The Florida Eels Mark the Return of 6’0 170 lbs. ForwardJohn Witkowski from New Hampshire to the Eels Junior Program for the 2018-19 Season.

John played for the Eels two seasons ago. GM Scarpaci notes, we originally brought John here 2 years ago with a trade from the Kalkaska Rhinos. The Eels had brought over several players from the Rhinos organization who were looking for an opportunity to advance to the Next Level. John was looking for a program that focused on player development and college advancement. He knew full well the Hallmark of the Eels being its outstanding development if its players and its movement of its players to play college hockey.  General Manager Scarpaci notes John did very well with the Eels. In 36 games that season he scored 19 games and notched 15 assists for a total of 34 points.


Coach Frank Scarpaci notes “we are indeed very excited about John re-joining our program. He has enormous upside. He has good size,  has very good speed, good hands and has excellent puck handling skills  He attacks the offensive zone with zeal and enthusiasm.   He has great vision on the ice. . He is a sniper around the net.  You can see how he plays the game – he has that appetite to put the puck in the net. He is very vocal and his enthusiasm,  hunger and attitude is contagious on the bench.”


Coach Sanchez said we were impressed with his effort he displayed   over  the post season showcases at the USPHL and Pro-Am Series over the Spring and Summer.  He was on fire there and he is more determined than ever. He is a man on a mission and realizes this is his last year so he is willing to lay everything on the line and do what it takes to elevate his game to that Next Level”


GM Scarpaci concludes that John has grown enormously  in maturity .      He has his eye on the prize and that is to win a title and to advance onward to an NCAA college career. But he knows  for this to happen he has to set his dreams and goals into action. He has seen many of the players he has played with on the Eels advance to college. He sees 230 Eels have advanced and he intends to be there this season.

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