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    Guys tonight we had fantastic high school game. The pace was real fast. The game was clean but very spirited and competitive. Everyone left there having loads of fun and a great time.

    This was the way we built the high school games to be. The goals saw quite a bit of rubber and this was good keeping them sharp and on their toes.

     

    Thursday night we hope to see much more of the same. These games have been phenomenal for the younger guys as well as the junior players as mentors.

     

    Thanks for a job well done.

    Coach Frank

    Cape Coral High School Stats

    2016-2017 - Regular Season

    League Player Stats

    Skater

    # Name Team GP G A PTS AVG PTS
    6 Sozio Anthony CCHS 6 2 1 3 0.50
    9 Court Jake CCHS 6 2 2 4 0.67
    16 Boyd Clayton CCHS 6 2 0 2 0.33
    22 Munnings Rajhan CCHS 6 1 0 1 0.17
    27 Altieri Corey CCHS 6 0 1 1 0.17
    28 Robello Dylan CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
    56 LeFort Ryan CCHS 6 1 0 1 0.17
    77 Boyle Mark Andrew CCHS 6 0 2 2 0.33
    80 Basilone Antonio CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
    86 McBride Alex CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
    87 Giordano AJ CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
    88 Mills Jackson CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
    92 Niland Peyton CCHS 6 0 0 0 0.00
    10 Allgood Richie CCHS 5 0 0 0 0.00
    24 Gill Ethan CCHS 5 0 0 0 0.00
    53 Tchop Caden CCHS 5 1 1 2 0.40

    Goalie

    # Name Team GP MIN W L T SOL SOG SV GA GAA SV % SO
    1 Chaney Will CCHS 6 205:00 1 4 1 1 127 98 29 8.49 .772 0

     

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    Safely Navigating the Supplement World

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    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. 

     

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    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. 

     
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    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. 

     
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    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. 
     
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    Tonight and last night were a lot of fun. Great competition while so many of the players had so much fun. The bantam and midget aged players are learning for the junior players. The junior players have been fantastic mentors to all of the younger players who are developing quite nicely. 
    It is great to see this brand of ice hockey right here at the Fort Myers Skatium. In so many places venues and forums players coaches and parents focus on the wins goals assists points etc . Here sure the kids want to score and win. Why not it is the American way to be ultra competitive. However, you folks are pioneers in first wring an environment where player development is just as important as the goal assist or win. No this is not Rec hockey. Far from it. In fact this is as good as any Tier I or AAA program in Florida. The skill level presented here by the Eels Junior players is second to none. The key here is we integrate these players with high school age players i.e., Banatam and Midget guys and wow. So much fun to watch 
    I have to complement the junior guys as they not only come out to the games but many attend the practices as well 
    As a reminder we are off next week. We want everyone to have a holiday with your families and not focus on ice hockey. Thanksgiving is meant for families and should be enjoyed by families. All too often as mites squirts peewees bantams and midgets we were obligated to attend some "Thanksgiving Hockey Tournament" sure they were fun but now for this year let's relax and enjoy your family and love ones. 
    See you all in two weeks 
    Coach Frank

     

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    High school games Wedneday and Thursday This Week

    Guys this week Nov 16!and 17 we have games both Wednesday and Thursday 

    Next week no games due to Thanksgiving Holiday 

    We want stories about our high school ice hockey players

    Folks we would like to solict stories about our high school ice hockey players concerning the players ice hockey, or their academics, or community service activities.

    Please contact James Chaney and or Kim Stitt

     

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    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

    FREE Street Hockey Clinic at the NEWEllenton Ball Hockey Rink!

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    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
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    Practice Test 1: September 3
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    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.
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    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:
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    **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
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    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.
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    Class 3: September 20-December 1**
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    Class 4: November 7-January 18**
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    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 

    High School Hockey

    Greater Fort Myers High School League Gets off To A Huge 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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    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.

    HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS ROSTERS AND JERSEY #S

    6 OCT | BY FRANK SCARPACI

    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) 
     

    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

    A: ACCELERATION

    While having great overall top speed is a desirable attribute for a hockey player, the ability to accelerate quickly is even more important.

    Hockey is a game that requires many quick short sprints and changes in direction. The players who accelerate the fastest give themselves a huge advantage in winning the race to loose pucks, pressuring an opponent or avoiding a checking defender. This type of acceleration can be improved through both on- and off-ice training. Learn more by watching this presentation on acceleration by Darryl Nelson, strength and conditioning coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

    14U/16U Q-and-A: Captain Material?

    09/20/2016, 2:15pm MDT

    By Joe Bonnett, ADM Regional Manager

    Q: My child is so excited to start the 14U/16U season. The coach had a great start-of-the-season kick-off meeting with the parents and players. One thing the coach mentioned was that the team will be selecting a leadership group this season. What advice can I give my child to start learning about leadership and possibly becoming a leader for this team?

    A: As players enter their 14U/16U season, they are a bit more worldly, mature and mentally equipped to start adding a leadership responsibility to their game. Being a leader on a team is not easy. It’s not about being popular, being the best player or having the nicest equipment. Being a leader on a hockey team involves being an unselfish person who can do two things at once, such as monitoring your own game and monitoring the state of the whole team at the same time. Being a team leader is hard work.

    Once a player is secure in their own game (involving aspects such as preparation, work ethic and team-first mindset), they can begin taking a team leadership role. This is a great life-skills opportunity for them, since developing the ability to lead will be important for future success in hockey as well as outside of hockey for the rest of their life.
     
    Being a good captain at any level involves having the ability and maturity level to communicate clearly with coaches. Good captains should have the confidence to share teammates’ ideas and insights with the coaches. They should also be good listeners, willing to take the coach’s guidance and able to help the coach steer the team in the desired direction.
     
    Good captains have the ability to manage many details of the team that will play a major role in the success of the team and how well it functions.
     
    Leadership skills are developed when a leader or a group of leaders can properly execute tasks within a team. Some of these tasks may sound simple, but holding your teammates accountable is not always easy. Some coaches say that the best teams have the ability to run themselves, but what’s really happening in those situations is that effective leaders exist and each player on the team accepts accountability for achieving the team’s goals. One of the captains’ challenges is getting each player to accept that accountability and prioritize the team’s goals ahead of everything else.
     
    So what steps can you take to help your child learn to lead a team?
     
    One tactic is to encourage your child to lead the team warm-up and cool-down pre- and post-practice or game. Another is to empower players to lead certain drills. Can your player execute drills and help set up drills on their own? Those are positive steps toward being a team leader.
     
    Teach your player to interact with teammates in a positive way when holding them accountable to the team standard. For example, teach your player how to manage a situation when a teammate arrives to the game out of dress code. Good captains do not intimidate or belittle. They should handle this situation in a firm, positive manner that lets the teammate know that not following the dress code (or any other team norm) is unacceptable. Communicating with teammates in this type of firm, positive manner builds trust, respect and a team-first mentality that will help your player lead over the course of the season.
     
    Good leaders come in many forms. Successful captains use their personality to their strength. Some captains like to motivate through talking, others like to lead by example, others befriend all players. There is no single mold for the perfect captain. However, one important trait that all captains have is that they embrace and include every player on the team. Captains understand that each player is vital for the team to succeed. The more players on board, the better chance of success.
     
    One essential point to convey to your aspiring leader is this: Being the hardest worker on the team makes leading very easy within a team dynamic. If your player is lazy, disruptive or disinterested in practice, they will have no chance of leading a group of hockey players. Working hard, consistently executing drills to the highest standard, and being first on the ice and last off all set a high bar for teammates to attain. By setting a high bar, the team will strive together to reach this level of excellence.
     
    Encourage your player not to campaign for the leadership role. Campaigning can often come off phony and not garner trust from teammates. Leadership should blossom from within the athlete for genuine reasons, such as, “this kid really cares about teammates.”
     
    Hopefully your child’s coach is trying to teach the entire team about leadership and perhaps rotating the captaincy among the players over the course of the season. Perhaps he or she identifies several leaders within the team and allows different players to lead at different times.
     
    Lastly, encourage your budding leader to have a sense of humor. As we all know, the hockey season is long. Having the wherewithal to lighten the mood and have fun at the rink makes for a great leader and a fun season.
     
    Leadership is an invaluable skill to learn for the game of life. These discussions and situations only enhance youth sport involvement and the many life skills that can be acquired within the game of hockey.

    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.”

    Second week of high school practice

    Second week of high school hockey Practices this Wed. at 7:00 pm and Thursday

    at 6:00 pm

    The juniors are out of town until the following week

    Coach Patrick Olsen will be there for skills session

    Jerseys will be assigned in one week. We will be using the Eels Junior Jerseys from last season. These are very nice and will be on loan

    Coach Frank

    Remembrance Of September 11th 2001

     

    The Florida Eels would like to take this time to honor and make tribute to those who lost their lives at September 11th 2001. We also ask that we all bow our heads for all of the first responders, such as  the Police, Fire and EMT’s and other brave Americans who stepped up unselfishly to help those that very day.

     

    This was a vicious attach on the USA by cowardly terrorist and we as Americans across this great country bonded together in support of those that were injured, died as well as the suffering and  losses to their love ones. We also wish to honor all of the brave servicemen and women and their families who have been making enormous sacrifices to preserve our freedom, democracy and defend our country. 

     

    We will never forget.

     

    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

    8 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

     

     

    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.

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    High School Hockey Update

    HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY UPDATE

    6 SEP | BY FRANK SCARPACI

    High School Hockey

    Starting Wed Sept 21st the High School League program kicks off. 
    There will be 5 consecutive practices for the players:
    Wednesday September 21st 
    Thursday September 22nd 
    Wednesday September 28th 
    Thursday September 29th 
    Wednesday October 5th 
    First game Thursday October 6th

    Wednesdays the sessions will be 7:00 pm
    Thursday the session is 6:00 pm

    There will 2 teams.
    1. Cape Coral 
    2. Fort Myers

    This will be a start for us in the Greater Fort Myers Area. We see this developing into 4 teams next year. There will be approximately 15 Bantam and Midget players
    They will be divided between the two teams and will have 6-8 junior players on each team.

    Only Youth players will be there at practice sessions.

    We need all folks to be paid up to date and have their contracts in.

    We will be providing jerseys for the players. The goal is to reduce cost if we can. This will reduce the cost to $1,600.00

    Monday Sept 12th is the deadline for payment. Clare and I will be at the rink until 7:00 pm to collect payments and signed contracts.

    Patrick Olsen is the Head Coach 
    Dan Alessi and Coach Smith will be joining as coaches as well

    If you have any questions please feel free to call me
    941-400-9023 Coach Frank

    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

    Exciting Year For Juniors Ahead

    Very exciting We have over 40+ boys about to join us in Fort Myers from around the USA, Canada and Europe. These boys are here to realize their dreams and goals to advance to college hockey. It is equally exciting that we have 25 players of last year's teams also on the move. They are moving to the "Next Level" mostly college and several professional hockey. Way to go guys. We continue to be the leaders in college advancement in our league and all of junior hockey. This season we trust the success of our teams and players will continue as defined by our rich history and tradition. Go Eels - those who are here and those who moved on to college!!!!!

