are excellent forums for the players to see ACHA hockey as well as engaging in some very competitive games before the season gets into full swing. The Eels have scrimmaged these teams for 10+ years. 

The Florida Eels is so excited to announce its 25th advancement of one of its players to college.   CHRIS KERR.  Chris will be joining the ACHA program at Colorado State University 

Chris played Defense for the Eels Elite team last season. He came to the Eels as a seasoned veteran player from LITTLETON, CO. He is one of 12 players who came to the Eels Junior program from Colorado.  Chris previously played juniors in the GMHL in Canada for the prior 2 seasons. He joined long time friends John Drummond on the Eels Elite and USP3 team, John Shanley on the Eels Elite team and Alex Sanchez on the Eels Elite team. A major presence on the ice at 6’2” 195 pounds. 1995 DOB.  

 

The scouting report on  Kerr is that he is  a stay home defenseman who prided himself of taking care of the house. He was very strong on the PK and a shot block specialist. He was very physical hard nose D Man and battled very well in front of his own net, along the boards and supporting the blue line. Despite his imposing size he was very disciplined and was not prone to take penalties. This is a huge plus for the coaching staff of CSU. 

 

Chris elected to stay close to home despite having several NCAA schools out in New England  interested in him.  He  has incredible character says GM Scarpaci. Came from a very supportive family who made significant sacrifices throughout his career. You readily can discern from being with him, Chis never took anything for granted. A respectful and considerate young man to everyone in the organization. He was heavily involved in the Eels organizational charitable fundraising events and gave back to the community with raising money for cancer patients; his involvement  in Toys For Tots and the Eels food drive to help feed the hungry during the holidays. 

 

As a hockey player he was a very hard working and determined young man.  He understood to advance in this game you had to put in OT. Isn’t that what life is about echoes GM Scarpaci. He always came to practice early, stayed late. Worked on the little things every day. He often shot 100 pucks a day to improve the power in his  shot and accuracy on net. No doubt Kerr has the work ethic and fortitude to do well at CSU. We know he will continue to develop while in college both as a player, student and individual.  We are extremely proud of Chris. Our only regret is we only had the pleasure to have had him in our program but for one year.

 

Chris is the Florida Eels 25th player this season to move on to college

The Florida Eels Stand Alone In Tier III Junior Hockey With Its Unique 21 Day Training Camp

Florida Eels Establish 21 Days Of Pre Season Training Camp

 

The Florida Eels start their main camp August 21st and will go for 21 days to prepare their players for the upcoming 2016-17 season.  Most teams have 1 week or 2 at best for pre season training. This is a major difference in the Eels training format. GM Scarpaci says we stand alone in this concept. We firmly believe it gives our players an opportunity to get into shape after a long summer. Players need time to get accumulated to Junior hockey. We don’t want to rush things. That is how players get hurt and the injuries often can be long term and nag all season.

 

We have many returning veteran players - say 50% of our players but we have 50% new players. These new players however, are not all are rookies. Many of these players come form top European and Canadian Teams as well as players who are migrating from many Tier II and Tier III USA teams.  The 21-day period allows us to do team building. This is a concept that has gotten quite a bit of attention lately in many articles and magazines. “Team Building” But for the Eels it is not a new or novel concept. Team building is the corner stone of any successful sports team and this is especially true in hockey. We have studies the USA Hockey NTPD model for years as well as many of the NCAA Div. 1 & 3 colleges and USHL teams to see what they do. For the Eels we emphasize that buying into this will determine 100% how successful we will be as a team. This goes well beyond our sport. We have taken literature from the Navy Seals and the USA Marines and they are excellent vehicles for teaching dependency and foundations of a unit.  These learned skill sets is what builds our players character and leadership. So many of our players who have advanced on ward have echoed many years later that it was what was learned at the Eels helped them enormously later in major corporations and life skills.

 

We spend 3 to 4 hours of training daily. The guys are on the ice for 2-3 hours and another 1 ½ hours training at World Gym and our own sports court off ice training facility. We also have extensive video analysis and classroom time. Our coaches are firm believers in showing players the right way of doing things. But showing them the right way also involves a critical analysis of showing errors I in their games and practices. This system has proved enormously in enhancing players’ development individually and as team. By a similar token the guys are getting acquainted with their teammates, the coaches, their billet families and the Fort Myers community. Think about it 21 days.

 

With a 21-day program we can take plenty of time to access and evaluate the players, to determine where they fit and attend to their needs. There is so much they need to work on. Quite frankly it gives us a real edge. This is why the Eels are November ready in mid September.  The Eels also manage to set up a series of scrimmages during this time period to give the coaches an opportunity to evaluate certain players with other players. To test line combinations and strategies Test power players, penalyty kill units and sytems.

 

One really gets to appreciate how important this concept is when you see us in action. The coaches actually can take all our defenseman exclusively on the ice and work Defense only. I mean for an hour each day. The same for forwards. These are special ice sessions. While the forwards are being trained on the ice, the forwards are working on shooting in the sports court area or doing other “forward” specific activities. This is incredible. Where else can you garner this individualized training? The NHL, KHL, USA NTPD, The USHL, NCAA Div. 1 colleges and the QMJHL, The WHL, and the OHL.  The Eels have set and raised the bar in Tier III Junior hockey.

 

We are very excited about this year’s Eels teams. We have some very talented young men joining an already talented group of players. The Eels are expected to be right back to where they were last season. It all starts April 15th and the momentum and excitement mounts for 21 straight days.

Coach Nick Perri Finishing 3 Weeks of Scouting at 4 NAHL Main Camp Tryouts

Coach Nick Perri is heading to the Wilkes Barrie NAHL main camp this week. It is his final stop along a 3 week tour in the Northeast corridor and Mid Atlantic region where he has been scouting and recruiting at the Johnstown Tomahawks of the NAHL in Johnstown PA, then he was off to Ashton PA of the NAHL, and this past weekend at the New Jersey Titans of the NAHL. He has seen about 300 players over this period and we are pleased to report that he has found some good recruits and prospects for the Eels Elite and USP3 teams. 

Coach Perri will be back in full swing at the upcoming Eels August Summer Camp August 1 -5 of next week. He will be joining Coach Frankie Scarpaci, GM Frank Scarpaci, and Joey Colatarci amongst others at the camp. We are all very excited about the upcoming season. We have a number of solid veterans returning coupled with some very talented veterans and highly skilled U18 AAA players who will be moving up to the Juniors.

The Florida Eels closes it chapter on its Summer Showcase series today in Boston with the conclusion of the Junior Chowder Cup. It has been an incredible three weeks up in Massachusetts. The Eels brought prospects teams to the USPHL Summer Showcase in Marlboro and then to the Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup and lastly to the Pro Am Jr. Chowder Cup. The scoreboard or our teams’ do not judge the success of these showcases standings says GM Scarpaci. Oh no. A far more accurate barometer is the experience our 60 prospects garnered from playing against some of the best talent in the USA, Canada and Europe.

 

Take the Sr. Chowder Cup for example. There were teams made up of players from the USA Hockey NTPD National team, NCAA Division 1 and 3 colleges as well as players from the QMJHL, OHL, BCHL, USHL OJHL and the alike. At the USPHL showcase we saw players from the Premier league and the other top programs in Junior hockey. Nowhere could our players garner the experience from competing against these players. Such games speak volumes towards their player development. The same was true with the 2000 team we had at the Pro Am Jr Chowder Cup. The competition was nothing short of phenomenal. These games will help prepare our players for the upcoming season more than any other “camp”

 

Then there is the exposure and visibility our players received from these games. Some of our players got to play in all three series. Playing in 9-10 games in front of NHL, NCAA Colleges coaches and OMJHL, USHL coaches was so rich and rewarding in terms of placing our guys under the radar. A good number played in two series. Regardless, whether they played in one two or all three showcases, it was so worthwhile.

 

GM Scarpaci says that we got to evaluate quite a few prospects. This is vintage Florida Eels approach to selecting players. We loathe traditional tryouts. Traditional tryouts hardly are a predictor of talent. No NHL team or NCAA College uses a “Try Out” as its primary selection trigger. The Eels coaches travel across the USA, Canada and uses scouts in Europe to scout players at over a dozen prospect showcases to select their players. Many were invited to these as well as the Pro AM Pre Draft in the Spring and the USPHL Spring Showcase as a venue to sign players.

 

  Some of the players over the past 3 weeks will be joining us this season, while others we planted seeds for 2017-18. GM Scarpaci will be returning this week back to Florida to get ready for a mini tryout August 1-3, and the commencement of our 3 week training camp August 15th. The first week of training camp the Eels will provide an opportunity for its last tryout as well.

Come Join Us this Monday Eels 2nd week of summer ice hockey camp

Summer Camp 2016 Info

Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

 

Summer Camp 2016 Info 
Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

Dates: week one 
June 13th - 17th
 week two July 18th - 22nd and week 3 August 1-5th 

Camp drop off is at 8:30 am
 Ice times and Off – Ice: TBD

Mites – Bantams stay from 8:30 am – 4 :00 pm
 Midgets and Juniors Done by noon
 Pick Up time is at 4:00 pm sharp

Cost:
 250.00 for all players

To enroll and register:
Complete Flyer at the rink or Contact: Frank Scarpaci Hockey Director 941-400 
Camp drop off is at 8:30 am
 Ice times and Off – Ice: TBD

Mites – Bantams stay from 8:30 am – 4 :00 pm
 Midgets and Juniors Done by noon
 Pick Up time is at 4:00 pm sharp

Cost:
 250.00 for all players

To enroll and register:
Complete Flyer at the rink or Contact: Frank Scarpaci Hockey Director 941-400-9023 
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Eels 24th College Commitment This Season With the announcement that Sam Marolda Earns College Commitment with USPHL's Florida Eels

Sam Marolda Earns College Commitment with USPHL's Florida Eels

07/13/2016, 6:00am EDT

By Frank Scarpaci

Florida Does It Again: The Eels announce   its 24th player to advance to the “Next Level” as Sam Marolda commits to Grand Valley State University ACHA in Michigan for next season.  Sam came to the Eels mid season as the Eels acquired him from the Jr. Aviators in the NA3HL. Sam stepped into the line up and never looked back.

 

Sam was only a rookie but the Eels coaches and GM were well aware of his skill set. We recruited him last summer and he played for our Spring and Summer USPHL showcase teams in Boston as well as the Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup.

 

Sam was a gritty forward who battled hard along the boards for loose pucks. He drove hard to the net providing a good spark plug on the ice. He scored some key goals down the playoff run. He was a quick learner and that impressed the Eels coaches. He was only a rookie when he came in. We were hoping he would be returning this season but opted to attend college this fall. There is no doubt he has the potential of being an impact player for coach Darrell Gregorio of Grand Valley.  He brings such determination and dedication to the team. A very hard worker and this is music to coaches’ ears.

 

Sam is a team player. Outstanding in the locker room. He comes from a very supportive family. Strong character and fit so well with the Eels expectations in its players. We are so thrilled for Sam. He is our 24th commitment this year. This is truly incredible for him and the Eels organization. This is truly phenomenal. 24 young men earning the right to advance to the “Next Level” furthering their dreams and goals to play college hockey while obtaining their college degree. 

 

Top NCAA Player and decorated coach Brian Horan Joins Eels team at the USPHL Summer Showcase

Decorated NCAA Suffolk University player Brian Horan and top minor league player and former Suffolk University Head Coach Joins the Florida Eels at the USPHL Summer Showcase

 

Brian played for General Manager Frank Scarpaci back on his New England Whaler Junior team a number of years ago. GM Scarpaci brings in Brian Horan to join him over the weekend games in Marlboro Mass at the USPHL Summer Showcase. GM Scarpaci states, “Brian was nothing short of a prolific goal scorer.  Brian could thread the needle from any where in the slot.   He had an insatiable appetite to score. He had great hands and often embarrassed many a defenseman and netminders.  He made it look so easy.  He was not a big guy but that never stopped him; he was not afraid to battle along the boards in front of the net or in open ice.  He played like he was 6’4” He was tough as nails; Incredible hockey sense. He had explosive speed. He possessed incredible work ethic with such determination and fortitude.

 

Look at his stats:

In 95 games at NCAA Suffolk University as a player he had 166 goals and 132 assist for 294 points averaging 3.14 GPG.

 As a minor league pro  player where he played for the Nashville Knights, Flint Bull Dogs and the Johnstown Chiefs,  he accumulated 40 goals and 56 assist for a total of 96 points in 88 games.

 

Brian returned to his Alma Marta Suffolk University as head and assistant coach and has coached juniors and high school hockey in New England. He worked for the Florida Eels as a scout and now family advisor.

 

GM Scarpaci invited Coach Horan to join him, as he is an outstanding judge and evaluator of prospective players. He also is great with the kids. He has so much to offer and is phenomenal on the bench. We also use Coach Horan to offer his opinion on our players in the future. He knows so much about this game and college coaches trust his opinion as we do. We traditionally bring Coach Horan in while we are attending our September November and January Showcases in New England.  Again he is huge assistant to GM Scarpaci promoting his players to college coaches through out the year.  This is an important time of the recruiting season and we are looking at each player with a critical eye towards our future.

Florida Eels Continue With Aggressive Recruitment

For the Florida Eels our recruitment is far from over. The Florida Eels have to be one of the most comprehensive recruiting team in Tier III in the industry. The Eels’ coaches, General Manager and scouts have been to the USA Hockey Nationals  - Americas High School Showcase in Pittsburgh, The USPHL Spring Showcase, The New England Pro Am NHL Pre Draft, the EHK Showcase in Chicago, Mr. Mr. Showcase in Wisconsin, the Global Showcases in Chicago and Las Vegas, the Five Hole Prospects Showcase in Indianapolis, the CCM Showcase in Denver, and several other ones in Michigan and Minnesota.

 

The Eels are far from over in its quest for the best and most talented players that fit into their system. In fact this weekend the Eels coaches and scouts embark on two major showcases in Massachusetts such as the New England Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup and the USPHL Summer Showcases. They are bringing 40 players who are prospects to this event who are competing for those covenanted remaining spots. We are looking for some good quality impact players and from that, young men who possess the highest character. Our record speaks for itself says Eels GM Scarpaci. “We advanced 24 players to college this year and we have a responsibility and obligation to the colleges we are placing these young men in.  We accomplished this high water mark over the past 4 seasons. That is something to very proud of.  Sure they are amongst the top in Elite hockey but the college coaches and administrators know one thing else: They are high character individuals as well.”

 

The Eels will also be hosting two remaining tryout sessions. August 1-3 in Fort Myers Florida and another one August 15-19th. Also in Ft Myers at the FT Myers Skatium Home of the Eels.  With these two open dates the Eels are providing every player the opportunity to  be part of this storied and prestigious program. Think about it. How many programs have alumni who moved on to so many great college intuitions. . Families are realizing what the Eel shave to offer. They don’t accomplish these accolades by sprinkling goal dust. It is indeed different from the pack. They are unique insofar as the following:

 

  • 1-½ hours of on ice training every day 5 days per week 40 weeks per year. That is 300 hours of ice
  • 1 ½ hours of off-ice strength and conditioning training 5 days per week 40 weeks per year. Again this is 300 hours of training.
  • 2-3 hours of video training per week analyzing each player’s strengths and inequities as well as reviewing game tapes of up coming teams or games just played.
  • We attend 5 in season showcases 3 in New England that boast 100+ college coaches scouts and recruiters
  • 175 alumni advanced to college hockey
  • 12 alumni advanced to NCAA Div.1 college
  • 15 players advanced to QMJHL OHL WHL BCHL USHL NAHL
  • 4 Alumni were drafted into the NHL

 

Many teams are finished completed in their search of players. Not the Eels. They take their time building one player at a time just like building a brick house. You start with a solid foundation and don’t just slap a brick haphazardly. This is why the Eels have systematically and continuously have done so well in the standings and in college placements. We recognize that many good players seriously thought or expected they would be garnering spots on NAHL teams. But the reality has set in for many players and parents by now. Thus they’re serious in the decisions, which their son will play for. Why? Because college depends on it!

EELS HEADING TO SR CHOWDER CUP AND USPHL SHOWCASES 

 

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This Thursday the Eels will be hosting a team at the New England Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup College Open Division

The showcase runs Thursday Friday and Saturday with the playoff rounds Sunday 

The Eels will be hosting a second team in Marlboro Mass at the New England Sports Center. The Eels will be playing Friday and Saturday with playoff games on Sunday

In addition to the Eels coaching staff, the Eels will be present with 2 scouts for a total of 5 staffers present to comb all prospects competiting in the events. There are 80 teams at the Sr. Chowder Cup and and another 60 at the USPHL Showcases. There will be over 2,000 players between these two venues.

The Florida Eels Elite team assumes major role in player development and advancement

 

The Florida Eels has showed the USPHL that it is a major factor in the advancement of junior players to college hockey. The Eels will now enjoy not just its USP3 Eels team as a feeder to its program but will now garner top players from the USP3 Kalkaska Rhinos. This is a smart mover Kalkaska as they too can reward their top USP3 team players with a pathway to college.

Where else than the Eels should they look? A program that has an outstanding and impressive record of advancement of its junior players. The Eels have 4 alumni who have been drafted into the NHL. have alumni who advanced to the Canadian Major Juniors -QMJHL and OHL, alumni who moved on to the USHL, NAHL, BCHL and most impressive 175 on to college. 

The Eels are eager to work with Kalkaska the same way Elite teams work with Premier teams in our league. Thesis the uniqueness of the USPHL. It is a cooperative effort. 

The Florida Eels of the USPHL Elite Program and the Kalkaska Rhinos USP3 Western Conference announce a formal affiliation.

The Florida Eels of the USPHL Elite Program and the Kalkaska Rhinos USP3 Western Conference announce a formal affiliation. GM Frank Scarpaci and GM and Coach Krzysztof Oliwa state that is affiliation makes sense for both organizations. The Rhinos players will have a direct pipeline to advancement to the Eels Elite program. By similar token the Eels will assist the Rhinos organization with its player development of its USP3 program.

 

The Eels are one of the storied franchises in the USPHL. It is the oldest junior program in Florida. The Eels were part of the old Southeast Junior Hockey league (SEJHL), the old MJHL and the old EJHL South.  The Eels were instrumental in moving the  EJHL South teams into the current USPHL. The Eels have an impressive track record for advancement of its players. The Eels have 175 alumni who have moved onto college hockey. Now that is very impressive in any market let alone the South. In fact those numbers exceed many leagues.

 

For the past 4 seasons the Eels have moved 20+ players onto collegeThis past season the Eels moved on 23 players to college. The Eels have also advanced players into the USHL, NAHL, the BCHL and other junior leagues. Moreover the Florida Eels have 4 alumni who were drafted into the NHL.

 

GM Frank Scarpaci says we are very proud of our program. Our primary target is NCAA Div. 3 but we have alumni who have advanced to NCAA DIV.1. These include UNH, UVT, Notre Dane, Sacred Heart, Michigan State, Yale, Univ. of Wisconsin, Providence College, Maine, and several others.

 

The Eels success is in its training program. We train 3 hours per day 5 days per week 40 weeks per year. That is 600 hours per year. Compared to many other programs that only train 300 hours per year. That simply is not enough. If you want to be the best violinist pianist gymnast or hockey player. You have to put in the training hours. We vet our players. We discern and dig deep into player’s character, spirit, heart, determination and dedication. There are no short cuts with us. 

 

The Eels also make an enormous investment with our players. We attend five (5) in season college showcases to provide our players with maximum exposure and visibility. The bottom line is you cannot be scouted if you are not seen. If you are not scouted you cannot be recruited. We place our players into environments where they will be seen. That gives our players 20 games in front of the college coaches, scouts and recruiters. Again compare this to other leagues and teams they attend 1,2 or at best 3 showcases. Additionally we partake in 4 out of season showcases to further expose our players to college coaches. 

 

Kalkaska GM and Coach Krzysztof Oliwa no doubt recognizes the value in what the Eels do. By entering into this affiliation Kalkaska will make available to its players the same formula of training and success as well as the advancement opportunities of his players to an Elite program. The relationship between the two organizations is not new. Last year Coach Krzysztof Oliwa knew his team was in neutral at the last 1/3 of the season and made key moves to move players to the Florida Eels so they could garner playoff opportunities and exposure. In fact Daren Aikens and Robert Cerepak were sent to the Eels for this very reason. Cerepak and Aikens fit right nicely with the Eels and helped propel the Eel’s team to first place in the Florida Division which earned them a bid to the USPHL final playoff round. There the boys helped bring the Eels team to the semi finals. In fact  in the playoff round, the Eels defeated the Western Conference 1st place Lake Forrest Lakers (Western Div.) and the Tri City 1st place team (Eastern Div.). 

 

Now both entities are planning for the 2016-17 season. This year the USPHL League created a  new alignment in the West Division - with an Elite and USP3 divisions.  Kalkaska is in the USP3 division. This Eels/Rhino affiliation  strengthens  the Rhinos as an organization.  The Rhinos will now be able to offer to their top players a direct pathway not only to an Elite team, but also to one of the top college placement programs in junior hockey. Indeed, the Eels with 24 of this year’s players advancing to college makes it unequivocally clear what their focus is. The Eels record of 20+ players advancing for the past 4 years and 175 total emphatically established their position in the college advancement arena. The Eels have USP3 and Elite teams.  Their mission is the same for both teams. This is exactly what Kalkaska's GM and Coach Krzysztof Oliwa wants for his Rhino players. This is a bold move on his part. He is clearly putting his players first. He has the smarts and intelligence to align with a winning formula.

 

With this new affiliation between Kalkaska and the Eels we will have a close relationship and mentoring process. One goal: advancement.  This relationship will be more than lip service. The two teams will work together to bring the level of both teams’ players to the “Next Level

 

Max Gruzdev - Eels 23rd player this year to advance to college


Max Force Captures College Commitment

Congrats goes out the Max Gruzdev of the Florida Eels as he committed to SUNY Broome in New York. This is the Eels 23rd player this season alone to advance to college and play college hockey for the 2016-17 season. Max played posted some very impressive numbers last season as he was amongst the leaders in the USP3 division having scored 22 goals and 44 assist for a total of 66 points in only 36 games. He had posted 7 power play goals and 17 power play assist. No doubt one of the most prolific goal scorers in the entire USPHL. He was awarded several times with player of the week and was amongst the league All Stars. He was a nightmare for many opposing goalies as piloted through opposing defenseman game after game threading the needle almost effortlessly. His goal scoring accolades was illustrated by the league in various USPHL showcases where his goals were awarded top goals of the events.

 

Max will be playing at SUNY Broome. They play in the NJCCA conference in New York, which includes Erie College, Hudson Valley and Mohawk Valley. They play out of conference vs. Dakota ND, Williston State, ND, Albany State and a number of Northeastern Colleges. Max weighed some formidable offers to play Professional hockey next year but felt strongly to continue his academics in the USA. Max also had a number of NCAA Div. 3 opportunities but elected to chose SUNY Broome as it will allow him to focus on his academics and mastering his courses in a more intimate environment. Being from Russia he recognizes there are unique challenges with the language and SUNY Broome will allow him to study in small classes and quickly bridge the gap.

Truth or Fallacy With the NAHL Offers

DAILY DISH: Main Camp is a Real Opportunity or Just Another Cash Grab? - Junior Hockey News

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Published: Wednesday, 6 Jul 2016

By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site: JuniorHockey.com

 

 

It's that time of year again; North American and Canadian Junior Hockey League teams are working the emails and phones to fill up the main camps. It is funny how some of the NAHL teams contact players for their tryouts.

We were called yesterday by a parent, asking about a certain coach and team in the NAHL.  He said their son received a call, by the coach, giving him a personal invite to the main camp. The coach went on to say that he saw the prospect play at recent showcase and they think he is a good player and they are looking for another defenseman. 

During the conversation, he asked us to hold, as he needed to answer the phone. He came back and said his son just received another invite, to another NAHL team's tryout, and the coach said almost the identical thing. 

The parent just laughed, because his son was not even at the event in which they supposedly saw him play. He was registered to be there, but was unable to go at the last minute, and all of his information was in the tryout-scouting book given to the coaches.

"Having been involved with the NAHL as an owner, I have seen many things people do to get players to believe they are going to get a chance at making the team, through what was supposed to be an invitation only main camp," said one former NAHL owner.

Let's look at some inside facts of a typical NAHL team. Most of the coaches in the NAHL get a bonus if they fill a camp quota. This is a way for a coach to make a little extra money for the year, but at whose expense? The prospects.

What is the actual number of players each team really needs?  Count the returning players, tenders, and draft picks.  Prospects found at open tryouts, and invited to the main camp, will have to shine above all others who have already been invited to the main camp.

The facts are simple, in the NAHL, the players who are going to be tendered are going to be the best young players available coming from high school or some of the elite AAA midget programs around the country.  Yes, there are the occasional players from prep schools and even Tier III programs.

Let's just use 1999 birth dates for this year, to some this up for you.  USHL teams have already talked to the elite prospects that they are planning to draft. The USHL draft is prior to the NAHL's and that is done on purpose, which we will explain in a moment. The players, who have not been talked to by USHL teams, and are still really good players, are offered tenders by individual teams in the NAHL.

A tender is a signed agreement between the player and the NAHL team which allow the team to place the player on their protected list so no other NAHL teams can contact him. The NAHL draft allows each team to draft up to 30 players minus any players on the protected list.  It looks something like this.

Team A has 15 returning players they are protecting, each team is given 8 tenders to sign players prior to the draft. The total number of players at this point is 23 allowing Team A to draft seven players for a total of 30 players on the protected list. 

Now each team can only carry 25 players on the active roster once the season starts so five players from each of the teams will not be playing in the NAHL that season. That is 130 players getting released to find somewhere else to play.

Now we are at the NAHL Draft. Most of the teams are looking to get the player who they believe was good, but didn't want to tender because they felt they could get him in the draft. They also select veteran USHL players that are expected to be left exposed as over agers.

Here is a little inside secret, teams in the NAHL also look at players who were selected in the USHL draft.  Why you ask? The USHL draft was prior to the NAHL draft and the numbers don't lie. From year to year, players drafted in the later rounds of the USHL don't always make that team.

So if a NAHL team drafts a player, who has already been drafted by a USHL team, and that player gets released from the USHL, the NAHL team who drafted that player holds the players rights within the NAHL.

With the USHL roster restricted to only 23 players at least 2 to 3 players will be released after their main camps and those players will be looking to play somewhere as well.  Since those players were drafted in the USHL, they are probably better than some of the players who are on NAHL rosters.

If a prospect is approached by an NAHL team, and is invited to an open tryout, do some research and ask some questions. 

-Ask how many returnees at the positon from last season they have.

-Ask how many tenders and drafted players do they have coming to the camp.

-If they say things like, "we really like you as a player," ask why team did not select you in the draft. 

Here is a newsflash, many coaches will lie and talk out of both sides of their mouth in order to convince players to come to the main camp. Teams will say things like everyone has to pay because it's a NCAA violation if prospects go for free.

Tendered and drafted players, on most teams, don't pay for tryouts. There are also teams that need a few more players to fill the rosters for tryouts and deals are worked out to get players in at a fraction of the cost.

Here's the thing, players need to go to these camps to get exposure, and so going to a few is not a bad thing.  Playing junior hockey is not easy and it's a level way above what most players have played to date.  By going to a few tryouts, prospects get acclimated to junior hockey, and what to expect at the next tryout.  Prospects need to make sure to research every team's roster situation before attending.

Prospects not tendered or drafted, should attend tryout camps with no expectations of making the team.  They should attend for the experience, give it their very best effort, and hope that it will pay off in the long run.

Please don’t fall into the hype trap. One of my client’s parents said it best. “I could have easily spent $25,000 this summer if we did not have you to keep us grounded.” Glad we can help.

 

Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with the Heisler Hockey Group. Stephen and his family spend most of their time in Florida.

 

Florida Eels and the USPHL Summer Showcase At The New England Sports Center Marlboro Mass


Let the games begin

    USPHL Summer Showcase At The New England Sports Center Marlboro Mass
Date Rink Time Division Home Away      
7/15/16 3 8:00am B Tampa Bay Florida Eels      
                 
7/15/16 3 1:30pm B Bruins White Florida Eels      
                 
7/16/16 2 9:50am B CP Dynamo Florida Eels      
                 
Playoffs Sunday  TBA             

Florida Eels and the USPHL Summer Showcase At The New England Sports Center Marlboro Mass


Let the games begin

    USPHL Summer Showcase At The New England Sports Center Marlboro Mass
Date Rink Time Division Home Away      
7/15/16 3 8:00am B Tampa Bay Florida Eels      
                 
7/15/16 3 1:30pm B Bruins White Florida Eels      
                 
7/16/16 2 9:50am B CP Dynamo Florida Eels      
                 
Playoffs Sunday  TBA             

Florida Eels Alumni Tim Schiller Signs NHL Contract With The Boston Bruins

Another Florida Eel Alumni Forward  Tim Schaller signed a one-year, two way contract through the 2016-17 season worth an average annual value of $600,000 at the NHL level. 

Tim Schiller played for NCAA Providence College  from 2009-13, playing in 131 games and amassing 29 goals and 39 assists for 68 points with 161 penalty minutes. 
Schaller, 25, completed his second NHL season with Buffalo in 2015-16,

Florida Eels Junior Program Update

Florida Eels GM and Scouting Staff return from the prestigious Global Showcase. There were over 500+ players there and some were very strong prospects. We know we have some future Eels among these players. Very High Skill set and who showed very strong hockey sense. The Eels are looking for those select players who will fit into their mold. We always demand high character players. The Eels attract the top players from around the USA Canada and Europe each season. But they have to past our character test. We have an outstanding relationship and reputation amongst the College coaches so we need to make sure the players we sign are in accord with our tradition. We loved the players we have been signing. We have been scouting across the USA at 12 National showcases. Indeed, we have seen over 2,000 players. We are very excited about the players coming in. We only have a few spots remaining. The Eels will be waiting for a few players to be seen at the USPHL Summer Showcase, the Senior Chowder Cup and Junior Chowder Cup. There we will field 3 teams of 20 players each thus evaluating 60 more candidates. Will also be attending the NAHL camps in August and September were we are quite sure we will close out with a few very high level players.

 

This week Coach Nick Perri arrives in Fort Myers Florida permanently. We are very excited to have Coach Perri join our program. He has been working with GM Scarpaci, Coach Frankie Scarpaci, Assistant Coach Joey Giambalvo and Scout Sean Price through out the Spring and Summer with our recruiting efforts. He is a major addition to our staff. Please join us in welcoming Coach Perri to the Eels’ family.

Florida Eels Junior Teams Set Additional Tryouts

Invitation To Join The Florida Eels Junior Program

 

The Premier Organization For College Placement

 

Teams play in the USPHL: The United States Premier Hockey League has placed over 2400 players into NCAA College Hockey

 

The Florida Eels have 175+ Alumni who advanced to college hockey.

 

The Florida Eels have 4 alumni who were drafted into NHL.

 

The Florida Eel share 2 alumni who advanced to the USA NTPD

 

The Florida Eels have numerous players who advanced to the QMJHL OHL USHA BCHL NAHL and other Canadian Junior A Leagues.

 

The Eels have a direct relationship with teams in the USPHL Premier League for player advancement.

 

Florida Eels have USPHL Elite and USP3 Division Teams

 

During the season both teams compete in Five USPHL Showcases. September, October, November, December and January.

(3 in Massachusetts 2 in the Southeast)

***NCAA College coaches in attendance

 

Post season the Eels compete in 5 Spring and Summer Showcases: USPHL Spring, Pro Am NHL Pre Draft, USPHL Summer Showcase, Senior Chowder Cup and Junior Chowder Cup.

 

600 Hours of training

We practice 5 days per week 40 weeks of the year

 

Off ice training at World Gym

 

44-55 game schedules

 

Eels have won numerous Florida Division and Southern Conference Titles.

 

Professional and Nationally recognized Coaching  and Administrative staff.

 

 

 

Florida Eels recognized as one of the top programs by NCAA college Coaches and admissions, NHL personnel and Minor Pro Leagues

 

Outstanding Billet accommodations and families

 

Over 3,000 fans at home games past 5 seasons.

 

Family style cooking at all away games.

 

We have a few spots open for key players. If you are a dedicated and determined young man who is willing to sacrifice all vices, and give 100% of your time to being the top player possible then call us today to see what possibilities maybe available to you.

 

Please call Frank Scarpaci General Manager 941-400-9023 eelshockeycoach@aol.com

 

Two Tryouts remain:

 

August 1st-3rd Ft Myers Skatium 2250 Broadway Fort Myers Fl.

 9:00 am – noon on ice off ice 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Cost: $150.00

 

Main Camp Tryouts August 15th -19th Ft Myers Skatium 2250 Broadway Ft Myers FL

Time noon to 3:00 pm on ice 9:00 –am – 11:00 am off ice or alternatively 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm off ice

 

Players are on their own for transportation and accommodations.

Cost: $250.00

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Florida EelsJunior Training and Conditioning

Florida Eels Junior Players Training

An ice hockey training plan should develop a combination of aerobic power, strength and muscle bulk, explosive speed and power as well as good anaerobic endurance. One thing is certain -- the game is certainly unique...

 

On average players perform for 15-20 minutes of a 60-minute game. A typical interval on the rink lasts 30-80 seconds with a 4-5 minute rest interval between shifts. These shifts tend to be anaerobic in nature with short, intense bouts of high speed skating and aggressive body contact, demanding a high level of anaerobic endurance and muscular strength (1). And a player's aerobic capacity and tolerance to lactic acid are related to a player's time on the ice and the number of scoring chances (2).

The intermittent nature of the game means that aerobic endurance becomes important, helping players to recover between shifts and produce the same level of performance in the 59th minute as in the 1st minute. Couple all this with the unnatural movement of skating and holding a stick and it becomes obvious why ice hockey is highly physically challenging.

Today's elite hockey players are physically bigger, faster and stronger than their predecessors (3). They are one of just a few groups of athletes that may benefit from hypertrophy training for increased muscle bulk (4).

However, while weight training is an integral part of the annual ice hockey training plan, it must be specific. Increased lean mass is not the only goal of strength training. Gains in maximal strength are only useful on the rink if they are converted into explosive power and power endurance. This takes a more refined approach than a typical bodybuilding routine.

As the intense physical contact in hockey exposes players to an increased risk of injury, conditioning also plays an important role here too. In the words of Wayne Gretsky... "For a better conditioned athlete there is less chance of injury, and conditioning promotes career longevity. The player also becomes mentally stronger, after enduring the intense efforts required for conditioning...".

By preparing the body adequately for competitive games, a well-designed ice hockey training program can help to prevent many of the chronic and acute injuries that are inherent in the sport.

Our  programs, sessions and drills to help you become a fitter, more complete player

Interval Training for Sport-Specific Endurance
At first glance, aerobic endurance might not seem too important to players who spend just 30-80 seconds on the rink at a time. However, the ability to repeat high intensity bouts of work throughout the game is reliant on good endurance. As you might expect, interval endurance training is more suitable to ice hockey players compared to steady-state training...

Training to Increase Lactate Tolerance
The multi-sprint nature of ice hockey, often with minimal rest periods, means that blood lactate can soon accumulate in players. Nothing is more debilitating than lactate accumulation so this form of tolerance training can have a dramatic effect on a player's performance...

Strength Training The Sport-Specific Way
Strength training has become an essential component in an ice hockey training program. While it's true that ice hockey players require brute force and strength to cope with the physical demands of the game, explosive power is also an important consideration...

How To Design Resistance Training Programs For Athletes
Here is the step-by-step process of developing a sport-specific strength training plan - one that meets the demanding nature of the sport...

Power Training for Athletes
Strength and power are not the same. Do ice hockey players need to be powerful? Absolutely. Learn how you can convert a solid strength base into explosive power on the field...

Plyometric Training for Developing Explosive Power
Plyometrics is used in many sports as an effective way to increase speed and power. Ice hockey players can benefit from both upper and lower body plyometric exercises...

Using Power Cleans in Sports Conditioning
Power cleans can be useful for developing explosive power (in appropriate sports). Use this technique guide and animated images to see how the lift should be performed correctly... 

