Gavin is entering his 3rdseason with the Eels. He has split time with the Elite and Premier teams over the past 3 seasons where he played 120 games and has accumulated 29 goals and notched 43 assists which averaged .60 points per game.
GM Scarpaci notes, we recruited Gavin as 3 seasons ago when he played for us at the prestigious Pro-Am Jr. Chowder Cup. He came in from Colorado where he played his youth hockey. When we brought him in to play on our USP3/Elite team we took the time to develop him into a very skilled player. He became one of the Division All Stars and leading scorers and was without question very exciting to watch. He was a constant scoring threat every time he hit the ice; he became one of the most dominate players in that division, he mastered power play and penalty kill special teams. He is an example of how the Eels player development process works.
Premier Coach Frank Scarpaci says “he has had Gavin since he arrived here. I take great pleasure in seeing Gavin improve immensely as a junior player and mature as an individual. With him and all of our players it is about “Player Development” Indeed, we were patient with our players where some teams lose sight of this. They rush guys through the process and don’t take the time to develop their skill set. Gavin has become a solid all-around player. He is very dangerous around the net. He is smart in all 3 zones. The difference between Gavin and other players is he not only creates scoring chances by getting the puck on net, he actually can put the puck in the net. This year we expect some breakout production from him”
Coach Alex Sanchez comments, “Medina is a hard working guy – on and off the ice. He works full time while playing juniors and while finishing high school. Now that is impressive. Not too many players can handle that work load. He is disciplined and very determined. Very mature. You see his work ethic transcends to the ice. Moreover, he is very coachable”
GM Scarpaci concludes that college coaches look to the intangibles that Gavin underscores with his work ethic and determination. Today College Coaches are looking for individuals who can handle demanding schedules and who can budget their time. There are many guys who have good skills but can’t handle the time demands. Gavin will undoubtedly blossom this year and show coaches his true potential. We are thrilled to have him back.