    The Florida Eels capture the eye of USA Hockey Junior 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.

     A Thank You To Our USA Olympians

     The Florida Eels honors our USA Olympians and the other athletes around the world.  We are so proud of your dedication determination and fortitude in how you train and compete. Your composure, sportsmanship and accomplishments in these high-pressured events make us all so proud to be Americans.  I am privileged to be part of the sports industry. Everyday I see my own players make significant sacrifices often leaving their homes not only from across the USA and Canada but from across the Atlantic from Russia, Sweden Latvia Switzerland Chex Republic and Slovakia. These young men come here to Ft Myers and train 5-6 hours each day in search for their dreams to advance to college and professional hockey. We are blessed to have part of our program so great character young men who work so hard to realize their dreams and goals. I always said all of our players should strive to have the same work ethic drive determination and dedication as these great young men and women Olympians. They have no days off. They don't indulge in vices. It is not just wanting it or having a dream.  It is doing everything you can to accomplish these ends. Goals are good. But goals without execution is a vacuum. You can't be afraid to fail. In fact you can't success unless you fail.

     

    This week we all lay witness to our Olympians. Boy we see these incredible athletes bring their heart and soul and lay it all on the line to bear fruit to their 4 years of dedication, determination and training. One thing for sure, these Olympians do it the right way. There are no short cuts. There is no cheating. Decisions and advancements are realized by 100th per second. Or inches. Can you only imagine if we all as American learn form these young athletes. To work endlessly and tirelessly to reach perfection. This was indeed the puritan work ethic that our great Nation was founded on and built. Just think and reflect how more successful we would be as individuals as families as communities states and as a Nation if we embody these same ideals and training and work ethic in our every day life as these Olympians. What is obvious is these Olympians don’t just turn it on a few weeks or months prior to the games. Oh no it takes years of this dedication.

     

    On a similar note look at the spirit and national identity these young men and women show on behalf of the USA. I remember the day when this was common amongst us all in grade school and in high school. Proud to be an American. Proud to be part of the American experiment, Folks we need those energies, camaraderie and senesce of National pride once again. Not as isolated ethnicity or race but as one. As Americans. I recall the goose bumps I had even as a very young boy when we heard President Kennedy give his speeches. As an adult I had similar adoration for President Reagan. These feeling did not emanate as a Democrat or as Republican. No the feelings flowed from being an American. Lets all bring back our community and national pride. No matter where your politics sway. Lets learn from these American Olympians.

     

    HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY COMING SOON

    High School Hockey Heading To The Fort Myers Skatium. Expected 4 teams which will include 4-6 junior players on each team. One Practice per week by top level Eels coaches These are Extremely competitive games akin to Tier I level .

     

    The Benefits Of High School Hockey over Traditional

    Travel Hockey

    High School hockey provides a great experience and opportunity for our kids. In fact we see more and more players in Florida opting for High School Hockey over travel hockey.

    The best analogy one can provide when looking at High School hockey is the experience playing college hockey. There are a number of similarities in regard to the overall experience.

    As in college high school teams participate in a conference (think Big Ten) in which games are scheduled against other schools in that conference. Along with our conference games, teams from other conferences make up the rest of the schedule. Once the regular season is complete all high school teams are entered in the SAHOF State Tournament.

    High school hockey is also very similar to college in the fact that academics are also monitored and a players' participation requires a GPA to be maintained for eligibility. Another similarity and one of the best experiences for the kids is that you get the opportunity to represent your high school and community. Along with that sense of pride within the school is the fan support from classmates and other community members. And to add another parallel is the fact that high school hockey is covered by various media outlets in the area, which adds to the overall experience for the kids.

    The other key benefit over traditional travel hockey is the games are generally on Thursday night and the players’ weekends are free to do other things. This is an important aspect for so many teenage players whose academic demands are high, desire to partake in schools extra curricular activity and desire to get a part time job often conflicts with traditional travel hockey that consumes so much of a players weekend schedule. This also frees up so much of the parents schedule as well.

    Cost: Typically high school hockey cost on average 1/3rd less than traditional travel hockey. This is a major factor for players and parents who often have 2 or more children playing.

    The Florida Eels Announce It Plans to Filed a Peewee Team for the 2106 -17 seasonn

    Please keep an eye out The Florida Eels will be announcing it will be hosting Tryouts for a Peewee A team this upcoming week

    Last Week of Florida Eels Summer Ice Hockey Camp

    Last Week of Summer Ice Hockey Camp
    This is the most affordable ice hockey camp in the South East. Only $250.00

    Location: Fort Myers Skatium 2250 Broadway Fort Myers Fl 33901

    Dates: August 1-5th 
    Camp drop off is at 8:30 am Ice times and  
    Mites – Bantams stay from 8:30 am – 4 :00 pm Please note: Pick Up time is at 4:00 pm sharp
    Midgets and Juniors Done by noon 
    Cost: 250.00 for all players

    To enroll and register: Complete Flyer at the rink or Contact: Frank Scarpaci Hockey Director 941-400 9023
     
    Allow Our Coaches To Teach You How To 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 

     

    The Florida Eels Key To College Advancement of its Players With an Unprecedented 10 Showcases  

     

    The Eels GM Frank Scarpaci has been running junior programs dating back to the original EJHL Rhode Island Sharks. That is 30+ years. The key to Tier III Jrs is and has always been the successful advancement of players to the next level with a primary focus on college hockey. Today 2016-17 season is no different. The Eels have one of the most impressive format and formula for player development. They have in place 600 hours of training each season for its players. That is 2 times most of its competition. There is no doubt they give phenomenal training to each one to its players. These guys are ready to play college hockey. But the key is to advance them to that level. GM Scarpaci emphatically   believes that this involves an unequivocal  commitment to partake in as many college showcases. We see what others do. Some as few as one showcase. Others play in two or max 3 showcases during the season. Eels GM echoes that simply not enough! Last season the Eels went to 4 college showcases and this year we increased the benchmark to 5 showcases. In fact three of those showcases are in Mass which is the hub of so many NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges. We attend one during the Bruins ShootOut in September, One in Hampton VA in October, the 3rd at the IHC at Merrimack in November , the 4th at the  Florida Showcase in December in Ft Myers and the 5th at the  USPHL Main Showcase in January at the NESC. These showcases do not include the main playoffs in Boston in Feb/March. This gives 6 opportunities to be seen by college coaches. The bottom line is that if you are not there, the coaches wont see you. If they don’t see you, you wont be scouted. If you are not scouted you wont be recruited. Seems obvious right? Very obvious. But it requires enormous investment and financial commitment of resources of the organization. But this is the reason why we are in the junior business. says GM Scarpaci.

     

    Then the Eels attend 5 additional showcases in the off season. There is the USPHL Spring Showcase in May, the Pro AM NHL Pre Draft in May, the USPHL Summer Showcase in July, the Pro AM Sr Chowder Cup in July and the Pro Am Jr. Chowder Cup in July. This gives so many recruiting and visibility options for our players. No where is there any Jr Program that makes available to its players such immersed exposure for its players. Its funny this is the way the Eels recruit its own players. We in fact attend 10 off season showcases to recruit the incoming players form across the USA. We believe it is the best way to evaluate talent. 

     

    The proof is in the results. The Florida Eels have advanced 175 players on to college. This includes 24 players this past season. The previous season was 20+ and 20+ for the past 4 seasons. This is impressive and indeed the one statistic parents want to know. In the end advancement to college is the number one focus of all players and parents and that is what the Eels do best. 

    The Florida Eels closes it’s 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 Monday July 18th The Eels 2nd week of summer camp The most affordable hockey camp in Florida

    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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    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. 

     

    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!

    Stay Tune For the Ft Myers High School League. This will be no doubt the most exciting brand of hockey for Bantam/Midget age players 9th-12th Grade

     

    The league will consist of 4 teams. All players will be selected via a draft by the head coaches.

     

    Greater Ft Myers High School Team

     

    Greater Cape Coral High School Team

     

    Pivot Charter School Team

     

    Lee County High School Team

     

    Players will have 3 weeks if practices prior to the season. The teams then will practice once per week and play official games one per week. Practices will be either Tuesday or Wednesday and all games will be Thursday 6:00pm – 6:50 pm

     

    Each team will have 4-5 junior players assigned to a team in league play in the Ft Myers High School League.

     

    Local Games will be played at the Fort Myers Skatium 2250 Broadway Ft Myers Florida

     

    The 4 teams will select from amongst their squads one or maybe two travel high school teams. These teams will compete in approximately 6 games vs. two teams from Ellenton and in several tournaments. One Hockey is planning to host a high school team showcase in mid October. These teams will attempt to place one or both of the teams into that venue.

     

    Estimated Cost $1,600.00 for the Ft Myers High School League

    Additional info to be published 1st week of August.

     

    Summer Ice Hockey Camp 2016 Just One Week Away
    Location: Fort Myers Skatium 2250 BroadwayFort Myers Fl 33901
    Dates: 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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    Our Thoughts and Prayers Go To Jason Court and His Family

     Calling All Eels, Friends and Families

     

     This Monday the Florida Eels biggest fan Jason Court will be undergoing major by pass surgery. We ask for your thoughts and prayers to Jason Jen Jordan and Jake. We all know what a tough guy Jason is. There is no doubt he will over come this situation – do we know of anyone tougher than Jason?  Ya maybe Jordan Ha ha. He is always there at the junior games cheering on his Eels with more vigor intensity and emotions than all of the fans in attendance combined. I always can count on him pacing up and down the boards with that “Face” We love that “Face” No Jason it is not a handsome face but we love it nonetheless.

     

    I always thought other teams cringe when they came into our rink. I assumed for the longest time they feared the brute force of our intimidating players. No I come to learn they are scared crap of Jason. HA HA

     

    Jason we all love you and care very much. As Eels do better than any other organization in all of hockey we stand together for one another. Here today we stand united in thoughts and prayers. We know you will pull through this. You will recover 100% and be back to your accustom spot on the boards cheering Jordan in juniors and Jake on the high school team. Jen you need never to look far or long for any help you need. We are never more than a phone call away. Jordan and Jake you are great kids. Your dad will be just fine. You know I will always be there for you, as will all of your extended Eel family members

    Coach Frank and the Scarpacis

    FLORIDA EELS ALUMNI TIM SCHALLER SIGNS NHL CONTRACT WITH THE BOSTON BRUINS

     

    by Frank Scarpaci 
    Posted: 1 minute ago 
    Updated: less than a minute ago by Frank Scarpaci 
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    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.