Flexibility Exercises for Hockey
Increased flexibility may reduce the risk of certain injuries. It may also allow a hockey player to move with greater dexterity, agility and finesse...

Dynamic Stretches & Stretching Routine
Dynamic stretching is now recommended over static stretching before a game or ice hockey training session...

A Sample Off Season Ice Hockey Training Program
The off or closed season is typically about rest and regeneration. But that doesn't mean doing nothing at all... 

Self Myofascial Release Exercises
Key to the success of any training program is adequate recovery and the avoidance of injury. Ice hockey involves more physical contact than most sports, which may lead to localized, acute muscle damage. Myofascial release exercises help to relieve trigger points that, if left untreated, may leave the athlete more susceptible to muscle tears

Frankie Scarpaci Takes Over the Reigns of the Florida Eels Elite Team

The Florida Eels announce that Frankie Scarpaci III has been hired to take over the reigns of the Florida Eels USPHL Elite team.

 

Frank was the Eels USP3 team coach for the past 4 seasons. He lead his team this past season to win the Florida Division in the playoffs in two very competitive playoff series defeating the Tampa Juniors and the Florida Jr. Blades to earn his team’s right to advance to the USPHL League Championship. There he led his team to defeat the Midwest Division first place team from the Western Division - the Forest Lake Lakers and then defeat the Eastern Division first place team - the Traverse City Hounds.

 

The Eels team finished in the semi finals with an outstanding performance for the year. In fact Coach Scarpaci was a nominee for Coach of The Year by the league in the USP3 division. General Manager Frank Scarpaci commented,

“Coach Scarpaci's true barometer as a USP3 coach is how many players he developed and moved on. Well it is quite clear in looking at the Florida Eels Elite team one clearly sees 17 of its players previously played for Coach Scarpaci on the USP3 team. In fact he was able to move up on average 50-75% of his players every season. That spells the mark of a very

successful coach. In the past 4 seasons Coach Scarpaci’s team made the league’s final playoffs 3 of the 4 seasons.”

 No doubt the Eels USP3 team had been a formidable opponent against the Florida, Southern and Northern teams.  Coach Scarpaci systematically builds players the right was. He takes his time with his players. He has quite a bit of patience and is a taskmaster in developing young talent. These boys always come together and have proven well when it comes to games. The Eels have fought their way to the top of the standings each season he has been at the helm.

 

Moreover, Coach Scarpaci has had enormous success in advancing his players to college hockey as well. In fact from this year’s USP3 team, 9 of his USP3 players have moved on to play college hockey.  Four of those will be playing NCAA and one will play professional hockey in Russia.  Furthermore, from the Elite team, 7 colleges NCAA College bound players previously played for Coach Scarpaci on the USP team.

 

 Coach Scarpaci has been a member of the Florida Eels for the past 14 seasons as a player and coach.  He has been a part of the nationally recognized Florida Eels in what is known as their “Golden Years”.   As a player Frankie   helped his team become state champions 3 times and reach nationals where they placed 8th in the nation. He had made the national district camps twice and played in the Pro AM NHL Pre-Draft, Sr. Chowder Cup, and the EJHL Spring and Summer Showcases.  Frank helped the Eels trigger their Junior Program where he was Captain for the Eels Junior team in their beginning years.  After captaining the Eels Junior team for two years and swaying his many college hockey options, he decided to attend the Concordia University of Wisconsin (CUW) and play NCAA Div. 3 hockey.  While playing his colligate hockey at CUW he earned his BS degree in Justice and Public Policy and a Minor in Sports Management. In his senior year, he interned with his childhood program the Florida Eels. 

 

For the past 4 seasons he also served as Assistant GM with primarily reasonability in scouting and the recruitment of prospects over the last 4 seasons.   He has earned himself an impressive resume for a young age.

 

Hockey Experience:

 

  • Head Coach Florida Eels USPHL USP3 Team
  • Assistant GM Florida Eels Elite and USP3 teams
  • Assistant Coach Florida Eels USPHL Elite
  • USA Hockey Level 4 Advanced Coaching Certification
  • NCAA Div. III Concordia University- Wisconsin
  • Head Coach, Florida Eels Summer Prospects Teams: Jr. and Sr. Chowder Cups, Pro Am NHL Pre Draft Teams and the USPHL Showcase Teams.
  • Played for the Florida Eels Junior Team, Fort Myers, FL
  • Team Captain 2 Years
  • USA Hockey Southeast Junior All-Star Team
  • Team Florida 3 Years
  • HNIB 3 Years
  • Southeast Festivals-Selects 3 Years
  • Florida Eels Midget U16 and U 18 Tier I AAA  
  • USA Hockey Nationals
  • Four State and District Championships
  • Sports Management World Wide Certified Scout and General Manager
  • USP3 Team 3 years out 4 USPHL Playoff Finals
  • Florida USP3 team Florida Division Regular Season & Playoff Champions 2 seasons

USP3 Nominee Coach of the Year 2015-16

2016 Sr Chowder Cup Schedule

2016 Sr. Chowder Cup Schedule

 

2016 Senior Chowder Cup
Thursday July 14, 2016 / Foxboro Sports Center
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
7:00am 1 CO East Coast Wizards vs. EC Spartans
7:10am 2 CO NE Nordiques Northeast vs. Hockey Concepts
8:40am 1 CO Rhode Island Saints vs. New England Thrashers
8:50am 2 Jr.A CCHA Rangers vs. NE Nordiques Black
10:20am 1 CO Boston Jr. Whalers Green vs. Winchester Hawks
10:30am 2 CO Competitive Edge vs. NE Nordiques Midwest
12:00pm 1 CO Pro Performance Hockey vs. East Coast Milita Select
12:10pm 2 Jr.A Top Shelf 2 vs. Competitive Edge
12:00pm 3 CO Jr. Wolfpack Futures vs. Boston Jr. Whalers Futures
1:40pm 1 Jr.A Foxboro Stars vs. Boston Junior Whalers Black
1:50pm 2 Jr.A Beasts Red vs. Total Hockey Development
1:40pm 3 Jr.A NE Nordiques Elite vs. Top Shelf 1
3:20pm 1 Jr.A EHG White vs. Beasts White
3:30pm 2 Jr.A NE Nordiques Premier vs. East Coast Kings Grey
3:20pm 3 Jr.A East Coast Militia Superb vs. Drummond 1
5:10pm 1 Jr.A East Coast Kings Red vs. Long Island Jr. Royals
5:00pm 2 Jr.A Orleans Express vs. Boston Junior Whalers Orange
5:00pm 3 Jr.A Game Breakers 36 Elite vs. Team Rudy
6:40pm 1 Jr.A Motor City Hawks  vs. Binghamton
6:50pm 2 CO Janesville Jets vs. Milton Grey
6:40pm 3 CO East Coast Milita Supreme  vs. Ottawa Sharpshooters
8:20pm 1 Jr.A Little Rhody Hockey vs. Northeast Generals
8:30pm 2 CO Empire Selects vs. BH Hockey
8:20pm 3 CO NB Bauer Wild  vs. Point Mallard Ducks
10:00pm 1 CO Little Rhody Hockey vs. PPH Prospects
10:10pm 2 Jr.A BH Hockey vs. Point Mallard Ducks
10:00pm 3 CO Milton Red vs. Top Prospects
Thursday July 14, 2016/Rodman Arena
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am NHL  CO  New England Freezers Blue vs. Middlesex Bears
 7:10am Olym.  Jr.A Walpole Express vs. East Coast Militia Premier
 8:40am NHL  CO CD Brockville Black vs. U18 Midfairfield Futures
 8:50am Olym.  CO Boston Generals vs. Quebec Prospects White
 10:20am NHL  CO Walpole Express vs. CDHL Dukes
 10:30am Olym.  CO CD Brockville White vs. Quebec Prospects Blue
 12:00pm NHL  Jr.A Shamrocks vs. Boston Generals
 12:10pm Olym.  Jr.A Canada West Elite Red vs. Tropics White
 1:40pm NHL  Jr.A East Coast Militia Elite vs. Quebec Prospects White
 1:50pm Olym.  CO SG Selects Scarlet vs. Canada West Elite White
 3:20pm NHL  Jr.A Boston Generals Elite vs. Hockey Essentials Black
 3:30pm Olym.  CO CD Brockville Red vs. SG Selects Grey
 5:00pm NHL  CO Jr. Wolfpack  vs. Hockey Essnetials Blue
 5:00pm NHL  CO QJHA  Orange vs. NE Nordiques Southwest
 6:40pm NHL  Jr.A Eastern Eskiomos vs. Hockey Essentials White
 6:50pm Olym.  CO QJHA  Black vs. Long Island Jr. Royals
 8:20pm NHL  Jr.A JSM Hockey vs. EHG Blue
 8:30pm Olym.  Jr.A SG Selects JDM vs. Pickering Panthers
10:00pm NHL  CO New Jersey Colonials vs. Columbus Chill
10:10pm Olym.  CO Northern Vermont Wildcats vs. Smiths Falls Bears
Thursday July 14, 2016/ Canton Sportsplex
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am 1 CO Townshend Hockey vs. Eels
 8:40am 1 CO The Hockey Academy vs. All-American Prospects
 10:20am 1 Jr.A Hockey Concepts Midwest vs. All-American Prospects
 12:00pm 1 CO AHS Black vs. CT. Werewoves
 1:40pm 1 CO AHS Navy vs. Flamme Olympique AAA  Green
 3:20pm 1 CO Roc City Elite '99 vs. Flamme Olympique AAA  Blue
 5:00pm 1 CO Roc City Elite '98 vs. RP Institute of Hockey
 6:40pm 1 CO NJ United vs. Flamme Olympique AAA “99 Blue
8:20pm 1 Jr.A Roc City Elite  vs. Springfield Express
10:10pm 1 Jr.A Northern Wings vs. AHD
Thursday July 14, 20156/ Raynham Iceplex
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 8:00am 1 Jr.A NE Wolves vs. Mass Attack
 9:40am 1 Jr.A Tropics Orange vs. East Coast Minutemen
 11:20am 1 CO New England Freezers Red vs. Dragons Selects
 1:00pm 1 Jr.A Boston Jr. Rangers Blue vs. NJ United
 2:40pm 1 CO Team Doritos vs. Team Detroit
Thursday July 14, 2016 / Boch Ice Arena Dedham
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
11:20am 1 CO DB Selects vs. Skyland Selects
1:00pm 1 Jr. A Apple Core vs. NE Thrashers Red
2:40pm 1 Jr.A TBA 19 Jr. A vs. Team Kanaly Futures
4:20pm 1 Jr.A Eastern Elite Hockey vs. Team Kanaly Elite
Thursday July 16, 2015 / Bridgewater Ice Arena
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am NHL CO Boston Blues Hockey vs. New England Crows
 8:40am NHL Jr.A Boston Blues Hockey vs. Seacoast Spartans
 10:20am NHL Jr.A Boston Jr. Rangers Red vs. Jersey Rockz
 12:00pm NHL Jr.A FCA vs. Metro Moose
 1:40pm NHL CO FCA Green vs. AP Selects
 3:20pm NHL CO NJ Alliance vs. Team Ontario Prospects Black
 5:00pm NHL CO Prep Elite vs. Team Ontario Prospects Red
 6:40pm NHL CO FCA Red vs. Network Hockey
8:20pm NHL Jr.A Boston Knights vs. Network Hockey
 
Friday July 15, 2016 / Foxboro Sports Center
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
7:00am 1 CO CD Brockville White vs. Team Doritos
7:10am 2 CO Boston Jr. Whalers Green vs. Winchester Hawks
7:20am 3 Jr. A Seacoast Spartans vs. Metro Moose
8:40am 1 CO CD Brockville Red vs. Long Island Jr. Royals
8:50am 2 Jr.A NE Wolves vs. Jersey Rockz
9:00am 3 CO Team Detroit vs. Quebec Prospects Blue
10:20am 1 Jr. A Foxboro Stars vs. CHE 
10:30am 2 Jr. A Drummond 2 vs. Boston Junior Whalers Black
10:40am 3 CO CDHL Dukes vs. SG Selects Scarlet
12:00pm 1 CO East Coast Milita Select vs. Pro Performance Hockey
12:10pm 2 CO BH Hockey vs. Quebec Prospects White
12:20pm 3 CO New England Crows vs. Townshend Hockey
1:40pm 1 Jr.A Beasts White vs. Long Island Jr. Royals
1:50pm 2 Jr.A EHG White vs. East Coast Kings Red
2:00pm 3 Jr.A Total Hockey Development vs. Quebec Prospects White
3:20pm 1 Jr.A Beasts Red vs. East Coast Militia Elite
3:30pm 2 Jr.A Team Kanaly Elite vs. East Coast Kings Grey
3:40pm 3 Jr.A Pickering Panthers vs. Boston Junior Whalers Orange
5:00pm 1 Jr.A CHE  vs. Drummond 2
5:10pm 2 Jr.A SG Selects JDM vs. Orleans Express
5:20pm 3 CO Top Prospects vs. Boston Jr. Whalers Futures
6:40pm 1 Jr. A BH Hockey vs. NE Thrashers Red
6:50pm 2 CO PPH Prospects vs. RP Institute of Hockey
7:00pm 3 CO NE Nordiques Southwest vs. Ottawa Sharpshooters
8:20pm 1 Jr. A Drummond 1 vs. Eastern Eskiomos
8:30pm 2 CO All-American Prospects vs. Boston Knights
8:40pm 3 CO Northeast Generals vs. The Hockey Academy
Friday July 15, 2016 /Rodman Arena
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am NHL  Jr. A Eastern Elite Hockey vs. NE Nordiques Premier
 7:10am Olym.  CO Canada West Elite White vs. Walpole Express
 8:40am NHL  CO QJHA  Orange vs. East Coast Milita Supreme
 8:50am Olym.  Jr. A Boston Generals Elite vs. Canada West Elite Red
 10:20am NHL  CO QJHA  Black vs. SG Selects Scarlet
 10:30am Olym.  Jr. A Shamrocks   Jr. Wolfpack 
 12:00pm NHL  CO Boston Generals vs. Empire Selects
 12:10pm Olym.  Jr. A EHG Blue vs. Top Shelf 1
 1:40pm NHL  CO Janesville Jets vs. Smiths Falls Bears
 1:50pm Olym.  Jr. A Hockey Essentials White vs. Eastern Eskiomos
 3:20pm NHL  Jr. A Boston Generals vs. Hockey Essnetials Blue
 3:30pm Olym.  Jr. A Roc City Elite  vs. NJ United
 5:00pm NHL  Jr. A Tropics White vs. Hockey Essentials Black
 5:10pm Olym.  Jr. A Walpole Express vs. Northern Wings
 6:40pm NHL  Jr. A Hockey Essentials White vs. East Coast Militia Superb
 6:50pm Olym.  Jr. A Boston Jr. Rangers Blue vs. Springfield Express
 8:20pm NHL  Jr. A AHD vs. East Coast Militia Premier
 8:30pm Olym.  Jr. A Boston Jr. Rangers Red vs. Mass Attack
Friday July 15, 2016 / Canton Sportsplex
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am 1 CO AHS Black vs. Roc City Elite '99
 8:40am 1 Jr. A Tropics Orange vs. All-American Prospects
 10:20am 1 CO Rhode Island Saints vs. East Coast Wizards
 12:00pm 1 CO New England Thrashers vs. EC Spartans
 1:40pm 1 Jr. A Point Mallard Ducks vs. Apple Core
 3:20pm 1 CO Point Mallard Ducks vs. Team Ontario Prospects Black
 5:00pm 1 CO AHS Navy vs. Team Ontario Prospects Red
 6:40pm 1 CO NJ Alliance vs. NB Bauer Wild 
Friday July 15, 2016 / Raynham Iceplex
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 8:00am 1 CO CT. Werewoves vs. Flamme Olympique AAA  Blue
 9:40am 1 CO Prep Elite vs. Flamme Olympique AAA  Green
 11:20am 1 CO Dragons Selects vs. Flamme Olympique AAA  Blue
 1:00pm 1 CO Northern Vermont Wildcats vs. Milton Grey
 2:40pm 1 CO Jr. Wolfpack Futures vs. Milton Red
4:20pm 1 Jr. A JSM Hockey vs. NE Nordiques Elite
Friday July 15, 2016/ Bridgewater Ice Arena
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am NHL Jr. A Hockey Concepts Midwest vs. East Coast Minutemen
 8:40am NHL CO Hockey Concepts vs. Middlesex Bears
 10:20am NHL CO NE Nordiques Northeast vs. New England Freezers Blue
 12:00pm NHL CO NE Nordiques Midwest vs. U18 Midfairfield Futures
 1:40pm NHL Jr. A Top Shelf 2 vs. NE Nordiques Black
 3:20pm NHL CO New England Freezers Red vs. NJ United
 5:00pm NHL Jr. A TBA 19 Jr. A vs. Northeast Generals
 6:40pm NHL CO Little Rhody Hockey vs. Roc City Elite '98
8:20pm NHL Jr. A Little Rhody Hockey vs. Team Kanaly Futures
Friday July 15, 2016 / Boch Ice Arena Dedham
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
11:20am 1 Jr. A CCHA Rangers vs. Competitive Edge
1:00pm 1 CO CD Brockville Black vs. Competitive Edge
2:40pm 1 Jr. A Motor City Hawks  vs. Game Breakers 36 Elite
4:20pm 1 Jr. A Binghamton vs. Team Rudy
Friday July 15, 2016/ Edge Sports Arena Bedford, Ma
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am Upper CO FCA Red vs. Skyland Selects
 8:40am Upper Jr. A FCA vs. Boston Blues Hockey
 10:20am Upper CO Eels vs. Boston Blues Hockey
 12:00pm Upper Jr. A Team CCM vs. Network Hockey
 1:40pm Upper CO FCA Green vs. New Jersey Colonials
 3:20pm Upper CO DB Selects vs. Network Hockey
 5:00pm Upper CO Team CCM vs. Hockey Concepts Elite
 6:40pm Upper Jr. A AP Selects vs. Columbus Chill
 
Saturday July 16, 2016 / Foxboro Sports Center
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
7:00am 1 Jr. A FCA vs. Seacoast Spartans
7:10am 2 CO Empire Selects vs. Quebec Prospects White
7:20am 3 CO Top Prospects vs. Jr. Wolfpack Futures
8:40am 1 CO FCA Red vs. DB Selects
8:50am 2 Jr. A Beasts White vs. East Coast Kings Red
9:00am 3 CO Team Doritos vs. Quebec Prospects Blue
10:20am 1 Jr. A Tropics Orange vs. Hockey Concepts Midwest
10:30am 2 Jr. A CCHA Rangers vs. Top Shelf 2
10:40am 3 Jr. A EHG White vs. Long Island Jr. Royals
12:00pm 1 Jr. A Quebec Prospects White vs. Beasts Red
12:10pm 2 Jr. A Eastern Elite Hockey vs. East Coast Kings Grey
12:20pm 3 Jr. A NE Nordiques Black vs. Competitive Edge
1:40pm 1 Jr. A SG Selects JDM vs. Boston Junior Whalers Orange
1:50pm 2 Jr. A Eastern Eskiomos vs. East Coast Militia Superb
2:00pm 3 Jr. A Orleans Express vs. Pickering Panthers
3:20pm 1 Jr. A Foxboro Stars vs. Drummond 2
3:30pm 2 Jr. A Team Kanaly Elite vs. NE Nordiques Premier
3:40pm 3 Jr. A Motor City Hawks  vs. Team Rudy
5:00pm 1 Jr. A Binghamton vs. Game Breakers 36 Elite
5:10pm 2 Jr. A CHE  vs. Boston Junior Whalers Black
5:20pm 3 Jr. A Total Hockey Development vs. East Coast Militia Elite
6:40pm 1 CO New England Freezers Red vs. Flamme Olympique AAA “99 Blue
6:50pm 2 CO AHS Black vs. Flamme Olympique AAA  Blue
7:00pm 3 CO Team Ontario Prospects Black vs. NB Bauer Wild 
8:20pm 1 CO CT. Werewoves vs. Roc City Elite '99
8:30pm 2 CO AHS Navy vs. Prep Elite
8:40pm 3 CO Team Ontario Prospects Red vs. Flamme Olympique AAA  Green
Saturday July 16, 2016 /Rodman Arena
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am NHL  CO Boston Generals vs. BH Hockey
 7:10am Olym.  CO NE Nordiques Midwest vs. CD Brockville Black
 8:40am NHL  Jr. A East Coast Minutemen vs. All-American Prospects
 8:50am Olym.  CO Network Hockey vs. Skyland Selects
 10:20am NHL  CO Canada West Elite White vs. CDHL Dukes
 10:30am Olym.  Jr. A Boston Generals vs. Jr. Wolfpack 
 12:00pm NHL  Jr. A Network Hockey vs. Hockey Concepts Elite
 12:10pm Olym.  Jr. A Hockey Essentials White vs. Drummond 1
 1:40pm NHL  Jr. A Apple Core vs. BH Hockey
 1:50pm Olym.  CO New Jersey Colonials vs. AP Selects
 3:20pm NHL  Jr. A Boston Generals Elite vs. Tropics White
 3:30pm Olym.  Jr. A Canada West Elite Red vs. Hockey Essentials Black
 5:00pm NHL  Jr. A Walpole Express vs. AHD
 5:10pm Olym.  CO Janesville Jets vs. Northern Vermont Wildcats
 6:40pm NHL  CO Walpole Express vs. SG Selects Scarlet
 6:50pm Olym.  CO New England Thrashers vs. East Coast Wizards
 8:20pm NHL  Jr. A Shamrocks vs. Hockey Essnetials Blue
 8:30pm Olym.  CO Dragons Selects vs. NJ United
Saturday July 16, 2016 / Canton Sportsplex
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am 1 CO Point Mallard Ducks vs. NJ Alliance
 8:40am 1 Jr. A Point Mallard Ducks vs. NE Thrashers Red
 10:20am 1 CO All-American Prospects vs. Northeast Generals
 12:00pm 1 Jr. A Winchester Hawks vs. Pro Performance Hockey
 1:40pm 1 CO Columbus Chill vs. FCA Green
 3:20pm 1 CO EHG Blue vs. NE Nordiques Elite
 5:00pm 1 Jr. A Top Shelf 1 vs. JSM Hockey
 6:40pm 1 CO Rhode Island Saints vs. EC Spartans
Saturday July 16, 2016 / Raynham Iceplex
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am 1 CO Long Island Jr. Royals vs. SG Selects Grey
 8:40am 1 CO QJHA  Black vs. CD Brockville Red
 10:20am 1 CO QJHA  Orange vs. Ottawa Sharpshooters
 12:00pm 1 CO Team Detroit vs. CD Brockville White
 1:40pm 1 CO New England Crows vs. Eels
 3:20pm 1 CO Hockey Concepts Elite vs. Boston Knights
 5:00pm 1 CO The Hockey Academy vs. Boston Knights
Saturday July16, 2016 / Boch Ice Arena Dedham
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
11:20am 1 CO Little Rhody Hockey vs. RP Institute of Hockey
1:00pm 1 Jr. A Little Rhody Hockey vs. TBA 19 Jr. A
2:40pm 1 Jr. A Team Kanaly Futures vs. Northeast Generals
4:20pm 1 Jr. A Northern Wings vs. East Coast Militia Premier
Saturday July 16, 2016 / Bridgewater Ice Arena
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am NHL CO Smiths Falls Bears vs. Milton Grey
 8:40am NHL CO U18 Midfairfield Futures vs. Competitive Edge
 10:20am NHL Jr. A Boston Knights vs. Team CCM
 12:00pm NHL CO Boston Knights vs. Northeast Generals
 1:40pm NHL CO Roc City Elite '98 vs. PPH Prospects
 3:20pm NHL Jr. A Springfield Express vs. NJ United
 5:00pm NHL Jr. A Boston Jr. Rangers Red vs. NE Wolves
 6:40pm NHL Jr. A Boston Jr. Rangers Blue vs. Roc City Elite 
Saturday July 16, 2016/ Edge Sports Arena Bedford, Ma
Time Rink Div. Home Team vs. Away Team
 7:00am Lower CO Boston Blues Hockey vs. Townshend Hockey
 8:40am Lower Jr. A Boston Blues Hockey vs. Metro Moose
 10:20am Lower CO Mass Attack vs. Jersey Rockz
 12:00pm Lower CO Hockey Concepts   New England Freezers Blue
 1:40pm Lower CO Boston Jr. Whalers Futures vs. Milton Red
 3:20pm Lower CO Boston Jr. Whalers Green vs. East Coast Milita Selects
 5:00pm Lower CO NE Nordiques Northeast vs. Middlesex Bears
 6:40pm Lower CO NE Nordiques Southwest vs. East Coast Milita Supreme
 
Jr. A Playoffs July 17, 2016
      Preliminary Round    
Time Rink Div.  Home Team vs. Away Team
7:00am Boch Jr. A Bracket 11 Winner vs.  Bracket 12 Winner
7:00am Canton Jr. A Bracket 10 Winner vs.  Bracket 13 Winner
8:00am RDM NHL Jr. A Bracket 6 Winner vs.  Bracket 17 Winner
8:10am RDM OLY Jr. A Bracket 7 Winner vs.  Bracket 16 Winner
8:00am FSC 1 Jr. A Bracket 8 Winner vs.  Bracket 15 Winner
8:10am FSC 2 Jr. A Bracket 4A Winner vs. Bracket 18 Winner
8:00am FSC 3 Jr. A Bracket 5A Winner vs. Bracket 19 Winner
8:00am Boch Jr. A Bracket 9 Winner vs.  Bracket 14 Winner
10:00am RDM NHL Jr. A Bracket 5 Winner vs.  Game 3 Winner
10:10am RDM OLY Jr. A Bracket 1A Winner vs.  Game 4 Winner
10:00am FSC 2 Jr. A  Bracket 2 Winner   vs. Game 1 Winner
10:00am FSC 3 Jr. A Bracket 3 Winner vs.  Game 2 Winner
11:00am RDM NHL  Jr. A Bracket 1 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner
11:10am RDM OLY Jr. A Bracket 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
11:00am FSC 1 Jr. A Bracket 2A Winner vs. Game 7 Winner
11:10am FSC 2 Jr. A Bracket  3A Winner vs.  Game 6 Winner
      Quarterfinals    
1:00pm RDM NHL Jr. A Game 13 Winner vs.  Game 9 Winner
1:10pm RDM OLY Jr. A Game 14 Winner vs.  Game 10 Winner
1:00pm FSC 1 Jr. A Game 11 Winner vs.  Game 16 Winner
1:10pm FSC 2 Jr. A Game 12 Winner vs.  Game 17 Winner
      Semi-Finals    
3:00pm RDM NHL Jr. A Game 17 Winner vs. Game 20 Winner
3:10pm RDM OLY Jr. A Game 18 Winner  vs.   Game 19 Winner
      Championship    
5:00pm RDM NHL Jr. A Game 21 Winner vs.  Game 22 Winner
           
College Open Playoffs July 17, 2016
      Preliminary Round    
7:00am RDM NHL CO Bracket 15 Winner vs. Bracket 18 Winner
7:10am RDM OLY CO Bracket 14 Winner vs. Bracket 19 Winner
7:00am FSC 1 CO Bracket 13 Winner vs.  Bracket 20 Winner
7:10am FSC 2 CO Bracket 16 Winner vs.  Bracket 17 Winner
7:00am FSC 3 CO Bracket 5 Winner vs. Bracket 12 Winner
9:00am RDM NHL CO Bracket 1 Winner vs.  Game 1 Winner
9:10am RDM OLY CO Bracket 4 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
9:00am FSC 1 CO Bracket 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner
9:10am FSC 2 CO Bracket 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner
9:00am FSC 3 CO Bracket 6 Winner vs. Bracket 11 Winner
9:00am Boch CO Bracket 7 Winner vs. Bracket 10 Winner
8:00am Canton CO Bracket 8 Winner vs.  Bracket 9 Winner
10:00am FSC 1 CO   vs.   
Quarterfinals
12:00pm RDM NHL CO Game 6 Winner vs.  Game 12 Winner 
12:10pm RDM OLY CO Game 7 Winner vs.  Game 11 Winner
12:00pm FSC 1 CO Game 8 Winner vs.  Game 5 Winner
12:10pm FSC 2 CO Game 9 Winner vs.  Game 10 Winner
Semi-Finals
2:00pm RDM NHL CO Game 13 Winner vs.  Game 16 Winner
2:10pm RDM OLY CO Game 14 Winner vs.  Game 15 Winner
Finals
4:00pm RDM NHL CO Game 17 Winner vs. Game 18 Winner

- See more at: http://www.proamhockey.com/schedule-s12690#sthash.E0eFwpga.dpuf

EELS TRYOUTS THIS WEEKEND JUNE 11TH AND 12TH

TRYOUTS

Why become a member of the Florida Eels?  With over 175 alumni playing collegiate hockey as well as several players recently being drafted into the NHL (Teddy Ruth, (NTPD) (Washington Capitals) RJ Boyd (USHL)  Michigan State Univ. (Florida Panthers) & Brad Peltz (Yale) (Ottawa Senators)and Cam Darcy (NTPD) Northeastern Univ.  Tampa Bay Lightning  and another two who were in attendance at NHL Prospects camps Malcolm Lyles (Florida Panthers), and Bennett Schneider (NY Islanders),   The Eels have had   numerous alumni we moved to the  QMJHL, USHL, NAHL, BCHL,OPJHL,  . A better question might be, why NOT become a member of the Florida Eels?

With an already rich in tradition organization the Eels bring you two Junior teams who are part of the  USPHL. THe USPHL is considered the top academic advancement league in junior hockey, the USPHL's focus on college advancement and academic achievement is unmatched at the junior level, and is the perfect fit and partner for the Florida Eels organization as we have almost an identical focus.

The USPHL has 2,400 NCAA College placements. 180 NCAA Division 1 commitments.The Florida Eels had 20 college placements for 3 straight seasons and this season we destined to hit 21 players off to college.

This is now where I as the General Manager of the Florida Eels ask you to attend one of our tryout camps, put on our logo, and feel the tradition and integrity that comes along with it.  This camp will allow you to showcase your talent, competition level, and character to our staff. On behalf of the Florida Eels organization I look forward to seeing you out there.

 -Frank Scarpaci
General Manager

2016-17 Eels Tryouts

2016-17 Florida Eels Tryouts

 

The Florida Eels Junior Program announces it try Out schedule for the 2016-17 season.

 

This year the Eels will use two unique Try Out opportunities for its prospective players. 

 

Traditional Tryout 

Saturday June 11th 2016

Sunday June 12th 2016

 

Schedule:

Saturday Registration 1:30  – 2:30 pm

Saturday On ice 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Saturday Off Ice Training 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunday Breakfast and question and answer period 8:30 -9:15 am

Sunday On ice 10:15 am to noon

Sunday 12:30 pm Final remarks 

Cost $100.00 

TRYOUT HELD AT THE FORT MYERS SKATIUM

2250 BROADWAY 

FT MYERS FL 33901

 

Showcases tryout. 

The Eels coaches strongly feel that it is much better to evaluate a player’s skill set and hockey sense by seeing him compete in showcase settings against top players from the USA, Canada and Europe than having players perform perfunctory drills. So we encourage prospects to join us at these showcases.

 

Simply put we are looking for the best players and we want to see if you can play this game. We are not interested in how you look against who ever shows up to a tryout session. We want to see how you compete against the top players in the world. Keep in mind NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges do not do tryouts. Nor do the pros. They scout, recruit and evaluate the players in high-level competitive games.

 

Thus the Eels coaching staff will invite targeted players to one of its Spring/Summer showcase teams. The players and the coaches get to know a little about one another to ensure there is good chemistry.

 

This year the Eels will be hosting teams in the following off season Showcases and strongly encourages interested players to contact us to participate in one of these tryout showcase teams. Note that 4 of these forums are in Massachusetts.

 

  • May 6-8th The USPHL Showcase in Marlboro MA.
  • May 13-15th The Pro Am International NHL Pre Draft in Walpole & Foxboro MA.
  • July 15th – 18th USPHL Summer Showcase Marlboro MA.
  • July 14th-18th New England Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup Walpole & Foxboro MA.

 

The cost for each showcase is $275.00. Players are responsible for their own transportation, food and lodging.

 To make application for a spot on one of the showcase teams you must contact Clare Scarpaci at 941-400-0712. scarpaciclare@aol.com If you have any questions please feel free to contact Frank Scarpaci General Manager Florida Eels Junior Program. 941-400-9023 eelshockeycoach@aol.com

 

 

 

Another Strong Recruiting Weekend in Chicago at the Global Showcase

GM Scarpaci and Coach Perri along with several Florida Eels Junior players hot Global hard with over 8 teams of prospects. The Eels once again do quite well at the Showcase. The teams are shaping up very well for next season. 

Coaches and staff looking forward to the Eels tryouts this upcoming weekend

Florida Panthers Unveil New Logo and Uniforms

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers unveiled a new logo and uniforms at a special event at the BB&T Center on Thursday night. Panthers Chairman, Owner & Governor Vincent Viola and his son John Viola were on hand for the rebrand and addressed the fans at the event.

Panthers players Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck, Shawn Thornton and Steven Kampfer revealed the new uniforms to the crowd. Panthers alumni Ed Jovanovski, Olli Jokinen, Radek Dvorak and Billy Lindsay also made an appearance for the franchise’s first major logo change since its inaugural season in 1993.

“The idea when we came into Florida and took responsibility for the stewardship of the franchise, was to start anew and create traditions that were unique to this new start,” Vincent Viola said. “I think the logo harkens to the vanguard of courage; the idea that you put a shield on the hockey uniform. It’s something to protect, but you also protect it. We wanted something that began a new tradition of winning and demonstrated courage and selfless dedication to a team pursuit of victory.”

“We wanted to really put a bold emphasis on the idea that this was a new era for the franchise,” added John Viola, who took the lead for his family in working with Reebok to bring the new uniforms to life. “It’s not necessarily a new direction, but a new evolution, a new maturity for the franchise.”

The new Panthers primary logo includes a more mature and stoic panther inside a shield with “Florida” set in a tab across the top of the mark. The primary logo will be used on the Panthers away uniforms. The same logo design will be on the front of the home uniforms with “Panthers” in the tab. The three primary colors for the new look logo and uniforms are Panthers Red, Panthers Blue and Panthers Flat Gold.

In addition, the team introduced a new alternate logo that will serve as the patch on the shoulder of the home and away jerseys. The alternate logo includes the Florida state flag with a sleek prowling Panther above it. Above the new shoulder patch there is also something unique to the Panthers. In addition to militaristic tabs above the prowling panther that will either read “Florida” or “Panthers” based on whether the team is home or away, a separate tab just for the team’s captains will be added on top of that.

Finally, a tertiary logo that displays the evolution of the original leaping panther has been given a new polish and will be used as a helmet decal for home and away contests. The tertiary logo holds sacred the great history of the franchise while presenting a developed look for the team’s original logo.

Merchandise with the Panthers new logo is available at www.shop.nhl.com. Additionally, merchandise is for sale at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, Fla., based on availability. Pre-orders for the team’s new home and away jerseys are also available at the Panthers IceDen.

In Remembrance of Our Fallen Veterans and Loved Ones

On behalf of the Florida Eels ice hockey families and friends, I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who served our country in the armed forces and their families. There have been so many fallen soldiers who have laid their lives for all of us so we can enjoy the freedoms, liberties and life style we all take for granted. I also say a huge thank you to their love ones, wives, husbands’ children moms and dads, brothers and sisters and relatives who are left behind. Their loss we can never imagine. Although you are not with us in person, what you did for us should and will never be forgotten. Your courage, bravery, fortitude and unselfish sacrifices makes a difference in our country. We owe what we have to you! You are A living example of what a true American is about. You are our real Super Heroes.

 

Memorial Day is also a day of remembrance of for all of us who lost our loves ones, be it Moms Dads, Children, Pops Nanas, Papas family members, relatives and close friends. You were taken from us all too soon and we never know why. It is not our place to question God. We know you all are looking over us with undeniable and unequivocal love and we ask you look after us and our precious families through the Holy Spirit and help bring peace, love, support, medical healing and compassion in this world.

