He was our “Flying Frenchmen” in the spirit of many great Montreal Canadian players. …He was a very determined young man with an insatiable appetite to score.
The Florida Eels are excited to announce the Re-Signing of Eels forward Mathieu Rioux from Montreal Canada
Mathieu 5’9” 145 lbs. came to the Eels as a rookie and took off flying scoring 13 goals and notching 19 assists for 32 points. He was a consummate threat whenever he was on the ice. He has explosive speed and constantly drove to the net. He was our “Flying Frenchmen” in the spirit of many great Montreal Canadian players. He has the natural ability to score. Made excellent passes and made players better around him. He went through the learning curve as a rookie and learned very fast. This season we expect him to raise his game and hit the 25 goal mark and hit an equal number of assists.
Mathieu was selected as Player of the Week, several times throughout the season, Player of the Month by the league coaches, and Year End All Star by the League panel of coaches. Additionally, he was also selected by the USPHL HUB City Coaches from across the league as one of the HUB City All Stars and competed in the USPHL All Star game at the Hub City.
Rioux plays with such spirit and jump to his game. He was a very determined young man with an insatiable appetite to score. He has a high compete level and plays with unwavering commitment to win. His efforts earned him a spot on the top power play line and penalty kill unit. He has keen awareness on the ice. Great vision. We already have colleges looking at him and this year he will undoubtedly raise his lot. He is a true team guy. He has bought into the Eels system. The Eels coaching staff is thrilled he will be returning.