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    Summer Camp 2016 Info

    Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

    Dates: July 18th - 22nd and 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 


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    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

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    2016 Florida Eels Summer Hockey Camps

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    •   Power Skating and Technique

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    •   Puck Control and the Art of Deception

    •   Individual Skill and Team Concepts 

    Goaltending Training Technique and Style

     

     

     

    Summer Camp 2016 Info

    Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

    Dates:    July 18th - 22nd and 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

    5 Ways to Create Confident Hockey Players

    5 Ways to Create Confident Hockey Players

    06/15/2016, 3:45pm MDT

    By Dave Pond - Special to USA Hockey

    According to National Alliance for Youth Sports research, almost 70% of young athletes quit competitive sports by the time they hit their teenage years.

    Although the reasons range from the overall cost of athletics to a desire to try new things, parents and coaches can’t overlook the fact that, as teams become more and more competitive, success – or failure – has the opportunity to make or break each kid.

    Not every 10U player is going to make the NHL. Most of them will not – that’s a given. And it’s also where parents and coaches can make the biggest impact, said Eric Eisendrath of the Positive Coaching Alliance.

    “If they’re not ‘good enough,’ players get phased out of the game at a very young age,” Eisendrath said. “Coaches and parents often tell players, ‘You’re really talented.’ The problem is that, when that player has a bad game, it’s easy for him or her to feel like they’re no longer talented. As a result, self-confidence can erode very quickly.

    “We want coaches and parents to look beyond who’s the fastest skater, and focus on qualities like being a great teammate, having outstanding hockey sense, or some other ‘intangible’ quality the players possess,” he continued. “This helps build self-confidence, and the players who possess it will likely persevere through the challenges and roadblocks that they’ll invariably face.”

    However, that doesn’t mean showering young players with empty praise for everything they do.

    “Many parents and coaches think that they can hand kids self-esteem by telling them they’re talented or giving them trophies,” said Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology for Success. “That doesn’t do it. Teaching them how to learn and grow and thrive in the face of obstacles… that’s what gives kids self-esteem.”

    And that growing self-esteem? It’ll help sons and daughters thrive away from the rink, too.

    “Successful athletes are almost always self-confident,” Eisendrath said. “Look at the skills necessary to be a successful athlete – things like determination, goal-setting, being sacrificial, and working well under pressure. They’re all life skills that will serve kids well both on and off the ice.”

    In his book Orr, My Story, NHL great Bobby Orr wrote, “Sometimes we are reminded that there are things far more important than hockey. But there is probably not much that is more important than the things a life in hockey can teach you.”

    Whether you’re a parent, coach or friend, Eisendrath offers these five ways you can create self-confident kids – both on and off the ice.

    1. Give them meaningful and positive feedback.

    The first thing to recognize in giving feedback is when to deliver it. What could be taken as criticism, if delivered at the wrong time, can be just as easily be taken positively when shared in a different moment. So, recognize when to share information and when to wait for a better time.

    Next, think about the type of feedback you’re giving. Is it focused on the process and mastery or the result? Is it general (“Good job!”) or more specific (“Great job using your body to protect the puck!”)?

    The more specific you are with your words, the more effective you’ll be.

    2. Make sure your criticism is constructive.

    Too often, criticism is delivered with no positive value. Frustrated coaches simply point out all the things players do wrong, instead of explaining the adjustments they need to make to do better next time.

    To combat this, try using if-then statements. People are naturally results-driven, so give them information that lets them know what’s in it for them.

    Here are a couple of examples:

    “If you lengthen your stride, you will increase your speed.”

    “If you get lower, you’ll be more sturdy on your skates and harder to knock off the puck.”

    3. Let them feel empowered to make decisions.

    This is a great goal. But, if a parent or coach is truly able to follow through on this, he or she must realize and accept that mistakes will be made. In the long run, this approach will increase a player’s self-confidence, as you’ll send a clear message that you trust the player.

    In the event that the “wrong” decision is made, make sure to ask open-ended questions (like “What did you see?” or “What would you do differently next time?”), as opposed to telling the player what she or he did wrong. That way, you’ll instill confidence, not doubt.

    4. Be a good role model.

    Let’s teach our children to honor the game through respecting Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self (ROOTS). If you want your players to behave this way, you must show them how.

    Athletes will be far more influenced by what they see from you rather than what you say. Don’t worry that your kids won’t listen to you; worry that they are watching you all the time.

    5. Create opportunities for success.

    Coaches and parents should set goals for every player so that they can experience some kind of success. This can be accomplished by utilizing tools such as stretch goals and just-right challenges, which motivate athletes to go a little bit beyond where they are presently.

    In addition, define success not just by how players play, but how they contribute to the overall team. Are you a leader? Do you make those around you better? Are you constantly seeking to learn? Do you always give maximum effort? This is what defines a true competitor. If parents and coaches embrace these characteristics, then their definition of success will be likely be shared by their players as well.

    Bring Your Daughter or Son To The Coolest Place In Town: Ft Myers Skatium Eels Summer Ice Hockey Camp

     
    2016 Florida Eels Summer Hockey Camps
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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
     
     
     
    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

    Florida Eels Youth Tryouts this week June 9th New Revised Times June 9th 6:00 pm-8:00pm Bantam Midget/ High School Division

     

    REVISED TIMES: NOW 2 HOURS FOR BANTAMS AND MIDGETS/HIGH SCHOOL TRYOUTS THIS THURSDAY JUNE 9TH 6:00 – 8:00 PM

    by Frank Scarpaci 
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    Revised Times: Now 2 hours for Bantams and Midgets/High School TRYOUTS THIS THURSDAY JUNE 9TH 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Both Groups on ice at 6:oo pm -8:00 pm 

    This Thursday June 9th The Florida Eels Take Their Program to a new Level. The Eels are hosting tryouts and unlike the traditional midget program of the past the Eels are putting into place an academic component to its program. The Florida Eels are putting together a “High School” team to replace its traditional midget team. The idea is that players who fall within the guidelines of 9th -12th grade from the local area will be able to compete in the Tampa Bay Lightning High School League.

    There are substantial differences between this division and the traditional midget division. The program allows players who are registered on other travel leagues to also play High School Hockey.

    We encourage all players who are interested in perhaps playing high school hockey to come out and join us for our preliminary tryouts.

    Head Coach Patrick Olsen Midget/High School 
    Head Coach Rick Smith Bantam 
    Frankie Scarpaci 

    The Eels are jointly conducting a midget U18 tryout in case the high school division does not materialize

    The Cost is $75.00 for the tryout

    There will be a question and answer at 8 :00 pm immediately after the tryout for all players and parents. 

    Cost is $75.00

    Please note: Second tryout at no additional cost if you attended the earlier try out

    Cost: $75.00 Flat fee both sessions 
    Location Fort Myers Skatium 
    If you have any questions please contact Frank Scarpaci 
    Ice Hockey Director. 
    941-400-9023

    Florida Panthers Unveil New Logo and Uniforms

    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

    The Benefits Of High School Hockey over Traditional Travel Hockey

    The Benefits Of High School Hockey over Traditional

    Travel Hockey

     

    High School hockey provides a great experience and opportunity for our kids. In fact we see more and more players in Florida opting for High School Hockey over travel hockey.

     

    The best analogy one can provide when looking at High School hockey is the experience playing college hockey. There are a number of similarities in regard to the overall experience.

     

    As in college high school teams participate in a conference (think Big Ten) in which games are scheduled against other schools in that conference. Along with our conference games, teams from other conferences make up the rest of the schedule. Once the regular season is complete all high school teams are entered in the SAHOF State Tournament.

     

    High school hockey is also very similar to college in the fact that academics are also monitored and a players' participation requires a GPA to be maintained for eligibility. Another similarity and one of the best experiences for the kids is that you get the opportunity to represent your high school and community.  Along with that sense of pride within the school is the fan support from classmates and other community members. And to add another parallel is the fact that high school hockey is covered by various media outlets in the area, which adds to the overall experience for the kids.

     

     

     The other key benefit over traditional travel hockey is you actually get 10+ more games as part of the High School League schedule. The games are generally on Friday night and the players’ weekends are free to do other things. This is an important aspect for so many teenage players whose academic demands are high, desire to partake in schools extra curricular activity and desire to get a part time job often conflicts with traditional travel hockey that consumes so much of a players weekend schedule. This also frees up so much of the parents schedule as well.

     

    Cost: Typically high school hockey cost on average 1/3rd less than traditional travel hockey. This is a major factor for players and parents who often have 2 or more children playing.

     

     

    Invite To Join Our Summer Ice Hockey Camp

    Invitation To Join Us at The Florida Eels Summer Ice Hockey Camps
     
    Our camps are the most affordable Summer Ice Hockey Camps in the Southeast. Only $250.00 We focus on the fundamentals. Indeed, every player needs to focus on the fundamentals in order to bring his or her game to the next level. Skating, passing stickhandling. All too often so many camps look into systems and neglect the basics. Remember the higher level teams and programs today expect the players to have developed their skill set. They simply don’t have the time to spend developing these skills. You are expected to have acquired those fundamentals. 
     
    The Eels are masters at the developmental format. Look at our success in putting 175 players off to college. This year alone 22 of our players moved on to college. Trust me they have mastered the fundamentals! 
     
    We invite you to bring you son or daughter to our summer camps and allow us to further develop their skating passing stickhandling and scoring touch. They will be trained by Eels Junior coaches Frankie Scarpaci and Nick Perri as well as some of our Junior alumni who have moved on to college hockey. 
     
    Keep in mind that through it all the Eels always maintain another key principle in the development of young hockey players. Keep it fun. No other camp offers the “home environment” as the Eels. No foolish egos or yelling and screaming at kids. That does not foster the learning environment. Our kids leave having a ball. Simply a great and fabulous time.
     
    The camp hours 9:00 am Drop off . 4:00 pm pick up.
     

    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  
     
    Mites – Bantams stay from 9:00  am – 4 :00 pm
    
Midgets and Juniors Done by noon
  
    Cost:
  250.00 for all players
    To enroll and register:
Complete Flyer at the rink or Contact: Frank Scarpaci Hockey Director 941-400-9023

    Come Join Our High School Hockey Program

    If You Like Competitive Hockey You will LOVE the New HIGH School Hockey at the Ft Myers Skatium. There is nothing like it. So different than typical travel hockey. Two options:

     

    Option One:

    Players from Lee County/Hendry County 9th-12th Grade Academic qualifications GPA Minimum grade. Top 18 players and 2 goalies in the area. Play games Friday night. Occasional Saturday games. 2 Games at the Ft Myers Skatium

    Play in the Lighting Conference 30+ games per season.  1 practice per week.

    Note you can remain on your travel team roster. No conflict with USA Hockey regarding Dual Rostering!!!!!! Girls and boys co-ed team.