 

Coach Frank

Florida Eels Junior Scouting Staff In Denver @ CCM

Another huge weekend for the Florida Eels scouting staff. The Eels once again are off in route as they criss cross the USA in search of the top players in the USA and Canada. This week the Eels are in Denver CO at the prestigious CCM Showcase held over 4 days. There will be 500 + players in attendance at this venue. We get here very early as we take advantage of the practice sessions provided to the players. 

Indeed, every chance we can see them gives us an edge over the rest. We also get to speak with some of their previous coaches and get to talk with them 3-4 times over the weekend. It gives us a better yardstick not only as to their skill set but them as a person. Character is critical at this stage of the selection process. The Eels are known for its college placements and we want to make sure we are bringing in young men who have the determination, dedication and moral fiber to fit our model.

We always garner 4-5 players form this venue so we are looking forward to this long weekend. 

The Florida Eels are so excited to announce its 22nd college commitment this season. Another NCAA Div. 3 commitment. Kristers Seps is committing to NCAA Div. 3 New England College.

The Florida Eels are so excited to announce its 22nd college commitment this season. Another NCAA Div. 3 commitment.  Kristers Seps is committing to NCAA Div. 3 New England College. Kristers is extremely excited about this opportunity. He has had several college options both in the North East and the Mid West, but NEC has been the school of his choice all along. Head Coach Tom Carroll has been recruiting Seps since he joined our program. He came to us with good skills from the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation and training from Key Sports in Russia. He played one year Junior hockey in the USA and then joined the Eels last Fall. He worked very hard under Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci who brought Krister’s to the Next Level. His bar was raised and we saw him mature into a phenomenal player.

 

Kristers was one of the leading scorers in the USP3 League last season.  He had scored 30 goals and had 30 assist in 40 games. He broke the all time goal scoring record in the entire Eels Junior program. He was the envy of many programs. He was a real sniper and was able to thread the needle at nearly impossible angles.  College coaches loved his compete level. He plays with very high energies and has excellent skill set. He would have been a dominant player at any level in the USPHL.

 

Here is the scouting report on him by Coach Frankie Scarpaci:

#22 KRISTERS SEPS. POSITION:  FORWARD.  D/O/B: 04/14/95.  HOMETOWN: RIGA, LV.  HEIGHT: 5’07” WEIGHT: 168 LBS., SHOOTS: LEFT. 

SCOUTING REPORT: ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE USPHL3 DIVISION WHEN IT COMES TO BEING IN TIGHT AROUND THE GOALIE.  CAN PLAY WITH TOP SPEED WHILE HAVING THE PUCK ON HIS STICK, WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE HE HAS THE PUCK A LOT THROUGHTOUT THE GAME.  UNDERSTANDS HOW TO READ LANES AND CREATE TURNOVERS.

 

We all know he was a very positive influence in the locker room says Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci. He was a true leader and team player. He was a real veteran player and helped with the younger guys enormously.

 

 GM Scarpaci says he has great character. He volunteered many hours with our youth hockey program giving back to the young guns.  No doubt he could teach a thing about putting the puck in the net. He also volunteered extensively with our community events such as raising money for “Hockey Fights Cancer, Hockey Feeds the Hungry, and Toys For Tots. These are character traits that don’t show up on the scoreboard. This is what makes him so special.  A very giving person.

 

Kristers will be missed no doubt. But that is why he and so many other players come to the Florida Eels Junior program. They come to gain a pathway to college and play Men’s Ice Hockey.  New England College is gaining not only a hell of a hockey player but an incredible young man and member of their college community. We wish you well Kristers . It was an honor to have you part of our Eels Junior program. 

Florida Eels Continue to Produce College Hockey Players: Way to Go Brian

Florida Eels announce its 21st College commitment. Congratulations to Brian Dennerlein 3 year veteran of the Florida Eels. 

Florida Eels announce its 21st College commitment. Congratulations to Brian Dennerlein 3 year veteran of the Florida Eels.  Brian committed to the University of Oklahoma for Winter 2016-17. . Brian is 5’10” 180 pounds out of Parkridge IL. He joined the Eels 3 seasons ago and played on the Empire team. There he was one of the leading scorers in the league. For the last two seasons Brian played on the Eels Elite team. Brian had spent a short time with the BCHL for the past two seasons garnering great experience at the Tier II level.

Brian attended Pivot Charter School in Fort Myers. Brian was one of our most reliable volunteers who helped with our youth hockey program in the evening. He came every week to work with the Eels young guns helping them learn to skate, play hockey and love the game. He garnered quite a few fans from his community involvement with the youth hockey families. They came to cheer on their son's or daughters's mentor.  He will be missed this season by so many little ones!

GM Scarpaci says the scouting report on DENNERLEIN IS A FAST, SMOOTH AND FLUID SKATER THAT MAKES THE MOST OF EVERY STRIDE WHETHER IT IS ON THE FORECHECK OR THE BACKCHECK.  HE PLAYS WITH A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER THAT ALLOWS HIM TO BE PHYSICAL AND CREATE TURNOVERS ALL OVER THE ICE.  BRIAN HAS A HARD AND ACCURATE SHOT THAT IS DIFFICULT TO READ BECAUSE OF HIS QUICK RELEASE.  HIS HOCKEY SENSE SHOWS ALL OVER THE ICE, AS HE IS A GREAT PUCK SUPPORTER AND KNOWS HOW TO BREAK THE PUCK OUT OF HIS OWN END.

 

Brian is a great kid. An extremely hard working young man with a burning passion to excel. He is a great team player. Very strong character and comes from a very supportive family.  Brian had several college options and took his time to make his decision where to finally go to college. He elected the University of Oklahoma as it combines an outstanding academic program where the value of its diploma speaks volumes. Moreover it also has an excellent ACHA Div. 1 program that provides its players with so many of the benefits of a NCAA Div. 1 men’s hockey program.

 

Brian will make us proud. He will do so well at Oklahoma. He will be joining fellow Eels teammate Jeff O’Dea who is planning on attending Oklahoma this fall. He also will be joining Eels alumni Hunter Fernandez who backboned the Eels 3 seasons ago.

Florida Eels announce its 21st College commitment. Congratulations to Brian Dennerlein 3 year veteran of the Florida Eels.

Florida Eels announce its 21st College commitment. Congratulations to Brian Dennerlein 3 year veteran of the Florida Eels.  Brian committed to the University of Oklahoma for Winter 2016-17. . Brian is 5’10” 180 pounds out of Parkridge IL. He joined the Eels 3 seasons ago and played on the Empire team. There he was one of the leading scorers in the league. For the last two seasons Brian played on the Eels Elite team. Brian had spent a short time with the BCHL for the past two seasons garnering great experience at the Tier II level.

 

GM Scarpaci says the scouting report on DENNERLEIN IS A FAST, SMOOTH AND FLUID SKATER THAT MAKES THE MOST OF EVERY STRIDE WHETHER IT IS ON THE FORECHECK OR THE BACKCHECK.  HE PLAYS WITH A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER THAT ALLOWS HIM TO BE PHYSICAL AND CREATE TURNOVERS ALL OVER THE ICE.  BRIAN HAS A HARD AND ACCURATE SHOT THAT IS DIFFICULT TO READ BECAUSE OF HIS QUICK RELEASE.  HIS HOCKEY SENSE SHOWS ALL OVER THE ICE, AS HE IS A GREAT PUCK SUPPORTER AND KNOWS HOW TO BREAK THE PUCK OUT OF HIS OWN END.

 

Brian is a great kid. An extremely hard working young man with a burning passion to excel. He is a great team player. Very strong character and comes from a very supportive family.  Brian had several college options and took his time to make his decision where to finally go to college. He elected the University of Oklahoma as it combines an outstanding academic program where the value of its diploma speaks volumes. Moreover it also has an excellent ACHA Div. 1 program that provides its players with so many of the benefits of a NCAA Div. 1 men’s hockey program.

 

Brian will make us proud. He will do so well at Oklahoma. He will be joining fellow Eels teammate Jeff O’Dea who is planning on attending Oklahoma this fall. He also will be joining Eels alumni Hunter Fernandez who backboned the Eels 3 seasons ago.

The Florida Eels is very thrilled to announce that it has placed its 19th and 20th players into college for next season.

 

The Florida Eels is very thrilled to announce that it has placed its 19th and 20th players into college for next season. Brad and Zack Lemelin have both committed to Northern Arizona University ACHA Div. 2 men’s ice hockey program. The NAU GM and coaching staff are exited about having the "Twin Towers" from the Florida Eels join their program!  The boys will be joining Head Coach Travis Johansson and his Ice Jack’s team. NAU has a great tradition once being an NCAA Div. 1 program. They currently have two teams ACHA Div. 2 and 3 squads. The NAU Div. 2 team is quite competitive.

 

Both Brad and Zack Lemelin joined the Florida Eels Junior program last season after playing in California. Brad having played in the WSHL and Zack High School and travel hockey. These are obviously big boys. Brad is 6”8 258 pounds and Zack is 6”7 273 pounds. They split time between the Eels Elite and USP3 squads. Coach Frankie Scarpaci had the most influence in their overall player development. He worked 1 hour each day on their quickness, speed and conditioning.  

 

Both boys came from a very dedicated family who literally moved their entire family to Ft Myers to be with their two boys. They were amongst our most dedicated fans. Talk about commitment and family! These are two very high character players. They have high goals in their college academics. NAU is a phenomenal fit for them. It is a great academic university. They will be able to pursue their college academics while continuing to play the game they love and enjoy. No doubt their passion is there. They got to experience what it was like to play for a very good organization. Both the Elite and USP3 teams did extremely well last season and these boys were very much part of the teams’ efforts and success.

 

We wish both Brad and Zack the best of luck in their college years. Wow 19 and 20.

The USPHL Spring and Pro Am NHL Pre Draft: A Huge Success for the Eels

The Florida Eels conclude its Spring Showcases with their best performances ever at these events.  The Eels just finished their series at the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and did so with incredible performances by its prospects. This team only had two Florida Eel Junior veteran players. Alec Parr on Defense and Kellen Crothier up front. We also had 2 Eel midget players in Dylan Tschabald and Lucyan Pawlowicz on this squad. Quite frankly, we had no idea how we would do at the Pre Draft. This no doubt is the most competitive of all the Spring and Summer Showcases. Here your competition is made up of USHL BCHL OJHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 players, along with top players from the USPHL Premier Elite and USP3 teams, EHL Premier and Elite USP3, and top players from the highest leagues in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

 

The Pre Draft has no tiers. You compete as you are and trust me there is no mercy in these games. The stands are filled with scouts from all levels including the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges, along with scouts and coaches from the QMJHL OHL WHL BCHL USHL NAHL OJHL and dozens of New England Prep Schools.  It is an honor to be playing here in these games against the top players in the world in front of the greatest hockey minds in the business. So many NHL players have competed here and our guys will look back and cherish the memories of playing here with and against these players.

 

When we talk of exposure and visibility well here it is. The same was true last week in Marlboro at the USPHL Spring Showcase. The New England Sports Center was filled with the whose who in hockey. I think I saw a coach or recruiter from every Div. 1 and 3 colleges in New England and many from the Midwest in attendance at that venue as well. 

 

This is why players come to the Eels junior program. During the regular season we attend 5 college showcases as part of our league schedule. Last season we attended 4. This year we raised the bar to 5. Compare this to our competition they attend 1 some 2 and only a handful 3. The players are getting smart. They realize that playing with the Eels they will get 5 chances of this incredible exposure and visibility in form of the college scouts and recruiters. Moreover, our players are given the option to join us in the off-season showcases to further broaden their visibility. The prospects see this as well.

 

 The Eels are unique in their recruitment process. Other programs have standard tryouts. That requires players to fly down to their venues and tryout.  Well the hallmark of the Eels program challenges that format. Tryouts do not bring out the most in competitive play of players. No way will a player play any where near what he would do compared to plating at the USPHL Spring and Summer Showcases or the New England Pro Am NHL Pre Draft or sr. Chowder Cup. Moreover, the prospects get to experience and benefits of the exposure from these high level showcases. No tryout will garner the attention of dozens of NHL Scouts, NCAA Div. 1 and 3 coaches or scouts from the QMJHL OHL WHL BCHL USHL NAHL etc. Our tryouts do, as we host them in these games by playing in these games. Our coaches can see truly what the players and families are like. We get to be with them the entire weekend. Not with 60-100 players at some silly tryout but in tough and competitive game situations.

 

This is the way the NHL, colleges and USHL scout players. Thus this is the way the Eels do it.  It has always been the way GM Scarpaci has selected his teams. 

 

Combined the Eels had 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase and one team at the New England Pro AM NHL Pre Draft. We had about 6 or 7 vets from the Eels organization combined at both events and then the remaining 53 players were all prospects the Eels coaches have recruited from its previous scouting missions at the Americas Showcase, The Mr. Mr. Showcase in Madison WI and the EHK Showcase in Chicago.

We also have been extremely busy burning up the emails and phone lines talking to and recruiting top players across the USA Canada a and Europe.

 

Well the past two weekends shows the fruits of our recruiting efforts. This weekend against some of the powerhouses in the Pre Draft Showcase, our Eels’ recruits played unbelievable with new Eels new coach Nick Perri at the helm. In game one the Eels played against one of the strongest teams in the entire showcase. Hockey Concepts. This team boasted a team of 20 players made up from the premier prep schools in New England. Well everyone in the building thought this was going to be a one sided game. But Coach Perri chartered a differ course. He took his team of 20 individuals who never laced up skates with one another and earned a tie 2-2 stunning everyone in the building. In fact the Hockey Concepts coach said he was shocked how well the Eels took it to him. Trust me there is no doubt the Eels did not just survive this game we were the better team for 3/4th the game.

 

In game two the Eels faced one of the most potent team ever at the Pre Draft. The East Coast Militia. These guys always win or are in the final rounds. This team was made up of primarily players from the USPHL Premier and Elite along with some top New England Prep School players. Here the Eels battled once again playing such a close game. The pace was as high as you ever seen in any of our Elite games back home or in Boston. The Eels lost in this game 3-2 game but we were minutes from taking it all. In fact coach Nick pulled the goalie with almost 2 minutes remaining in the game and the Eels ponded 8 shots in their final attempt to notch a tie. But let it be known that this was a huge moral victory for the Eels. Teams have lost to this team by double digits and this was a huge game for the Eels especially with 18 prospects competing against this powerhouse.

 

In game 3 the Eels faced the Cape Cod Islanders. This team was just that, A team. Its actual NA3HL regular season team. The Islanders were the NA3HL league champion runner-ups. They were #2 in the entire NA3HL. We knew we had a tough game ahead of us Coach Perri echoed. But he had a plan and it did not include going into a defensive shell. Oh no. He wanted to beat them heads up. With a strong aggressive fore-check and run a potent offense on them.

 

In period one we were down 3-1. The funny thing is in the locker room between periods the Eels did not look like a team that was down. Coach Perri got them even more fired up and put together a game plan to reestablish his attack and that is what they did.  The Eels came out on fire and unleashed an offensive attack on the Islanders veteran team by scoring 4 unanswered goals. The Islanders coaches and players were stunned. It was a completely phenomenal come back for the Eels prospects. This was truly one of the best games in the event. Moreover, the game was played prime time at the Foxboro Sports Center and there were over 30 scouts watching this game. The players performed very well for Coach Perri. I was very impressed says GM Scarpaci. We were able to garner a win and a tie and came very close to edging the East Coast Militia. WOW. What a great weekend of games against some of the top players in the USA.

 

The Eels were equally successful the previous weekend with 35 + other boys at the USPHL Showcase under the helm of Coach Frankie Scarpaci and Nick Perri who joined forces at the NESC. There these coaches brought one of the teams to the playoff round against some of the top players form the USPHL.  Great performances by my prospects and coaches over the past two weeks. We are no doubt looking at some very talented young men joining our program in the fall. These are top players and will no doubt continue with the outstanding legacy of the Eels program.

 

Both of my coaches have been recruiting hard at these events. There at the rink at 7:00 am and leave at 11; 30 pm. We have interviewed another 3 dozen potential players in addition to the guys on our prospect teams. We know the level of players we need and we are garnering some very skilled players for next season. As folks no, GM Scarpaci is extremely tight lipped in announcing his players for next season. This is a very competitive business so we need to be discreet in his signings.

 

Remember what is so impressive is that we are from   over in our recruitment task. Sean Price is still out at the Five Hole Showcase in Indiana, GM Scarpaci is off to CCM in two weeks, Coach Frankie is coaching at the Global Showcase in Chicago joined by GM Scarpaci recruiting there, we attend Global in Las Vegas and coach Perri will be working a number of camps as well. The Eels will also be hosting its local tryout in June for players who are unable to attend the USPHL July 15th -17th or the   Summer Sr. Chowder Cup with the Eels July 14-17th

 

 

Former Belle Tire U18 AAA Player Earns College Commitment with Florida Eels Elite

Former Belle Tire U18 AAA Player Earns College Commitment with Florida Eels Elite

05/12/2016, 9:30pm EDT
By Frank Scarpaci
The Florida Eels are especially excited to announce its 17th college commitmentJeff O’Dea commits to ACHA Div. I the University of Oklahoma. OU is one of the top ACHA Div. I programs in the USA. It was ranked Nationally 9th over all this past season and was the finalist for the Division I National championship. We all know that OU is one of the most prestigious universities in the USA. This is an excellent choice for Jeff, as he will be attending one of the premier public universities in the USA while playing for a first class hockey program. OU’s hockey players are treated as top NCAA hockey players. They are provided with so many perks and it is an extremely competitive program. 
 
Jeff came to the Eels from the elite Tier I Belle Tire Midget U18 AAA program.

 

Jeff has played for the Eels for the past two seasons. He immediately was an impact player for the Eels. He showed tremendous character with the Eels over the past two seasons. He worked each week with our youth hockey players giving back to the sport he has become so accomplished.
 
 GM Scarpaci commented Jeff was one of our most gifted and natural athletes. He has enormous skill set that incudes explosive speed, soft hands and a very gifted scorer. Moreover, he is a very tough competitor. Last season he played through an entire game with a broken jaw without telling anyone. He has so many intangibles to say the least. This kid has heart. A high hockey IQ and plays at a high compete level.
 
O’Dea, GM Scarpaci says, had a number of NCAA Div. 3 offers from some top colleges and universities in the Northeast and Midwest. But Jeff took his time and did his due diligence. As Jeff commented he was looking to secure an outstanding academic education coupled with a continued competitive college hockey program. Indeed he found this with OU.
 
We wish the best to Jeff O’Dea. 
 

The Florida Eels Announce The Hiring Of Nick Perri as Head Coach of the USP3 team

The Florida Eels are extremely excited to announce that we hired Nick Perri from New York to take over as the head coach for the Florida Eels USP3 team.

For the past 4 seasons Coach Perri was an assistant coach and head scout in the NAHL for the NJ Titans and Coulée Region Chill. He scouted for NHL, NCAA, CHL, and USHL for three years with International Scouting Services (ISS). Coach Nick also did video work with the Connecticut Whale (AHL) for one year. Coach Nick was the Assistant coach for Suffern High School (NY-HS).

 

This past weekend Coach Perri joined the Florida Eels at the USPHL Spring Showcase in Marlboro Mass. We had two teams at the event where he got to meet and coach 33 new Eel prospects. He also got to meet 7 Florida Eel veterans. GM Scarpaci was very impressed with Coach Perri. His knowledge of the game and coaching was remarkable.

 

Coach Perri brings a plethora of experience in recruiting. There is no doubt this guy knows how to recruit. He has a national name and presence. We saw him in action at the USPHL Spring venue. He knew 50% of the players playing in Marlboro.

 

Coach Perri will be joining us at the Pro AM NHL Pre Draft next weekend in Boston. He will take over the helm along with GM Scarpaci. The Eels will have 20 new faces from the 3 showcases we already attended. We have boys from all across the USA, and one young man from the Czech Republic and another young man from Russia.

 

Coach Perri brings so much energy and excitement to the table.  He will be recruiting with GM Scarpaci and Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci of the Eels Elite team at about 6 showcases and camps across the USA and Canada. The goal and mission is clear. To continue to build a program that develops players to the “Next Level” With Coach Nick joining our staff we now have strong contacts to help secure opportunities in the NAHL and the USHL. The Eels always had the College placement clearly established. But with Coach Perri we can now leverage and garner broader opportunities for our players.

 

 Welcome aboard Coach Perri.

The Florida Eels Hit 17 College Placements - Jeff O'Dea Commits to the University of Oklahoma

The Florida Eels are especially excited to announce its 17th college commitmentJeff O’Dea commits to ACHA Div. I the University of Oklahoma. OU is one of the top ACHA Div. I programs in the USA. It was ranked Nationally 9th over all this past season and was the finalist for the Division I National championship. We all know that OU is one of the most prestigious universities in the USA. This is an excellent choice for Jeff, as he will be attending one of the premier public universities in the USA while playing for a first class hockey program. OU’s hockey players are treated as top NCAA hockey players. They are provided with so many perks and it is an extremely competitive program. 

 

Jeff came to the Eels from the elite Tier I Belle Tire Midget U18 AAA program. 

Jeff has played for the Eels for the past two seasons. He immediately was an impact player for the Eels. He showed tremendous character with the Eels over the past two seasons. He worked each week with our youth hockey players giving back to the sport he has become so accomplished.

 

 GM Scarpaci commented Jeff was one of our most gifted and natural athletes. He has enormous skill set that incudes explosive speed, soft hands and a very gifted scorer. Moreover, he is a very tough competitor. Last season he played through an entire game with a broken jaw without telling anyone. He has so many intangibles to say the least. This kid has heart. A high hockey IQ and plays at a high compete level. 

 

O’Dea, GM Scarpaci says, had a number of NCAA Div. 3 offers from some top colleges and universities in the Northeast and Midwest. But Jeff took his time and did his due diligence. As Jeff commented he was looking to secure an outstanding academic education coupled with a continued competitive college hockey program. Indeed he found this with OU. 

 

We wish the best to Jeff O’Dea. 

Florida Eels reaches #18 in college commits for 2016-17 As Michael Weedman Commits to McKendree University

Michael Weedman (Hometown: O'Fallon, MO)
Florida Eels U 16 team Commits to McKendree  University Illinois  ACHA 2016

Head Coach Henson from  McKendree University said  on Weedman: "Michael has great puck skill and an explosive first step. His speed is a plus as well and we expect him to come in and make an immediate impact. He plays a solid 200-foot game and we anticipate we will use him in many situations. Michael has a real desire to compete and he will bring that to every aspect of his experience here at McKendree University. “ GM Scarpaci says Michael is a great kid. Strong character and comes from a very loving and supportive family. Very nice skill set. Plays with much heart will and determination He will do very well at McKendree University. This is a very good academic school. We are glad to see another one of our Eel alumni move on to college and still follow his passion to play ice hockey. 

Brandon Hamner and Max Gruzdev Hit Top Highlights In Goals

The Florida Eels Shine At The USPHL Spring Showcase

Brandon Hamner Marks # 4 in Great Goals 

Max Gruzdev makes #10 on the  hit list

The Eels did very well this weekend as they advanced to the playoff round with 15 prospects 

NCAA & NHL Scouts Make USPHL Spring Showcase Top Exposure Platform

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 NCAA & NHL Scouts Make USPHL Spring Showcase Top Exposure Platform

 

Marlborough, MA - The USPHL held its annual Spring Showcase this past weekend at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA, featuring forty eight teams competing across three divisions.  On Sunday May 8, three of those teams were named champions.

 

 The Florida Eels Advocare team made it to the first round. We had 16 prospects  on that team wearing Eels jerseys. We also had another 20 players on the Eels  prospects team. Once again the Eels players captured the eye of college scouts and so goes the college recruiting for the Eels. The players who joined us so why players come to the Eels.

 

The Florida Eels are proud to be part of the USPHL Premier League. The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL.com), which operates in 18 of the 50 United States, is the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league.  The league is comprised of 167 teams representing 57 organizations.  Players in the USPHL are 8 to 21 years of age.   Over the past two years, the USPHL has seen over 500 of its players advance to the collegiate level.  

 

United States Premier Hockey League social media accounts:

Twitter: @USPHL Facebook: UPSHL

 

The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL.com), which operates in 18 of the 50 United States, is the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league.  The league is comprised of 167 teams representing 57 organizations.  Players in the USPHL are 8 to 21 years of age.   Over the past two years, the USPHL has seen over 500 of its players advance to the collegiate level.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Eels Announce Its 16th College Commitment: Congratulations to ROBERT CEREPAK as he commits to NCAA men’s ice hockey program at Colby College for the 2016-17 academic year.

Congratulations to ROBERT CEREPAK as he commits to NCAA men’s ice hockey program at Colby College for the 2016-17 academic year. Colby College is one of the America’s nation’s premier colleges as it is ranked in 19th in the Nation in Liberal Arts for national Colleges and Universities. Colby College is located in pristine Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley, ME. Colby College plays in the prestigious NESCAC hockey conference along with such schools as Williams, Trinity, Bowdoin, Hamilton, Middlebury, Amherst, Tuffs, Wesleyan and Connecticut College. The NESCAC hockey conference is commonly referred to as the Ivy League of Division 3.

 

 The Florida Eels welcomed ROBERT CEREPAK to the Florida Eels USP3 team in the last half of the season where he came via a major trade with the Kalkaska Rhinos Michigan.

 

Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci stated Robert is an extremely gifted and skilled forward who can put the puck in the net. He has explosive speed and an insatiable appetite to score and win.  He has an extremely high hockey IQ. He plays at a very high compete level. This season Cerepak scored 25 goals and 52 assist for 77 points in the regular season and another 7 goals and 11 assist in the playoffs notching a total of 32 goals and 63 assist this past season. That is over 2 points per game!  He was amongst the league leading scorers in the Midwest Conference of the USPHL.   

 

Cerepak previously played prep school hockey for Lawrenceville and the Gunnery Prep School where he had CAREER TOTALS of 33 goals and 41 assist in 75 games. There averaging a point per game.

 

GM Scarpaci echoed, Robert is a leader no doubt. He was team captain at Lawrenceville, The Gunnery Prep and for the Kalkaska Rhinos.  He led all his   teams in all positive categories. No doubt he will be an impact player for Colby College. He has an excellent shot, extremely lethal on the power play and stifles teams on the penalty kill.  He battles hard in all three zones. He has a high compete level. He wears opponents down with a very aggressive drive to the net. He is hungry and forces turnovers with his in your face fore-check.  

 

Robert is an extremely bright young man with record numbers in his SAT and ACT scores along with a very high GPA. He was accepted by a number of leading colleges and universities and had a very challenging decision to make. Robert and his family are very pleased and honored to be accepted to Colby College.Coby College has an outstanding NCAA Men’s hockey team. This is the best among the best.  No doubt Robert will flourish academically and athletically. We are extremely proud of his decision and wish him the best in his college days ahead of him. 

Revised and Updated USPHL Spring Showcase Schedule 5/2/17 9:00 pm

REVISED USPHL SPRING SHOWCASE SCHEDULE 5/2/16 9:00 PM

by Frank Scarpaci 
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UPDATED 
2016 USPHL Spring Showcase 
Schedule

Venue: 
New England Sports Center 
121 Donald Lynch Boulevard 
Marlborough, MA 01752 
(508) 229-2700

Florida Eels Team Advocare

Date Time Teams Rink
05/06/16 2:10 p.m. Team Advocare vs. Hampton 2 
Roads Green

05/07/16 3:00 p.m. Team Advocare vs. Springfield Pics 2 
Green

05/07/16 8:30 p.m. Team Advocare vs. Rhinos 2 

05/08/16 TBA Playoffs

Florida Eels Prospects

Date Time Teams Rink
05/06/16 11:30 a.m. Eels Prospects vs. Charlotte Rush 6

05/06/16 5:00 p.m. Eels Prospects vs. Pal Islanders 5 
Orange

05/07/16 7:20 p.m. Eels Prospects vs. Connecticut 4 
Rangers Red

 



 

Florida Eels Announce It Will Be Attending 5 Showcase Next Season

Florida Eels Junior Teams Add an unprecedented 5th showcase to its 2016-17 season. The Eels GM Frank Scarpaci echoes that his program is showcase centric. The key to our program is to get our players in front of as many NCAA college coaches as many times as we can. With 4 games played at each of the 5 showcases means a total of 20 games of exposure and visibility for both of our teams. 

 

This is what separates us from so many other programs. We provide the exact same exposure opportunities for both teams. We always integrated showcases in our schedule and in years past we participated in 4 of these showcases. In fact a quick comparison of other leagues and teams reflects that they typically only partake in 2 showcases. We think that simply is not enough says GM Scarpaci. If a player does not have a great weekend or is sick then his chances of being scouted and recruited is cut measurably. On the other hand with the Eels we always set our standards much higher with 4 showcases: Two in the north and two in the South. 

 

This year GM Scarpaci states that he is making the significant investment for his players and taking both teams to a third showcase in Boston Mass. This will be a midweek event part of the Boston Junior Bruins Shootout. We know it being mid week will allow for even greater attendance of the New England College coaches. 

 

I look for as many avenues and methods to further provide what ever we can to bring our players to the Next Level. That is why players choose to come to the Eels. They know we take the extra step and go the further mile for our players to get into college. 

 

The Eels are very proud of its legacy. 175 alumni who went off to college. Consistently 20 players per season over the last 3 years have moved on to college. This season is no different. We have 15 college commits and we expect to announce 5 more by May 31st

 

Florida Eels Scouting Staff Heads Off to Madison WI for a Major Scouting Tour

The Florida Eels Junior Scouting team are off to Madison Wisconsin this weekend en route to the Mr. Mr. Jr Hockey Prospects Showcase. There will be 6 teams of 20 players per team of solid junior prospects at this event. The event is scouted by USHL, NAHL, USPHL the BCHL and other junior leagues across the USA and Canada. 

This is an annual recruitment stop for the Eels coaching and scouting staff. We have garnered some of our top players from this forum and we expect no different this year. In fact I have seen the preliminary roster sheets and I must say it is indeed an impressive crop of players. 

These showcases are akin to the NHL draft as it is venues like these that the Eels build our teams. Last week we were in Pittsburgh for the prestigious Americas Showcase, which is the USA Hockey Nationals for High School All Stars; an event which features top high school players from across the USA. The showcase was absolutely phenomenal. It boasted over 500 players from varying degrees and levels.

The Eels signed 5 players from that Showcase.

We look forward to another strong scouting campaign in WI

Frank Scarpaci
Florida Eels GM

Florida Eels Juniors Fielding Two Teams at the USPHL Spring Showcase

USPHL Spring Showcase to Display Top Talent in Marlborough, MA

09/14/2015, 5:30pm EDT
By Brett Bruneteau / Mike Klein
Boston, MA (September 15, 2015)- The USPHL Spring Showcase is set to begin on May 6 at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA. The event plans to feature top players from across the USPHL’s junior and midget divisions. 
 
 
 
“The USPHL is dedicated to giving its players opportunities throughout the entire calendar,” said USPHL commissioner Richard Gallant.  “Our teams not only develop players throughout the season, but also work with them extensively in the offseason.  The USPHL Spring Showcase is a great way to display those players, and their hard work, to scouts from around the country.  This is a tremendous advantage to playing in the USPHL.”  
 
The event is anticipated to be heavily scouted with teams from around the country in attendance.  Event passes can be purchased at the New England Sports Center starting at just $10.
 
The USPHL has also teamed up with Fast Hockey, the exclusive broadcasting partner of the UPSHL and 2016 USPHL Spring Showcase, to air each game at the event live on FastHockey.com.
 
A list of games and their air times can be found at USPHL.com.
 
 
United States Premier Hockey League social media accounts:
Twitter: @USPHL Facebook: UPSHL
 
The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL.com), which operates in 18 of the 50 United States, is one of the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey leagues.  The league is comprised of 106 teams representing 51 organizations.  Players in the USPHL are 15 to 21 years of age.   Over the past two years, the USPHL has seen over 350 of its players advance to the collegiate level.  

Tag(s): USPHL Spring Showcase 

 
 

Special Price Eels Players and Parents NHL Florida Panthers Playoff Tickets

Guys come join the excitement of NHL Florida Panthers Playoffs. Guys please go to our Team App Newsletter for full details and info. The Florida Panthers are providing great ticket deals to the Florida Eels players families and friends for game 7 vs the NY Islanders. This is a very exciting time for Florida hockey as both the Lightning and the Panthers are in the playoffs. I went to game 5 Friday night. My god it went into double over time. So we encourage you to treat your sons and daughters and tell your friends. Just go to the Newsletter section of the App and down load and contact Andrew the Panther representative. Hope you have fun.

New England Pro Am NHL Pre Draft Schedule Set

New England Pro Am PreDraft

Schedule

 

Venues:

Canton Sportsples                                                     Mark Bavis Arena

5 Carver Circle                                                          180 VFW Drive

Canton, MA 02021                                                    Rockland, MA  02370

781-821-0304                                                          781-982-7070

 

Foxboro Sports Center

10 E. Belcher Road

Foxboro, MA  02035

508-698-0505

 

Friday, May 13 2016:

 

8:30 a.m.        Eels v. Hockey Concepts Futures                 Mark Bavis Arena

 

1:40 p.m.        Eels v. Coast Militia White                            Canton Sportsplex

 

Saturday, May 14, 2016:

 

8:40 a.m.        Cape Cod Islands vs. Eels                             Foxboro Sports Center

 

Sunday, May 15, 2016:

 

Semi-Finals and Finals

The Florida Eels Sending Three Teams To Boston For the Spring Showcases

The Florida Eels Junior program will be fielding two teams at the USPHL Spring Showcase May 6-8th 2016 in Marlboro Ma.

 

The Florida Eels will also be icing one team at the prestigious New England Pro Am NHL Pre Draft May 13-15th 2016 in Walpole/Foxboro/Rockland Ma.

 

The Eels will be bringing a mixture of Eel veteran players and prospects for the upcoming season. It will give a chance for our 1995 players to get in one last showcase to further hone in their skills in preparation for their upcoming hockey season as college players.

 

 It will also offer avenue for some 1995 players who are uncommitted to be able to be scouted and signed by college coaches who are looking to still fill some spots. In fact last spring the Eels were able to garner 4 spots on college teams at this venue for its players. I remember very well the smiles on those players and parents faces when we secured those positions.

 

Of course at this event GM Scarpaci is bringing 40 prospects between his 3 teams. These showcases in fact operate as our Eels Tryouts. The Eels host 2 USPHL Spring teams in May, one Pro AM Pre Draft Team in May, one Sr Chowder Cup Team in July, one USPHL Summer Team in July and a Junior Chowder Cup Team in July as well.

Boston College Coaching Staff Eyeing Florida Eels All- Star Defenseman Andrey Stankevich

Boston College Coaching Staff Eyeing Florida Eels

All- Star Defenseman Andrey Stankevich

 

 The Florida Eels players continue to garner the attention from some of the top coaches in college hockey. Most recently there has been some activity by Boston College coaching staff that is eyeing Andrey Stankevich. We here at the Eels know Andrey true ability and talent. There is no question he dominated the USP3 league this year and was considered to be one of the best defenseman in the entire USPHL including Elite and Premier. When he came here from Russia we did not have an open import spot due to the restrictions placed on us to two imports.  Unlike some players who have an ego, Andrey simply wanted to play junior hockey in a good league and he fell in love with our Eels program. He played one year in the USA in a non-USA junior program in Cape Cod and was looking for the USPHL experience.

He was a perfect fit for Coach Frankie’s style as well. He gelled right in with his fellow Russian player Max Gruzdev who was grandfathered in as an import.  He knew Gruzdev who originally was slated to play in the NAHL loved it with the Eels and that said a lot for Andrea as Gruzdev was one of the premier forwards from Russia. Gruzdev is also one of the top players in the USPHL who was scouted by UNH and a plethora of NCAA Division 3 college coaches. Max explained to Andrey the benefit of ice time, training and exposure attending 5 college showcases outweighs everything else

Well for Andrey this sure proved to be true as he has been heavily recruited by a solid dozen NCAA Division III college schools and now has captured an eye of the Division I coaches. Andrey was named to the USPHL All Star team and was named player of the week for defense 5 times this season. He was amongst the league leaders in scoring and that is said as a defenseman.