    Coached by Patrick Olsen

     

    Option Two:

    Join us for the Extreme Hockey League at the Ft Myers Skatium. Players are drafted from the player pool. Players are 8th-12th grade. (Bantam- Midget) Each team will also have 3 Junior players on it. We will make up teams to obtain parity. The Junior players who are high school age will increase the talent level, skill set etc for these 4 teams. 1 practice per week mid-week and 1 game per week. (Weekdays) 20 games per season. Goal is to mature more high school players to create two Lightning Conference teams the following season. No dual rostering issues with USA Hockey and SAHOF.

     

    Coaches

    • Patrick Olsen
    • Frankie Scarpaci (Eels Junior Team Elite Coach)
    • Rick Smith
    • Nick Perri (Eels Junior Team USP3 Coach)

     

    Referees at each game

     

    Jerseys Provided

     

     

    Up north High School is an end game for so many players. We are seeing this as well in the Tampa and Fort Lauderdale area. Here in Fort Myers Lee County we are trying to step up and raise the bar moving away form the Bantam A and Midget A exclusive option. For so many players they are looking for more without the drama and cost associated with typical AA Bantam and Midget Hockley.

     

    Accordingly, as pioneers in the Junior Hockey field, The Eels are extremely excited to offer another option. For those interested in playing traditional travel hockey, fantastic. These high school options will allow you to augment your ice time with additional practices and extra games. Remember the key to the improvement of any player is ice time ice time ice time. Moreover, there will be an infusion of 3-4 junior players on each team, which will significantly impact your players’ ability and skill set. The players learn from one another and the better the players on his or her team and the better the competition will enhance your son or daughter’s game.

     

    Several years ago the Eels did this exact program and we developed the likes of Mario Purcharich, Cam Darcy, Richie Boyd, Sam Boyd, David Limoges, Kevin Marronie. John Tauge, Frankie Scarpaci, Joel Stevenson, Chad Darcy to name a few.

     

    Folks this is the biggest thing for youth ice hockey players since the Eels stated Juniors several years ago. We invite you all to partake. Call me if you have any questions. Frank Scarpaci 941-400-9023

    WHERE SHOULD YOUR BANTAM OR MIDGET PLAY THIS SEASON?

    WHERE SHOULD YOUR BANTAM OR MIDGET PLAY THIS SEASON?

     

    by Frank Scarpaci 
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    Parents and Players – You have some very important decisions to make in the next week or so. Where should my child play youth hockey this upcoming season? To many of you no doubt the focus is and has been – what are the labels assigned to the team? AAA AA or A? What league do they play in? Who else is on the team?

    Folks the truth and reality here is that your preconceptions are so misplaced. The least important thing is Labels. Who else made the team is equally irrelevant. You should and respectfully understand it should be about the over all development of your son or daughter. It should also include the fun factor. 

    The Eels this season are fielding a Bantam and a midget/High School team. Our 100% focus will be and has been on developing the skill set of your son or daughter. In the end if you are looking to see them move on to college, well it is paramount that you attach to a program that will help, assist and enable that to happen. The Eels are and have been the most dominant team in Florida, the South and even within our league in advancing our players’ dreams and goals of reaching college hockey. 

    Florida Eels 
    Player Hometown Division School Year 
    John Drummond Littleton, CO Elite, USP3HL Post University 2016 
    Jared Levine Binghamton, NY Elite Worcester State University 2016 
    Alex Sanchez Denver, CO Elite Westfield State University 2016 
    Jonathan Carlson Cape Coral, FL Elite, USP3HL Buffalo State 2016 
    Kade Brannon Wylie, TX Elite, USP3HL Bethel College 2016 
    Josh DeLezenne Port Huron, MI Elite, USP3HL Westfield State 2016 
    Matthew Schneider Manlius, NY Elite SUNY-Brockport 2016 
    Garrett Wood Greeley, CO Elite, USP3HL Worcester State 2016 
    Joey Colatarci Fort Myers, FL Elite, USP3HL Adrian College 2016 
    Colin Whitt Southlake, TX Elite Worcester State 2016 
    Connor Annett Collingwood, ON Elite, USP3HL Stevenson University 2016 
    Michael Kohler Edmond, OK Elite, USP3HL Northern Michigan (ACHA) 2016 
    Brad Lemelin Rancho Cucamonga, CA Elite, USP3HL Northern Arizona University (ACHA) 2016 
    Zach Lemelin Rancho Cucamonga, CA Elite, USP3HL Northern Arizona University (ACHA) 2016 
    Gage Downing West Chester, PA Elite West Chester (ACHA) 2016 
    Carl Lindgren Antioch, IL Elite, USP3HL Northern Illinois University (ACHA) 2016 
    Jeff O'Dea Lake Orion, MI Elite University of Oklahoma (ACHA) 2016 
    Brian Dennerlein Park Ridge, IL Elite University of Oklahoma (ACHA) 2016 
    Robert Cerepak Saddle River, NJ USP3HL Colby College 2016 
    Bryan Miller Fort Myers, FL USP3HL University of Florida (ACHA) 2016 

    Remember the college coaches don’t care about a bantam or midget team’s record of wins and losses. The team’s record is entirely irrelevant. 

    You have to ask yourself how and why the Eel shave been so successful It does not start as a junior player. It takes painstaking hours of discipline, fortitude, determination, dedication and heart. It is not simply turned on by a click of a button. Our philosophy and methodology starts at the bantam age and matured as a midget player so we ripen your son or daughter to realize their dreams.

    You know what we have done for our players and we ask you where should your player train and play this fall? If the barometer is misplaced well we wish you truly the best. But if your son or daughter is looking for a program that will seriously impact their game and future we request that you come join the Eels. 

    This season head coach Rick Smith will take the helm at the Bantam team right out of the gate. Coach Patrick Olsen will be taking command of the High School/midget team. These coaches will have 100% support of the Junior Elite coach Frankie Scarpaci and USP3 coach Nick Perri. We are looking forward to a phenomenal year. 
    Please come this week and have your son or daughter tryout. I will be there with my coaches and staff to answer any questions

    Thanks 
    Frank Scarpaci 
    Florida Eels Hockey GM 
    941-400-9023

    Florida Eels Tryouts This Week

    We look forward to you being part of our new and exciting season this Fall!. We invite you to  come join the Eels Youth Banatam and Midget/High School Teams 

    Tryouts are This week.

    Eels Tryouts This Week

    This Wednesday May 23rd  The Florida Eels Take Their Program to a new Level. The Eels are hosting tryouts and unlike the traditional midget program of the past the Eels are putting into place an academic component to its program. The Florida Eels are putting together a “High School” team to replace its traditional midget team. The idea is that players who fall within the guidelines of 9th -12th grade from the local area will be able to compete in the Tampa Bay Lightning High School League.

     

    There are substantial differences between this division and the traditional midget division. The program allows players who are registered on other travel leagues to also play High School Hockey.

     

    We encourage all players who are interested in perhaps playing high school hockey to come out this Wed at 7:00 pm and join us for our preliminary tryouts.

     

    Head Coach Patrick Olsen

     

    The Eels are jointly conducting a midget U18 tryout in case the high school division does not materialize

     

    The Cost is $75.00 for the tryout

     

    There will be a question and answer for the new division at 8 :00 pm immediately after the tryout for all players and parents.

     

    At 6:00 pm the Florida Eels will be hosting its Bantam Tryouts. This team will be our player development team for players who evidentially are looking to move up to the new High School division. We will play in the new statewide Bantam A league, which the CFHL will have, the west coast division.

     

    Head Coach Rick Smith

    There will be a meeting after the tryout at 7:15 for players and parents

    Cost is $75.00

    Please note: Second tryout at no additional cost is

    June 9th 6:00 pm Bantam 

    June 9th 7:00 pm Midget/ High School Division

    Fall Tryouts Announced for the Florida Eels Youth Hockey

    Florida Eels 2016 Fall Travel Tryouts

    Florida Eels  Fall Tryout Dates

    May 25th 6:00 pm Bantams

    May 25th 7:00 pm High School/Midget Division

    June 9th 6:00 pm Bantam 

    June 9th 7:00 pm Midget/ High School Division

    Players should attend both sessions.

    Cost: $75.00 Flat fee both sessions

    Location Fort Myers Skatium

    If you have any questions please contact Frank Scarpaci Ice Hockey Director.

    941-400-9023

     

    The Right Team vs. Elite Team

    The Right Team vs. Elite Team

    05/03/2016, 9:45am MDT
    By Michael Caples - Special to USAHockey.com
     

    Keeping up with the Joneses may as well be an epidemic for the hockey community.

    What is he or she doing this summer to get ahead? What team is she playing on next year? Who are they working out with now?

    Finding a spot on an elite youth or high school team is one of the most worried-about aspects of a hockey player’s development and advancement.

    It doesn’t need to be, however. Sure, playing on a top team in your age group or making a showcase squad for a major tournament may help in the quest for more exposure and better skills. But it’s not the most important thing for a hockey player’s growth overall.

    The best hockey players will be found, no matter where they are playing. Opportunities will come to those who earn it.

    Minutes and Responsibility

    Mike Cavanaugh, head coach of the University of Connecticut hockey program, said that when it comes to being the best hockey player you could be, getting the opportunity to compete and lead your team is more important than what jersey you are wearing.

    “I think the most important thing for a hockey player is being put over the boards every third shift and having a chance to play on the special teams,” Cavanaugh said. “Essentially, the most important thing is that you’re getting quality playing time, because if you want to play at a higher level, but you don’t see quality minutes, as far as special teams and a regular shift, you’re not going to develop.”

    Blessings in Disguise

    Cavanaugh, in his third season with the Huskies after spending 18 years with Jerry York at Boston College, said that not making the elite team may benefit the player in the long run.

    “If you don’t make the team that you always dreamed of making, usually you’re going to be put down a level, and that may be a blessing in disguise,” Cavanaugh said. “You may get power-play time, penalty-kill time, play in all crucial situations – up a goal or down a goal – and it may end up developing you more as a player, as opposed to playing on that ‘A’ team where you’re not getting quality minutes.”

    Players – and their parents – should be focusing on their own development, rather than what team they are on. Without the proper skills and confidence, a player won’t be able to succeed when the scouts do show up for a particular game or tournament. So don’t worry if you don’t make a particular AAA team; figure out what you need to do to become a better player, and take advantage of the opportunities you will have playing on a lower-level team for the upcoming season.

    Effort Ignites Ability

    According to Cavanaugh, one such example of a player seizing their opportunities would be Brian Dumoulin. The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman capitalized on his ice time with his local high school team and turned it into a professional hockey career.

    “[Dumoulin] played at Biddeford High School in Maine through his junior year, then played one year of juniors for the New Hampshire Monarchs, and then he came to Boston College,” Cavanaugh said. “He was always playing quality minutes, and now he’s playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Pittsburgh Penguins.”

    The key, of course, is that a hockey player has to work hard when nobody’s watching. Sure, it’s easy to get fired up when scouts and coaches are sitting in the stands – but what are you doing when you’re at the gym or at practice?

    “There’s an old saying that effort ignites ability and turns it into accomplishment,” Cavanaugh said. “No matter what you do in life, if you’re not going to put effort and work into what you’re trying accomplish, it won’t happen. It’s always important, whether you’re going to be an accountant or a hockey player or a fireman, you have to work to perfect your trade.”

    The NHL Florida Panthers Special Ticket Prices For the Florida Eels families and friends

    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.

    Revised Times for Bantam and Midget Ice Training

    Guys
    Starting this week March 24th  we will have Bantam and Midget Training on Thursday at 6:00 pm.  Previous time of 7 pm has been changed to 6:00 pm

     These sessions are for Bantam and Midget Age players .
    A number of Junior players will be partaking as well.

    If you are a Midget player and plan to tryout for the Junior team next season is is mandatory that you attend these sessions. It is simply one hour of your time. The lead instructor will be Frankie Scarpaci Head of Players development for the Eels Junior teams.

    If you are planning on attending and partaking in any of the USPHL Spring and Summer Showcases and or the Pro Am Chowder Cup Showcases it is also mandatory that you partake in this event. 

    There will be a goalie instructor present at the sessions. 

    Overwhelmingly the parents have asked that we provide skills sessions. The players want and will get the intense on ice training each week  Back to basics and prepare for the next level for the Fall.

     
     Cost $300.00 on March 24th  Must be paid in full on that date.
    The sessions will run for 10 weeks.

    Second Session of Midget Junior Elite Starts This Monday Feb 29th Training

    SECOND SESSION OF MIDGET JUNIOR ELITE STARTS THIS MONDAY FEB 29TH TRAINING

    by Frank Scarpaci 
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    Second Session of Midget Junior Elite Starts This Monday Feb 29th Training 

    The Florida Eels are setting up Elite training for our Midget age players looking to move to the Next Level. This program will include individual instruction at the Junior training facility World Gym. It will be three full hours. Two days 1 ½ hour each session. 

    We will work on hockey specific strength conditioning and agility. Upper and Lower Body. There is no question our players need this training. There are many midget players considering making the leap to Juniors next year. This training is mandatory. 

    There are many players who plan on joining us at the USPHL Spring Showcase, The Pro Am NHL Pre Draft in May, the Pro Am Junior and Sr. Chowder Cups and the USPHL Summer Showcases. It is an excellent way to get in high-level junior training at affordable prices. Only serious players wanted.

    Cost is $50.00 per week. Minimum registration 3 weeks per player 
    The session of the program starts this Monday February 29th 2016.

    Training Days Mondays and Tuesdays Time: 6:00pm – 7:30 pm 

    All individuals must pre register with Coach Frank. 941-400-9023. www.eelshockeycoach@aol.com 
    Payment must be made in advance. Checks payable to Florida Eels

    Instructor: Assistant Captain Florida Eels Junior team: Michael Kohler

    Training will be at World Gym 
    10970 S. Cleveland Ave Suite 501 
    Fort Myers Fl. 33909

    Invitation To the USA Hockey Level 5 Coaches Symposium

     

     


    Dear Level 5 Coach,

    USA Hockey is excited to announce the 2016 National Hockey Coaches Symposium to be held Aug. 11-14 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand.

    USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program would like to cordially invite you to attend this prestigious event again. You are eligible to simply attend and do not have to submit another thesis project.

    Past symposiums speakers have been coaches from the professional, international, collegiate, and junior levels.

    Breakout sessions will be age-specific. Coaches will have the opportunity to explore innovative approaches to coaching through intensive sessions dedicated to the specific age level of their players. Coaches will leave with tools and resources that they can use every day. Coaches will register for the event based on the breakout session they want to attend. You must select a specific age-level.

    To register, and for more information, click on the appropriate link below:

    Links:
    Level 5 Web Page & Symposium Brochure
    Symposium Online Registration
    Hotel Accommodations


    For specific questions about the event, please contact Alison Raines at alisonr@usahockey.org. We look forward to seeing you at this celebration of USA Hockey coaches.

    Sincerely,
    Mark Tabrum
    Director, USA Hockey Coaching Education Program

     

    High Level Referre Camps

    A New Officiating Summer Camp Experience

    02/24/2016, 12:00pm MST
    By Kelly Erickson

    The motivation behind the changes is simple: to create a safer, higher-quality game. And it all starts with training a broader spectrum of officials.

    This summer, USA Hockey’s Officiating Program camps will have a new structure and objective at the entry and intermediate levels. What were once known as the Regional and National Camps, are now the Futures and High-Performance Camps, respectively, and will aim to educate a larger group of referees.

    “We have been constantly reviewing all of our programs to determine, first of all, if they’re the most effective way to use our resources, and, simultaneously, if they are serving our membership to their maximum benefit,” said Dave LaBuda, USA Hockey’s national referee-in-chief. “What we decided to do was restructure our entry-level camp as well as our intermediate camp to not only better serve our officiating membership, but also the general hockey community.”

    The Futures Camp is an entry-level program aimed at educating attendees and bolstering their officiating foundation. The men’s program will expand from two camps to four — regionalized by east, north, west and central — while the women will still have one entry-level camp. Both are undergoing similar changes, and with 12 to 18 participants, LaBuda hopes they’ll be able to educate a stronger corps of grassroots officials.

    Unlike the former entry-level camp, USA Hockey won’t be ranking officials at the start of camp, a procedure that shifted participants’ focus to finishing the program in the top five to 10 percent. Instead, they want to eliminate that competitive environment and introduce a session focused on bettering the game at the local level.

    “We’re going to give them as much information and as many resources as we can to take back to their local area, to not only improve their individual skill levels, but hopefully pass that on to other officials in their area, too,” LaBuda said.

    “With the Futures Camp, the objective and the importance to us is that we provide those participants with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and basic philosophy of officiating. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the subject matter is going to be taught at a very basic or fundamental level. We’re going to do our best to evaluate those that attend to make sure they have a foundation in those officiating mechanics, the fundamentals and so on. Because without that, quite frankly, you have a very shaky foundation to build off.”

    While LaBuda emphasized that the Futures Camp is open to any official regardless of experience, age or goals to advance within the game, they hope participants grow on that foundation in the High-Performance Camp — though it’s not a requirement.

    The intermediate-level program will be more competitive and designed for officials who hold an interest in pursuing officiating on a more full-time basis or possibly as a career at a higher level.

    “The Futures Camp lays the foundation for their future activities or goals in the game,” LaBuda said. “The High-Performance Camp starts to build that structure upon the foundation so they can then experience higher levels of hockey. They’ll be exposed to more of the mental and psychological side of the game.”

    USA Hockey has already made an effort to provide consistent instruction for officials no matter where they work, with online video programs and in-classroom seminars at the start of every season. Changing up the camp structure is the next step in that process.

    “We want to provide a better-educated, a better-trained official at our grassroots level, which will hopefully, as they work with other officials who have not attended a Futures Camp, teach them and apply it back to the grassroots level — in turn, making that game a better quality game not only from a fairness standpoint, but a safety standpoint,” LaBuda said. “Ultimately, what we’re always trying to do is to better recruit, better train and better evaluate our officials to make all of amateur hockey, from the grassroots level all the way up to juniors, a better game.

    USA Hockey has started taking registrations for this year’s camps. Information about each program is available on USAHockey.com

     

    Eels Elite 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 Spring League Tryouts

    Florida Eels Spring League Tryouts 

    The Florida Eels will be hosting teams in the CFHL Spring League 
    The Eels will be conducting tryouts on Thursday March 3rd for the following divisions: 
    Bantam A 
    Midget U16 A

    The Bantams ages: 2001 -2002 DOB  
    The Midgets will be players 1999 – 2000 DOB 

    Cost for tryouts will be $40.00 per player. 
    Cost for player to play $595.00 
    $300.00 is due upon making team.  
    The balance will be due at first practice March 10th as the entire league fees for our teams and referee fees are immediately due that Friday. 

    Time: Bantams: 6:00 pm 
    Midget U16 7:00 pm

    Practices Thursday Evenings Bantams 6:00 pm and Midgets 7:00 pm 
    Practices will start Thursday March 24th 

    Coaches: 
    Bantams: Rick Smith and Pat Cossentino 
    Midgets: Frankie Scarpaci, Joe Giambalvo and Matt Plate

    Games will begin the weekend of April 2nd and 3rd and conclude the weekend of June 4th and 5th. The CFHL board has decided to make the 5th and final week of play a playoff week. Based on how many teams are registered for that division the top teams will play for a championship and the lower teams will play consolation games. 
    Central Florida 2016 Spring Game Dates

    DAY DATE DIVISION

    Saturday April 2nd Squirt 
    Sunday April 3rd Bantam 
    Saturday April 9th Pee Wee 
    Sunday April 10th Midget 
    Saturday April 16th Squirt 
    Sunday April 17th Bantam 
    Saturday April 23rd Peewee 
    Sunday April 24th Midget 
    Saturday April 30th Squirt 
    Sunday May 1st Bantam 
    Saturday May 7th Peewee 
    Sunday May 8th Midget 
    Saturday May 14th Squirt 
    Sunday May 15th Bantam 
    Saturday May 21st Peewee 
    Sunday May 22nd Midget 
    Saturday May 28th Off Memorial Day 
    Sunday May 29th Off Memorial Day 
    Saturday June 4th Squirt and Peewee 
    Sunday June 5th Bantam and Midgets 

    * In order to end the season earlier, all divisions will play the last weekend of the season.

    For more info: Call Frank Scarpaci 941-400-9023 www.eelshockeycoach@aol.com

    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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    Frank Scarpaci

    EELS HOCKEY DIRECTOR

    Phone: 941-400-9023

    Summer Ice Hockey Camp

    Summer Camp 2016 Info

    Location: 
Fort Myers Skatium
 2250 Broadway
Fort Myers Fl 33901

    Dates: 
June 13th - 17th
 July 11th - 15th 
July 25th – 29th

    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

     

     

    Midgets Advance To The Championship Round at The Golden Wolves MLK Tournament

    Congrats to the midgets who advanced to the Championship round of the Pines MLK Tournament. The Eels will play the South Florida Golden Wolves at 1:30 pm.

    Good luck guys

    Midget Mlk Tournament Schedule and Hotel Info

    Parents,
     A friendly reminder for those booked at the Courtyard Marriott, if you are going to make any changes to your hotel reservation for MLK they need to be in early this week.  The hotel is hosting two tournaments, hockey and soccer, so they are at capacity.  Please check to make sure you have double beds per your original reservation.  They are in short supply and it is probably best to check.  The hotel information is below:
    Courtyard Marriot 14500 SW 29th Street . Miramar, Florida 33027 
    1-954-450-1801
     
    Don't forget we had a time change on game two on Saturday.  It is 11:40 am now.  All other games stayed the same.  Please see previous email for complete schedule if you need it.
    Games 1 and 2 are at the Kendall Ice Arena @ 10355 Hammocks Blvd, Miami, FL 33196.
    Games 3 and 4 are at the Pembroke Pines Ice Arena @ 12425 Taft St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028.
    Warm ups for dress code for all tournament games.
    If you have any questions or need clarification, please email me or call 239-641-0305.
     