 

Andrey is great character young man. He works very hard and wont ever quit. He sets a great example to his teammates. He loves the experience and time he spent here in the USA and Florida in particular.

 

Florida Eels GM and Scouts off to Pittsburgh and Chicago This Weekend

Wednesday starts the Americas' Cup which is the USA Hockey Nationals for the High School All Star Players. Over 500 players attend this major event. The Eels traditionally pick up 4-5 players per year at this event. Joining GM Scarpaci is Sean Price who is the Eels Florida and Colorado Scout. 
Sean has a great eye for talent and has already brought 4-5 players to the Eels for next season. Sean played college hockey and knows what the Eels are looking for. 

The showcase starts Thursday and runs through next Monday. It takes place annually in Pittsburgh. This weekend the Eels will have a scout at the EHK in Chicago as well. That too has proven a strong recruiting forum for the Eels garnering very good players from the greater Chicago area. 

The Eels go twice to Chicago in fact as it has a strong player pool.

This weekend kicks off our busiest time of year. The recruiting season.

Revised Summer Camp Dates

2016 Florida Eels Summer Hockey Camps 

 

Summer Camp

2016 Florida Eels Summer Hockey Camps

Take Your Game to The Next Level
Sharpen Your Competitive Edge

  • Power Skating and Technique
  • Creative Stick Handling
  • Passing…Delivery One-Touch and Receipt
  • Shooting with Speed and Accuracy
  • Puck Control and the Art of Deception
  • Individual Skill and Team Concepts 
  • Goaltending Training Technique and Style

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Summer Ice Hockey Camp

Summer Camp 2016 Info

Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

Dates:  week one 
June 13th - 17th
 week two July 18th - 22nd  and  week 3  August 1-5th  

Camp drop off is at 8:30 am
 Ice times and Off – Ice: TBD

Mites – Bantams stay from 8:30 am – 4 :00 pm
 Midgets and Juniors Done by noon
 Pick Up time is at 4:00 pm sharp

Cost:
  250.00 for all players

To enroll and register:
Complete Flyer at the rink or Contact: Frank Scarpaci Hockey Director 941-400-9023

 

 

Corrected and Revised New England Pro Am NHL Pre Draft Schedule For Florida Eels

    New England Pro Am Schedule  
 May 13 Friday 8:30am A Eels vs. Hockey Concepts Futures
 May 13 Friday :40pm 1 East Coast Militia White vs. Eels
 May 14  Saturday 8:40am 1 Cape Cod Islanders vs. Eels  
May 15t Sunday TBA Playoffs      
           
       

A huge congratulation goes out to Bryan Miller as he notches the Florida Eels 14th commitment this season. He commits to the University of Florida

A huge congratulation goes out to Bryan Miller as he notches the Florida Eels 14th commitment this season. This is especially impressive as Bryan is only a 1997 DOB. He is no doubt one of the Florida Eels top academic students and was accepted by some of the top schools in the USA. Now that says something. Bryan has committed to the University of Florida. He will be studying pre- med with his focus on sports medicine.  As a pre-med student he will have a full load on the academic side so he intelligently and prudently decided to marshal his time and select a solid ACHA program.

 

Bryan is a homegrown Florida Eel. He played for the Eels Bantam team and 2 seasons on the Eels midget team. It was all about developing his skill set. Late in his 2nd year as a midget he was promoted to the Eels USP3 Junior team. This past season he was voted as one of the team’s assistant captains. There he and his co captains did an incredible job with leadership responsibilities.

 

Bryan is a very talented young hockey player. GM Scarpaci says he has great vision on the ice. He has tremendous passion and is one of the most dedicated and determined young men who ever laced up a pair of skates for the Eels. He comers from an incredible family that has supported him in every aspect of his life including hockey. They have been dedicated volunteers with the Eels program. A big thanks to his dad who is our Fast hockey technician, his mom who helps in game day affairs and his sister who volunteers as one of our team photographers.

 

His head coach, Frankie Scarpaci noted his player profile and scouting report:

 

BRYAN IS A SKILLED FORWARD, WITH GOOD ACCELERATION AND SPEED. HE IS GOOD WITH FACE OFFS AND HAS GREAT COMPOSURE IN MANY SITUATIONS. HE HAS GOOD OFFENSIVE SKILL, ONE OF THE EELS AND LEAGUE LEADING SCOERS AND HAS A GRITTINESS ABOUT HIS GAME IN FRONT OF THE NET. HE CAN PLAY DEFENSE WHEN NEEDED. IN FACT IN THE LATER PART OF THE SEASON WHEN ONE OF OUR TOP DEFENSEMAN WENT DOWN WITH AN INJURY MILLER STEPPED UP AND PERFORMED WITH REMARKABLE SKILL AND COMPSURER MAKING THE TRANSITION FLAWLESS AND HELP LEAD US TO THE SEMI FINALS IN THE LEAGUE CHAPIONSHIP SERIES.

 

GM Scarpaci says Bayan is an unusual individual. Although he has 2 more years remaining playing juniors, he has the academic offerings that are close to a full scholarship that simply could not be turned down. He will no doubt turn his passion and dedication to his medical studies and one day be serving our community as a physician. Indeed, Head Coach Frankie Scarpaci said it so perceptively, that “most guys will end their hockey career once college hockey is over. Where as Bryan Miller will be continuing it forever as he will be servicing hockey players and athletes as their physician” 

 

We wish the best of luck to Bryan. There is no doubt that he will make us all proud in his endeavors and studies at college.

GM Scarpaci Joins Front Office of the USPHL

 

 GM Frank Scarpaci has been invited by the Executive Board to join the league front office as a representative of the league. GM Scarpaci created the Eels over a dozen years ago and the Eels are the oldest junior franchise not only in Florida but the entire Southeast. GM Scarpaci was the original architect along with now retired Rich Ninko of Rocklege Fl  to create the Southeast Junior Hockey league and later the EJHL South. GM Scarpaci at one time served as the VP of the Southeast Junior Hockey League and commissioner and several terms as VP of the EJ South. He   was the moving force behind merging into the USPHL. 

 

GM Scarpaci will assist the league and local  Southern Conference owners and coaches  with league matters. Obviously GM Scarpaci will remain on with the Eels as its General Manager and assist in the coaching of the two junior teams. He is very excited about some of the changes about to happen in the USPHL and the continued growth of the league. The league has placed over 2,400 players into NCAA college hockey. 180 into Division I NCAA college men’s teams. This is extremely impressive. The Eels have an impressive track record of their own boasting 175 players into college hockey. 

Conner Annett Marks the Eels 13th college commitment for 2016.

Florida Eels Elite Team forward Connor Annett committed to NCAA Division III Stevenson University. Annett is 6’0” 175 pounds. A second year veteran with the Eels. He left the Eels for one year to play juniors in Canada. After realizing what he had left was better than what he went after he returned to the Eels this year. In 37 games this season he had 22 goals and 29 assist for a total of 51 points. He has 12 power play goals.

 

Coach Jason provide the following scouting report:  CONNOR HAS INCREDIBLE SPEED, GREAT VISION AND IS QUICK ON THE DRAW.  A PROVEN SET-UP MAN WHO IS NOT AFRAID TO BATTLE IN THE CORNERS AND IS ALWAYS LOOKING TO FIND THE PLAY, MAKING HIM A HUGE OFFENSIVE THREAT.  CONNOR IS ALWAYS STRIVING TO BE A BETTER PLAYER FOCUSING ON PLAYING NCAA HOCKEY NEXT SEASON

 

 General Manager Frank Scarpaci echoed that like all of our 1995 players Connor had at least 5 NCAA offers and a dozen ACHA Div. I options. Stevenson is a new program entering NCAA Division III this upcoming season. Connor is excited about the opportunity to break into the line up and become an immediate impact player on that team. He had a great feel for the program and looks forward to playing for coach Dawes.

 

GM Scarpaci commented that Connor plays with a real edge. I refer it to the Boston/Toronto attitude. He is intense and has self-drive.

 

Connor marks the Eels 13th player this season committing to college. He is the first Florida Eels to commit to Stevenson. This is exciting for the Eels’ program to be able to place our players in such a diverse number of schools. Over all we have 10 different colleges our players have committed to this season out of 13 players.  The Eels have 175 in total as its history in college placement.

 

We wish Conner the best in his college endeavors. He comes from a very supporting family who have made enormous sacrifices for him and without that commitment he would never had realized his dreams. This is what the Eels do: Create opportunities for our players. Expose them to a plethora of showcases and garner significant visibility and exposure. Then work very hard with the colleges in the recruitment process. Connor is a prime example of the fruits of these efforts. Good luck and best wishes. 

Robert Cerepak:Weighing Major Options From NCAA Colleges

 

Top 25 Tier 3 Hockey Points Leader Yet to Commit for the 2016-17 Season

"Saying the season went well is an understatement." says Tier 3 veteran skater Robert Cerepak who found a perfect fit under Krzysztof Oliwa Head Coach for the Kalkaska Rhinos.  Cerepak trained for three years with Oliwa both on and off the ice.  Prior to this season the two agreed Robert would work to reach the 100 point mark, ultimately finishing with a highly respectable 95 points and completing the regular season as a top 25 points leader across all Tier 3 Junior Hockey.
 
"Hard work comes natural to him," states Oliwa "Robert definitely has what it takes to play at the NCAA level.  His commitment is unbelievable.  He developed into a complete player, a leader and the go-to guy.  You put him on the ice when you need to close.  He's the epitome of a player you want and the kind of player you wish every player was like"

For the first 30 games of the 2015-16 season he led the Rhinos not only as a top point producer but as team Captain. The 5'9 175lb Forward earned 23 goals and 43 assists, averaging 2.2 points per game while in a Rhinos jersey.  In an effort to put him in a better spot going into playoffs, both Cerepak and Oliwa agreed that a trade to the Florida Eels would prove beneficial. 

Cerepak arrived in Fort Meyers Florida with 6 regular season games left on the Eels schedule, logging 2 goals and 9 assists while contributing to 37% of the Eels goals during that span.  Through 10 playoff games, the New Jersey native registered a USP3HL high 18 points, contributing to an incredible 44% of the Eels goals.   
 
"He puts himself among the top in the USA." States Frank Scarpaci Head Coach of the Florida Eels "He is an incredibly gifted forward (with a) high skill set and high hockey IQ.  Knows what to do and why we do some things.  He has an insatiable appetite to score. He drives to the net with passion and heart. Never quits no matter what the odds.  Battles hard on the boards and in front of the net. Very good in all three zones. Has an incredibly accurate wrist shot and a lethal wrist shot."

"All in all, I have to give the most credit to Coach Oliwa and Coach Scarpaci for developing me into the player I am on and off the ice." says Robert " I could not thank them enough for all they have done. "

Cerepak has yet to commit to college for the 2016-17 season.  Both Coach Oliwa and Coach Scarpaci spoke of Robert's leadership qualities on and off the ice and Scarpaci went on to say that he's "No doubt our best forward since he came over to the Eels. He is in my opinion the only true Division 1 player in the USPHL Elite division"
 
"He is in my opinion the only true Division 1 player in the USPHL Elite division"

From an academic standpoint, Roberts performance in the classroom mirrors his work on the ice.  "He is an exceptionally bright young man who posts a very strong GPA and ACT SAT scores." adds Scarpaci "His grades were realized from 4 years at a top academic Prep School Lawrenceville and 1 year Post Grad at Gunnery.  Grades from those schools are worth their weight in gold. Really no gifts."

To learn more about Robert contact 
Coach Oliwa at JuniorHockeyCoach@gmail.com
or Coach Scarpaci at eelshockeycoach@aol.com
 
"My time at both organizations has developed me to an extent that I would have never believed I'd reach." - Robert Cerepak
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gage Downing Commits To West Chester University

Congratulations Goes Out To Gage Downing for reaching #12 for Eels College’ Commitments. Gage is a two-year veteran of the Eels and brought a plethora of experience and hockey talent to our program. He is a 6’3” 237 pound power forward who can equally play defense.

 

Gage committed to West Chester University ACHA Div. I in Pennsylvania. He joined the Eels in 2013-14 after playing for the Philadelphia Jr Flyers in the MetJHL and high school hockey in 2012-13. In 2014-15 he played ACHA Div. I at Penn State Berks returning this season to the Eels Elite team to further master his skills and better posture himself as a college player.

 

Gage has amassed a 143 games a total of 22 goals and 44 assist in his young career. Remember the lions share of these points were garnered as a defenseman. He will be bringing to his new college team incredible experience in regular season games and playoff activity. In fact this season he scored 3 goals and 1 assist in the playoffs.

 

Gage was a key player for the Eels and played an intricate role in many different ways. He started his first season on the Eels USP3 (Empire) team and moved up 1/3rd of the season. He is an example of a by-product of the Eels player development system. Like 15 other players on this years’ Elite team they all moved up from the Eels Empire squad. Now that is player development.  Gage came to the Eels as a defenseman. A position he played at most of his life. Coach Bloomingburg moved him up to a forward because he dominated his opponents up front. You could not beat him along the boards and he was a mountain and a fixture in the opposing crease. He also has a real knack for scoring.  In addition to his regular line he manned the power play with his big body and smart positioning.

 

Coach Bloomingburg provided the following scouting report:

GAGE WAS CONVERTED TO FORWARD AND 10 GOALS IN HIS LAST 20 GAMES, INCLUDING PLAYOFFS.  AS A DEFENSEMAN, GAGE WAS CONSIDERED TO BE A STAY AT HOME, PHYSICAL DEFENSEMAN.  GAGE HAS GOOD HOCKEY SENSE AND VISION AS WELL AS A STRONG FIRST PASS, SHOT BLOCKING CAPABILITY, AND PHYSICALITY ALLOWED GAGE TO SUCCEED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER.  THE CONVERSATION TO FORWARD ALLOWED GAGE TO UTILIZE HIS DEFENSIVE CAPABILITY, HIS SIZE AND STRENGTH TO SET UP IN FRONT OF THE NET AS WELL AS TO ESTABLISH AN AGGRESSIVE FORECHECK.

 

GM Scarpaci echoed, “Gage’s experience speaks volumes to what he will add to West Chester University’s team. Equally important for his new coach is to know that he is getting a very good individual. This is a high character young man. He comes from a very loving and supportive family who has made enormous sacrifices to assist him in reaching his life long goal to play college hockey and gain very good education.  This is a solid stand up young man. Very respectable with impeccable morals. He will be a very valuable player to his new team and his new college community.”

 

 

West Chester University’s men’s ice hockey team plays in a great college division. They play in the ESCHL. This is a tough conference as they play against some of the top teams in the ACHA including: Stonybrook, Lebanon Valley, University of Rhode Island, Delaware and Rutgers. WOW.

 

This was a tough choice for Gage as he had a number of good NCAA Div. 3 College coaches who were indeed interested in him. He had to weigh the options he had playing in Rhode Island Massachusetts or New Hampshire compared to playing closer to home with a great education at West Chester University.  After weighing his options he is excited to have made his decision.

 

We wish Gage the best of luck in his future endeavors in college. We will surely miss him next season and the support his grandparents provided as our official photographer of the Elite team. Thank you for all you have done for us.  We are proud to have had him part of our program for 2 seasons and part of our Eels family. 

Colin Whitt Marks # 10 This Season For Eels NCAA College Commits

The Florida Eels are honored to announce our 10th College Commitment this season. Colin Whitt has decided to commit to Worcester State University for the Fall 2016-17 academic year. Colin is looking forward to playing NCAA Men’s college hockey for the Lancers for the next 4 years.

Colin came to the Florida Eels from Texas two seasons ago. He matured into a solid defenseman. He is 6’1” 193 pounds from Southlake TX. He is a great character young man who comes from extremely loving and supportive parents. Colin had many NCAA Div. III options and it was a very difficult decision to make. He was honored to have been recruited by so many well-known and respected college coaches from some very prestigious colleges and universities. No doubt they all loved what they saw in him both from a tangible and intangible basis. 

Coach Bloomingburg provide the following scouting report: 
“COLIN IS A BIG PHYSICAL DEFENSEMEN THAT PLAYS ALL THREE ZONES. HE HAS A HARD SHOT THAT GETS THROUGH TRAFFIC AND TO THE NET ON THE POWER PLAYER AND DURING REGULAR PLAY. COLIN GETS STRICKS IN LANES ON THE PEANALTY KILL AND IN ODD MAN SITUATIONS. COLLIN IS ALSO A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AND LEADER AMONGST HIS TEAMMATES”

Colin was selected as assistant captain this year by his peers and by coach Jason. He showed tremendous leadership. He was a key ingredient in the Elite team’s success this season. He helped lead his team to the best record amongst the Florida Teams two seasons in a row and 2nd best in the Southern Conference. In fact his Elite team held the 2nd best record in the entire Elite league including the Northern Conference. 

GM Scarpaci often echoed that Colin has the best work ethic on the entire team. He arrived at practice a minimum of 1 hour before anyone else and remained an extra hour shooting 150 pucks each day 5 days a week. This is a very dedicated and determined individual. He realizes in order to make it in life you can’t just put in your time. He works on all of the little things in his game during his down time. These are the ingredients of a successful individual in life whether as hockey player, lawyer, businessman or any craft. That is what makes him so special. I strongly believe he will go far in life. He will excel at anything he does. 

Colin took his time checking out all of the schools and programs. He met with GM Scarpaci weekly on his college options. Very few players did the “Due Diligence “ as Colin and his family. They really like the growth pattern of WSU, its plans for the new rink, the new dorms, the classrooms, areas of study and the coaching staff. 

He also loves the fact that WSU is located in true college town. Surrounding WSU are such schools as Holy Cross, Assumption, and a short distance away Boston College Boston University, Harvard, Providence College, Brown University and 50+ other schools. It is a meca of academia. Moreover, WSU plays in the prestigious Massachusetts state college league MASCAC. Colin will be playing against Salem State, Framingham State Fitchburg State, Plymouth State, Westfield State, and U Mass Dartmouth.

Colin is excited as well as he is joining fellow teammate Garret Wood and last year’s goalies Max Kirkwood and Cory Lignelli. We wish Colin the best in his academic endeavors and future as a player with WSU.

Florida Eels Alumni Joey Colartarci Commits To NCAA Division Arian College.

Florida Eels Alumni Joey Colartarci Commits To NCAA Division Arian College. Joey played Bantam and Midget youth hockey for the Eels and played two years as a junior player with the Florida Eels. He is no doubt one of the most talented young men who ever played for the Eels. He is right up there with Richy Boyd UNH Div. I and Mario Puskarich UVT Div. I. All three are home grown Florida kids and it makes it especially nice to see our guys move on to top-level men’s college hockey. Joey takes second fiddle to none however says GM Scarpaci. He is a very exciting player to watch, explosive speed who is as dedicated and determined as any player I ever seen play. He is a winner and his attitude is contagious on the bench and in the locker room. 

Joey moved up north having a chance to play for the QMJHL Moncton Wild Cats several years ago. However, he elected not to sign and maintain his college eligibility. Joey respected the wishes of his grandparents who were a very special part of his upbringing. Joey knew in the end he had to pursue college as his option. Therefore he signed with a Canadian Junior team known as Summerside Western Capitals where he played for the couple of seasons. 
Joey currently leads all MHL defensemen in points with 42 in 43 games. That is no surprise. Remember he is a defenseman. 

For the Eels as a junior player he played in 63 games where he garnered 8 goals and 36 assist for 44 points. Think about it he was only 15-16 years old! These points do not include spring and summer showcases where he notched another 12 goals and 20+ assist. 

As GM Scarpaci opines Joey has tremendous presence on the ice. There is no doubt when he is on the ice opponents know he is there. . He is outstanding in the defensive zone. He simply does not make too many mistakes there. He beats you up in front of the net and battles so hard along the boards. He is phenomenal on the transition. He has explosive speed and very lethal on the blueline. I have known him since he was squirt and he always was ahead of the pack. There is no question he quarterbacks the power play. To sum it up He is dominant and that is what the College coaches saw in him.

Adrian is one of the Premier NCAA Division III schools in the nation. Every year they are at the top of the standings. No doubt this is a Division III team that would rival many of the smaller NCAA Division I men’s teams. We wish Joey Colartarci the best of luck in his future endeavors in playing college hockey and pursuing his studies.

Garrett Wood Commits To NCAA WSU Men's College Hockey For 2016

Number 9 For the Florida Eels in terms of College Commitments thus far for 2016 academic year and this one is for #19 for the Eels Elite team: Garrett Wood.  Garrett Wood is among over a dozen Florida Eels recruited from Colorado. A huge congratulation goes out to Garrett as he commits to Worcester State University men’s NCAA Division III ice hockey program. WSU is located in Worcester Massachusetts.  WSU plays in the prestigious Massachusetts state college league MASCAC. Garrett will be playing against Salem State, Framingham State Fitchburg State, Plymouth State, Westfield State, and U Mass Dartmouth.

 

Garrett had several college options and was looking for a program that allowed him the opportunity to immediately step in and become an impact player. He is one of the Eels most dedicated players working 1 hour extra each day developing his shooting and off ice strengthen and conditioning. When others are finished and going home Garrett is still working at it says GM Scarpaci. I see him every day shooting 150+ pucks. It is the extra things the small thing that make the difference among players who make it…who advance then those that don’t. He learned in his first year as an Eel Junior player you cannot be complacent or entitled says GM Scarpaci.

 

Coach Bloomingburg said last season during training camp that Wood could be our best player. He has the ability to top others. He is a very good two-way player working very hard in all 3 zones.

 

Coach Bloomingburg provided the following scouting report on Garrett:

: FORWARD. D/O/B: 08/24/1995. HOMETOWN: GREELY, CO.

 HEIGHT: 6’0”; WEIGHT: 185 LBS., SHOOTS: LEFT. 2014-2015 TEAM: FLORIDA EELS ELITE TEAM.

 SCOUTING REPORT:  GARRETT IS A HARDNOSED, GRINDING POWER FORWARD WITH A GREAT WORK ETHIC AND GREAT STICK SKILLS.  HE IS VERY TENACIOUIS ON THE FORECHECK AND BACKCHECK; AND VERY PHYSICAL.  GARRETT IS RARELY SCORED AGAINST BY THE OPPOSITION; AND PHENOMENIAL IN THE FACEOFF CIRCLE. 

 

Coach Bloomingburg concluded that Garrett would be a solid player for WSU. He has the determination and desire and heart to play NCAA Div. III hockey. Not every player can and will reach that plateau. It is not surprising to any of us that he was scouted and recruited by a good number of solid schools. Coach Scarpaci echoed that Garrett was taught as an Eel that to take nothing for granted. He needs to work every shift and out work his opponents every time he is on the ice. Never be complacent no matter what the score is.

 

Garrett has been with the Eels for the past 2 seasons. He joins Eels top goalie from the 2014-15 season Max Kirkwood who players for the WSU Lancers. He looks forward to the challenges ahead of him. GM Scarpaci says we wish him the best of luck in his college years and we are extremely proud to have had him wear the Eels Jersey for two seasons. 

Michael Kohler Commits to Northern Michigan University

Congratulations to Florida Eels forward Michael Kohler as he commits to Northern Michigan University. Michael will play for Northern Michigan’s ACHA top team ACHA Division II.

Michael played for the Eels for the past 3 seasons migrating between the USPHL Elite and USP3 teams. In his final year with the Eels he settled into his role with the Eels USP3 team where he played for coach Frankie Scarpaci. He stepped up to the plate as one of the team’s captain’s and filled his role remarkably. This was not a figure head or ceremonial position for Kohler. He took his job very serious in molding, grooming and developing his younger players. He also took the lead on the ice where he commanded 17 goals and 29 assist in 37 games. He played along side of Max Gruzdev who garnered 22 goals and 44 assist and power forward and playmaker Robert Cerepak who averaged 2 points a game. Kohler was the catalyst on this line.

 

Michael’s presence of 6’3 197 pounds is intimidating and he was not afraid to use his body to create options and opportunities on the ice. 

 

Coach Frankie Scarpaci opines: Michael is a very strong tough and rugged power forward. He is a phenomenal shape. Has great work ethic on and off the ice. He uses his strength extremely well along the boards and in front of the net. Very coachable. He has a quick release on his wrist shot. His snap shot is lethal and very accurate.

 

Coach Frankie concluded that Mike is a high character young man. He volunteered every Thursday assisting our youth hockey coaches with the younger players. He also helped chair his team’s volunteer efforts in our food drive to feed the hungry and Toys For Tots at Christmas. Michael worked part time to help his mom with his tuition and living expenses. These intangibles are the qualities that make great future citizens.

 

  GM Scarpaci stated that he is very proud of Michael He is a great example of our player development model. He came to us as a project 3 seasons ago. A player who clearly with his outstanding skill set size and heart could have played in the NAHL But Mike elected to work and play for the Eels. He found people who believed in him and he believed in them. Mike had three NCAA Division III offers and elected to go to Northern Michigan University. It was his first choice. He loves the school, the area and is looking forward to playing there. He feels he can impress the coaching staff at Northern Michigan and be an impact player and perhaps garner the attention of the Division 1 coaching staff.  Michael will be truly missed. But that is why he came here and we are so excited for him. We wish him the best of luck.

The Eels and the USPHL Join With The NHL Lighting for the College Prospects Event

Join us at the Frozen Four and Hoby Baker Awards

Direct Invite To All Florida Eels Junior Players

Florida Eels Junior Players Invited To Partake In the USPHL College Prospect Game, attend 3 of the Frozen Four Games and the Hoby Baker Ceremony.  The NHL Tampa Bay Lighting and the USPHL are hosting this event.

 

April 7th -10th 2016 in Tampa Florida

 

The Players cost is $495.00 it includes tickets to all 3 NCAA Frozen 4 Games and the Hoby Baker Award Night. It also includes the College Prospects game April 7th at the Tampa Bay Lighting ISF practice facility

 

This is an opportunity of a lifetime. You wont often be able to partake in an event like this and have the opportunity to attend all of the NCAA Frozen Four games.

 

To register contact Frank Scarpaci Florida Eels GM 

Florida Eels Announce Their 7th NCAA College Commitment with Matthew Schneider Committing to SUNY Brockport


"Not On My Watch"

 

Florida Eels goaltender Matthew Schneider makes NCAA commitment to play at SUNY Brockport for 2016-17 academic year.

 

Matthew Schneider was one of the if not the top goalie all year long in the USPHL Elite division. His numbers speak for themselves by leading the league is several categories. Most notably wins with 21 and a Save percentage of .945%. He was even better during the playoffs. He led playoffs in wins with 6 and goals against posting a 1.43 GAA, also led playoffs in shutouts with 2. He was second in minutes played 420.00 and save percentage with a .948%.

 

GM Frank Scarpaci opined that he has been one of our strongest recruited players this season.    Matthew   was in the unenviable   position to have a number of strong NCAA Division 3 college coaches recruit him throughout our season for the next four years.   But there was no question Brockport was his first choice. Matt looks forward to playing for the Golden Eagles under coach Brian Dickinson   who has been at the helm of SUNY Brockport since the 1996-97 season. Matthew said he looks forward to playing in the very prestigious SUNY conference. Coach Dickerson and his assistant coach Stephen Mallaro have done a very impressive job building the hockey program at SUNY Brockport and he looks forward to becoming part of their team and making a solid contribution to the program.

 

 The following is the scouting report on Matthew:

Matt’s speed and ability to read the game are his two biggest assets. His ability to read the game allows him to shutdown odd man rushes and penalty situations. His positioning plays allows him to track pucks to his body making it easier to control rebounds. Matt’s compete level is very high which allows him to steal games for his team. He has great vision to see and track the puck. He communicates very well with his defenseman.”  Matthew has consistently been one of the top netminders in the USPHL over the last several years.

 

 "Matthew is a top notch player and an even better person, he will be able to adjust and excel on the ice and in the class room very quickly. Matthew is very focused and mentally driven to succeed at anything he chooses.” Coach Bloomingburg states.

 

GM Scarpaci states that we scouted Matthew for two seasons and when he became available we were sure and quick to sign him last season. We are very glad we did and trust the coaching staff at SUNY Brockport see the same tangible and intangible qualities as we saw in him. We are very proud of Matthew and wish him the best in his college endeavors. He is not only a solid goaltender but also an extremely bright young man with a tremendous future in whatever career path he chooses.

 

  

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH FRANKIE SCARPACI FOR BEING SELECTED AS ONE OF THE NOMINEES AS COACH OF THE YEAR USP3 DIVISION

Way to go Coach Frankie. The USPHL has nominated Coach Frankie Scarpaci to its list of coaches to be selected as this year's coach of the year. No doubt coach Frankie did an incredible job this year developing his team. With key departures to the Elite team Coach Frankie had a huge task before him at the year's outset. The league saw that over 15 players on the Elite team had moved up from the Eels Empire team over the last several years and it speak volumes for the Eels program.

 

This year the Eels USP3 team had 15 new comers and it’s been herculean tasks to train develop and garner camaraderie amongst these guys. Coach Frankie did a remarkable job at this task. The Eels USP3 team had 12 rookies amongst these 15 new comers.

 

The USP3 team went 22 wins 14 losses and 4 Ties. They had 5 players in the top scoring and 2 nominations in the MVP and one for Defense and one for goaltending. They were the number one team in the Florida Division in the regular season and won the Florida Divisional playoffs defeating both the Tampa Juniors and the Jr. Blades in the best 2 out of 3 in each of their rounds- earning the right to go to the USPHL Playoffs.

 

In the USPHL playoff Finals the Eels went 2-1 in the round robin defeating two of the top teams in the USPHL Midwest Divisions. The Eels lost in the semi finals vs. the Dells Ducks, which went on to win the league title.

 

No doubt the Eels USP3 team lived up to the billing of its GM Scarpaci who claimed to have an Elite level team in the USP3 division. Coach Frankie Your accomplishments as the league has recognized leader. Good luck

SEVEN FLORIDA EELS SELECTED AS NOMINEES BY USPHL 

by Frank Scarpaci 
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The Following Florida Eels have been selected as nominees as players of the year by the USPHL in the following categories 


___ F. Alex Sanchez (Florida Eels) 

___ D. Jonathan Carlson (Florida Eels) 

___ G. Matt Schneider (Florida Eels) 

___ C. Jason Bloomingburg (Florida Eels) 

___ MVP. Alex Sanchez (Florida Eels) 

___ MVP. Jonathan Carlson (Florida Eels)

___ MVP. Matt Schneider (Florida Eels) 


___ D. Andrey Stankiewciz (Florida Eels) 

___ G. Nolan Greene (Florida Eels) 

___ C. Frank Scarpaci (Florida Eels) 

___ MVP. Alex Stankiewciz (Florida Eels) __

_ MVP. Nolan Greene (Florida Eels)

Congratulations to Coach Jason Bloomingburg for also being selected as a nominee as coach of the year by the USPHL.

 

This is coach Bloomingburg’s 4th season as head coach of the Eels Elite team. This year Coach Bloomingburg had what he considered his best team ever. 18+ veteran players most of which moved up from its Empire USP3 team. A true tribute to the Eels player development model. We recruit and develop players into our system. Some immediately make the big team others migrate upward as their development matures. This year was an incredible season. The Eels finished second over all under the Hampton Road Whalers with a strong record of 31-8-1 for a total of 63 points. In fact we had the 2nd best record in the entire league despite the Northern Elite teams playing 44 games compared to the Eels 40 games. The Eels also scored more goals and few against than any team in the North.

 

The Eels had the best record amongst it Florida opponents that included the Tampa Juniors, the Palm Beach Hawks and the Atlanta Knights. This was a stacked team of very seasoned veterans. GM Scarpaci boasted he brought in a Premier level of players and the players lived up to their task all season long. In the playoffs the Eels went flawless vs. the Potomac Patriots and the Carolina Eagles. This eared them the right to move to the USPHL Finals. In the 2 games round robin the Eels defeated the top ranked Junior Bruins and the Syracuse Stars. Coach Bloomingburg captained his team to very impressive performances in front of a plethora of college scouts at the USPHL Finals and Beantown festivities.

 

In the end the Hampton Road Whalers edged the Eels 3-2 to bring the Eels top team season to and end. But the journey is far from over as so many of our players are moving on to college with 5 NCAA commitments already in place. 

Dells Ducks Overtakes Eels in Semis

Quack Attack Powers Ducks to USPHL Championship

03/11/2016, 9:00pm EST
By Mike Klein
Wyatt Nielsen notched a goal and an assist and Jared Young made 21 saves to lead the Dells Ducks to the USPHL USP3 Division Championship.
 
Christian vanSyckel gave the Ducks the lead 8:22 into the game when he took a pass from Nielsen at the point and skated in through the zone. He sent a backhand that was blocked by Hampton Roads goaltender Zach Alvarado, but Nielsen poked in the rebound.
 
Austin Johnson made it 2-0 when he ripped a laser from the point at 3:27 of the second period with assists from Alex Radcliffe and Felix Conrads.
 
With 3:09 on the clock, Nielsen took a pass from Johan Kling, skated through the right circle, and beat Alvarado on the near side.
 
Sherman Mowry added a goal from Jake Hepburn with 6:54 to play in the third period, and Radcliffe rounded out the scoring with 4:21 to play.
 
 
Dells Ducks 5, Florida Eels 2
 
Christian Vella put the Ducks in front 1:01 into the opening period. Sherman Mowery made it 2-0 with a power play goal from James Williams and Johan Kling 7:58 into the second. Robert Cerepak put the Eels on the board 3:12 into the third with an assist from Max Gruzdev and Andrej Stankevich tied the game when he scored from Sam Marolda at 4:48. Jaydn Munnelly pushed the Ducks in front with help from Riley Biel at 7:47. Lucas Smith scored from Mowery at 9:14 and Alex Radcliffe sealed the Ducks’ advancement to the Championship Game with an empty net goal in the closing seconds.
 
Hampton Roads Whalers 4, Jersey Hitmen 3 (OT)
 
Austin Connors gave Hampton Roads the lead 6:55 into the contest when he scored from Christian Johansen. Danny Cangelosi tied the game in the second period’s opening minute with a goal from Frank Steffe, who also scored a power play goal at 5:36 from Cangelosi and Anthony Steffe. Keith Bishop put the Hitmen up 3-1 with an assist from Luke Campomenosi with 8:13 left in second period. Brandon Osmundson narrowed the gap to on with help from John Moncovich with 54 seconds on the clock. Moncovich tied the game with an assist from Osmundson 26 seconds prior to the intermission. Neither team scored in the third period and the deadlock remained until Osmundson scored 12:07 into overtime from Moncovich and Austin Boyle to send Hampton Roads to the USP3 Championship Game.
 
 

Hampton Roads Whalers Capture Elite Division Playoff Title

Hampton Roads Whalers Capture Elite Division Playoff Title

03/11/2016, 5:00pm EST
By Mike Klein
Ryan Bochert scored two goals and Jacob Gerson notched a goal and an assist to lead the Hampton Roads Whalers to a 3-2 victory in the 2016 USPHL Elite Division Championship Game.

 

The Whalers came flying out of the gate, but Eels goaltender Matt Schneider turned away shot after shot until Cole Helgemo sent Bochert skating down the right side. Bochert shot from the circle and the puck slid past Schneider and into the net with 2:16 remaining in the first period.

 

The Whalers struck again with 12:02 to play in the second period when Gerson went down the left side and hit Bochert across the slot with a pass and knocked it in.

 

Jonathan Carlson put the Eels on the board fifty seconds into the final period when he took a pass from Connor Annett and blasted it home from the point.

 

Gerson netted the eventual game-winner with the Whalers on the power play when his shot hit Schneider in the shoulder and bounced in with 6:01 on the clock. Luke vanSchaak assisted on the play.

 

With 5:06 remaining in regulation, Alex Sanchez set up Josh DeLezenne, whose shot was blocked by J.T. Ketzenberger, but Carlson pounced on the rebound and buried it for his second of the game to pull the Eels within one.