    Kimberly

    MLK Tournament

    I have received the following update from the MLK Tournament.  I have highlighted our games in yellow.  Please make a note for your travel plans.  
     
    MLK Tournament Updated Schedule
    Thursday
     Mid A 8:30 PM Blue Golden Wolves MID A Golden Wolves Ban AA
    Friday
     Mid A 8:40 PM Blue Golden Wolves MID A Miami Dade
    Saturday
     Mid A 8:30 AM Kendall Florida Eels Miami Dade
     Mid A 11:40 AM Blue Florida Eels Golden Wolves Ban AA
     Mid A 4:00 PM Kendall Gulf Coast Flames Golden Wolves Ban AA
    Sunday
     Mid A 7:50 AM Red Golden Wolves MID A Gulf Coast Flames
     Mid A 9:15 AM Red Miami Dade Golden Wolves Bantam AA
     MID A 10:40 AM Red Florida Eels Golden Wolves Mid A
     Mid A 9:25 PM Red Gulf Coast Flames Miami Dade
    Monday
     MID A 7:50 AM Red Gulf Coast Flames Florida Eels
     Mid A 2:30 PM Blue FINAL
     
    Kimberly

    Bantam and Midget Elite Training

    Bantam and Midget Elite Training

    The Florida Eels are setting up Elite training for our Bantam and Midget age players looking to move to the Next Level. This program will include individual instruction at the Skatium Fitness Center. It will be three full hours. Two days 1 ½ hour each session. We will work on hockey specific strength conditioning and agility. Upper and Lower Body. There is no question our players need this training. There are many midget players considering making the leap to Juniors next year. This training is mandatory. There are many players who plan on joining us at the USPHL Spring Showcase, The Pro Am NHL Pre Draft in May, the Pro Am Junior and Sr. Chowder Cups and the USPHL Summer Showcases.

     

    It is an excellent way to get in high-level junior training at affordable prices. Only serious players wanted.

     

    Any registration fees required at the Skatium fitness center are extra.

     

    Cost is $50.00 per week. Minimum registration 3 weeks per player

    Five players max per session.

     

     

    THE VALUE OF THE USPHL SHOWCASES

    The Florida Eels join their fellow teams from the Midwest and Northeast this weekend for one of the biggest in season showcases of the year. Teams will win and their will be losses but the true winners will be each player and team that attended the event. 

    Sure, there were a lot scouts in attendance. Why wouldn’t there be? The USPHL has seen over 350 of its players in the past two years find their way onto college rosters. 

    Showcases are an excellent opportunity for scouts to see top talent from around the country in one location, on one weekend. It’s a great way for players to make an impression and be noticed. 

    While for other players, it’s a great way to show scouts just how much they’ve improved since the last time they were seen. All and all, if you’re a prospective student-athlete, it’s tough to argue that showcases aren’t a beneficial way of finding yourself in the same building as the same schools you’re hoping to one day play for or against. 

    But showcases have another major advantage.In general, most players are aware of the NCAA’s recruiting policies when it comes to what they can and can’t do. They’re aware of the consequence as well. However, most players are not so accustomed to the NCAA’s recruiting policies that placed on the schools and recruiters. 

    Restrictions that are put in place to protect the prospective student-athlete, while insuring an equal playing field for recruiters. 

    According to the NCAA: “In men’s ice hockey, each institution is limited to seven recruiting opportunities (contacts and evaluations combined) per prospective student-athlete per year” (Policy Cite 13.1.5.5). 

    “Evaluations that occur during the academic year count against the permissible number of recruiting opportunities, except for evaluations that occur on the same day as a permissible contact. Outside of the academic year, evaluations do not count against the annual number of recruiting opportunities. Contacts that occur with a prospective student-athlete count against the permissible number of total recruiting opportunities regardless of the time period (e.g., academic year or outside the academic year). All contacts and evaluations are subject to recruiting calendar restrictions.” (Policy Cite 13.1.5.6). 

    So what does that mean? Simple. It means that NCAA Division 1 colleges are limited to see a player only seven times during any given season. 

    So, why does this matter when it comes to showcases? Well, showcases have an inherent advantage to Division 1 recruiters because of this NCAA policy. You see, for college recruiters, a showcase only counts as one viewing. That means that they can watch a player compete in multiple games and it only counts as one viewing. This is a benefit for scouts and a huge opportunity for players. 

    The USPHL will hold a number of showcases over this season for its players. 

    The United States Premier Hockey League has already established itself as being among the top leagues for player development in the country. The league now includes 110 teams representing 55 organizations and is the largest ice hockey league in the nation. What better way to display the talent of the league, than by getting all of the teams from one USPHL division together and often adding a number of other divisions under the same roof during the same weekend. 

    It’s a gold mine for scouts. 

    The USPHL Showcases 
    All of the USPHL junior events are mandatory and there are no non-league games. The games in these divisions count towards the league standings. Three of the showcases listed are big midget events where outside teams do compete. There are a smattering of USPHL midget league games in these showcases. 

    Labor Day Showcase 
    Sept. 4-7. Various locations (Headquarters: Foxboro Sports Center, Foxboro, Mass.) 
    USPHL Divisions: 18U, 16U 

    Junior Bruins Shoot-Out 
    Sept. 25-27. New England Sports Center, Marlborough, Mass. 
    USPHL Divisions: Premier, 18U, 16U 

    Hampton Roads Showcase 
    Oct. 2-4. Chilled Ponds, Chesapeake, Va. 
    USPHL Divisions: All Elite South and USP3 South teams, plus one each from Elite North and USP3 North 

    Hitmen Showcase 
    Oct. 9-12. Ice Vault, Wayne, N.J. 
    USPHL Divisions: Premier, 18U, 16U 

    Beantown Fall Classic 
    Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Rinks at Exeter (N.H.) 
    USPHL Divisions: Premier, 18U, 16U 

    Islanders Showcase 
    Nov. 13-15. Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass., and Skate 3, Tyngsboro, Mass. 
    USPHL Divisions: Premier, Elite, USP3, Mid-West, 18U, 16U 

    Mid-West Showcase 
    Dec. 18-20. Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Leafs Ice Centre, Dundee, Ill. 
    USPHL Divisions: Mid-West, plus one USP3 North team. 

    Palm Beach Showcase 
    Dec. 18-20. Palm Beach SkateZone, Lake Worth, Fla. 
    USPHL Divisions: Elite South, USP3 South 

    USPHL Winter Classic 
    Jan. 8-10. New England Sports Center, Marlborough, Mass. 
    USPHL Divisions: Premier, Elite, USP3, Mid-West, 18U, 16U 

    Comcast Philadelphia Showcase 
    Jan. 30-Feb. 1. Flyers Skate Zone (various locations) 
    USPHL Divisions: 18U, 16U (playing league games) 

    Kings Showcase 
    Feb. 12-14. Foxboro Sports Center, Foxboro, Mass. 
    USPHL Divisions: Premier, Elite North, USP3 North, 18U, 16U 

    For our Eel parents, hope to see you there and enjoy some great memories and experience the recruiting opportunities. If you cannot make it please catch us on www.Fasthockey

    Source for NCAA https://web1.ncaa.org/LSDBi/exec/bylawSearch?bylawSearchSubmit=Get%20Selected%20Items&multiple=17266&division=1&adopted=0

    Midget MLK Tournament Schedule Posted

     
    Saturday  1/16/16    Kendall Ice Arena   8:30 am  Eels vs. Miami Dade
    Saturday 1/16/16  Kendall Ice Arena  2:30 pm Eels. vs. Golden Wolves Bantam AA
    Sunday 1/17/16  Pembroke Pines Ice Arena 11:40 am  Eels vs. Golden Wolves Midget A
    Monday 1/18/16 Pembroke Pines Ice Arena 7:50 am Gulf Coast Flames vs. Eels
    The Midget A Finals will be held at 1:30 pm on 1/18/16
    I wanted you to have it as soon as possible. 
    Kimberly

    Congrats goes out to Connor Santini and Robert Howard. Both Players are moving on to play Junior Hockey For the Daytona Racers for the remainder of the season.

    Congratulation goes out to Connor Santini and Robert Howard. Both Connor and Robert are moving on to play Junior Hockey for the remainder of the season. The boys were picked up by the Daytona Racers of the USP3 league Florida Division of the Southern Conference. The Eels are very proud of these two young men, as they have taken the next step in improving their position for the future.

     

    Robert Howard came to the Eels after trying out for several junior programs last spring and summer. He knew the Eels Junior team was full and set out to prepare himself to reach the next level nonetheless. He arrived in August and was part of the Midget U16 team. In addition to training with his team 2-3 days per week, he also trained each day with the Eels USP3 team under Frankie Scarpaci head coach of that team. He worked out each day at the World Gym fitness training facility. His goal and mission was to make a Tier III Junior team. The Daytona Racers came a calling. They had a few roster spots open up and asked permission to sign him to their team.

     

    Connor following the same dream elected to play the remainder of the season with the Racers. Connor is hungry to get into a very competitive environment where he would be playing with and against some of the top players in Tier III Juniors. This is a big step for him but he has the commitment drive and determination to make it happen. This is not an easy move or decision for any player. A monumental step indeed.

     

    This coming week both boys will be playing at the USPHL Main College Showcase in Marlboro Ma January 8-10th.

     

    The Daytona Racers will be playing against some very strong teams. Here is their schedule:
     

    U269

    Fri Jan 8

    -

    @Junior Bruins

     

    2:30 PM EST

    -

    U276

    Fri Jan 8

    -

    @Forest Lake Lakers

      

    7:00 PM EST

    -

    U281

    Sat Jan 9

    -

    Jersey Hitmen

     

    8:10 AM EST

    -

    U297

    Sat Jan 9

    -

    @Traverse City Hounds

     

    10:20 PM EST

    -

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These are 4 top teams in their divisions. The Jr. Bruins and the Jersey Hitmen in the Northern Conference are very strong and have very skilled & talented players and the Forrest Lakers and Traverse City are equally good in the Midwest Conference. The experience the boys will garner here is incredible. Baptism by fire to a certain degree but where else will you be able to harness in this experience and expose yourself to such great competition. No doubt the scouts will be there watching these games. This showcase garners 100+ College scouts and these teams are under their radar.

     

    Upon returning home to Florida the Racers will have games in Florida against the Florida Eels, the Palm Beach Hawks, The Tampa Juniors, and the Jr Everblades. Not including playoffs Connor and Robert will have 13 regular season games with the junior team this season.

     

    We wish them the best and it is great to see players taking the advantage and seizing the moment. It is by pushing yourself to the max is what realizes the greatest rewards. Connor and Robert have elected to take themselves out of their comfort zone. We are very proud of both of you.  Good luck.

    A NEWSLETTER MESSAGE FROM PRO AMBITIONS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE FOR A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

     

    Pro Ambitions is one of the to Elite training programs in the USA. They are in fact the official trainers of several NHL teams and NCAA Division 1 and 3 College hockey programs.

    Below is a excerpt from his recent Newsletter

    Happy New Year to all of my campers, hoping if your parents get this email of hockey resolutions, they will forward it to you guys. 

    1.Write down your hockey goals for the rest of the season, for the summer and for the start of next season up until the Christmas holiday. Be specific. Do this with your parents. You need to set goals in order to achieve them. Make your goals realistic but never set that bar too low. Set goals for number of points, shot blocks, assists, hits, conditioning, what team you wish to play on next year, power play, penalty kill, what line you want to play on. 
    2.Commit to hydrating more. Set a goal of drinking three bottles of water per day. 
    3.Set a bedtime and stick to it. 
    4.Plan your week with your parents on Sundays. Forecast what tests and quizzes are on tap for the week. Figure out a study schedule that fits with your hockey schedule. Hockey is busy and you need to stay organized in order to succeed in both school and hockey. The more you plan the better you will feel. Plan your work and work your plan. Execute. 
    5.Thank your parents for the financial and time commitment of hockey. Worth every penny and second but be grateful. 
    6.Pack your bag the night before and put it in the car. Don’t make your mom or dad do this. Don’t be frazzled, rushing will affect your play on the ice. 
    7.Improve your practice habits. Treat practice like a game or a try out. Make the most of every ice session. Go hard, at top speed on every drill. 
    8.Use the Mr. Assist every day at home to work on your hands and your passing. This tool works. It bounces to give you every type of pass. Not perfect passes. Helps you become better at receiving imperfect passes which are the majority. 
    9.Watch NHL and D1 college hockey games. Study your favorite player. Watch what he or she does. Video is an integral training tool in player development. Watch watch watch. 
    10. In a game, don’t try to carry the puck too much. That is where you will get into trouble. Look for safe areas to place the puck (puck management) . Great passes in a game are small victories. Not just goals and assists. There are so many little things you can do in your game that help your team. 
    11. Finish your checks. 
    12. Work on your core. Do one hundred squats every day at home. You won’t believe how this will help your skating. 
    13. Work on your wrist strength. Buy a gripper and leave it in the car. Make a habit of squeezing the gripper one hundred times per hand on every car ride. You will begin to notice a difference on the ice in no time. Improvements in your game will sneak up on you. Better and stronger hands. Every NHL player does this by the way. 
    14. Forwards and Defensemen need to use the boards in making small safe passes. Practice this during practice…
    15. Be aware of releasing your shot quicker. Take pride in that.  
    16. Skate fast and hard all the time. In both practice and games. 
    17. Communicate on the ice. Get open, let your teammates know you are there for them. So important. 
    18. Gap control, take pride in closing the gap. Even if you don’t think you are making a play, you are in closing that gap. 
    19. First shift of the game sets the tempo for your game as well as your team. Be ready, it starts in warm ups. 
    20. Want the puck, demand the puck. Then get rid of it with a small safe pass. These little plays make up the big plays. 
    21. Stop in front of the net for rebounds, shoot to score. Don’t just shoot. 
    22. Be the player that will go to the net. It takes courage. That is the dirty area of the ice. I call it going North South. Drive the net. On a three on two for instance (three forwards coming down on two defensemen), you be the guy to drive the net. Go hard and wait for it to be passed to you. Learn how to drive the net courageously. It is easier to sit back… 
    23. Defensemen take care of the house and play inside the dots. Change the angle when shooting the puck. Everyone is blocking shots nowadays. Defense has to move laterally, either to one side or the other to change the angle on the forward. Do not go for the straight up shot to get it out or passed to your D partner. That shot will be blocked and turned over the majority of the time. 
    24. Never ever give up, especially in back checking. You may think you are getting no credit for this but THIS IS WHAT SEPARATES good forwards and great forwards. You need to skate like the wind to get back to help once the puck is turned over. Not everyone is gifted with great hands like Pat Kane…but there are ways to make yourself stand out on your team for the little things. There are a lot of “NON STARS” on a team that are difference makers. I wrote an article on this that I will resend this week, this is probably my most published article. There is actually a lot more I would like to say on this topic and will add a 2016 addendum to the article. 
    25. Attitude. Next. Enjoy the journey. Try not to sweat the little stuff. It is a game of mistakes. Next! Move onto the next shift.  
    Training advice for right now prior to the summer…A picture shows a thousand words. Video analysis is the most important developmental tool in sports. I encourage every player to take advantage of our Pro Vision Analysis platform on the website. We have the best skating technician in the country ready to evaluate your stride. We have revolutionized power and explosive skating with our Proformance Skating curriculum which a combination of power, speed, figure and hockey edge skating. Christian Grunnah is the perfect combination of all of these skating specialties. He is currently coaching the Oxford Blues in London and coaching at our European camps over the winter. He will analyze your tape via satellite from London. Game analysis is being handled by the top prep coach in the nation, Brian Day. He has a brilliant hockey mind, and is the best teaching tactician in my opinion. 

    Check out our new curriculums…as I mentioned yesterday, the PROFORMANCE SKATING and EUROPEAN MICRO STICK SKILLS are selling out due to limited location offerings this summer. THE BATTLE CAMP is necessary for every player. Period. My DEFENSE tour is a game changer for defensemen. I have only hit the tip of the iceberg with the tips and teachings I mentioned above. Every Pro Ambitions curriculum is methodical and calculated. There are skills and strategies to be taught that will stay with your game for life. 


    Happy New Year, look forward to seeing you this summer! Hope some of these tips help. I will continue to send articles, insights, and picture creatives that are designed to help. That is what we are here for. We are the experts and focus on training the youth of the nation. We are in the business of improving your hockey game. We work tirelessly to do that. We prepare all year for our summer camp curriculums. We know the importance of the summer hockey growth spurt. 

    All the Best, 
    Jeff

    Midget Holiday Tournament Recap

    Midgets Holiday Tournament Re-cap

     

    The Eels' midget team went 3-1 in the tournament earning them a spot in the semi-finals where they would face a CFHL foe, the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning. The Lightning played a strong game eliminating the Eels. The Midgets earned victories over the Jr. Panthers, the Atlanta Phoenix, and CFHL opponent the Gulf Coast Flames during the tournament.

     

    Highlights include solid goaltending by Christian Tracy and Will Chaney, and a hat trick in game two for Jake Court against the Panthers.  In addition,  multiple players stepped up offensively to put the Eels on the board throughout the tourney with goals by Jake Hitt, who also had multiple assists through out the tournament, Ryan Lefort, Anthony Sozio, Daniel Merida, Caleb Stitt, Garrett Ewens, Peyton Niland and Lucyan Pawlowicz.   

     

    Enjoy this New Years Weekend and we will see you at practice Wednesday night at 6:00 for off ice.
     

    James Chaney

    Bantam Holiday Tournament Ice Cap

    Bantams went 1 - 3 at the Germain Holiday Tournament. The players really did well. The team really has made enormous strides over the last 6 weeks. Each game at the Tournament was very competitive and we put up solid fights in each contest.

     

    In fact Coach Frank on hand for the loss  to the Jr Bulls said he thought it was one of the best Bantam games he seen all year. . The Jr Bulls are undefeated this season in regular season play. We were in this game and at times were clearly out played their CFHL rivals. In fact up to 1:46 of the third period remaining the score was 5-4 and the Eels were very close to making it going into OT.

     

    Coach Rick trying to pull off a win had to pull the goalie. Unfortunately the Jr. Bulls capitalized on our empty net making it 6-4 and sealing their win.

    Great weekend Bantams you made us all proud in your efforts over the weekend.

     

    Good job players and coaches

     

     See you all next week practice Wed. 7:00 pm and Thursday 6:00pm 

    Bantams Driving To the Net

    These guys were hungry this weekend. 

    MIDGETS HEADING TO SEMI FINALS TOMORROW VS. TAMPA BAY JR. LIGHTNING

     

    by Kim stitt 
     

    The Midgets defeated the Gulf Coast Flames in a quarter final match up 2-1 tonight to secure a spot in the semi-finals vs. the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning. These CFHL rivals will play at 9:30 am at Germain Arena's Green Rink for a chance to head into the finals tomorrow afternoon vs. the Scorpion Midgets or Scorpion Bantam AA's.

    Tonight's game was tightly controlled by the referees, but the Eels were able to hold on to their lead .  
    Goal 1 was scored by Garrett Ewens with an assist from Anthony Sozio in the first period. The game winning goal was scored by Jake Court with assists from Hitt and Lefort. 
    *All scores are written based on the score sheets turned in after the game. If there is a mistake, please note these recaps are just based on what we were given and referees can make mistakes inadvertently.

    Best of luck to all the Midgets tomorrow as they take on the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning.

    Bantams Win Big In Game One of the Germain Holiday Tournament

    The Bantams had to arrive as early as 5:00 am at the Fort Myers Skatium for their first game of the Germain Holiday Tournament. WOW. That is early. Too early. The drop of the puck was 6:00 am and their opponents were the Sharpshooters. We haven't played them this season yet as they are in the FAHL (Southern League) The Eels are in the CFHL. The two teams have had a very competitive rivalry over the years and had quite a few very spirited matches.

     

    Moreover, Coach Rick Smith was the hockey director at the Sharpshooters facility for 10+ years and coached hundreds of players in that program. He coached at every level for the Sharpshooters as he did for so many of the teams in the south Florida area. You know for sure Coach Rick wanted this game very badly himself.

     

    The Eels were anxious to play teams outside of our league so this was a very anticipated match up

     

    The Eels came up huge in the win column. This was a very physical game as the Sharp Shooters had 2 players ejected. The Eels came up victorious with a solid 8-4 win.

     

    Great job guys. Very proud of you.

    Coach Frank

    Bantams Pre Tournament High Lights

    The Bantams will have a tough schedule ahead of them. They face a first place team from the CFHL the Jr. Blues with 11 wins and the FAHL first place team the Jr. Panthers Blue with 7 wins. They play the Sharp Shooters form the CFHL although in last place but the Sharp Shooters can never be taken for granted. They also face the Jr. Knights who are a 500 club in the FAHL. 

     

    One thing for sure coach Rick will have his players ready. They have been playing at a new high and this was evident at the Thanksgiving Tournament. The kids have an extra step in their game and are very focused. There is a hunger in their game and we expect them to come out with a determined win.

     

    Please come out and support our young guns.