Both Florida Eels Teams Win Game One As Over 100 NCAA & NHL Scouts Attend First Day of USPHL Playoff Finale

Over 100 NCAA & NHL Scouts Attend First Day of USPHL Playoff Finale

03/09/2016, 9:15pm EST
By Mike Klein
Over one hundred scouts were in attendance for the opening day of the 2016 USPHL Final Round to catch the Premier, Elite, USP3, and Midwest action.
PREMIER DIVISION
Jersey Hitmen 3, Islanders Hockey Club 0
 
Jake Simons netted a power play goal from Joe Kinsella and David Szmyd 7:28 into the game. Five minutes later, Matt O’Donnell scored from Szmyd and Luke Novak. Novak rounded out the scoring with a goal at 1:34 in the second period with assists from Simons and Connor Brassard.
 
ELITE DIVISION
Hampton Roads Whalers 3, Syracuse Stars 1
 
Luke vanSchaak drew first blood for Hampton Roads when he scored 1:36 into the contest with an assist from Dominic Moore. Syracuse tied the game in the second when Jacob Mayette netted a power play goal from David Dziezaweic with 3:29 on the clock. Ryan Borchert put Hampton Roads in the lead for good with a power play goal from Jayson Dimizio with 17:19 remaining in regulation. Borchert iced the game with another power play goal, this time from Brandon Zack, with 4:40 to play. J.T. Ketzenberger took the win with 25 saves while Linc Ferch recorded 33 saves.
 
Florida Eels 3, Junior Bruins 2
 
The Eels’ Jordan Court led off the scoring with a tally from Kade Brannon and Brandon Halvorsen at 14:33 of the first period. Spencer Lawson tied the game 3:16 into the second period when he scored from Peter-Owen Hayward and Hunter Lawson. Kohl Donovan put the Bruins in the lead with a goal from Ben Luz and Jordan Mardirossian at 8:53. Sixty one seconds later, Brian Dennerlein tied the game with help from Brandon Rosario. Zachary Boyle netted the game winner with an assist from Jonathan Carlson 6:49 into the third period. Bruins goaltender Kevin LaCroix picked up 30 saves in the contest while Matt Schneider turned away 26 shots in the win.
 
Junior Bruins 4, Syracuse Stars 1
 
Mark Barton tallied an early goal from Kohl Donovan and David Skarbeck to give the Bruins the lead. Chris Stalmock scored at 6:57 from Skarbeck and Daniel Blute to make it 2-0. Peter-Owen Hayward increased the lead to 3-0 with a strike from Hunter Johnson near the halfway point of the opening period. Jacob Mayette put Syracuse on the board with 5:54 on the clock when he scored from Ryan Morse and Keaton Arkeilpane. Johnson rounded out the scoring with a tally from David Adams with 14:30 to play in the third period.
 
Jersey Shore Whalers 5, Tri City Icehawks 2
 
Thomas Heeney gave Jersey Shore the lead 3:47 into the game with assists from Griffin Hurley and Carter Klotz. Klotz made it 2-0 with 2:29 remaining in the opening frame with a goal from Michael Mooney. Benito Posa put Tri City on the board less than a minute into the second period when he tallied from Dylan Borowski and John Matson. David Kearns restored the two-goal lead when he struck at 5:33. C.J. Bradburn pulled the Icehawks back within one with a goal at 7:39. Anthony Cucich made it 4-2 when he scored 10:21 into the third period and Andrew Reiss rounded out the scoring in the final minute.
 
Florida Eels 3, Forest Lake Lakers 1
 
Goaltenders Nolan Greene (50 saves) and Aleks Zakirov (37 saves) kept the game scoreless until Darren Aikens scored from Kristers Seps and Greene with 27 seconds remaining in the second period. Sam Marolda gave the Eels a 2-0 lead with assists from Ayodele Adeniye and CJ Antonelli at 13:43. Brian Miller put the Lakers on the board with 4:34 remaining, but Andrej Stankevich struck for the Eels with 1:26 to play with assists from Max Gruzdev and Michael Kohler.
 
Dells Ducks 3, Hampton Roads Whalers 0
 
David Kaplan put the Ducks in front at 2:59 of the first period. Jaydn Munnelly made it 2-0 at 6:04 with an assist from Victor Morgan. Any Williams finished the scoring at 7:29 of the second period when he lit the lamp from Kaplan.
 
Traverse City Hounds 2, Jersey Hitmen 2
 
Evan Hoey tallied for the Hitmen 7:51 with assists from Keith Bishop and Braden Ploehn. Chris Dressler made it 2-0 with 3:25 on the clock. Patrick Rogowski put the Hounds on the board when he tallied with an assist from Stan Swiderek with 53 seconds on the clock. Cam Fisher tied the game with 4:53 to play in the second period.

Florida Eels Elite Team Up First Game In USPHL Championship Round Defeating the Junior Bruins 3-2

The Florida Eels Elite team struck first for the Eels opening up scoring for the Eels. The Eels stepped on the ice with confidence and it showed throughout the entire game. 

The Eels set the tone with an in your face forecheck and created turn over after turn over in period one.

The Jr Bruins came out very hard in the second period. Both teams looking to open things up but the defense of both teams was stalwart. 

The Jr Bruins managed to pull ahead in period two but it was quite clear the Eels were not going to allow the Jr Bruins to walk out with a win.

You could see the hunger in the Eels faces. No doubt the Eels were a determined group and you could see it over the last month or so and particularly over the last couple of weeks

Scoring for the Eels was was follows"

14:33 in the first period #54 Jordan Court (even strength) (#7 Kade Brannon, #2 Brandon Halvorsen)

Then 3:16 into the the 2nd period the Jr Bruins tied the game 1-1.

The Jr Bruins went ahead 2-1 at 8:53 of the 2nd period. 

Then Brian Dennerlein scored probably his most important goal as an Eel which tied it up 2-2 
#77 Brian Dennerlein (even strength) (#13 Brandon Rosario)

The go ahead goal came with 6:49 left in the 3rd by #81 Zachary Boyle (even strength) (#91 Jonathan Carlson) This brought the score 3-2.

Matt Schneider played another outstanding game,

 
 

Eels USP3 Team Defeats #1 Seed The Lake Forrest Lakers In Round Robin

 

Well the number 1 seed:

The Lake Forrest Lakers vs. the # 8 seed the Florida Eels. The drama was set. These two met once earlier at the USPHL Showcase.

The Eels were the underdogs. But this is all on paper.

The Eels had something to say about this.

 

The two teams were so evenly matched. The Lakers drove to the net with their run and gun offense. These Laker boys were older and were on an air attack.  Clearly they were well coached and they were on a mission and that was to win it all. The Lakers have turned things up of late as they passed all teams in the Midwest Division for first place. This is a well coached team and they were well oiled. To many of the teams in the Midwest they might have taken the Eels USP3 team for granted. The Eels albeit the second team for the Eels organization takes second fiddle to none.

 

GM Scarpaci has always stated his USP3 team is as good as any team in the Elite division. His Elite team will compete with the Premier teams. This is not arrogance or sales. This is reality.

 

This game proved this precisely. The Eels came out and challenged the Lakers right away. The Eels were a bit smaller but did not let that intimidate their game. They continued to play their in your face fore-check and an awesome back check.

The Eels looked darn good. This was no doubt their best game of the year.

 

Noland Greene played unreal. A monster in net.

Scoring for the Eels was as follows:

The first coming from #97 Darren Aikens (even strength) (#22 Kristers Seps, #40 Nolan Greene)

The second coming from:

#26 Samuel Marolda (even strength)

(#20 Ayodele Adeniye, #88 CJ Antonelli

The 3rd goal scored by #24 Andrej Stankevich (even strength) (#11 Max Gruzdev, #18 Michael Kohler)

Noland Greene faced 40 shots and only let in 1 for the night

FLORIDA EELS USP3 PLAYOFF SCHEDULE SET

 

 

The Fl Eels USP3 team playoff schedule at the Beantown Classic

March 9th Wed, 2:30 pm vs Lake Forrest Lakers

March 10th Thursday 9:30 am vs Jersey Hitmen

March 10th Thursday 8:40 pm vs Traverse City Hounds 

Semi Finals Friday TBA as TBD

Elite USPHL Boston Schedule

  
 
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FLORIDA EELS ELITE TEAM PLAYOFF SCHEDULE SET

by Frank Scarpaci 
 

March 9th Wed. at 12 noon Eels Elite vs Jr Bruins 

March 10th Thursday 11:30 am Fl Eels Elite vs. Syracuse Stars 

March 10th Thursday 8:50 pm Fl Eels Elite vs. Hampton Roads 

Friday Semis TBA as TBD

 

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The Florida Eels are very proud to announce that forward Josh Delezenne from our Eels Elite team has committed to Westfield State College for the Fall of 2016


Way To Go Josh

 

The Florida Eels are very proud to announce that forward Josh  Delezenne from our Eels Elite team has committed to Westfield State College for the Fall of 2016. Josh played for the Eels for the past 4 seasons. He is an excellent example of the  by product of the Eels player development program having started out on the Eels Empire team 4 seasons ago before moving up to the Eels Elite team 3 years ago.

 

While on the Eels Empire team Josh set the Eels record for a single season at 30 goals. Josh then moved up to the Eels Elite team.  Two out of 3 seasons with the Elite team, the Eels made it to the league finals. For all three seasons Josh helped his team lead the Elite team to the top in the Florida Division as well topping the Southern Conference.  This season in 40 games Josh had 29 goals 25 assist for 54 points. He only had 27 PIM. Thus far in 4 playoffs games he has had 3 goals and 3 assist for 6 points.

 

Josh was originally born in Michigan and then moved to Florida. GM Scarpaci acquired Josh 4 seasons ago from Coach Brian Horan who sent  Josh  Delezenne to the Eels to get the Elite training the Eels have been accustomed to be recognized for.   Josh  Delezenne matured remarkably under the Eels. He is no doubt one of the best scorers in the entire USPHL.

 

Josh is very excited about attending Westfield State College. He visited the campus and loved everything about the school from the dorms, classrooms, professors the facilities and the coach Bob Miele.  In fact coach Bob Miele has scouted Josh at USPHL Showcases for 3+ years. Josh took the time over the last several seasons to attend WSC Owl games and see the Owls play.  It was a difficult decision for Josh as he was heavily recruited by a number of prestigious New England college programs. But he enthusiastically selected Westfield. He is so looking forward to playing college hockey. Josh commented  “you know when it is the right fit….It just seems right at Westfield State and I can see myself attending Westfield and spending the next 4 years of my life there…I look forward to playing for coach   Miele”

 

 

 

Coaching Bloomingburg provided the following scouting report on Joss:

  ” JOSH IS A PLAYMAKER, WHO CAN SEE THE ICE REALLY WELL.  HE HAS A LOT OF SPEED AND USES THAT TO HIS ADVANTAGE TO BEAT THE DEFENSEMAN WIDE AND CRASH THE NET.  JOSH ALSO HAS A VERY QUICK RELEASE AND POSSESSES A GOOD SCORING ABILITY

 

GM Scarpaci commented: this young man has explosive speed. He is a fierce competitor who has the insatiable appetite to score. He plays a high tempo game. There is no doubt in my mind he will be an impact player for coach Bob Miele at Westfield State College. We will miss him next year. He has been here for 4 years and part of our Eels family. He is a great kid with high   character “

 

We wish Josh the best….

 

 


My European Connection Russian and Latvian Rockets

The Florida Eels Juniors Are Built on Solid Foundation and Structure

The Florida Eels are very excited as both teams are moving on to the USPHL League Championships March 9-11th 2016 at the Beantown Classic in Marlboro MA.  Both teams are poised to make a strong run for the quest to the USPHL Championships in their respective division.

 

We are not going just to show up says coach Frankie Scarpaci of the USP3 team, we are going their with one mission: Win. Nobody works as hard every day as my boys. There is only one team that can beat us. That is us. And that wont happen.

 

Coach Bloomingburg says he can feel it. He has an incredible group of veterans and we are 4 lines deep. The boys have talent and fire in their bellies.

 

 GM Scarpaci says I am so proud to have both of my teams there. We worked so hard getting here. It did not just happen. This is part of our mosaic and each player is a key ingredient to the entire fabric and make up the teams.

 

The Eels Elite and USP3 teams have done extremely well this season.   The Eels Elite team topped all others in the Florida Division, which included the Tampa Juniors, the Palm Beach Hawks and the Atlanta Knights and is 2nd seed in the Southern Conference on a slight margin behind the Hampton Road Whalers. The Eels and Whalers play an unbalanced schedule so winning percentage is the final barometer determining the final standings. Moreover the Elite team enjoys a much better record than any of its Northern Teams.  Coach Bloomingburg is very optimistic about his chances. He has a very strong group of veteran players who are not only talented but possess a wealth of experience, which speaks volumes when it comes to playoff games. He has had most of these players for several years so he prepared these players for years.

 

 In the USP3 the Southern Conference is actually formally divided into Piedmont and Florida Divisions. The Florida Eels won the regular season in the Florida Division over Palm Beach Hawks, the Tampa Juniors, the Daytona Racers and the Jr. Blades. Moreover, the Eels USP3 recently won the Florida Divisional playoff defeating the Jr. Blades for that title thus earning the Eels a bid to the USPHL league Championship.

 

GM Scarpaci assembled a strong veteran Elite Team.  Many of his returning players developed 3 plus years from his USP3 team and 1 and 2 years on the Elite squad. Seventeen of 23 players are 1995 DOB.  Guys who have been with us for a while such as Alex Sanchez, Jonathan Carlson, Josh Delezeene, Jordan Court, Brian Dennerlein, Kade Brannon, Collin Whitt, Clayton Boyd, Zac Boyle Jeff O’ Dea, Brandon Hotaling, Brandon Halversen, and John Shanley to name a few.  This is their final Harrah so to speak. This is their time to put it altogether for the league championship.

 

 The USP3 team has also a staple of solid veteran players such as Andrea Stankevich, Brian Kozek, Robert Cerepak, Daren Aikens, Brian Miller, Alec Parr, John Drummond, Kristers Seps, Kyle Salminen, Max Gruzdev, Michael Kohler, and Nolan Greene who mixed with some very exciting young rookies such as Ayodele Adeniye, CJ Antonelli, Gavin Medina, Kellen Crowther, and Nick Kotz who have developed phenomenal chemistry with the older mentors. These guys are playing quite well and have climbed to the top of their podium in the USP3 Florida Division.

 

GM Scarpaci also made some key moves to bolster his teams’ for playoffs. The first key moves were to require Brian Dennerlein and Zac Boyle from their quest to play hockey this season in Canada. These are very talented veteran forwards who have speed scoring ability and know the Eels system so well. The next biggest post season move on the Elite squad was acquiring Richard Doherty. He is a fast mobile defensemen who can generate quite a bit of offense. Moreover his defensive skills are very strong. He is veteran player having played in the NA3HL and the WSHL. He is very smart in all 3 zones. He stepped in and significantly added depth and power to their already deep team. The Eels also added some muscle up front with the moving up of Brad and Zack Leminin. Brad is a 1995 stands as a man at 6’” 7” and Zack a towering young man as well only a 1998 is 6’8”.  Their presence will bolster a team physical presence up front.

 

 GM Scarpaci commented these moves filled a few holes that place his Elite team ready for any challenge. They have the goaltending, the defense and the forwards. Coach Bloomingburg has all the weapons in his arsenal. It is now about perfect execution. The players are ready for the assault so to speak. They will hit the ice full throttle. One mission. One goal.

 

GM Scarpaci was even more active with respect to his Eels USP3 team.   We were looking to add some depth to the lines and to say it happened would be the understatement of the year. The first move was bringing back Rajen Munning who left to the Eels to play in Canada. Munning wanted back. He saw quickly the development model of the Eels did not exist were he went and GM Scarpaci brought him back. He has given a nice spark to the Eels offense. Then the Eels signed Kade Kaminski from his summer prospects team adding an explosive skater with incredible scoring abilities. 

 

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In a surprised move GM Scarpaci acquired Daren Aikens from the Kalkaska Rhinos. Aikens was one of the top forwards in the Midwest USPHL Division GM Scarpaci had scouted and recruited Daren for years and this he was very excited to finally bring him in to wear an Eel’s jersey. Darren is an extremely gifted playmaker who has an insatiable appetite to score.  He is a veteran player with a high hockey IQ. He fits the Eels work ethic. He seized the opportunity to make a deal to bring him to the Eels.  

 

Then the Eels picked up shifty Sam Marolda from the first place the New York Aviators of the NA3HL. The Eels scouted Sam in Chicago and Wisconsin at two different showcases for 2 years. He played for us in the post season Sr. Chowder Cup in Boston. He has speed and grit and plays our high tempo fore-check. He knows the boys on the team as well. We knew chemistry was right.

 

Continued on the building block, we next picked up Jaret Hetmanski from the NA3HL. He became a free agent and we previously scouted Jaret as well. We knew he would add to our depth chart. He could play forward and defense. The Eels only had 5 defenseman so Jaret would find a home here developing very well with the Eels rich veteran defensive crew of   Andrea Stankevich, Brian Kozek, Alec Parr John Drummond and Ayodele Adeniye.

 

The Eels then acquired Chase Horn and Brown from Daytona and bundled them for a blockbuster trade with Kalkaska that brought Robert Cerepak to the Eels. Cerepak was the leading scorer on the Rhinos and within the entire Midwest Division of the USPHL. He comes with a great pedigree. Ceremak played 4 years with Lawrenceville Prep School in NJ, one year at Post Graduate with the Gunnery Prep School, One year in the USPHL Premier Division before going to the Rhinos. He was captain at Lawrenceville and with the Rhinos. He not only brings scoring power as he averaged 2 points per game with the Rhinos, and o1.5 points per game in Prep school, he bring tremendous leadership skills.  

 

These moves undoubtedly have moved the Eels USP3 team to a new elevation in the playoff run. The players are backed by two solid goaltenders. Nolan Greene and Nick Kotz. Nolan Greene played more minutes than any other goalie in the league. He is a monster in net and the definition of a brick wall.  The USP3 team players are playing extremely well and the cohesiveness is incredible. Watching them is like watching surgery. It is done with precision and every move has a purpose. They are not robotic. There is too much skill and natural talent for that. They are very exciting and creative but always mindful that discipline controls.

 

In conclusion both squads will be in Boston in March 9th -11th. There is no talk of going home early. They are not arrogant. They take one game at a time. One period at a time. One shift at a time. They exude confidence. Not arrogance. I have not seen a hungrier bunch of boys in any organization says the Eels GM Scarpaci. Both teams want it   It is a nice mixture. In this sport the mental side is very important. They believe in the Eels our system and their faith. . Both teams are not letting up. The coaches have them ready. They are working 3+ hours each day on and off the ice. They are studying videos and breaking opponents down planning each game.

  

USPHL Junior Teams Hunting for Titles #RoadtotheCup

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Eels Aikens Shoots and Scores

USPHL Junior Teams Hunting for Titles #RoadtotheCup

03/01/2016, 3:30pm EST
By Mike Klein
The first round of the 2016 USPHL Premier Dineen Cup Playoffs is in the books and based on the previous weekend, the teams look primed to make the semifinal series instant classics.
 
The Islanders Hockey Club kicked off the weekend on Friday with a 3-0 win over the Rochester Jr. Americans on the back of Anthony Tirabassi’s 22-save shutout. Saturday saw the Islanders continue to roll with a 4-1 win. Tirabassi stopped 23 shots and Brent Beaudoin netted two goals, while Ethan Solat and Brendan vanRiemsdyk each chipped in a pair of assists to the cause.
 
The defending champion Jersey Hitmen suffered a scare early on, dropping game one of their series against the Connecticut Jr. Rangers. Ben Freeman and Ryan Murphy each scored twice for the Rangers, and while the Hitmen stormed back for three goals in the third, the game ended with the visitors on top 5-3. Sunday saw the Hitmen rebound with Alex Whelan notching two goals to lead the Hitmen to a 5-2 victory and force a deciding third game. Monday’s contest saw the Hitmen jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first half of the game. The Rangers chipped away and pulled within two, but the Hitmen held on to advance.
 
The Junior Bruins fell behind in their first matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers, but Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup tied it up in the third and Guus van Nes lit the lamp in overtime to give the Bruins the win. The second game was all Bruins, as they marched to the semifinals with a 4-1 win.
 
The South Shore Kings and PAL Jr. Islanders played a spirited contest in their first game with the teams trading goals until Owen Campbell delivered an overtime game-winner. Sunday saw the Kings roll to victory and clinch a spot in the semifinals.
 
The Junior Bruins led off the Elite North playoffs with a 3-2 loss to the Hitmen on Friday but turned the tables and rebounded for a 2-1 win on Saturday. In the mini-game, the Bruins skated away with a 2-0 win to advance to the next round.
 
The upstate New York battle between the Syracuse Stars and Rochester Jr. Americans saw the Stars take home the sweep, winning 4-2 on Saturday and 6-2 on Sunday.
 
The Islanders Hockey Club similarly picked up a sweep over the PAL Jr. Islanders. After a 2-0 win on Saturday, the Islanders Hockey Club carried a 2-0 lead into the final period on Sunday, but Travis Quigley pulled PAL within one late in the third. However, that would be as close as PAL would come to tying the game as the Islanders Hockey Club held on for the win.
 
The South Shore Kings emerged victorious after a 1-0 overtime win in the mini-game. The Kings beat the Pirates 4-2 on Saturday and but fell 4-1 on Sunday before the mini-game.
 
In the Southern Division, the Hampton Roads Whalers swept the Palm Beach Hawks and the Florida Eels cruised past the Carolina Eagles to punch their tickets to the Finals. Both teams will await the conclusion of the Northern Division series next week.
 
The USP3 North round robin tournament ended with the Jersey Shore Whalers and Jersey Hitmen advancing to the championship round. Jersey Shore dispatched the Junior Bruins and Frederick Freeze by 4-1 scores before falling to the Hitmen 4-2. The Hitmen opened with a win over the Frederick Freeze but lost to the Bruins early on Sunday before their tilt with the Whalers.
 
In the USP3 South, the division campion Hampton Roads Whalers rolled to a sweep of the Atlanta Jr. Knights, posting a 4-2 win on Friday and a 6-2 win on Saturday.
 
The Florida Eels endured a battle in their series with the Florida Jr. Blades but punched their ticket to Marlborough as well. After a convincing win on Saturday, the Blades tied the series at one game apiece with a 5-2 win. Monday’s contest saw the Blades lead 2-1 after one period, but Kristers Seps tied the game in the second and Max Gruzdev pushed the Eels over the top.
 
In the Midwest’s Eastern Conference, the Traverse City Hounds needed overtime to beat the Alpena Flyers on Friday but rolled to a sweep on Saturday.  The Marquette Royales shocked the Kalkaska Rhinos to advance, winning two games to one. The Detroit Fighting Irish knocked off the Motor City Hawks 5-2 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday and the league champion Tri City Icehawks bested the Michigan Wild in two games.
 
The Western Conference opened on Thursday with the Forest Lake Lakers knocking off the Decatur Blaze and wrapping up the sweep on Friday. The Dells Ducks opened with a shutout win on Friday but fell on Saturday 2-1 before dispatching the Illiana Blackbirds on Sunday by a score of 3-2 in overtime. The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings dropped game one to the St. Croix Valley Magicians but rebounded to take games two and three. The Chicago Cougars also advanced with a two-game sweep over the Steele County Blades.

The Florida Eels USP3 Team Wins Game 3 and Now Moves On to Boston For the USP3 League Championship

 The Florida Eels USP3 Team Wins Game 3 and Now Moves On to Boston For the USP3 League Championship

 

The Eels defeated the Jr. Blades today in a real old fashion barn burner. The Eels were victorious 3-2 in game 3. This series positioned two of the most heated rivalries in Tier III Junior hockey. The Jr. Blades and the Eels. The Eels 10-1 handedly won game one on Saturday with a clear cogent and convincing win.

On Sunday the Jr. Blades took it by surprised to the Eels and fell 5-2. Coach Frankie Scarpaci regrouped his players and insisted to get back to basics and stick to and believe in our system. Today it was the Eels players we knew. It was the determined, disciplined, focused and hungry player. It was the players who bought in to the Eels game plan. They accepted that loosing is not an option.

 

Well the boys came out to make a statement and came out on fire. This was an intense game with as many hits as were shots. The fore-check as hard as back checking. The Eels were blocking shots driving to the net and doing everything humanly possible to bring home the win. You could see it in their faces. Every shift the boys came off exhausted. But they were ready to go back out and do their job.

 

The Jr. Blades managed to get on the scoreboard first at 8:06 into the first period. But the Eels did not flinch. They were not the least bit rattled. They knew we wouldn’t win this game in a shut out. We just had to stay to our game plan. We had Nolan Greene in net and he is the best goalie in the USP3 division and he would hold down the fort.

 

Then the Eels struck goal. #11 Max Gruzdev (even strength) (#24 Andrej Stankevich, #18 Michael Kohler But The Jr. Blades took advantage of a power play. The Jr. Blades were now up by 1. The score being 2-1   the game went into the 2nd period Jr Blades in control.

 

The Eels tied it up in the 2nd period with a great goal by #22 Kristers Seps (even strength) (#52 John Drummond, #97 Darren Aikens

 

The game continued at a very high tempo and the Eels had to kill off two penalties leaving the Jr. Blades speechless.

 

In the 3rd period #11 Max Gruzdev scored his second of the day  (even strength) (#18 Michael Kohler, #15 Robert Cerepak) This brought the Eels ahead 3-2. The building almost exploded. There were 500 people strong in attendance. It was so loud you could not hear a thing. The Eels then had 3 straight penalties to kill off and the Jr. Blades made their huge push to gain a tie. But the Eels penalty killers were awesome. Moreover Nolan Greene was a monster in net shutting down any offense attempted by the Jr. Blades. With over a minute to go the Jr. Blades pulled their goalie to add an extra skater and were able to garner face offs in the Eels zone. The Eels mounted their best defensive posture and closed the door while Eels Goalie Noland Greene showed everyone why he truly is the best netminder in the entire USP3 division. He faced 50 shots this afternoon and was spectacular.

 

In the end the Eels won. This was a huge win for the Eels. The USP3 team joins its Elite team in moving on to the USPHL playoffs hosted as part of the Beantown Classic in Marlboro Ma March 9-11th. The Florida Eels and Hampton Roads are the only organization that has two of its teams playing in the USPHL Playoffs. In fact this marks 2 out of 4 years that the Eels will be sending both its Elite and USP3 teams to the league championships. It is 3 out of 4 years that our Elite team made it to the league championship. Now that is very impressive.

 

 

THE EELS USP3 TEAM...FIRE IN THEIR HEARTS AND ICE WATER IN THEIR VEINS

 

by Frank Scarpaci 
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You want to know who these Eels USP3 players are… they are boys who have fire in their hearts and ice water in their veins. They have been taught it is not up to anybody else. Everyone individually and collectively as a team will step up here today. Why because we deserve it. We worked for it. We are a better the better team. Look up and down the line. No team can beat us but ourselves and that simply isn’t going to happen. This is our time. We have the will to win. 

Today Monday Drop Of Puck Noon at The Ft Myers Skatium 
Eels vs Jr. Blades

Kade Brannon Commits To NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Program at Bethel University

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Florida Eels Assistant Captain Kade Brannon from the Elite Team Commits To Bethel University

 

Congratulation goes out to Kade as he announces his commitment to Bethel University. Kade had a number of offers and it was a hard decision as there were so many very good college programs that wanted Kade.  But the decision to commit to Betel is so exciting as this was his number one school that he was interested in.

 

Kade returned to the Eels this season to improve his game and opportunity to mature hoping as a more seasoned player he would get the opportunity to go to Bethel next season. It is a dream comes true! Bethel University is a Christian base school that has God as its foundation in its program of study.  It is located in St Paul Minnesota.

 

Kade is looking forward to playing for Bethel’s NCAA Men’s Division 3 hockey program. Head coach Charlie Burggraf and assistant coach Tom Stumpf are both very excited about Kade joining the Bethel Ice Hockey program. Kade is in his 4th season with the Eels. He has matured immensely as a player and more importantly as a person. He will be missed here at the Fort Myers Skatium. GM Scarpaci states Kade is always there to help out anyone in need. He volunteers at the rink and worked 20+ hours per week while playing junior hockey with the Eels. He is a very high character young man. His most famous quote is “he likes hockey but loves God.”  That is truly is a reflection of Kade’s upbringing and morality. He comes from a very loving and supportive family.

 

He is a true leader as well being voted by his teammates as assistant captain of the team this season. This came to no surprise says GM Scarpaci. “You don’t have to have a letter to be a leader. I saw that Kade had these qualities at the very onset when he arrived.”

 

At 6 feet 205 pounds he is an imposing young man. He skates with determination and plays a high tempo in your face game all the time.   He is a grinder who beats opponents up along the boards, in the corners and in front of the net. Once he established his presence in front of the net he is impossible to move says coach Bloomingburg.  He is an offensive threat as his stats show - scoring 18 goals on the season with 15 assist.  Coach Bloomingburg echoed, “Kade always gives us 100%. A coaches dream.”  Kade was a prodigy of Coach Jason as he brought him to the Eels from the Texas Tornado program four seasons ago. He has been a real asset to the Eels.  

 

 

 

Eels fall to Jr. Blades in game 2 forcing game 3 Monday at noon at the Skatium

 The Florida Eels USP3 drop game two to the Jr. Blades 5-2. The series is now all even 1-1.  Game 3 is now necessary to determine who will be advancing to Boston for the Beantown Classic at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro March 9th-11th 2016.

 

The Eels dominated the Jr Blades on Saturday 10-1 but were not able to bring that same intensity back here on Sunday. The Eels did scored 1st with a nice goal by #53 Rajhan Munnings (even strength) (#89 Kyle Salminen, #24 Andrej Stankevich) in the first period. The Jr. Blades tied it up in the 1st period sending into the 2nd 1-1. The Jr. Blades scored 2 more in the 2nd making it 3-1 going into the 3rd period as the Eels went scoreless in period two. The Eels are more than capable of coming back and scoring a couple of goals so it wasn’t an insurmountable task. The Eel brought it to within a one goal differential with a nice goal by #15 Robert Cerepak (even strength) (#24 Andrej Stankevich, #11 Max Gruzdev). But the Jr. Blades eclipsed 2 more in the 3rd increasing their margin to 3 goals winning it 5-2.

 

The two teams meet Monday at noon again at the Fort Myers Skatium as the Eels maintain home ice advantage through all of the playoff games, as they were the top seed in Florida in the USP3 division. The Eels and Blades meet at noon on Monday to settle the series. There is no doubt in coach Frankie’s mind and his players that the Eels are the better team. We have depth and the talent. We need to bring our best game on Monday. It is a game made for the Eels. They have the work ethic, intestinal fortitude and determination to bring it all together and win.

 

We know it is a weekday game but if you can we ask you all to come to support our Eels for the final dispositive game. It is our time. It is your time.

 

Eels USP3 Huge Win Over the Jr Blades 10-1 in 1st Game of the 2nd Round of Playoffs.

FLORIDA EELS USP3 TEAM DOWNS THE JR. BLADES 10-1 

by Frank Scarpaci 
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The Florida Eels unravel the Jr. Blades in game one of the 2nd round of the USP3 Playoffs.

The Eels set the tone of this game and that was we want it more. Saying the Eels came out on fire would be the understatement of the season. After giving up the first goal of the afternoon the Eels responded with 10 unanswered goals. The Eels set their sites high on Saturday afternoon’s game. They have been working and training very hard and the fruits of their efforts were clearly demonstrative in this game. 

Scoring for the Eels was as follows: 
#15 Robert Cerepak (power play) (#18 Michael Kohler, #40 Nolan Greene) 
#89 Kyle Salminen (even strength) (#26 Samuel Marolda, #80 Kellen Crowther 
#15 Robert Cerepak (even strength) (#18 Michael Kohler) 
#18 Michael Kohler (even strength) (#11 Max Gruzdev, #52 John Drummond 
#22 Kristers Seps (even strength) (#93 Gavin Medina, #97 Darren Aikens) 
97 Darren Aikens (even strength) (#93 Gavin Medina, #22 Kristers Seps) 
#89 Kyle Salminen (even strength) (#80 Kellen Crowther, #97 Darren Aikens) 
#18 Michael Kohler (power play) (#11 Max Gruzdev, #24 Andrej Stankevich) 
#18 Michael Kohler (power play) (#20 Ayodele Adeniye, #15 Robert Cerepak) 
#11 Max Gruzdev (power play) (#24 Andrej Stankevich, #15 Robert Cerepak

In net for the Eels was Nolan Greene who turned away 32 of 33 shots on net showing why is truly the best goalie in the USP3 Division.

The Eels and Jr. Blades meet up Sunday at 8:30 am at the Ft Myers Skatium in this best of 3 series.

Eels Elite Moving On TO Boston!!

The Florida Eels Elite Sweeps the Carolina Eagles in the Second Round of the USPHL Elite Divisional Playoffs.

 

The Eels move on to the Beantown Classic where they will play in the Frozen Four of the USPHL Elite League Championship. The Eels defeated the Carolina Eagles Saturday night 4-0 with another superbly played game. The Eels and Eagles both came to play and the first period the two teams were pretty much even. The Eagles had 7 shots on net the Eels had 9. The pace was very fast and each team was flying high. In fact the Eagles had a real nice jump in their skate so it was clear that this game could go either way.  The score was 0-0 at the end of the first period.

 

Then the Eels turned things up several notches and you could see the tables were turning. It was like the rink got tilted. The Eels unleashed 26 shots in the period alone compared to 7 by the Eagles. The Eels ratcheted things up even further in the 3rd period firing another 21 shots on the Eagles goalie compared to 3 for the Eagles.

The experience and depth of this Eels team was too much to thaw for the Eagles. The Eels have so many weapons and all 4 lines kept coming and rolling shift after shift. The Eagles did not quit. These are extremely hard working players and a very well coached team but the firepower and defensive abilities was too much to penetrate for the younger Eagles.

 

The Eels were extremely excited as so many of them have been together for 3-4 years and this was a culmination of many years of training and experience brought together with one goal and one mission: A USPHL League Championship. Well they will have a chance to prove themselves March 9-11th in Marlboro Ma where the Eels will join the two teams form the Northern Division and the Hampton Road Whalers in the Frozen Four at the Beantown Classic.

 

Scoring for the Eels Elite team went as follows:

#91 Jonathan Carlson (even strength) (#23 Alex Sanchez)

13 Brandon Rosario (even strength) (#9 Jeff O'Dea

#81 Zachary Boyle (power play) (#76 Josh DeLezenne, #91 Jonathan Carlson

#7 Kade Brannon (even strength) (#9 Jeff O'Dea, #91 Jonathan Carlson)

 

Gaining his first shutout of the post season was Matt Schneider who turned away 17 shots on net.

 

Congrats guys for a great regular season and  outstanding performances in the first two rounds of the Southern Conference Playoffs. 

Chicago Cougars’ Matt Olson Suffers Severe Spinal Cord InjuryTragedy Within the Junior Hockey World:

Chicago Cougars’ Matt Olson Suffers Severe Spinal Cord Injury 
02/24/2016, 10:45am EST 
By Brett Bruneteau 
Chicago, IL (February 24, 2016) – During a game with the Illiana Blackbirds on Sunday (February 21), Chicago Cougars Defenseman Matt Olson suffered a severe spinal cord injury.  

From the Cougars: 

During that game, Defenseman and co-Captain, Matt Olson went into the boards after chasing an opposing player down and catching an edge in the first period. 

The result of the fall was a severe spinal injury. The last 48 hours have been difficult to say the least for Matt and his family. He has undergone a few surgeries and numerous tests at the hospital and currently doesn't have any movement or feeling below his chest including his arms. 

You all have been very supportive this season and we thank you, please continue to support Matt and his family as they prepare for this life-long journey together. 

At this time, the Olson family wishes to not have any visitors at the hospital and no deliveries as per hospital rules and code of conduct. To show your support we ask that you like, share, post, or even donate if you are able to Matt's GoFundMe page at: Click here to support Matt's Medical Fund by Sue Olson 

The power of people is amazing and we need to galvanize what we have at this acute time for this family. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me and respected the family's privacy and thanks for your support going forward. 

Let's do the best we can for the family as Matt continuously gives it all for us!

Florida Eels Elite Assistant Captain and Defenseman Jonathan Carlson Commits To NCAA Division 3 Buffalo State Men’s ice hockey program for the fall 2016.

Florida Eels Elite Assistant Captain and Defenseman Jonathan Carlson Commits To NCAA Division 3 Buffalo State Men’s ice hockey program for the fall 2016. Congratulations are clearly in order. J Carr has had quite a few offers from very respectable college programs through out the USA. He did a lot of research and spoke many of hours with numerous college coaches before making this very difficult decision. In fact Jonathan even enjoyed good conversations from several NCAA Div. 1 schools throughout the season.

 

Jonathan is the most senior Eel playing within the organization. When GM Frank Scarpaci brought the Eels organization to Fort Myers Jonathan was just a peewee. Since joining the Eels he has been very loyal to the Eels never journeying or even looking at any other program whether at Juniors or in youth hockey. He bleeds Eels colors. In fact over the past 3 seasons while playing Juniors Jonathan had several clear offers to join the NAHL but he gracefully declined. He knew what we had in coaching, training, player development and college advancement. He felt in his heart and mind that the Eels would help him reach his dreams and goals.

 

Coach Frank remarks he is an incredible young man. As a young man he understood the need to do very well in school so he could realize the full potential of his dreams. To play college hockey. In addition to training and playing for the Eels he maintained very high grades (GPA 3.99) and worked part time all while in school. Since graduating from High School he worked practically full time, took part time college courses and trained with the Eels 20 + hours per week. That is not an easy task.

 

 We always knew J Carr was a very special kid. When he was a midget he would find ways to come to the rink and work out 3 extra days to work out with the juniors whether on the ice or in the gym. Then when he joined the Eels Empire team he took his junior training so serious. He consumed everything he could. He studied the older players and did everything he could to make himself better. He witnessed so many very talented young junior players come and go and J Carr immolated them. He saw what they did to be good and he did more.

 

J Carr moved up to the Elite team and his player development spiraled. He was a forward throughout his junior tenure as an Eel until this season. We saw a hole in our line up with the likes of Cody Rogers, Brien Thomason, Doss Allen and so many other of our key defenseman having moved on to college. We looked at Jonathan and concluded he was our best athlete. Great Hockey IQ so lets take a chance. In fact he would have been our best forward this year. But the challenge was there and Coach Bloomingburg had a job to do. Over the spring and summer the gears were set in motion: Make J Carr a solid defenseman.

 

Folks as was clear form this year’s performance mission was accomplished! Jonathan Carlson not only became a solid defenseman for the Eels Elite team, he matured and developed into the best defenseman in the entire Elite division being selected unanimously as the League All Star Defenseman. Coach Jason also remarks J Carr was selected numerous times as Player of the Week as League for his exceptional performance as a defenseman. During the 4 USPHL Showcases this season J Carr was the number one recruit by college coaches in attendance.

 

Moreover, GM Scarpaci who has been in the business for 4 decades states J Carr is the best defenseman in the entire USPHL and that includes the Premier division as well.  Indeed, the GM of the Carolina Eagles, Lincoln Flagg who is one of the best coaches and GMs in the business and often considered the Dean in the League having coached for 35 + years placing many a boys in the Div. 1 and the NHL commented that Jonathan Carlson is the only legitimate NCAA Division 1 defenseman in the league.

 

Jonathan has done so well this year. As a defenseman in 40 games this season he scored 10 goals and had 56 assist for 66 points in the regular season.  That is a 1.5 points per game. To see the breath of his development this year look at last year’s stats as a forward. He had a very respectable 10 goals and 29 assist for 39 points. He nearly doubled his point production in one year albeit as a defenseman. But keep in mind he is not a one-dimensional offensive defenseman. He is equally strong in the defensive zone. Quoting Coach Bloomingburg J Carr just shuts opponents down in the defensive zone. The opposition is repeatedly denied by J Carr. He neutralizes their forwards no matter who they are. Other teams put their big guns out and J Carr dismantles them. He plays like a young man with 8 years of experience on the blueline. Moreover, he does not take foolish or reckless chances. He is an extremely intelligent player –one-college coaches thirst for. 

 

Jonathan is looking forward to his future at Buffalo State University. He feels it is truly the right fit. He has done his homework and studied their academic programs, the classes, the dorms, campus life, the team, the rink, the fitness facilities and he is very excited to be part of it.  He is especially excited to be playing for one of the top NCAA Div. 3 programs.  It is an awesome place to play your 4 years of college. The arena where Jonathan will play   has served as a practice facility for the Buffalo Sabres and the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.  He is looking forward to being a “Bengal” and playing for head Coach Steve Murphy, and his assistants Nick Therrien and Dan Yustin.

 

 

 

 

Eels Elite ad USP3 teams win Round 1 of the USPHL Playoffs.

The Florida Eels Elite  and USP3 teams win round 1 of the USPHL playoffs. The Eels Elite swept the Potomac Patriots over the weekend downing the Patriots Friday night 6-1 and then Saturday night 4-2. The USP3 Eels beat the Tampa Juniors in OT  6-5. The Tampa Juniors edged the Eels 5-3 with an empty net goal sending it into game three as they tied the series up 1-1. On Monday the Eels USP3 team came out on fire and dismantled the Tampa Juniors 5-1 in clear and convincing win over their West Coast Of Florida Rivals.

 

The Eels Elite will host the Carolina Eagles this coming Friday and Saturday while the Eels USP3 team will host their cross-town rivals the Jr. Blades Saturday and Sunday.

 

The Eels games have been packed with family, friends, supporters and locals form the Ft Myers community. Attendance numbers have to be the top in the league.  These have been some of the most exciting games of the season. 

The Eels USP3 team Beats Tampa In Game 3 of Playoffs and Moves On to the 2nd Round!!!

The Florida Eels USP3 team Downs The Tampa Juniors 5-1 Thus Advancing To The 2nd Round of the USP3 Playoffs.

 

Today the Eels USP3 team got back to form.   The boys came to play. To quote the Tampa Junior Coaches OMG we have not seen a USP3 team play like that anywhere up north or in the south. We had to get over and work through some hiccups in the last game and even a week ago. Coach Frankie did not make major changes. Neither complete shake up nor a change in our system was not warranted. We were going to stay the course, with a few minor tweaks. Coach Frankie said the bottom line is each of our players had to play better. Individual and team accountability.  He knew and reminded our players that we were the better team. We proved it not only in the regular season record of 5-1 vs. the Tampa Juniors but in the way we train on and off the ice. The commitment of our association, our team and each individual player.

 

The boys rallied today and came to play. You could see it in their eyes as they entered the rink. You could see it in the warm up. You could feel it in the locker-room. The boys were determined and hungry. They knew there was no tomorrow. In fact Tomorrow was today. This was their moment to make it happen.

 

Anyone walking into the rink would have been in awe. Typically on a Monday afternoon there would only be the Elite team practicing. May be 2 rink employees. Not today. The rink was buzzing. Present was not only the Eels USP3 team and the Tampa Juniors, but so weren’t so many parents of the boys who came from across the country to see their boys compete in the playoffs.  What were equally impressive were the other folks hovering in the stands. Every Eels Elite player was their supporting their brothers. Working the cameras and audio for Fasthockey. Not only were the Elite players there but also present were the 8-10 parents from the Eels Elite team who came to watch their son’s over the weekend. What camaraderie.

 

Looking further in the Fort Myers Skatium  were the Jr Blades who to watch the games scouting no doubt who they would be playing next weekend. Then there was the midget team who evidently convinced their parents that it was a no school day. They came in total support of the Eels USP3 team. Then there were so many of our regular fans that came by to cheer.

 

Thank you all. No doubt the building was the alive and hopping and for a Monday. Fortunately the true action was on the ice and the Eels went on an all out assault on the Tampa Juniors from the drop of the puck.  The Eels unleashed 48 shots upon the Tampa netminder. The Eels controlled possession of the puck and the zones.  Scoring for the Eels went as follows:

#89 Kyle Salminen (even strength) (#80 Kellen Crowther

#15Robert Cerepak (even strength) (#18 Michael Kohler, #11 Max Gruzdev

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

#97 Darren Aikens (short handed) (#15 Robert Cerepak, #52 John Drummond)

 #24 Andrej Stankevich power play) (#15 Robert Cerepak #18 Michael Kohler

 

Noland Greene returned to form with an outstanding performance turning away 29 of 30 shots for a .967 save %

 

There were so many happy faces in the rink. The celebration was unreal and it was so nice to have so many of our family, friends and supporters present to be part of this huge win. The boys will be preparing for the second round of the playoffs as they play the Jr. Blades at the Fort Myers Skatium. The Eels earned home ice for both rounds of the playoffs as they finished the regular season on top of the Florida Division in the USP3 Southern Conference. 

 

Eels USP3 Team Wins in OT Over Tampa Juniors

The Eels USP3 can write the book when it comes to nail biters. Tonight the Eels played the Tampa Juniors in a good old fashion barnburner in game one of the USP3 playoffs. We all knew this was going to be a battle from start to finish. Whenever these two teams play against each other it is a battle right down to the final buzzer. Tonight was no exception.

 

The Tampa Juniors wasted no time to get on the scoreboard. With a little over 1 minute into the game Tampa jumped out ahead scoring their first goal of the playoffs. Then the Eels regrouped and really took the play to Tampa most of the second period dominating on the fore-check and shots on goal.  Darren Aikens scored the Eels first goal of the playoffs bringing the teams 1-1. Then  Robert Cerepak scored the Eels 2nd goal his first of the playoffs assisted by Max Gruzdev and Michael Kohler.

 

Then with only 2 minutes into the 2nd period Max Gruzdev scored his first goal of the playoffs assisted by Robert Cerepak and Andrej Stankevich . This bringing the Eels ahead 3-1.  Then Andrej Stankevich scored his first of the playoffs assisted by Robert Cerepak and Max Gruzdev making it 4-1.

 

Then at 5:39 left in the 2nd period, Tampa scored, narrowing the margin for the Eels 4-2.

 

In the 3rd period the game blew wide open. Robert Cerepak scored his 2nd of the game assisted by Michael Kohler and Max Gruzdev. Then Tampa tilted the ice and scored 3 unanswered goals to tie the game up. 5-5. There was a bit of shock on the Eels bench.

 

So at the end of 3 periods the Eels and Tampa were tied and the game was forced into OT. The rules of the playoffs is 5 vs. 5. A 20-minute sudden death period.

 

During intermission and ice resurface, Coach Frankie Scarpaci regrouped his players and settled them down. He told them to get back to business. Be patient and do the little things. Then with 15:37 left in OT Eels assistant Captain  Bryan Miller put the puck to the back of the  Tampa net for the game winner.

 

WOW what an exciting game. The Eels had Nolan Greene in net and he faced over 56 shots. Nolan had another strong performance for the Eels.

 

These two teams face off once again Sunday morning puck drop at 8:50 am at the Fort Myers Skatium.

Hooter Girls Drop Puck at Eels Elite Playoff Opener vs. The Potomac Patriots


Hooters Partnering With The Eels

Guys once again Hooters of Cape Coral helped with the  Florida Eels’ Playoffs festivities. The Hooter Girls made the ceremonial puck drop at  Friday night’s opening playoff game involving the Florida Eels Elite team vs. the Potomac Patriots.  

 

Hooters  provided their Eels discounts to the Eels families and  to the Potomac Patriots players  and will do the same to the Tampa Junior players and coaches who square off vs. the Florida Eels USP3 team Saturday afternoon puck drop at 3:20 pm.

 

We give special thanks to James Chaney, GM of Hooters in Cape Coral who has been a huge supporter of the Florida Eels program. His facilitating discounts to the Eels Junior players and youth players and parents  throughout the regular season for the past three seasons have set a benchmark on community relations.  The Florida Eels  truly appreciate the support  generously provided to them. The Eels continue their support of local businesses as well. It is only right that we do everything we can to give back to the Southwest Florida community who partners with us. 

 

The Eels are heavily involved in a plethora of charitable endeavors that include raising thousands of dollars for families stricken with cancer, TOYS For Tots, Hockey Fight To Feed The Hungry, and New Clothing Drives to help families in need during the holidays. The Eels Junior players as well as our youth teams get involved in a number of community events. We see the reciprocity as the community comes out as true fans every game. We average well over 500 fans that come and cheer on their favorite players. This is indeed phenomenal as so many of our players are billeting and they get to have fans yelling for them. Many wear their favorite players number and names. It is like a NCAA Div. 3 college environment,

 

The Eels are very excited to be hosting the first round of playoffs this weekend. Both the Florida Eels Elite team and the Florida Eels USP3 teams earned home ice advantage based on their regular season success. The Elite team finishing 2nd seed overall in the entire Southern Conference whereas the Eels  USP3 team finished first in the Florida Division.

 

 This will be a special weekend for all of us as so many of our veterans Eels players will be showcasing their final games in the first two rounds of the playoffs here at our home rink - the Fort Myers Skatium. So many of the boys have adopted Fort Myers as their second home for the last 2,3 and even 4 years. This is especially nice as we get to celebrate their accomplishments and quest to college.  


Westfield State University Future Home Of Alex Sanchez

Congratulation goes out to Alex Sanchez as he commits to Westfield State University in Massachusetts.


Way To Go Alex

Congratulation goes out to Alex Sanchez as he commits to Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Alex leads the Florida Eels in scoring with 15 goals and 51 assists for 67 points. He was the league-leading scorer in the USPHL Elite Division for most of the season, the next player having played 4 more games. Alex is amongst the Eels all time leading scorers. He is a 4-year veteran of the Eels Elite team. Alex is from Denver CO. A forward. D/O/B: 03/04/1995 He is 5’10”, 200 lbs, Shoots right.

 

Coach Bloomingburg comments  “Alex is a hard working forward,    who is always first  in on the fore-check and back check.  Alex  scores hard working goals and assists consistently. He blocks shots on the penalty kill.”

 

Alex is a true leader on and off the ice as evidenced by him being selected team captain this season and was assistant captain for the past two seasons as well.

 

General Manager Scarpaci commented that he recruited Sanchez four seasons ago on the recommendation of the Eels Chief Midwest Scout John Paris. Sanchez played for Paris several seasons and knew him well and knew what the Eels were looking for. 

General Manager Scarpaci noticed while scouting Sanchez he was a high-energy player who loved the high tempo game. He developed very well under our system. He drives to the net, has a good hard accurate shot.   Sanchez is known for winning those loose puck battles along the boards and in front of the net. College coaches love his two-way play as he is ever mindful of his defensive zone responsibilities.  Scouts always comment on his high compete level. Sanchez has the insatiable appetite  to win and that is the way Eels’ play.

Alex had a plethora of interest from about a dozen NCAA men’s Division 3 schools. In fact we had six solid commitment offers from coaches. But Alex loved everything about Westfield State University. He visited the campus and toured the school. He loved the facilities, the campus and the classrooms. He said the feel was right. He could see himself attending Westfield. Moreover, he enjoyed speaking with the coach at the campus and at various USPHL Showcases over the past several seasons. General Manager Scarpaci had taken the team to a number of NCAA Division 3 games over the past several seasons and Alex felt his style of play was very conducive to that of the Westfield team and Coach Bob Miele. Coach Bloomingburg had another one of his players Jackson Leef who plays for Westfield State University and he really loves the program.

Alex looks forward to playing in the MASCAC conference in Massachusetts. He feels it is very competitive and he looks forward to making the transition from a Florida Eel to an Owl. He will miss it here in Florida but he has worked so hard over the last four years to make it to college and is so excited that his dreams are finally being realized.

Alex no doubt is a key player on the Eels Elite team. He led this team to one of its best seasons ever. There is no doubt in Coach Bloomingburg and General Manager Scarpaci’s mind that Alex will be an equally strong player for Coach Milele. He is an impact player and will make his mark at Westfield State University.


Cape Coral Hooters Supporting Our Florida Eels

Guys once again Hooters of Cape Coral will help with the the Florida Eels’ Playoffs.

The Hooter Girls will be making the ceremonial puck drop at several of the Eels games over the playoffs. The first presentation will be this Friday when the Eels Elite team opens the first round of weekend games vs. the Potomac Patriots at the Fort Myers Skatium. The puck drops at 9:35 pm.

 

Hooters will provide their Eels discounts to the Eels families and generously will honor the same to the visiting Potomac Patriots players  and coaches as well as to  the Tampa Junior players and coaches who square off vs. the Florida Eels USP3 team Saturday afternoon puck drop at 3:20 pm.

 

We give special thanks to James Chaney, GM of Hooters in Cape Coral who has been a huge supporter of the Florida Eels program. His facilitating discounts to the Eels Junior players and youth players and parents  throughout the regular season for the past three seasons have set a benchmark on community relations.  The Florida Eels  truly appreciate the support  generously provided to them.

 

The Eels are very excited to be hosting the first round of playoffs this weekend. Both the Florida Eels Elite team and the Florida Eels USP3 teams earned home ice advantage based on their regular season success. The Elite team finishing 2nd seed overall in the entire Southern Conference whereas the Eels  USP3 team finished first in the Florida Division.

 

 This will be a special weekend for all of us as so many of our veterans Eels players will be showcasing their final games in the first two rounds of the playoffs here at our home rink - the Fort Myers Skatium. So many of the boys have adopted Fort Myers as their second home for the last 2,3 and even 4 years. This is especially nice as we get to celebrate their accomplishments and quest to college. Please be sure to stop by and join us this weekend.

Come Cheer On Your Guys

Brace Yourselves. You are about to experience the most exciting hockey since the Eels joined the USPHL. There is no doubt that this season the two Eels Junior teams are the most entertaining teams ever to sport an Eels jersey as junior players. These guys have explosive speed and are lethal upfront when it comes to scoring.

 

This is a very unique season for the Eels, as we will be moving on to college so many veteran players who have played here for 2 -4 years. It is heart warming to see so many of these young men who started as young boys with us mature into outstanding and accomplished athletes.

 

Below is a list of 1995 Eel veteran players who are set to move on to NCAA Men’s college hockey programs:

 

Jonathan Carlson who is a home grown Florida Eels who started playing for the Eels as a peewee and moved up through our youth hockey right through bantams and midgets. He exemplifies our player development model having played 1 season for our Empire team and then moved up as to the Elite team where he played 3 seasons.

 

Then there are the boys brought in to our program who made Fort Myers their home and were adopted by the Eels to become part of our Eels family. Four year veterans such as Josh Delezenne, Alex Sanchez, Kade Brannon and Brian Dennerlein, and three year veterans such as Michael Kohler and John Drummond, and second year veterans such as Colin Whitt, Gage Downing, Jeff O’Dea, Garrett Wood, Connor Annett, Max Grudev, as well as new comers, Darren Aikens, Andrej Stankevich. Robert Cerepak, Kristers Seps, Jared Levine, Matt Schneider, Chris Kerr, John Shanley and Bradley Lemelin.

 

Wow 22 of our 1995 guys going off to college. That is huge. No other program can boast those numbers. That is impressive no matter how you slice and dice it. All of these guys know full well it is THERE TIME  TO BRING HOME THE HARDWARE. These guys have all come to the Eels for one reason and that is to get to college. In each of there cases this will happen. Good schools as well. But there is another message these guys want to send. They are the best of the best in the USPHL. That they are amongst the top in the entire USPHL. That their team is the best.

 

These guys are augmented with some very very talented players who are 1996s-1999s. That is what makes the Eels so special. The way we integrate our younger guys into our two teams and create the teams we have. Both of our teams are extremely good on paper. Their records reflect that. The Elite team being 2nd over all in the entire Southern Conference and just a few percentage points away form number one seed Hampton. We defeated Hampton in our regular season play. Hampton played 4 more games than us. The Eels have a better record than all of the teams in the North. We have a 8-2 record vs. the Northern Conference teams. We had 7 players on the league all-star selection. 

 

The USP3 team stands in first place in the Florida Division. It has proven it can beat top teams in the North including the Jr Bruins and top teams in the Midwest Division. It has 5 players selected to the All Star selection and also has a number of its players as league leaders in scoring.

 

The true measure of these teams is not reflected in the win loss column however ,but rather is the heart of these boys. You can’t put a yardstick on this. It comes from the 300 hours if ice training and another 300 hours of off ice conditioning. It comes from the camaraderie amongst the guys. It is the determination and intestinal fortitude exemplified every time these guys lace up their skates. It is their compete level. Their insatiable appetite to win. You see it the way they fore-check. The way they back check. No team can really outwork our guys.

 

So folks it is up to you if you want to be part of the legacy being set here. Come and experience the heat the fire and passion in my players’ hearts and souls. Come to the games this Friday Saturday and Sunday.

 

I ask that you come out to cheer us on. Raise the roof at the Fort Myers Skatium supporting our players who you got to know all to well over the last 4 seasons for many of them

 

Thanks

Coach Frank

 

Location 2250 Broadway

Fort Myers Skatium

Fort Myers Fl. 33901

 

The Eels Elite Team Playoff Schedule  

 

Feb 19th 2016 Friday Night Time: 9:30 pm

Feb. 20th 2016 Saturday Night Time 8:45 pm

 

If game 3 is Necessary

Game 3 Feb. 21 Sunday at noon

 

The USP3 Team Playoff Schedule

 

Feb 20th 2016 Saturday 3:20 pm

Feb. 21st 2016 Sunday 8:45 am

 

If game 3 is necessary game 3 Feb 22nd Monday at noon

Carlson Once Again Selected as USPHL POW

Jonathan Carlson once again was selected as USPHL Elite Player of the week as a Defenseman. J Carr has won the weekly all-star selection numerous times throughout the season. Another benchmark in his storied season. He was selected by the league as one of the league All Star Defenseman for the season. He scored 10 goals and 56 assist for 66 points. He is amongst the top Eels defenseman of all time. No doubt J Carr is the best Defenseman in the USPHL Elite division if not the entire USPHL league itself. He has been recruited by no less than 2 dozen colleges and will have some very tough choices to make in the next few weeks.

 

Jonathan Carlson who is a home grown Florida Eels who started playing for the Eels as a peewee and moved up through our youth hockey right through bantams and midgets. He exemplifies our player development model having played 1 season for our Empire team and then moved up as to the Elite team where he played 3 seasons.

 

He is a great character young man and we proudly selected him as one of the Elite team’s assistant captains. He quarterbacks our power play and PK. Jonathan’s job is not complete however. He is determined to bring home the league Championship. With his leadership and determination we can all taste it.

Florida Eels Season Ice Cap

2015-16 Regular Season Comes to an end but both Florida Eels teams earn home ice in 1st two rounds of playoffs.

 

The Eels USPHL Elite team finishes regular season in 2nd place over all in the Southern Conference.  In 40 games they have 31 wins 2 ties for 63 points. Only second to Hampton who played 44 games and coincidentally 4 more wins. The Eels have the lowest goals against in the South and 3rd in GF with 4 less games.

 

What is even more important is that the Eels have more points than the Northern Conference Regular season champions at 61 points. The Eels have an 8-2 record vs. the Elite North Opponents. No doubt the Eels players have impressed dozens of the NCAA coaches who have attended the 4 USPHL showcases.

 

This year the Elite team has 17 players who are 1995 DOB. The Eels are extremely proud to report that every one of our 1995 Elite players are expected to be moving on next year to    college men’s teams.  That is once again for two straight seasons 100% college placement. The Elite team had 7 players selected to the league Regular season All-star team. The Eels have 4 players with over 50 points  (Alex Sanchez, Jonathan Carlson Josh Delezeene and Conner Annett) and 2 players Alex Sanchez and Jonathan Carlson with 60 points. That is 1.5 points per game.  In fact Sanchez and Carlson only playing in 40 games were 2nd and 3rd in league scoring. Special note Jonathan Carlson is a defenseman. The Eels skaters and Goalies have been honored ½ dozen times as players of the week by the league.

 

This year the USP3 team equally has a 100-college placement. We have four 1995 players and one 1996 player who are days away from committing to NCAA men’s college teams.  The USP3 team is first seed in the Florida Division of the USPHL Southern Conference. They have 22 wins.   They have 3 players with over 60 points. Max Gruzdev, Kristers Seps and Robert Cerepak.  That is 1.5 points per game. They have 6 players with over 45 points. They have 3 more players with over 45 points. (Michael Kohler Bryan Miller and defenseman Andrea Stankevich.  We have 3 rookies with double digits Ayodele Adeniye, Kellen Crother and CJ Antonelli. We have 5 players who were selected by the league as season All stars.  Like the Elite team our USP3 team has had a ½ dozen player of week selections.

 

The program continues to receive tremendous community support averaging 500 fans per game. Those are NAHL and Div. 3 college numbers in true fan attendance. The players continue to be very involved in community charities working with Hockey Feed the Hungry, Clothing Drives, Toys For Tots, and raising thousands of dollars for Cancer stricken families.  This program is a model for Tier III junior programs: Putting together very competitive teams; actively promoting and assisting players in college placements; Elite team built on player development from USP3 team. and Community involvement and support. It is not all about the 60 minutes of a game. It is about building a complete program.

Florida Eels Elite Team Sweep Tampa Juniors In Final Games Of Regular Season

The Florida Eels Elite Team Winds Up Regular Season Games Sweeping The Tampa Juniors In Weekend Home and Away Series.

 

In game one Saturday night the Eels dominated Tampa 8-2 and Sunday Shut down Tampa 6-0. On Saturday night in front of a packed housed of Eels fans the Eels went on fire satisfying so many of the fans appetite for seeing their favorite Eel get on the board. In fact this Eels team has over 17 players who are 1995. This was a pretty exciting night as so many of these boys will be going off to college next year and have been playing for the Eels for last 2-4 years.

 

Scoring for the Eels Saturday night was as follows:

Zac Boyle even strength assisted by Jon Carlson

Garrett Wood even strength assisted by John Shanley and Gage Downing

Kade Brannon Power play assisted by Brandon Halversen

Josh Delezeene even strength assisted by Zac Boyle and Jonathan Carlson

Jordan Court power play assisted by Zac Boyle Jonathan Carlson   

Josh Delezeene assisted Power play assisted by Jonathan Carlson and Connor Annett

Kade Brannon even strength assisted by Jeff O’Dea

Clayton Boyle even strength assisted by Conner Annett and Brandon Rosario

 

In net was Matt Schneider doing an other solid job keeping Tampa to 2 goals on the night

 

Sunday night was truly the last regular season game for the Florida Elite team before the 1st round of the USPHL Southern Conference playoffs.

 

The Eels brought the same pace to this game. Keep the boys ready for the upcoming weekend of playoffs. Don’t let up as this might derail the recipe that got us to where we are at this point in the season.

 

The Eels brought in Jared Levine in net that turned everything away that Tampa brought. It was Tampa’s last game as well they had something to show their fans and wanted a win here very badly. But Jared stood strong for the task and earned a nice shutout.

 

Scoring for the Eels was as follows:

 

Brandon Rosario scored assisted by even strength assisted by Josh Delezeene and Jonathan Carlson

Connor Annett scored a power play assisted by Jonathan Carlson and Zac Boyle

Garrett Wood scored even strength assisted by Brian Dennerlein and Brad Lemelin

Josh Delezeene assisted by Conner Annett and Colin Whitt

Kade Brannon even strength assisted Jeff O’Dea and Jordan Court

Brandon Halvorsen assisted by Richard Doherty and Garrett Wood

 

The Eels next game is Friday night at home vs. the Potomac Patriots at 8:50 pm

 

 

Come Join Us Today For the Last Regular Season Games For the USP3 and Elite Teams

Come Join Us Today For the Last Regular Season Games For the USP3 and Elite Teams

 

The USP3 team squares off vs. the Jr. Blades puck drop at 3:20 pm while the Elite team plays the Tampa Juniors puck drop at 8:50 pm for its home game. They play Sunday in Ellenton at 6:45 pm drop of puck.   Today’s two games will be the final home games of the regular season for both clubs.

 

Both the USP3 and the Elite have made the playoffs with home ice advantage. Playoffs start next week. The USP3 is top seed in the Florida Division and the Elite team is number 2 seed in the entire Southern USPHL Conference. In fact both teams enjoy home ice throughout each of the first two rounds based on their winning percentage.

 

We would love for you to come and join us for the last remaining regular season games. In fact many of the boys will be moving on to college, as they are 1995 DOB. Although we will be hosting the first set of playoff games it would be nice to cheer on many of the boys you have seen play in front of you for 3-4 years. You have been the best fans in the USPHL. You were always there supporting our players though wins and losses, through highs and lows.

 

You have opened your homes and most of all your hearts to so many of these young men going off to college. You have had a huge part of their development as players and young men. No doubt what you all have done speaks volumes to the kind of folks you are. Not just fans but part of the Eels’ family. This has been an extremely exciting season and we hope to see you all their tonight.

 

 Thanks

Coach Frank


Worcester State University

Jared Levine 2nd Eel to Garner NCAA Commit For 2016

The Florida Eels are proud to announce the commitment of Elite division goaltender Jared Levine to Worcester State University for the fall of 2016.
 
Levine, a native of Binghamton, NY, is in his first season with the Eels after playing the previous two seasons with the Syracuse Stars USP3HL team. In 37 games this season, Levine has amassed a 9-5 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.80 goals against average.
 
“Jared will make a great addition to the Worcester State hockey team,” commented Eels general manager Frank Scarpaci. “Jared is a big athletic butterfly style goaltender who covers the net very well. He plays at a high compete level.  A winner. Great character kid.  He has quick reflexes and quick movement and outstanding rebound control.   He is a quick goalie who is square to every shot and has good angles.    Jared possesses good hockey iq.”
 
Levine is the second member of the Eels to announce his college decision and will join teammate John Drummond in the college ranks next season.

Nolan Greene Selected As Goalie Player Of Week

 

 

Florida Eels USP3 Goalie Nolan Greene 
selected by the league as Star of the week. 
Nolan had led the Eels to 2 huge wins over the Daytona Racers 5-0 and 7-3. 
He has 18 wins 13 losses 2 shutouts with a 2.67 GAA and .908 save%

Nolan was selected recently as the top goalie being selected as the Florida Division USP3 All Star

 
 

Florida Eels Goalie Jared Levine Commits to Worcester State University for the Fall 2016-17.

 

It is official. The Eels mark their second NCAA Division 3 commitment and their first for the USPHL Elite team:  Goaltender Jared Levine. Jared has committed to Worcester State University for the Fall 2016-17.

 

 D/O/B: 01/06/1995.  HOMETOWN: BINGHAMTON, NY HEIGHT: 6’1”; WEIGHT: 189 LBS., GLOVE: LEFT.  2015-2016 TEAM: FLORIDA EELS ELITE TEAM. Prior to joining the Eels this season Jared Levine  played 2 seasons with the Syracuse Stars of the USPHL Empire Division.

 

SCOUTING REPORT: JARED IS A BIG ATHLETIC BUTTERFLY STYLE GOALTENDER WHO CCOVERS THE NET VERY WELL.  HE HAS QUICK REFLEXES AND QUICK MOVEMENT AND OUTSTANDING REBOUND CONTROL.   HE IS A QUICK GOALIE WHO IS SQUARE TO EVERY SHOT AND HAS GOOD ANGLES.    JARED POSSESSES GOOD HOCKEY IQ.  HE IS AT HIS BEST WHEN HE PLAYS RELAXED AND A CALMER STYLE OF GOALTENDING.  JARED ALWAYS STAYS COMPOSED WHILE UNDER PRESSURE AND DOESN’T LET ANYTHING GET INTO HIS HEAD.

Florida Eels Red Hot As They Dismantle The Tampa Juniors 8-2

Florida Eels Elite Weekend Recap

The Eels Elite team had only one game over the weekend and it was against west coast rivals the Tampa Juniors. In fact the remaining 3 games of the regular season are against the Tampa Juniors. The Eels are red hot of late winning 13 of their last 14 games and Tampa unfortunately finds itself in the unenviable position of being mathematically eliminated in the playoffs so at this juncture they are playing for pride.

 

The Eels came out of the gate last night like it was a game necessary to win a playoff birth. The Eels are known not for paying too much attention to the standings. It is an other day at the office so to speak. They are a fine tuned machine and their coach Jason Bloomingburg wants to maintain the focus and pressure as they will soon be entering the first round of the playoffs and do not want his players to pick up any bad habits or forsake mental preparation and drive.

 

The Eels Elite squad are looking to face the Potomac Patriots or the Charlotte Rush in round one. The Eels sitting in 2nd seed over all have earned the right to host round 1 and 2 of the playoff games. They are an extremely hungry club as you can see from the drop of every puck throughout the entire game. They learned their valuable lesson last season. No complacency here. We know we are not entitled to any thing. Like the real world we have to earn everything that comes to us. These are the life lessons leaned a s being part of the Eels.

 

The Eels locked up 2nd place overall.  Here is how the USPHL Elite playoffs work:

Round one the 1st place Hampton Road Whalers play the 8th seed. The 2nd place team, which is the Eels, plays the 7th seed and so on.

 

Right now the Potomac Patriots and the Charlotte Rush are jockeying for the 7th seed. The key here is home ice. Home ice for the 1st seed is Hampton. Home ice for the 2nd seed is Ft Myers. The travel distance is the penalty here for falling into 7th place. . The 8th seed simply has to travel to Hampton VA. The 7th seed has to venture to Fort Myers FL and that comes with a hefty price tag.  That is why those two teams are battling to the end ironically the 8th seed being the benefactor of sorts.

 

In the game last night vs. Tampa, the Eels scored 8 goals. They were making a statement. They were showing their firepower. The scoring was very balanced as well. The boys skated with a jump in their legs. They back checked like it was the playoffs and their patterned fore-check was relentless. No letting down at all. That is the way it should be. Each and every night. The Eels don’t know how to play any other way except full throttle. They are on a mission and nothing will alter their mindset.

 

The Eels unleashed 40 shots on net on the Tampa Juniors. The first period remained scoreless. 0-0. Then with 1:56 into the 2nd period rookie Brandon Rosario from New Jersey got and even strength goal assisted by Clayton Boyd his 18th of the season and Connor Annett his 24th of the season.

 

Assistant Captain and Defenseman Jonathan Carlson then notched an even strength goal his 10th of the season assisted by another Eels assistant captain Kade Brannon his 13th of the season and defenseman Brandon Halvorsen his 8th of the season.

 

 Veteran forward Josh DeLezenne scored his 25th goal of the season    assisted by Brandon Halvorsen his 2nd of the night and 10th of the season and Jonathan Carlson his 48th assist of the season. Halverson is seeing the ice very well and has come on very strong in the 2nd half.

 

  Jordan Court scored his 6th goal of the season (even strength) assisted by Connor Annett, his 2nd of the night and 25th of the season and 6’ 2” veteran defenseman from   Littleton Colorado  John Shanley his 4th of the season.

 

 Veteran Forward Gage Downing  6’3” 237 pounds scored his 7th goal of the season  (even strength) assisted by  veteran forward Garrett Wood of Colorado, his 12th of the season and Eels’ veteran forward  Brian Dennerlein of  Parkridge IL his 8th of the season.

 

 Eels veteran forward  Josh DeLezenne scored his 2nd of the night (power play) chasing his Career high from the Empire  season of 3 years ago of 30 goals, assisted by  Eels Captain    from Denver CO. Alex Sanchez his 50th of the season and Jonathan Carlson his 49th of the season.

 

 Kade Brannon from Texas  scored his 13th of the season on a   a power play goal assisted by Eels veteran  Jordan Court from Florida  his 16th of the season and  Eels veteran Clayton Boyd from Florida his 18th of the season.

 

Scoring the 8th goal for the Eels was veteran Connor Annett from Canada who scored his 21st of the season  assisted by Jonathan Carlson, his 50th of the season and Josh DeLezenne, his 23rd of the season

 

Matt Schneider from New York faced 25 shots on net turning away 23. Another strong performance by Matt.

 

The Eels Elite team play next Saturday at the Ft Myers Skatium at 8:50 pm and then back in Tampa on Sunday 1:00 pm. 

Florida Eels Sweep the Daytona Racers in Weekend Homestand.

Florida Eels Sweep the Daytona Racers in Weekend Homestand.

 

The Eels USP3 team shutout the Racers Friday night 5-0 in game one. Saturday’s game the Eels brought on more firepower and scored 7 goals to end their regular season series between the two clubs 7-1. Daytona came out very physical in this game but the Eels showed they too have some very physical players who could not only equal the hitting game but dominate in that category as well. The Eels struck for the first two goals but then allowed the Racers to tie it up by the end of the first period. But then Eels’ Coach Frankie Scarpaci reorganized their focus and immediately made some changes and the Eels ignited for 5 more goals. Compared to one more for the Racers netting a total of 7-3 Eels.

 

Notching his first goal as an Eel was Samuel Marolda with his speed breaking down the ice blowing by all 5 Racers. Samuel Marolda was one of the recent acquisitions made by GM Scarpaci in a series of key moves over the last 8 weeks to bolster his USP3 team’s lineup. Max Gruzdev scored a power play goal assisted by Robert Cerepak and Andrej Stankevich.

 

 Michael Kohler scored his 17th goal of the season  an even strength goal his 18th of the season  and Robert Cerepak picked up his 2nd assist of the night assisted by Max Gruzdev his 2nd point of the evening.  Michael Kohler is on fire with 8 goals in the last 10 games.

 

Andrej Stankevich scored the Eels 2nd power play of the night power play assisted by Max Gruzdev and Kristers Seps.

 

The Eels scored their 3rd power play goal from a canon by Andrej Stankevich his 18th goal on the season assisted again by Max Gruzdev, and Kristers Seps

 

 Assistant Captain Bryan Miller got his 17th goal of the season and 49th point as he scored a timely power play goal assisted by Andrej Stankevich for his 2nd assist and     4th point of the night and 48th of the season again assisted by Kristers Seps his 2nd of the night.

 

The Eels final goal was by Kristers Seps scored a power play goal bringing his season total to 29  (one shy of team record) assisted by Max Gruzdev his 4th assist of the night and 5th point of the contest and season total of 66 points, assisted by Robert Cerepak his 4th of the night and 5th of the weekend. In fact Cerepak now has 8 points in his 5 games since joining the Eels. This bring him back to form to where he was earlier this season where his junior point average is 2 per game.  Cerepak is another one of the major moves GM Scarpaci made over the last 8 weeks of the season to strengthen his team for their playoff run.

 

Iron man Nolan Greene played another strong performance in net turning away 30 shots on 33 attempts. 

 

The Eels have one remaining league game next weekend against cross-town rivals the Florida  Jr. Blades. 3:20 pm Saturday at home. No doubt this has been one of the most exciting seasons for the Eels USP3 team and we are looking forward to the upcoming playoffs. At this time it is yet to be determined who the opponents will be. Tampa and the Blades play today. The Blades have 35 points. Tampa has 33. Tampa plays Daytona next week. The Blades play the Eels.  If Tampa wins today it is all up in the air until next weekend. If the Blades win today then they will have 37 points and next week’s game cannot alter it. Tampa would play the Eels. WOW an MIT formula. But it is great to come down to the last 1 or 2 games to have the season decided.

 

 

 

Eels Goalie Nolan Greene Leads Eels to another Shut-Out - This time to the Daytona Racers 5-0 in First Game of Weekend Double Header

 

Eels Goalie Nolan Greene Leads Eels to another Shut-Out - This time to the  Daytona Racers 5-0 in First Game of Weekend Double Header

 

Gm. Frank Scarpaci knew what he saw in Kristers Seps when he scouted him and brought him to join his team last fall. He knew with proper training this kid could be a goal scorer and that is exactly what he has become. Seps led his team on Friday night over Daytona with two beautiful goals and an assists. This marks Seps’ 27th and 28th goal on the season.

 

The last time the Eels USP3 (Empire) team had a scorer like that was when Josh DeLezenne played for the team. Josh DeLezenne scored 30 goals that year. Seps is closing in on that high with 28 goals on the season and he has 2 games remaining. This is ironic that during that season, young coach Frankie Scarpaci was in his first full season coaching with the Eels. On his roster was not only Josh DeLezenne but it included the likes of Jonathan Carlson, Brian Dennerlein, and Brandon Hotaling. Now look where they are. They are on the Eels Elite team tearing up all comers in quest for the playoffs and the ultimate goal of playing in Boston at the Beantown Classic for the league championship as are the Eels USP3 team.

 

Coach Frankie Scarpaci challenged Kristers Seps to step up and get the job done. Seps was honored that the coach called upon him as team top goal scorer to lead the team.   Seps made it clear to his fellow players last night that there was no option: “They had to get back on track with their winning ways.” He did his talk all week at practice, in the locker room and in the game. His message was heard loud and clear.

 

 Joining in on the scoreboard was rookie CJ Antonelli from Chicago who opened things up for the Eels with a beautiful steal of the puck while killing the penalty for a nice short-handed goal. His 8th goal and 17th point of the season.  CJ Antonelli  has explosive speed and once he forced the Racers play to cough up the puck CJ turned on his jets and blew by 3 of Daytona’s players and beat Daytona’s goalie cleanly.

 

 Brian Miller also had a big goal  (his16th on the season) and assisted on 2 others for a 3-point night bringing his season total to 45 points. Michael Kohler had a huge night with a solid one timer snap shot (his 16th for the season). Kohler’s physical presence was equally effective as he won the battles along the boards, created chaos in front of their netminder and physically made Racer players pay the price for touching the puck. You could see his leadership throughout this extremely physical game.

 

Ayodele Adeniye had a very productive game notching a pair of assists (bringing his assist total to 13 for the season). Adeniye and was very effective in all 3 zones with his long reach and smart defensive play.  Ayodele’s defensive partner John Drummond (NCAA Post University Commit) also picked up and assist (his 12th of the season)

 

  GM Scarpaci’s recent trade acquisitions  of Darren Aikens and Robert  Cerepak from the Kalkaska Rhinos had a major impact in Friday’s night’s win. Darren Aikens and Robert  Cerepak were flying up and down the ice creating loose puck turn overs and a plethora of scoring opportunities. Darren Aikens had 2 big assist on the evening ((a total of 12 points since joining the Eels in only 14 games) Robert  Cerepak playing a key role on the first line power play fired 10+ bullets at the Racers goalie. Coach Frankie Scarpaci also moved Robert Cerepak up to the first line with Max Gruzdev and Michael Kohler and you can see the synergies are working. In just 4 games with the Eels Robert Cerepak has 4 assists. This kid is very exciting to watch. He averaged 2+ points per game for the Rhinos with 23 goals and 43 assists. He brings leadership as well as tremendous talent to the team.  It is unreal seeing these 3 boys work together.

 

The Eels unleashed 58 shots on the Racers netminder.  Daytona’s goalie played very well as the Eels kept the pressure on him. The two squads face each other once again Saturday at 3:20 pm for their final game of the season between these 2 clubs. The Eels are looking to solidify first place and more importantly the first seed in the Florida Division of the first round in the playoffs. This is important, as that position would ensure home ice for the second round and a stronger seed further down the playoffs. It’s not that we are looking ahead says coach Frankie Scarpaci, but we have to set stakes where we can and these are important benchmarks for any playoff bound team.

 

 Friday night’s match was a very physical game and we can expect an even more physical game on Saturday. Daytona has 2 players who have almost more penalties than the entire Eels active roster. The Eels always are a discipline team. That is demanded.  So the Eels will play their game and not let their opponents dictate the pace, tempo or style of play.

 

Who Is That Guy Wearing # 3 for the Eels Elite Team?

 

Folks come on out and meet Richard Doherty our newest member of the Eels Elite team. In 3 games he has already notched one assist . But the most impressive part of his game is his shut down style on the blueline and his play in his own end.  He brings rich experience and poise to our blueline. He not only offers depth to the defensive squad but also exudes confidence. You can see from the way the guys are playing. He is a high character kid as well. He brings maturity and fits in well with the guys.

 

GM Scarpaci knew of  Doherty  for sometime as one of his scouts had been keeping an eye on him for some time. We go to showcases in Pittsburgh and were impressed with his play there; we were hoping to bring him in earlier this season. He has great pedigree having played a season for Belle Tire U18, which is one of the top Midget programs in the USA. There he played with Eels forward Jeff O’Dea. Doherty  also played one year juniors in the NA3HL with the Pittsburgh Vengeance and another year in the WSHL San Diego Sabers before joining the Eels. In addition to his strong defensive skills he is quite mobile having 30+ points in junior hockey. You can see he has great vision and plays with a nice balance knowing when to jump in and when not to. He is an exciting player to watch wearing #3 for the Eels. Be sure to say hello to Richard and help give him a warm welcome to our Eels family.

Tonight (Friday) Come Join us as the Eels take on the Daytona Racers

The Florida Eels USP3 team has a weekend homestand against the Daytona Racers. This will be the final time Daytona comes to Fort Myers this season.   Game one will be Friday Night at 7:30 pm and game two will be Saturday at 3:20 pm.  The Eels have won 5-1 in their series so far this year in their match ups. These are key games for the Eels as they are only 2 points ahead of the Palm Beach Hawks at 43 while the Hawks are at 41. The Racers are 13 points behind both Tampa Juniors and the Jr. Blades who both sit at 31 points to the Racers 20.

 

The Eels are trying to cement first place in the Florida Division, which would guarantee first seed in the first and second round of the playoffs. The Hawks are trying to over take the Eels for that position. The Hawks only have 2 games remaining to the Eels 3. The Hawks play host to the Atlanta Knights in their homestand. The Hawks can’t take Atlanta lightly however as they are in a heated race to take 2nd place from the Carolina Eagles. This shows how tight the Southern Conference is. The final seedlings will come down to the final games.

 

The Eels are looking to pay attention to one thing. That is Daytona. They are not taking this weekend for granted. They learned a heavy-handed lesson on November 21st of this season when Daytona first came to Fort Myers this season.  Despite unleashing 66 shots on Daytona’s goalie to 33 from Daytona’s players on the Eels, the Eels managed to loose 5-6. That was a hard lesson to learn. The Eels did manage to come back the following day with a clear win over the Racers 6-2 but the sting hurt just the same. Here the Eels coaches and players will be taking this weekend very serious.

 

The Eels are coming off 3 losses so expect them to be looking to extract some pressure here to get back on track and find their winning ways. They were a very strong team all season and like any team they go through a period of a lull. They rather get those comb webs out of their system and get fine tuned for the playoffs. The next 3 games are key for  the Eels and you can count on them to do their job.

 

The Eels are fired up for this series and are very determined to stall the Racers engines right out of the gate. No holding back. You can’t take the Racers for granted. These guys never quit. They have lost a good number of games of late and are extremely hungry. Those are the most dangerous teams to play.  But don’t expect a run and gun offense from the Eels. The Eels know they need to tighten up their defense as a team so it will be interesting to see how the Eels approach this weekend games.

 

 

Eels Elite vs Tampa Juniors Pre Game Preview

The Eels Elite team travels to Ellenton for a one game contest vs. The Tampa Juniors. Game Time 8:00 pm The Eels have clinched 2nd place in the Southern Conference and have 3 games remaining on the season. All 3 of those games are against the Tampa Juniors. This weekend in Tampa and next weekend the teams spit home and away.

 

The Eels are looking to sharpen their edge and increase their winning percentage, which is the final barometer for the seedlings. The Eels are red hot right now and are looking very sharp. But the boys are not looking too far ahead. They know that the regular season is not over and they have to continue doing what they have been doing all season. This is a veteran team of very experienced players many of which have been with us for 2—4 years.

 

They will take Tampa very serious in the next 3 games. Indeed, the Eels got stung this season by Tampa twice giving two wins that the Eels players would loved to have back. That is why we will take these games one shift at a time one period at a time and one game at a time. We also learned from last year’s playoffs where we might have been looking too far ahead and got an early exit in the playoffs. This year each player is not waiting for the other guy to do the job. Oh no. They all feel accountable.  Here no doubt the Eels players have all eyes on Boston. But we have to take it one step at a time. Being a veteran team of 75% 1995 players they know full well this is their time. They want to leave their mark and legacy on the Eels for years to come. They can taste it, but you have to get to the dinner table before you savor the meal.

 

The Eels will enjoy having only one game this weekend. It will give them a little rest for big weekends ahead.  Come join us in Ellenton on Saturday evening at 8:00 PM 

USPHL Southern Conference Stars Announced by league

USPHL Southern Stars Announced

02/02/2016, 11:00am EST
By Mike Klein
The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to recognize the Southern Stars from the Elite and USP3HL divisions. The players represent the top players in their respective divisions as chosen by the coaches and are grouped geographically, with one team playing for Georgia and Florida-based teams (Team Florida), and the other representing teams from Virginia and North Carolina (Team Piedmont).
 
 
Elite Division
Team Florida
Forwards: Alex Sanchez (Florida Eels), Mason Babbidge (Palm Beach Hawks), Chase Jungels (Tampa Bay Juniors), Josh Delezenne (Florida Eels), Connor Annett (Florida Eels), William Riise (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Nikita Smirnov (Charlotte Rush), Tyler Strutz (Palm Beach Hawks), Ian McDonald (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Sergei Khoroshun (Charlotte Rush), Zach Boyle (Florida Eels), Brendan Ferguson (Atlanta Knights)
 
Defensemen: Axel Meurling (Tampa Bay Juniors), John Carlson (Florida Eels), Connor Hetzel (Atlanta Knights), Andrew Frojelin (Charlotte Rush), Derek Camenga (Palm Beach Hawks), Colin Whitt (Florida Eels)
 
Goaltenders: Matt Schneider (Florida Eels), Jordan Severo (Charlotte Rush)
 
Team Piedmont
Forwards: Kyle Perkowski (Hampton Roads Whalers), Jacob Gerson (Hampton Roads Whalers), Dominic Moore (Hampton Roads Whalers), Ashton Amaya (Richmond Jr. Generals), Alex Storjohann (Richmond Jr. Generals), Stian Owens (Richmond Jr. Generals), Brendan Logan (Carolina Eagles), Devin Warfield (Carolina Eagles), Adam Papayoanou (Carolina Eagles), Liam Walsh (Potomac Patriots), Manny Mancha (Potomac Patriots, Tim Olbing (Potomac Patriots)
 
Defensemen: Brandon Zack (Hampton Roads Whalers), Henry Hearon (Hampton Roads Whalers), Tyler Romel (Carolina Eagles), Nick Ludeman (Potomac Patriots), Tomas Orricho (Richmond Jr. Generals), Chris Magee (Richmond Jr. Generals)
 
Goaltenders: Eugene Makarski (Richmond Jr. Generals), Frank Cundiff (Carolina Eagles)
 
USP3HL
Team Florida
Forwards: Matt Fishman (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Matthew Jahn (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Stefano Mallardi (Palm Beach Hawks), Tommy Yore (Tampa Bay Juniors), Mason Ledbetter (Tampa Bay Juniors), Saxon Greene (Tampa Bay Juniors), Austin Resseguie (Florida Jr. Blades), Tyler O’Mara (Florida Jr. Blades), Matt Peterson (Florida Jr. Blades), Max Grudzev (Florida Eels), Kristers Seps (Florida Eels), Bryan Miller (Florida Eels)
 
Defensemen: Andrej Stankevich (Florida Eels), Lars Voit (Tampa Bay Juniors), Ethyn Altman (Tampa Bay Juniors), Marc Baron (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Trevor Wolfe (Palm Beach Hawks), Devon Rodriguez (Florida Jr. Blades)
 
Goaltenders: Nolan Greene (Florida Eels), Trevor Hawkes (Daytona Racers)
 
Team Piedmont
Forwards: John Moncovich (Hampton Roads Whalers), Brandon Osmundson (Hampton Roads Whalers), Caelan Bolanowski (Hampton Roads Whalers), Austin Petrie (Richmond Jr. Generals), Connor Green (Richmond Jr. Generals), Steve McElroy (Richmond Jr. Generals), Ben Crotty (Charlotte Rush), Shane Clapper (Charlotte Rush), Ben Hambright (Carolina Eagles), Justin McEneny (Carolina Eagles), Daniel Piliya (Carolina Eagles), Patrick Pratapas (Potomac Patriots)
 
Defensemen: Alex Oullet (Hampton Roads Whalers), James Boisvert (Hampton Roads Whalers), Alex Olschewske (Richmond Jr. Generals), Arthur Prukhnitsky (Carolina Eagles), Michael Kavanagh (Carolina Eagles), Aaron Szalankiewicz (Richmond Jr. Generals)
 
Goaltenders: Zach Alvarado (Hampton Roads Whalers), Matt Forslund (Carolina Eagles)
 
Congratulations to all selected players. 
 

GM Frank Scarpaci Makes Some Key Moves To Position His Two Teams For the USPHL Elite and USP3 Playoffs

The Florida Eels are very excited as both teams are positioned to make the playoffs and poised to make a strong run for the quest to the USPHL Beantown League finals.

 

The Eels Elite team and USP3 team are doing extremely well this season. Currently the Eels Elite team is 2nd place in the Southern Conference on a slight margin behind the Hampton Road Whalers. In fact by season end it is quite possible to see the Eels on top with winning percentage. The teams play an unbalanced schedule so winning percentage is the final barometer determining the final standings.  In the USP3 the Southern Conference is actually divided into Piedmont and Florida Divisions. The Florida Eels clearly are leading the division by a strong margin.

 

GM Scarpaci assembled a strong veteran team in his Elite squad. Many returning players who developed 3 plus years from his USP3 team and 1 and 2 years on the Elite squad. 17 of 23 players are 1995 DOB.  Guys who have been with us for a while  such as Alex Sanchez, Jonathan Carlson, Josh Delezeene,  Jordan Court, Brian Dennerlein, Kade Brannon, Collin Whitt,  Clayton Boyd, Zac Boyle Jeff O’ Dea, Brandon Hotaling, Brandon Halversen,  and John Shanley  to name a few.  This is their final Harrah so to speak. This is their time to put it altogether for the league championship. The USP3 team has also a staple of solid veteran players such as Andrea Stankevich, Brian Kozek, Brian Miller,  Alec Parr, John Drummond, Kristers Seps, Kyle Salminen, Max Gruzdev, Michael Kohler, Nolan Greene who mixed with some very exciting young rookies  such as Ayodele Adeniye , CJ Antonelli, Gavin Medina, Kellen Crowther, and  Nick Kotz who have developed phenomenal chemistry with the older mentors.. These guys are playing quite well and have climbed to the top of their podium in the Florida Division.

 

The Eels front office has been as busy as his coaches and players in his maneuvering to further position his teams to make a major push forward. The biggest move on the Elite squad was acquiring Richard Doherty. He is a fast mobile defensemen who can generate quite a bit of offense. Moreover his defensive skills are very strong. He is veteran player having played in the NA3HL and the WSHL. He is very smart in all 3 zones. He will step in and significantly add depth and power to their already deep team. The Eels also added some muscle up front with the moving up of Brad and Zack Leminin. Brad is a 1995 stands as a man at 6’” 7” and Zack a towering young man as well  only a 1998 is 6’8”.  Their presence will bolster a team with so much offensive power up front to fuel a Air Force Jet fighting plane.  GM Scarpaci commented he now has filled a few holes that places his Elite team ready for any challenge. They have the goaltending, the defense and the forwards. Coach Bloomingburg has all the weapons in his arsenal. It is now about perfect execution. The players are ready for the assault so to speak. They will hit the ice full throttle. One mission. One goal.

 

GM Scarpaci was even more active with respect to his   Eels USP3 team.   We were looking to add some depth to the lines and saying it happened is the understatement of the year. The first move was bringing back Rajen Munning who left to play in Canada. Munning wanted back. He saw quickly the development model of the Eels was not existing we he went and GM Scarpaci brought him back. He has given a nice spark to the Eels offense. The next big move was making a trade for Darren Aikens from the Kalkaska Rhinos. Darren is an extremely gifted playmaker. He is a veteran player with a high hockey IQ. He fits the Eels work ethic. Then the Eels picked up Sam Marolda from the first place the New York Aviators of the NA3HL. Sam was scouted in Chiacgo nd Wisconsin at two different showcases  by the Eels for 2 years. He played for us in the post season Sr. Chowder Cup in Boston. He has speed and grit and plays our high tempo fore-check. He knows the boys on the team as well. We knew chemistry was right. Next we picked up Jaret Hetmanski from the NA3HL. He became a free agent and we previously scouted Jaret as well. We knew he would add to our depth chart. He could play forward and defense. The Eels only had 5 defenseman so Jaret would find a home here developing very well with the Eels rich veteran defensive crew of   Andrea Stankevich, Brian Kozek, Alec Parr John Drummond and  Ayodele Adeniye.

 

The Eels then acquired Chase Horn and Brown from Daytona and bundled them for a blockbuster trade with Kalkaska that brought Robert Cerepak to the Eels. Cerepak was the leading scorer on the Rhinos. He also was amongst the leading scorers in the entire Midwest League. He comes with a great pedigree. Ceremak played 4 years with Lawrenceville Prep School in NJ, one year Post Graduate with the Gunnery Prep School, One year in the USPHL Premier Division before going to the Rhinos. He was captain at Lawrenceville and with the Rhinos. He not only brings scoring power as he averaged 2 points per game with the Rhinos, and one point per game in Prep school, he bring tremendous leadership skills.

 

These moves undoubtedly have moved the Eels USP3 team to a new elevation in the playoff run. The players are backed by two solid goaltenders. Nolan Greene and Nick Kotz.  The USP3 team players are playing extremely well and the cohesiveness is incredible. Watching them is like watching surgery. It is done with precision and every move has a purpose. They are not robotic.  . There is too much skill and natural talent for that. They are very exciting and creative but always mindful that discipline controls.

 

In conclusion both squads plan to be in Boston in March. There is no talk of going home early. They are not  arrogant. They take one game at a time. One period at a time. One shift at a time. But they have confidence. Not arrogance. I have not seen a more hungry bunch of boys in my organization says the Eels GM Scarpaci. Both teams want it   It is a nice mixture. In this sport the mental side is very important. They believe in the Eels our system and their faith. . Both teams are not letting up. The coaches have them ready. They are working 3+ hours each day on and off the ice. They are studying videos and breaking opponents down planning each game.

This ought to be a great set of playoffs. 

12 Florida Eels Junior Players Selected As USPHL All Stars

USPHL All Star Selections Made 
The Florida Eels are thrilled to announce that the USPHL league office has released the coaches’ poll for the USPHL Elite and USP3 All Stars. This year a total of 12 Florida Eels players were selected. There were numerous other Eels players who were nominated. It is quite impressive and an honor to have 12 players selected by the universe of league coaches. 

The Eels Elite team had 7 players Chosen: 
Forwards: Josh Delezeene, Alex Sanchez, Connor Annett and Zac Boyle 
Defense: Jonathan Carlson and Collin Whitt 
Goalie: Matt Schneider

The Florida Eels USP3 team had 5 players selected: 
Forwards: Max Gruzdev, Kristers Seps, Bryan Miller, 
Defense: Andrey Stankevich 
Goalie: Nolan Greene

Congrats To Eels Alumni and Former Captain Vasili Malliaras As He Moved Up to The NCAA Varsity Squad of Finlandia Univ


Proud of you buddy

 # FULL NAME YR. POS. HT. WT. HOMETOWN PREVIOUS TEAM MAJOR IMAGE 
1 Alec Rounds Fr. G 6-3 185 Rancho, Santa, CA Cleveland Jr Lumberjacks Alec Rounds 
2 Matt Benolkin So. D 6-0 175 Bloomington, MN Maple Grove Energy Business Matt Benolkin 
3 Cody Wickstrom So. D 6-0 205 Marquette, MI Fort Frances Lakers Pre-Professional Sciences Cody Wickstrom 
4 Victor Svensson Fr. D 6-1 195 Stockholm, Sweden Alliston Coyotes Victor Svensson 
5 Andrew Martin Jr. D 6-0 175 Fishers, IN North Bay Trappers International Business Andrew Martin 
6 Avery Huibregtse Fr. D 5-11 185 Ooostburg, WI Cleveland Jr Lumberjacks Avery Huibregtse 
7 Marcus Baird Fr. D 6-1 195 Oakville, Ontario Strathroy Rockets Marcus Baird 
8 Travis Cornwell So. F/D 5-10 175 Roseville, MN Arizona Redhawks Communications Travis Cornwell 
9 Bryce Mitzel Fr. F 5-10 180 Rapid City, SD Gillette Wild Bryce Mitzel 
10 Brady Peterson Fr. F 5-9 175 Andover, MN Hudson Crusaders Brady Peterson 
11 Ryan Erickson Fr. F 6-2 190 Bemidji, MN Bozeman Icedogs Ryan Erickson 
12 Alex Holm Fr. F 5-11 181 West Bloomfield, MI Metro Jets Alex Holm 
12 Joe Kotlarczyk Fr. D/F 6-1 190 Livonia, MI Bradford Rattlers Joe Kotlarczyk 
14 Thomas Clayton So. F 6-0 185 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Swords Thomas Clayton 
15 Adam Johns Fr. F 5-11 200 Waterford, MI Espanola Rivermaen Adam Johns 
16 Kendall Bolen-Porter Fr. F 5-7 160 St. Paul, MN Helena Bighorns Kendall Bolen-Porter 
17 Alex Rezansoff Fr. F 6-1 194 Red Wing, MN Minnesota Iron Rangers Alex Rezansoff 
18 Thomas Kerr Jr. F 5-10 182 Howell, MI Traverse City Hounds Criminal Justice Thomas Kerr 
19 Cam Wirick Fr. F 6-1 185 Fort Wayne, IN Marquette Royals Cam Wirick 
20 Andrew Huckleby Sr. D 6-1 205 West Bloomfield, MI Michigan Warriors (NAHL) Sports Management Andrew Huckleby 
21 Max Seiter Fr. F 5-11 190 Stevens Point, WI Minnesota Iron Rangers Max Seiter 
22 Devin Smith Jr. D 5-11 170 Rapid City, SD Helena Bighorns PTA Devin Smith 
23 Thomas Malkmus So. F 5-11 170 Bismark, ND Topeka Capitols Criminal Justice Thomas Malkmus 
24 James Devlin So. F 5-11 195 Lowell, MA Boston Jr Rangers Criminal Justice James Devlin 
25 Chuck Marcoe Jr. F 5-11 185 Kenosha, WI Wisconsin Dells Ducks Nursing Chuck Marcoe 
26 Derek Chaillier So. D 5-8 175 Escanaba, MI Escanaba High School Business Derek Chaillier 
27 Seth Ensor Fr. F 5-11 195 Sugarland, TX Springfield Express Seth Ensor 
27 Dylan Farmer Fr. F 6-1 200 Calumet, MI Decatur Blaze  
28 Francois Cote Fr. F 6-1 185 Oakville, ON Georgetown Raiders Francois Cote 
29 Darren Banks Fr. F 6-1 210 Athens, GA Gillette Wild Darren Banks 
31 Walker Enstad So. G 6-4 200 Omaha, NE Marquette Royals International Business Walker Enstad 
32 Vasili Malliaras Fr. F 5-9 175 Bradenton, FL Florida Eels PTA Vasili Malliaras 
33 Matt Young Fr. G 5-10 180 Kingsley, NB, Canada Powasson Voodoo Matt Young 
Coaching Staff 
Coaching Staff 
NAME TITLE 
Dane Litke Dane Litke Head Men's Hockey Coach 
Peter White Head Men's JV Hockey Coach / Assistant Men's Hockey Coach

EELS ALUMNI UPDATE: ZACH MUDGE HAVING ANOTHER BIG SEASON AT WESTERN MICHIGAN


Huge game by Eels Alumni Zach Mudge as he boosts M1 Western Michigan University over M2 DePaul University, 10-3 
on Jan 09, 2016

Zach Mudge was all over the ice for the M1 Western Michigan University Stallions, as he tallied one goal and three assists in M1 Western Michigan University's 10-3 win over M2 DePaul University.

Mudge scored 17:56 into the second period to make the score 4-2 M1 Western Michigan University. Brandon Grillo picked up the assist. Mudge dished an assist on Cole Kapovich's goal that made the score 5-2 M1 Western Michigan University at 19:50 into the second period. He then added assists on Niko Michos's goal at 4:26 into the third and on Mike Moroso's goal at 5:57 into the third.

Here are Zach Mudge's stats: 

In 49 games over the two seasons played he has scored 26 goals and 30 assist for 56 points. 
Zach plays for Western Michigan a ACHA Div. 1 team.

Zach played for the Eels Elite team three seasons ago. He was among the team's leading scorer. He came to the Eels from the NAHL. He was a team leader on and off the ice. He recently visited with the Eels a few weeks ago and got to join the Elite team during practice. We are proud of his accomplishments.

 

    The Florida Eels Junior program is pleased to announce our first NCAA commitment for the Fall 2016-17 playing season. John Drummond

    The Florida Eels Junior program is pleased to announce our first NCAA commitment for the Fall 2016-17 playing season.    John Drummond is a very seasoned defenseman. A four year veteran of junior hockey, John has played three seasons with the Florida Eels Junior program. John committed to Post University in Connecticut. Post University is a NCAA Division II ice hockey program. John is one of the brightest young men who ever played for the Florida Eels program. He boasts a GPA: 4.09.  SAT/ACT: 1820/27.

     

    John had some very difficult choices to make over the last several weeks. He was honored to receive a number of offers from a number of NCAA Division III programs and it was a very difficult choice. Moreover, John received strong offers from some of the finest and prestigious universities in the country who only had ACHA Division I programs. However, John wanted to follow his dream and play NCAA men’s college hockey. He is excited about playing for Post University. It has the right academic program he was looking for. John’s long-term goal is to go to law school and become a lawyer. He is an extremely ambitious young man who is a very dedicated student graduating Valedictorian from his high school a year ago. We are extremely proud of this young man. He will go far in life. He has been a very loyal individual to the Eels playing here for the last 3 seasons.  John has matured into a solid defenseman. He is a key guy on the blueline with major minutes and helps quarterback our power play and penalty kill units. John has tremendous character, great leadership skills and has volunteered countless hours in the community. He will be a tremendous asset to Post University and their hockey team. 

     

     

     

     

    Eels Elite and USP3 Teams Travel To West Palm Beach To Play Hawks

    The Florida Eels Junior Teams Travel to West Palm Beach to finish the weekend series. The USP3 team did not play the Hawks this weekend. So for them it is their first game of the weekend. The boys are anxious to get on the ice. They had a very successful weekend last Saturday with a big win over Tampa and another huge win over cross town rivals the Jr. Blades. The boys are looking to capture another two points this time  from the Hawks. Game time 3:30 PM 

    The Eels Elite team  are looking  forward to their second bite at the Hawks. The Eels defeated the Hawks Friday night by a score of 6-4. The games for these guys represents a total of 4 points. These games are key in the seedings so expect both squads to come out hungry and determined to capture the points. The Eels are also looking to  prove their dominance in Junior Hockey in Florida. GM Scarpaci no doubt has a number of colleges looking at these games on Fasthockey so he expects his players to perform well. Game time is 6:00 pm

    Eels Elite Team Edges The Hawks IN Friday Night Homestand

    Frustrating Says It All
    That sums up last nights performance by both teams. If you were watching the game you would have thought after the first 36 seconds the Eels are going to light things up here tonight. The Eels had 3 shots on net in the first 20 seconds. The first line of Zac Boyle Alex Sanchez and Josh Delezeene smothered the Palm Beach Netminder. Then line two goes out and immediately after winning the face off Clayton Boyd scores the first of the night. 4 shots in 36 seconds and the score is Eels up by one. 

    At 2:45 into the period Palm Beach goes in the box for slashing. The Eels again flexing their muscle on the power play. Connor Annett wins the draw over to Brandon Rosario and he sends it to Assistant Captain Jonathan Carlson. Carlson shots a hammer form the point and bingo Eels up by 2 at only 3:00 minutes into the game. Things look very bad for the Hawks. 

    Coach Tim for the Hawks gathered his troops on the bench and had a few words. Echoing… “Don’t panic. Yelling get the puck in their zone and shoot.” Well with 4:40 into the game Palm Beach scored an even strength goal closing the gap and deadening the extreme high the Eels were flying on. Then the Eels were about to get back on track. Looking to recapture a 2-goal l lead. They were given the opportunity to get back on track like they had in the first 3 minutes. The Eels went on a Power play as the Hawks got called for tripping. The big guns for the Eels got the nod but to say nothing good came out of this power play was the understatement of the game. Indeed, the Hawks took advantage of a faulty pass to the point as their player forced a turn over and exploded to the net beating Matt Schneider effectively bringing the game to 2-2.

    The Eels went into the break with a tied score and it was not what was forecasted after the first 3 minutes. No doubt a wake up call was in order. Period one was indeed “Wild” as the Eels announcer referred it to be on Fasthockey. A hockey version of Fast and Furious. There were 8 penalties in just the first period. Five for the Hawks 4 for the Eels. The referee was calling an extremely tight game. The penalties were not good ones on either side. Holding Tripping Slashing. Simply uncalled for on both sides.

    Period two looked like a completely different game. The pace was much slower. The teams looked like they lost a step. They were both trying to find themselves here. Interesting there were no penalties by either team. You would have thought with 8 penalties in period one it would have been slow the pace down like this. You would have thought period 2 would have been wide open. But it wasn’t.

    Brandon Rosario took matters into his own hand and scored a nice goal with a little over a minute into the period. He demonstrated the work ethic of the Eels and drove to the net. He has been playing great of late. Great hustle. Then mid way through the period at 12:35 into period Zac Boyle scored a beautiful goal to give the Eels a two-goal lead. Since his return to the lineup Zac has been one of our most consistent players. He dominates at center. Winning key face-offs, hits shoots and back checks. He came to play this game and his presence was clearly being felt. 

    One thing for sure was Palm Beach wasn’t going away. They were not tanking. They were not caving in. Again the Palm Beach bench was active and mapping out game plans and at 14:20 Palm Beach scored narrowing the gap to within 1.

    That ended the period. The Eels wanted this win very badly as did the Hawks. This was anyone’s game at this point. Up to that point Palm Beach unleashed 30 shots on the Eels goalie Schneider and the Eels 21 on the Hawks goalie. There were 7 goals scored over all. The Eels had one power play goal. The Hawks scored 2 even strength goals and one short-handed goal. The next period everything needed to be left on the ice. The 2 points here were huge. 

    Period three was more of the same kind of game. Sixteen shots rifled by the Hawks to compare to fifteen by the Eels. Another close contest up and down the ice. Then the first line of Boyle Sanchez and Delezeene went back to work. Boyle again taking the leadership role pushed through the Hawks line of defense and scored his second of the night assisted by Sanchez and Delezeene. Again the “See Saw” continued as the Hawks wouldn’t quit and scored at 11:24 of the third bring the game back within a 1 goal margin. No doubt you could feel the frustration in the air. The game, which we thought, was going to be blow out turned out to be too close for comfort. 

    The Hawks coaches knew they had to pull their goalie to win. The Eels players knew this as well. It was matter of timing. Once the Hawks had an empty net the Eels Carlson forced the Hawks turn over passing it over to Sanchez and handed it up to Josh Delezeene who capitalized on the opportunity by scoring an empty netter sealing a 2 goal lead and the win. 

    The Eels Elite are off Saturday and will be heading to Palm Beach along with the USP3 team for the away games in West Palm Beach. No doubt the Hawks will be looking to avenge the loss. The Eels will be looking for a much tighter game and more in tune to their style. The Eels keep teams to less than 3 goals a game and you can rest assure coach Jason will regroup his players to think defense for the Playoffs.

    Key Milestones for Sanchez Carlson and Coach Jason

    Congrats are in order for Eels Elite team captain Alex Sanchez who became the Florida Eels all time career Points leader with 130, the all time Assists career leader with 91, Points in a season with 60 and Assists in a season with 44.

     

    Alex has been a staple with the Eels for the past 4 seasons and he has really stepped up to the plate this year in terms of individual accomplishments as well as team accomplishments. He has been one of our most effective leaders and it shows over all in the way he and the team has been playing.

     

    He has garnered some solid interest in NCAA Colleges this season and is expected to be playing men's NCAA college hockey next year.

     

    Another milestone reached this season is by team assistant Captain Jonathan Carlson. Carlson has become the single season leader in Points by a defenseman with 49 and Assists with 41. Jonathan has been playing for the Eels since he was a peewee. He has climbed thru the ranks through midgets Empire and Elite. He made the conversion this year from forward to defense and has done an extremely good job. Way to go Jonathan

     

    The other milestone comes form Coach Jason Bloomingburg who has notched his 100th win as a Florida Eels coach. Nice job indeed. Coach Jason is looking for a little more this season. He has his eye on winning the Southern playoffs with a chance to go up to Boston once again to play for the USPHL Championship. That is the big prize. That is where all eyes are on. He says he can feel it. He says it is there.

    Jan 222nd Friday Night Eels Elite vs. Palm Beach 7:45 pm

    Tonight The Florida Eels Elite Team squares off against their east coast of Florida rivals the Palm Beach Hawks. Game time 7:45 pm. The Eels have 7 games remaining .The Hawks have only 6 games remaining. The two squads have 4 games against each other. The Eels are in 2nd place with 51 points. Richmond is on our heals with 49 points. The key here is that it comes down to winning percentage. As the teams in the Southern Conference have a disparity in opponents and game counts. 
    So the next 7 games more than ever it is all about winning. Well that is good. That is where the Eels are 100% focused on. Expect that both teams come out on fire and very hungry. Because Palm Beach is trying to gain ground here and they never sit back with the Eels. Although it will be difficult for the Hawks to catch the Eels their goal here is to get ahead of Richmond for third seed and capture possible home ice in their round. So with that in mind the Hawks will be hungry tonight. 
    Hope to see you all tonight

    The Florida Eels are please to announce the addition of Defenseman Richard Doherty to its Eels Elite Junior team.

    The Florida Eels are please to announce the addition of Defenseman Richard Doherty to its Eels Elite Junior team. Richard joins us after playing juniors out west where he had  played  33 games had 5 goals 23 assist for 28 points with 58 PIM. He is 6”0” 200 pounds. Last season he played in the NA3HL in Pittsburgh PA.  In 2013-14 he played for Belle Tire Selects U18 in the NJPHL 2013-14. He is an excellent skater, quite quick, and very mobile and moves the puck well. He has good hands and can is able to maneuver through opponents on the line rush. He adds the extra punch on the transition. He battles very well in his own end, especially in front of his own net and along the boards. He prides himself in owning the house.  He has a high hockey IQ and makes smart defensive outlet passes. That makes his coaches and goalies very happy. Very competitive player. He has a high hockey IQ and makes smart defensive outlet passes. As evident from his stats he is very deadly on the offensive blueline with a hard accurate shot that creates plenty of scoring opportunities.

     

    Doherty will significantly add to the Eels defensive depth chart. With him the Eels defense looks very strong at this point. The Eels are sitting in 2nd place overall in the Southern Conference. They have a chance to strike first overall in the next 6 remaining games as the final barometer in seedlings is winning percentage. Regardless, the Eels will have first or second seed overall in their conference and that means looking at the standings today they either play the Potomac Patriots or the Charlotte Rush.  The Eels are not taking any team for granted. They know full well how bottom seed teams can upset anyone in a best 2 out of 3 series.  Right now Coach Jason and his tem are fine tuning everything and everybody preparing for the first round match ups. But the Eels wont get ahead of themselves as they have 6 regular season games ahead of them. Two big games this weekend vs. their in state rival the Palm Beach Hawks. The Eels play tonight drop of puck 7:45 pm at home vs. the Hawks and then Sunday 6:00 pm in West Palm Beach.

     

     

     

     The Florida Eels are please to announce the addition of Defenseman Richard Doherty to its Eels Elite Junior team. Richard joins us after playing juniors out west where he had  played  33 games had 5 goals 23 assist for 28 points with 58 PIM. He is 6”0” 200 pounds. Last season he played in the NA3HL in Pittsburgh PA.  In 2013-14 he played for Belle Tire Selects U18 in the NJPHL 2013-14. He is an excellent skater, quite quick, and very mobile and moves the puck well. He has good hands and can is able to maneuver through opponents on the line rush. He adds the extra punch on the transition. He battles very well in his own end, especially in front of his own net and along the boards. He prides himself in owning the house.  He has a high hockey IQ and makes smart defensive outlet passes. That makes his coaches and goalies very happy. Very competitive player. He has a high hockey IQ and makes smart defensive outlet passes. As evident from his stats he is very deadly on the offensive blueline with a hard accurate shot that creates plenty of scoring opportunities.

     

    Doherty will significantly add to the Eels defensive depth chart. With him the Eels defense looks very strong at this point. The Eels are sitting in 2nd place overall in the Southern Conference. They have a chance to strike first overall in the next 6 remaining games as the final barometer in seedlings is winning percentage. Regardless, the Eels will have first or second seed overall in their conference and that means looking at the standings today they either play the Potomac Patriots or the Charlotte Rush.  The Eels are not taking any team for granted. They know full well how bottom seed teams can upset anyone in a best 2 out of 3 series.  Right now Coach Jason and his tem are fine tuning everything and everybody preparing for the first round match ups. But the Eels wont get ahead of themselves as they have 6 regular season games ahead of them. Two big games this weekend vs. their in state rival the Palm Beach Hawks. The Eels play tonight  drop of puck 7:45 pm at home vs. the Hawks and then Sunday 6:00 pm  in West Palm Beach.

     

     

     

     

     

    The Florida Eels Elite Team Showing Their Dominance In the USPHL Elite Division. Last Week the Eels Went 4-0 at the USPHL College Showcase. This weekend the Eels Swept Tampa in Their Home and Away Series.


    Eels Drive With Speed

    The Eels went to Tampa last night and handedly defeated the Tampa Juniors in their own rink. Today the Eels came home for a long awaited home game and repeated last night’s 5-goal performance dropping Tampa 5-2. The Eels were all over them from the drop of the puck.  The Eels are pretty deep in talent. All except one are veteran junior players and 15 out of 21 are 1995 DOB. These players are very hungry. They have played for the most part 3 plus years for the Eels and are very poised and know exactly what their responsibilities are. This is not like playing a game for them. They are performing an operation. They combine creativity, discipline and methodical like a surgeon in their game plan. The Florida Eels Elite Team Showing Their Dominance In the USPHL Elite Division. Last Week the Eels Went 4-0 at the USPHL College Showcase. This weekend the Eels Swept Tampa in Their Home and Away Series.

    These guys have speed, size and can hit. They are trained to attack the net, cycle down low, aggressively for-check creating loose pucks and back check as hard as we fore-check. They are hungry thirsty and very determined.  This team has an insatiable appetite to score. They play at a high compete level and all of the players have the will to will.

     

    They know for 75% of them it is their last year playing juniors before going to college. They want to leave their legacy and that is a championship.

     

    Today’s scoring went as follows:

    #54 Jordan Court (even strength) unassisted.

    #27 Connor Annett (even strength) (#92 Clayton Boyd, #13 Brandon Rosario)

    #54 Jordan Court 2nd of the game  (even strength) (#7 Kade Brannon, #2 Brandon Halvorsen)

    #9 Jeff O'Dea (even strength) (#13 Brandon Rosario, #27 Connor Annett)

    #9 Jeff O'Dea 2nd of the game  (even strength) (#7 Kade Brannon 2nd assist of the game , #27 Connor Annett 3rd point of the game.

     

    The boys did not take this win for granted. They know where that leads you. NOWHERE. They finished the game physically exhausted. They left everything on the ice. There is no looking at Tampa and saying they are in last place. Indeed, we remember what happen last year with that thinking. Captain Alex Sanchez said he wont let that happen this year. This is his team and he and his boys want this more than anything. They have proved themselves playing very well against the Northern teams and we intend to be there at the playoffs. But the Eels know they have to take it one game at a time. One period at a time. One shift at a time. That is how you win.

     

     

     

     

     

      

    The Florida Eels USP3 Is Smoking Hot With Their Second Win Over The Weekend and This Time Over The Junior Blades.

    The Florida Eels USP3 Is Smoking Hot With Their Second Win Over The Weekend and This Time Over The Junior Blades.

     

    The Eels dropped Tampa USP on Saturday night and today dismantled the Jr. Blades 5-3. This was huge for the Eels as they garnered another 4 points and denied the Blades of gaining any grown over the weekend. This was the Eels 20th win for the season. The Eels stand in first place in the Florida Division with 43 points. The next closest opponent is Palm Beach Hawks with 33 points. In 3rd is the Tampa Juniors with 27 points and the Jr. Blades with 25. Slightly below the Jr. Blades are the Daytona Racers with 20 points. As one can readily discern the Blades are trying to capture Tampa and Tampa is trying to stay above the Blades. But lest not forget Daytona who needs just 3 wins to over take the Blades. The funny thing is the Eels have 3 games remaining vs. the Blades and 2 vs. the Racers. So much comes down to those 5 games. Moreover the Blades and Daytona have a pair of games against each other so for sure this will be a battle right down until the last whistle of the last game.

     

    A recap of today’s game vs. the Jr. Blades.

     

    The Blades scored the only goal of the first period and then scored again in the second period. This left the Eels in a 2- goal deficit. But Coach Frankie Scarpaci a master of regrouping his players got them re-focused and fired up. Scoring went as follows:

    #22 Kristers Seps (even strength) (#80 Kellen Crowther, #52 John Drummond

    #11 Max Gruzdev (even strength) (#88 CJ Antonelli, #18 Michael Kohler)

    #11 Max Gruzdev (power play) (#52 John Drummond, #24 Andrej Stankevich)

    #22 Kristers Seps (even strength) (#24 Andrej Stankevich, #97 Darren Aikens

    #22 Kristers Seps (even strength) (empty net) (#79 Brian Kozek

     

    Seps a hat trick

    Gruzdev 2 goals

    Andrea Stankevitch with 2 assist

     

    Netminder Nolan Greene with back-to-back wins faced 47 shots this afternoon and played another outstanding game.

     

     

     

      

    Big Games This Weekend for Eels Elite and USP3 Teams

    This Saturday the USP3 Eels vs Tampa Juniors at Ellenton 5:30 pm

    This Sunday the USP3 team at home Ft Myers Skatium vs. the Jr. Blades 10:15 am

     

    This Saturday Eels Elite vs Tampa 8:15 pm in Ellenton

    This Sunday Eels Elite vs Tampa Juniors at home Ft Myers Skatium 1:00 pm

    Florida Eels USP3 Team acquires Chase Horn in a trade from the Daytona Racers

    Florida Eels USP3 Team acquires Chase Horn in a trade from the Daytona Racers of the USP3 Southern Conference Florida Division.  Chase is a1995 DOB from St Cloud FL.   Chase played for the Eels several years ago as a bantam player. Chase is a seasoned veteran junior player and he adds valuable experience and depth to the Eels Junior USP3 team. The last several years Chase played for the East Coast Eagles, the Palm Beach Hawks the Space Coast Hurricanes and the Daytona Racers.  He also played in a number of post-season showcases over the years including the Senior Chowder Cup, the Pro Am NHL Draft and the USPHL Spring and Summer Showcases.

     

    Chase is a relentless worker. He brings heart determination and passion to every game. He battles hard in front of the net, in the corners and along the boards. He brings his physical presence to his house. He is solid on the blueline with a hard accurate shot.     

     

     Chase has good speed and moves the puck out of the zone with confidence.  The Eels are bolstering its line up as we are getting poised for the 1/3rd remainder of the season. We have playoffs ahead and are very optimistic about our chances.  Chase has a great attitude and he knows many of the Eel players so his chemistry will fit right in with the players

    1999-1996 PLAYERS GET YOURSELVES UNDER THE RADAR THIS WEEKEND.

     

    Guys these showcases are essential to your overall development as a player. They give you phenomenal experience in playing with and against some of the top players and teams in junior hockey.  The showcase is also filled with 100+ college, USHL and pro scouts.  The visibility and exposure is second to none. The fact that you are not destined to play college hockey next season does not matter. It is so critical that you get in front of the scouts. That you show them your individual skill set and how you are as a team player.

     

    As you well know I spend enormous time promoting my players. In fact over the last several days I have sent out in excess of 300 letters to head and assist coaches regarding the Eel players. Over the last several days I have spoken personally with well over 3 dozen college coaches. But don’t be fooled or misguided. Many of these coaches are also looking towards their future. They have to maximize every opportunity to scout and this includes placing the 1999-1996 DOB on their radar.

     

    Do not think that this time is exclusively for the older guys. This is your time as much as it is theirs. No you may not get spoken to as the colllege coaches are focused on the immediate future for next season. But they take notice and this is where the seeds are planted. I can tell you steadfastly that so many of my discussions involve the players past as well as their present.

     

    Thus, the lesson or message to be sent is play at your best. Perform. Do all of the little things right. That is what they look for. They look to see who is shooting. Whose shot hits the goalie? Who misses the net? How many block shots you have. How many hits you have. Are you out there when a goal is scored for us and against us? They look to your compete level. Do you play with the determination fortitude and insatiable appetite to win?  Are you a discipline player? Do you buckle under pressure? Are you prone to fight or get foolish penalties. How are you on the bench? Are you coachable? They are looking to discern whether you would be a great fit for their program.  Are you a project or an immediate impact player? Remember these coaches are paid to win.

     

    Therefore, you younger guys go out there and do what we have been training you to do. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. Remember what you show them this weekend should help you open doors in the future.  Feel free to talk to me about how you are doing.

    Coach Frank

    College RECRUITMENT PROCESS

    Guys

    This is a very busy time of year for you. No doubt on the ice we are working very hard to hone in the skills refine what we are doing and preparing mentally of the games ahead of us.

     

    You also have the added pressures of looking at colleges and universities and trying to discern what schools would be the right fit for you. This is very important, as hockey is only one aspect of the over all picture.

     

    Some players are actively recruited. That makes the job easier. The truth and reality is that the recruitment process is a two-way street. The coaches have an interest and or I create the interest by bring your name etc. to his radar for consideration. They deal with 1,000s of players and they rely heavily on exchanges with GMs and coaches.

    Players need to take a very proactive role in this process. Again if you are top Div. 1 recruit your participation is not needed as much. But face it here. You are not in that category.

     

    Hence I need you to be grounded by now and help in the process. Know what schools are in your acidic and financial reach. Know what schools are within your playing reach. Year 1 or 2

     

    I have a list of every NCAA Div. 1, Div. 3, and ACHA Div. 1, 2, 3 and Junior College list

    The team web site contact info etc.

    Guys it is time to get very serious.

    You all met with Coaches Jason and Frankie about your wish list. You need to reemit with your coaches and make sure he has sent out recommendations for you. That calls have been made. You need to meet very quickly with me and to verify all of the check off items.

    If you need help in the selection process so be it. Come and meet with me and the coaches. We will be glad to refine expand and add to the list.

     

    Coach Jason and Frankie have cautioned many of you, as have I that some of you are way off base on your punch list of schools. You need to listen to us. We are where the tire meets the road so to speak. We have been talking to many coaches and have a very good feel what and who they are looking for.

    While you and your parents are in Boston take the time to talk to the coaches. We have no games Thursday night. This is an open time received to talk to players.

    Coach Frank

    Juniors Are Back and Ready To Head To Main USPHL Showcase.

    Welcome back boys after a nice long Christmas Holiday. We have a huge trip ahead of us. We are all heading up to Boston MA for the main USPHL College Showcase.

     

    Players leave this Thursday and game start Friday. The boys will be returning a week from today. Sunday.

     

    This is a huge event. There will be upwards of 100+ college scouts in attendance scouting and recruiting players. This is the number one venue for Tier III Junior players to be showcased scouted and recruited by college coaches.

     

    Each of the Eel teams are playing top teams at the showcase. Both teams will be facing their toughest opponents of the season this far.  The USP3 team will square off vs. two powerhouses from the Midwest Division.

     

    The Coaches know the task ahead of them. They have the next 3 days to get their players back in shape and on track. This year unlike the last 6 years the Eels will be flying up to Boston. The players ought not to be burdened with bus legs and ready for the games.

     

    Good luck guys. This is your time to shine.

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    Alec Parr One of the Eels most improved players

     The Eels brought in Alec last season and we knew he was a project. A big kid 6’ 3” approximately 155 lbs. Coach Frankie scouted him at the Americas Cup in Pittsburgh PA. That being the USA Hockey Nationals for High School All Star players. GM Scarpaci also saw him at one of the western Showcases in Denver. We liked his size and age. We knew with the right training patience and development he would ripen into a very good defenseman. We invited him to the program and had him start his seasoning by attending the Pro Am International NHL Pre Draft in Boston, Ma and then to the USPHL Summer Showcase last season.

     

    We had to develop his strength and conditioning at training camp and it continued throughout the season. He trained with the Empire team and with the Eels Elite team. This was double the training: 3 hours a day of ice. He also worked out 1-½ hours of off ice each day. He bought into our program. We told him games were not in his immediate horizon. He needed to learn the game, develop his skill set,  learn hockey intelligence  and mature as an individual. Most players would have quit. Not Alec. He had the passion desire determination and was extremely dedicated to become a high-level hockey player. He wanted to follow the path of so many Eel Alumni who had gone on to play NCAA men’s college hockey.

     

    At the end of last season he was first to sign up for the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft once again and we rewarded him by dual play at the USPHL Spring event. That was 8 games. He  trained back at home  during the summer. Taking time off was not in his game plan. Then when GM Scarpaci invited him to the USPHL Summer showcase Alec was first to sign up. There we played him on 2 teams another 8 games  and he showed enormous passion and determination to show the coaches how committed he was and how much he wanted to come back to the Eels and be a regular D-Man this season. He came to training camp at 170 pounds. This impressed the coaches. He was faster and in much better shape.

     

    Alec no doubt came in with a compete level No he was not our number 1, 2 or 3  D Man but he was willing to do all of the things he had to do to improve his game. And earn a spot in the line-up.   This year he did not just have a goal or mission. He knew he had to take affirmative and concrete steps to make it happen. Anyone can dream. This was not enough.

     

    At every practice he leaves nothing on the ice. He is much more active and vocal in the locker-room. He made the USP3 team this year but in an entirely different role. He is  not second fiddle.  He has not been scratched all season. He is learning each day and in each game. He brings the insatiable appetite to the team. He does not wear a C nor A but no doubt one of the leaders on the team.  He is working hard at his position. He defends the slot with confidence, tracks the players and puck. He is making smarter plays in the D Zone, stronger first passes out, and battles hard in front of his own net, and does not panic if he makes a mistake. That is a sign of maturity.

     

    He knows his strengths and is hungry to improve on his deficiencies. He listens to his coaches. Every day after practice he stays at the rink for 1 hour and shoots 100+ pucks a day. You can see this is developing his confidence. He sees the older guys doing this and he puts his passion to work and we have seen the fruits of his effort.

     

     This is what compels me to represent that Alec Parr is one  our most improved player.

    HOW TO COVER TUITION COSTS OUTSIDE OF SCHOLARSHIPS

     

     

    For high school student-athletes wanting to pursue their dream of playing at the next level, an athletic scholarship is a sacred cow.

    However, with limited amounts of athletic scholarships per team, and for some divisions, none at all, it’s important to keep in mind that there are so many other ways to gain tuition money – it’s just going to take some legwork.

    Luckily, we’ve got you covered with this primer on how to cover tuition costs.

    Make sure you’ve filled out your paperwork.

    For the college-bound student-athlete, there are mandatory forms to be filled out in the NCAA Eligibility Center. I repeat – these are mandatory forms to be filled out before you can become a collegiate athlete. Take the time to sit down with a parent or counselor and knock these out.

    Now show me the money!

    Right? Wrong. At least–not yet.

    A good first step is finding out what your family qualifies for when it comes to scholarship and aid. This often takes the work of a parent or guardian, as household income and things of that nature are evaluated. It’s important to note: government aid through the FAFSA program is first come first serve.

    Translation? If you’re a senior and you haven’t yet, take the time to submit a FAFSA form ASAP.

    Look elsewhere!

    Aside from your athletic ability – which, like we mentioned, may be the full or partial way you can fund college – what else are you good at? What makes you unique?

    Don’t say nothing. I can hear that negativity, and I won’t stand for it. You’re a beautiful and unique little snowflake.

    Take a deep dive into your family background, other extra-curricular activities you enjoy, hurdles you’ve overcome, or even something as simple as the town you grew up in – you never know what kind of scholarship you may qualify for.

    (For example, my brother-in-law received a partial scholarship to a private university for being 12% Czechoslovakian and submitting an essay about himself along with the application. …I kid you not.)

    Are there going to countless questions surrounding the scholarship and financial aid process? Of course.

    Our mission at NCSA Athletic Recruiting is to keep student-athletes and families informed – and this doesn’t just mean when it comes to your ability to play or the athletic side of things. We are committed to making your transition to college as seamless as possible across the board.

    And this includes expenses not covered by your sports package. It’s our passion. We’re good at it. But most importantly, we do it because we just want to see you succeed with the lowest amount of stress as possible.

     

    EELS TOP'S HEADLINES ON USPHL WEBSITE

    EELS TOP'S HEADLINES ON USPHL WEBSITE

     

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    ZAC BOYLE NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK FOR DEC 21ST

     

    USPHL Elite Players Of The Week Selected By The League:: 
    Dec. 21, 2015
    Players Of The Week: 
    ROC) Dylan Dempsey 
    (FLE) Zachary Boyle 
    (CHA) Jordan Severo

    Florida Eels USP3 Team Adds Major Fire Power To Its Line Up

    The Florida Eels welcomes Daren Aikens to its program. Daren joins the team after playing in the Midwest Division of the USPHL and the WSHL. Aikens is considered a a gifted goal scorer with very good hands. He is a playmaker no doubt. He is a strong skater with explosive speed. He uses his quickness to his advantage. Before the defenseman can react to his acceleration he often blows pass them leaving them flat footed on the blueline or in the neutral zone. 

    He is very dangerous in front of the net. He can score with very little space between him and the goalie. He truly can thread the needle. This was quite evident from his first several games with the Eels where he scored from nearly impossible angles. This past weekend at the USPHL Palm Beach Florida Showcase his sniper shots completely disarmed the opposing goalies. He joins some very talented forwards on the Eels USP3 team. Amongst them are league tops goal scorers Maximum Gruzev from Russia and Kristers Seps from Latvia, Michael Kohler from Oklahoma and Florida native Bryan Miller.

    The addition of Akiens no doubt adds to the depth of the Eels front line. Hie adds an ever present scoring threat from all of our lines. Opponents can no longer focus on trying to shut down Gruzev and Seps. He adds another lethal weapon in the Eels arsenal. He played a huge role in the Eels successful showcase performance where the Eels went 3-1-1 in the showcase.

    The Eels continue to attract key players like Aikens to its program . We go well beyond the norm. Aikens like so many other players playing Juniors simply want to get the chance to play NCAA men's college hockey. The Eels training has become legendary. They are on the ice 5 days a week and train at World Gym Five days a week. That is 3 hours of intense training every day. Five days a week. Forty weeks out of the year. Many of the players also augment this training with an additional one hour of shooting pucks back at the rink either before or after practice. Some join our Futures team in the evening for an additional three hours a week. Where else do you receive this rich volume of training? Additionally the coaching staff spends hours upon hours reviewing game tape of previous games and upcoming opponents.

    The Eels as part of the USPHL also attend 4 league showcases. The players receive so much exposure and visibility at these venues from 100s of college coaches and recruiters. Moreover, the Eels attend 4 off season showcases allowing our players to maximize every opportunity to be seen scouted and recruited by the college coaches. 

    One other key ingredient not done by other programs is that the Eels GM travels to New England and other northern states monthly visiting colleges following his alumni and trying to get his players on the radar of the colleges. We also take our players on tours to various colleges so they can personally visit the schools watch the team in games and see if the college and hockey team would be a good fit for him. This clearly separates the the Eels from the pack; that is why the Eels have been so successful in their recruiting endeavors - our program speaks for itself. Does it work? Well look at the report card: last season we had 20+ players receive college offers and this season we will exceed those numbers. That is indeed impressive, regardless if the players are on the Elite or USP3 team. We will work our tails off to get our players college opportunities. In fact last year each player had a minimum of 3 colleges to ultimately chose from. Now that is what it is all about. That is why Daren Aikens is here; Daren and his parents indeed wants a piece of that. 

    This is a nice young man off the ice as well. He fit right into the Eels family. We are thrilled he joined us and look forward to him being with us down the stretch.

    Florida Eels USP3 team adds Depth to its line up with Jaret Hetmanski

    The Florida Eels USP3 Team Welcomes Jaret Hetmanski To Its Team

    Jaret came on board just last week. He was playing in the NA3HL. General Manager Frank Scarpaci remembered scouting him last year at several of the Midwest spring and summer prospect showcases. He showed me then he was a very hard worker with good skill set. GM Scarpaci follows the add drop list daily. When Janet's availability was posted GM Scarpaci picked him up immediately. 

    He will fit beautifully into the Eels long term plans. He is eager and very willing to learn the Eels systems and develop his skills set. Jaret will add depth of our front line. He played in several games for us in the showcase this past weekend and started feeling very comfortable. 

    The key to the Eels program"s success has been the development of our players in its USP3. Team. In fact 18 of our Eels Elite players moved up and developed form the Empire/USP3 team. Jaret is only a 1997 so it so a perfect fit for him. The Eels intense training program which consist of 1 1/2 hours of ice and 1 1/2 hours of off ice training each day five days a week will do volumes towards his development. Colleges are looking for stronger faster and more skilled players than ever before. They are also looking for smart players as well. That is why our coaches spend hours each week on hockey intelligence and reason behind what we do the xy or z. We review tapes and film of our games upcoming opponents and games of pro and college players. This provides players with visuals of the proper techniques etc. This helps provide our players with an edge. College spots are very limited and so any chance we can help with our players growth we captained in it.

    Hetmanski had many options as do so many players looking to play juniors. Clearly Hetmanski is a young man looking for the program that will help him the most. We are glad he elected to join us after we added him to our roster. Although he is new to the Eels he fit right in with the players . A very nice young man who you can readily discern is a great character kid. Welcome Jaret to the Eels family. We look for him to him developing with the Eels program.

    Florida Eels Elite Team Stunned By The Tampa Juniors Loose 3-2

     

    The Florida Eels Elite team came into yesterday’s game with so much expectation. We were hoping for a big win. To garner much needed two points in the standing. The Tampa Juniors were in last place and only had three wins. This bothered GM Scarpaci before the drop of the puck. When you go in with too much confidence a loss often ensues. This is exactly what happened when we were up in Ellenton a month or so when the two teams met. Like last month, Tampa came out victorious. But last night’s loss was even more painful. In the previous contest at least we earned a point, as the game was initially a tie. Tampa has now 4 win this season and the 2 wins are against the Eels. This is even more unsettling as the Eels were upset last season in the playoffs in their quest to a Conference title and a hopeful bid to the League Championship and Nationals. By who? The Tampa Juniors.

     

    Last night, the first two periods was indicative of how the Eels played. We allowed Tampa to go ahead 1 -0 in the first period. Then Tampa scored again making it 2-0 in the 2nd.  The Eels did finally scored by a strong shift by Jordan Court and Connor Annett.  Annett got his first of two goals for the night. It was not a pretty goal but a blue collar effort simply going to work and try to make things happen. This line battled hard in front of the net and bingo.

     

    Unfortunately, the Eels did not set the pace in this contest they followed it. This is not typical of the Eels. They allowed Tampa to dictate the game.  When do you see this happen with the Eels? There was no hitting, no aggressive fore-check and merely a slow and a watchful back check. It seemed like they thought they could come back at any time. I got to see the game from an excellent vantage point. Up top at the Skatium Sky Box with the video of the game. There are no excuses for this lost. We just allowed it to happen. You could see it in the players’ faces at the end of the game. They were sick.

     

    One thing for sure the Eels have the personnel to be the best in the conference if not in the league. We need to come out with the heart we have on this team. We have 4 lines deep who could be first lines on any team. We need to set the pace not follow the pace. We need to establish our aggressive fore- check and force turnovers. That is the typical pattern of the Eels system. This was not there last night. We need to standup on the blue line and deny entry. Our defense allowed the Tampa forwards to penetrate and this does not happen with the Eels. Our back check needs to deny every attempt of zone entry.

     

    Our shots were there (20) in the 1st and another 20 in the 2nd) but we need to take advantage of the rebounds. There were a lot of lose pucks in front of their goalie, which went doormat. If we are to be the best team at the upcoming showcases we need to go to work. We cannot simply think we are good. You have to play the game. This is not fantasy hockey. It is reality hockey. I know the players were not happy with their performance. You learn twice as much from your losses than wins. I think our players got a major lesson last night.

     

    I know the boys I have. . These are very competitive and proud young men. They will not allow this to happen again. They know what is expected of them. I expect the Elite team that we assembled to show up this week at the showcase. Quite frankly this is a team of 20+ veteran players. These boys have phenomenal skill set. Many of these guys are on college coach radars. I have been having extensive conversations with these coaches over the last month or so. We don’t need to panic. Just get back into our games. Guys this is all about you and it is up to you to turn this around.

     

    Coach Frank

    Who Are Those Men Behind The Mask For The Eels Elite Team?

    The Florida Eels Elite team continues their strong goaltending history. In the past three years the Eels have arguably had some of the best goalies in the entire USPHL. With the departure of two year starter Max Kirkwood and previous starter Hunter Fernandez the Eels net was left wide open.   

     

    Coach Jason Bloomingburg  comments  “it makes a coaches job a lot easier when you have a good goalie. Being able to have two quality goalies like Matthew Schneider and Jared Levine is a coaches dream. It is a good situation to have two very high level goalies and being able to go with either guy every night and receive good results. Both players have a very high skill and competitive level that is hard to match.”

     

    Coach Bloomingburg  continues, “Matt and Jared play every game as if everything is on the line for them. Which is, both players are 1995 birth years and in their final year of juniors. They both have been playing at such a high level and have been getting a lot of high level college interests. It's very hard to win at any level and impossible to win without good goaltending. It's been very crucial this season to have two good goaltender at our level; because of the number of games in a short period of time and also on many occasions two games in one day”

     

    Their numbers don't lie. GM Frank Scarpaci proudly boast, “They have the fewest GA in the USPHL Elite Southern Conference and sit 2nd in the entire USPHL Elite. These guys are the real deal. They play calm don’t panic and are excellent prospects for any NCAA men’s program, be it Div. 1 or 3.”

     

    Coach Bloomingburg closes by saying…  “And we look forward to seeing both Matt and Jared continue the hard work and dedication the remainder of the season and a push for a playoff run.”

     

    Matthew Scheider

    GP: 20; MIN: 765.00; W: 10; L: 3; GA: 27; GAA: 2.12; SV%: .938; SO: 1

     

    Jared Levine

    GP: 19; MIN: 377.29; W: 4; L: 3; GA: 19; GAA: 3.02; SV%: .903; SO: 1

    Eels USP3 team Narrowing The Gap In The Standings. Making A Huge Push Upward

    Florida Eels USP Closing In On The Ranks

    The Eels took over the Florida Division over the weekend with a sweep of Daytona. They now stand one point over the Knights. They currently sit in 4th place with 30 points over all in the Southern Conference but remember the Eels have only played 23 games whereas the Carolina Eagles played 26 games and have 33 points and Richmond has played 25. With 36 points. Hampton in first place having played 24 games sits comfortably with 39 points.

    The Eels are focused on playing their game. They are not overly concerned with the big picture at this time. If you dwell too much and look to far down the road you will loose focus and what is important. That is one game at a time. One period at a time. One shift at a time. That is the recipe

     for a winning team. Worry about your present opponent and the game in hand and all else will take care of itself.

    It is exciting from a fan base however to see both the Elite and USP3 team at the top of their game. The boys on both teams are very determined and destined to be at the top. This is an externally dedicated bunch of boys who are all here to get to college. The college coaches have been very active in discussions with GM Scarpaci and both coaches Jason and Frankie.

    The boys are very much looking forward to the upcoming showcase in Palm Beach next week. 

    Christmas Break

    Attention All Junior Players and Parents 
    The USPHL Palm Beach Showcase is completed Dec 20th 2015. The revised schedule is set out on the team web page and has been sent out on team app 
    Players are free to go home December 21st Monday 
    Any player who elected to go home Dec 20th is running a serious risk of a conflict with the schedule. 
    All players, no exceptions, are expected to be here in Fort Myers on Jan 3rd (Sunday evening.) No Monday flights!!!! 
    You should go over the travel schedule with your parents and billet families. 
    We need every player ready to be on the ice Monday Jan 4th 2016. We will be practicing on ice and off ice that week in preparation for a Jan 7th departure to Boston.

    PARENTS OF COLLEGE BOUND PLAYERS: YOU NEED TO LOOK AT THE FAFSA FEDERAL STUDENT AID WEB SITE BELOW

      

    Parents it is mandatory if you are seeking any financial aid for your son's college tuition you must become very familiar with FAFSA Federal Student Aid | FAFSA-Application.com 
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    File your FAFSA now with help from an experienced professional service.

    This is not an easy. It takes time and time works against you here The sooner you do this and the sooner you file and make application with the schools the more money is available

    Also look at the info I set out below 
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    BESURE TO CONTACT THE COLLEGES YOUR SON IS TARGETING AND ASK FOR FINANCIAL AID DEPT. ASK WHAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE IN GRANTS LOANS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

    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. 

    Florida Eels High Scoring Forward Max Gruzev Provides His Own Version of A Russian Arial Attack.

    Max is a young man on a mission. He came back to the Eels this season extremely determined to lead his team in its destination to reach Nationals. He is one of the most determined and dedicated players in the league. He does not dream of greatness. He knows dreamers do simply that. He sets up his game plan. That includes practicing with the same intensity that he brings to each game. He is there at least one and ½ hours prior to practice. To prepare his body and mind.

     

    He trains in at World Gym every day for at least one hour. He fully appreciates that to dominate in today’s game the off ice training is as important as the ice sessions. He needs to be physically stronger than his opponents. Trust me he is. When you play against him along the boards or in front of the net he punishes you. You go home battle worn.

     

      After a hard day on the ice and at the gym, he returns back to the rink to shoots about 150 pucks each and every day.  He says this makes him sharp. He is a student of the game and fully knows that this is what made so many great NHL scorers great scorers. “If it was good for them then it is good for me” echoes Max.

     

    He then comes back to the rink 1-2 times per week to get extra practice with the midgets. No doubt he hungers for the extra ice while so many others are complacent. He also feels it is his way to mentor some of the younger guys who aspire to play juniors for the Eels.

     

     In Russia under Key Sports he was trained to get to the Next Level.  Failure is not an option for him back home. He takes enormous pride in his game and brings that intensity to his team, at practice, at the gym and in games.

     

    You can see his over all production.  He leads the Eels USP3 with 13 goals 22 assist for 35 points.  He is 7th in the league and only played 18 games. That is nearly 2 points per game. He missed 4 games earlier in the season with an injury otherwise he would be number one of overall.

     

    In the last 5 games he has had 4 goals and 5 assist. Again nearing the 2-point per game mark.  He earned #2 spot on the video highlights at the USPHL IHC Showcase. In the game vs. Daytona his moves and goals were iconic. When he has possession of the puck you know something is going to happen. He plays like the legendary Gilbert_Perreault who was electrify. Max brings those same synergies with his acceleration and explosive speed, his   ability to stickhandle in close quarters, his skillful play making, and his natural ability to score at will.  His lethalness   was recently demonstrated in his 6-point performance in one game against the Daytona Racers last week where he notched 2 goals and garnered 4 assist.

    The Eels meet Daytona once again Dec 5th and 6th. This time in Daytona. No doubt whether you are rooting for the Eels or the Racers, if you are in attendance, you will be fortunate to enjoy watching this fine and exciting young man.

    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. 

    Thanks 
    Frank Scarpaci 
    Florida Eels 
    General Manager 
    941-400-9023 
    eelshockeycoach@aol.com

    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 p