     

    Bantam Christmas Holiday Schedule:

    12/29/15

    Skatium - 6:00 am vs. Sharpshooters

    Germain - 12:15 pm vs. Jr. Panthers Blue

    12/30/15

    Skatium - 7:00 am vs. Jr. Knights

    Skatium - 3:00 pm vs. Jr. Bulls Blue

    12/31/15

    * Semi Finals start @ 6:45 am @ Germain Arena

    * Top 8 teams advance for Bantam A

     

    Coach Frank

    Info on the Spring and Summer Showcases and 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:

    USPHL Spring Showcase 1995- 2000 May 6th, 7th, 8th, 2016 Marlboro MA

    Pro AM International NHL Pre Draft 1996-1999 May 13th, 14th, 15th, 2016 Walpole & Foxboro 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

    Adjusting to a New Playing Level


    How committed Are You To Get To The Next Level?

     

    Adjusting to a New Playing Level

    11/19/2015, 1:45pm MST
    By Todd Smith
     

    Moving up a level in hockey can be exciting and rewarding. But it can also can bring adversity. As a young player joins a new team at a new level, they often face more physically developed and experienced players, and therefore, must learn to be resilient.

    Cary Eades, head coach of the United States Hockey League’s Fargo Force, has a unique perspective on players moving up levels in the hockey world. Along with his work in the USHL, Eades has also served as the high school hockey head coach at Warroad (Minn.) High School, and as an assistant coach at collegiate powerhouse North Dakota. During his time, Eades has seen hundreds of players make the transition from high school to the USHL and then onto college hockey and beyond. He has learned that all players, regardless of their size, talent level and pedigree will face adversity at some point as they adjust to a new playing level.

    “Every step of the way is a learning process,” admits Eades.

    He offers the following advice on adjusting to a new playing level.

    Reality Check

    The number of quality hockey players in the United States has never been greater – and it’s only growing. Eades has seen the exceptional growth of American hockey firsthand in the USHL as his Fargo Force rosters players from Florida and Colorado alongside the traditional hotbeds like Minnesota and New England. It’s an indication of the groundswell of talent from every corner of the country. This can catch players and their parents off guard because, after all, they are most often accustomed to being the big fish from their little pond.

    “I think every step up the ladder, players are often surprised at just how many good players there are out there. All of these players are now battling for ice time,” said Eades. “That’s an eye-opener for parents, too: how many great kids are competing for the spots and how hard it is to win a spot in a higher level like the USHL.”

    Less Shine, More Salt

    Let’s face it: A player moves up a level because they have talent. As star players, they’re used to getting a lot of ice time and opportunities because they’re typically gifted scorers or skaters. But to be successful as they move up to another level, players need to adapt and learn to play in all situations.

    “They have to learn to do all the little things it takes to be a consistent player,” said Eades. “Most of them can contribute offensively, but they have to learn the defensive side of the game. They have to learn positional play so they can play in all circumstances. They have to become reliable and dependable.”

    Handling Adversity

    Some players will have success early and then hit a wall later. Others might face adversity immediately as they adjust to the size and speed of the new level. Some will have to battle confidence issues. This is often because they are used to being the star. As they move up, their ice time and opportunity might diminish, and that can quickly crush an ego. But instead of griping about lack of playing time, Eades encourages players to flip the scenario.

    “Players always say that they’ll play better if they play more,” said Eades. “I tell them that if they play better in the time they are given, then they’ll play more.”

    And sometimes, even “playing better” isn’t an automatic solution to this kind of adversity. At advanced levels like the NCAA, players may simply need to be patient, regardless of their performance or ability level. Some teams boast exceptional depth, or a roster full of more experienced players, and younger players might have to accept that gratification won’t be instant. Those who can persevere through this kind of adversity, without losing their cool or their confidence, will grow from the experience.

    Make the Most of your Opportunities

    One of the greatest examples Eades has of a player making the most of their opportunity and limited playing time is when he coached a young T.J. Oshie, now a forward for the Washington Capitals. Eades was coaching at Warroad High School when Oshie moved there from the Pacific Northwest. Initially, Oshie didn’t get a whole lot of ice time and struggled with the intensity and level of competition in the northern Minnesota hockey hotbed. He was a small kid, too, and had moved away from home and was now literally the new kid on the block. The Warroad coaching staff worked with Oshie during and after practice to improve his game. Oshie became a relentless rink rat and practiced on his own or in pickup games for hours at a time. An injury to a top Warroad player opened a spot on the top line and Oshie filled it and his game took off.

    “The whole time, he continued to work hard,” said Eades. “Sometimes it’s a break and being ready for the opportunity.”

    Off-Ice Adjustment

    Not all lessons are learned on the ice when a player moves up to the next level. Eades believes that the lessons a new player learns off the ice are just as valuable.

    “A new player can make great strides with off-ice strength and conditioning sessions. Film study, too,” said Eades. “When they take that teaching and apply it back to the ice, that’s where they can show improvement. They don’t need to be perfect, but they can strive for a higher consistency and intensity and performance level.”

    From Being Too Small to Three Stanley Cups

    When Eades was coaching at North Dakota, a skinny under-aged freshman named Jonathan Toews arrived on campus. Initially, Toews was too small and slight to play center because he couldn’t handle the center's physical responsibilities down low. So the coaches had to protect him and play him on the wing.

    “Once Toews adjusted to the strength and the speed he took off,” said Eades. “But it was a mental adjustment for him, too. Toews was very hard on himself. As a coaching staff, we had to help him be less critical and to enjoy the game a bit more. He took our words to heart and he really fought through some tough times. But he learned not to dwell on things and move through them quicker.”

    Parental Adjustment

    The players aren’t the only ones that have to adjust to moving up to a new level. Often, the transition is equally challenging for the parents. After all, they are the ones who have been watching their kids' practices and games since the beginning.

    “Parents should be patient,” said Eades. “They should understand that development is a process. Sometimes success is not instantaneous and it takes a lot of hard work.”

    Eades believes that junior hockey and NCAA parents need to accept their player being on the fourth line or being scratched or sometimes having limited playing time. To work up the ladder, a player has to work extremely hard and improve their game in all areas, not just the flashy numbers on the scoresheet.

    “But saying those words isn’t enough,” said Eades. “You have to live through them. At first, it’s a challenge. But patience and belief in your young player and supporting him/her and the coaches is huge. If you start making excuses for your player, that usually ends in a train wreck.”

    Sleep Performance Part 1 and 2

    Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 1

     

     

    Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 1

    • Postedby Kevin Neeld Oct 11, 2015
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    This is the 1st in a 2-part series on sleep and how it impacts performance.  References for both portions will be included at the bottom of both posts.

    Sleep Dictates Physical and Mental Performance

    Sleep could very well be the most powerful recovery tool available to athletes. As powerful of a “performance enhancer” as sleep can be, poor sleep can have equally profound negative consequences. In a review on recovery strategies centered around the central nervous system (e.g. your brain), Rattray, Argus, Martin, Northey, and Driller (2015) point out that sub-optimal sleep is associated with compromised motivation and immune function, symptoms of over-reaching (i.e. the precursor to over training), and reductions in brain glycogen (i.e. fuel for brain activity). Sleep deprivation is also associated with increased levels of the catabolic hormone cortisol, along with markers of systemic inflammation (Wright et al, 2015). Halson (2014) adds that reducing sleep to <6 hours per night for 4 nights leads to the aforementioned changes, but also changes in blood sugar regulation and appetite, and that a night of sleep deprivation can lead to decreases in power, strength, repeat sprint ability, endurance and perceived effort.

    In fact, according to Czeisler (2011), sleep deprivation leads to performance decrements comparable to having a blood alcohol level of 0.10%.

    Simply, with sub-optimal sleep all aspects of performance relevant to team sport athletes are compromised. As a consequence, there’s a constant internal battle between tapping into mental reserves to maintain a high level of performance and a progressively decreased motivation to do so.

    Much of this research focuses on sleep deprivation (e.g. not sleeping at all for 24-48 hours), which may have some application to college athletes pulling all-nighters to prepare for exams. Given how rare these circumstances are, though, it’s important to note that consistent mild sleep deprivation (e.g. less than 6 hours/night for several nights per week) can have similar influences as total sleep deprivation. These physical and mental performance decrements can appear after only two nights of partial sleep deprivation (Halson, 2014).

    Furthermore, going to bed 2-2.5 hours later than normal can negatively affect sport-specific skills, such as serving accuracy in tennis (Reyner & Horne, 2013), and presumably shooting accuracy in sports like soccer, hockey, and basketball. Importantly, partial sleep deprivation leads to more pronounced performance impairments in the evening of the following day, which is when most competitions are scheduled (Thun, Bjorvatn, Flo, Harris, & Pallesen, 2015).

    Dissecting Sleep Patterns

    Sleep is divided into two major categories: Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Non-Rapid Eye Movement sleep, the latter of which is subdivided further into stages associated with increasing “depths” of sleep. REM and Deep Sleep have specific physiological advantages that warrant noting:

    • REM Sleep: Significant brain activity and dreaming, generally thought to improve memory and learning, including skill development
    • Deep Sleep (Slow Wave Sleep): Huge spike in growth hormone release and inhibitory effect on cortisol release that helps facilitate repair/growth of soft-tissue (e.g. muscle) and related to next-day wakefulness

    While this is an oversimplification, you can think of REM sleep as mental recovery and deep sleep as physical recovery.

    Sleep Monitoring

    As is the approach I take with designing training programs, any specific sleep recommendations should be made with some sort of assessment/tracking information. There are dozens of options, but the overwhelming majority are all finding different ways to assess “actigraphy,” which uses body movement to make inferences about whether you’re awake or sleeping, and if sleeping, what stage of sleep you’re in.

    While it’s not cheap, the device I like the best for this purpose is the Res Med S+. Not only does it provide a daily “Sleep Score” based on your total sleep, wake, REM, Light, and Deep sleep times, but it also ties in quick tips/education based on your specific scores to help you better address your limitation.

    It also has a few basic questions about caffeine and alcohol consumption, and perceived stress levels throughout the day so you can start to understand the relationships that these things have with your personal sleep patterns. The education piece is better than anything else I’ve come across and will help keep you engaged on improving your sleep duration/quality, which is essential to long-term success.

    Res Med S+ Feedback

    My only qualm with actigraphy measures is they’re easily influenced by other people/animals in the bed. If you have a significant other or overly human-like pet (see below) sleeping with you, they’ll likely influence your scores to a varying degree depending on their movement.

    Sleeping with Pets

    My sleep quality is directly linked to whether Ruxin sleeps upside on my head, or on Emily’s.

    As an alternative to actigraphy-based measures, there’s an app called “Sleep Rate” that ties in with Bluetooth HR monitors like the Polar H7 and provides very similar information to the S+. This is what I use when I travel. The heart rate strap is a little invasive, but I like this data because it’s a direct reflection of my physiology, not an inference from the cumulative movement patterns of the bed. The app itself is free, and with a ~$50 cost for the Polar H7 that can be used with other free apps on your phone for training purposes, it’s a worthwhile investment.

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    Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 2

     

    Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 2

    Part 2 of the Sleep and Sports Performance series will dive into specific recommendations to improve your sleep quality, including a cool trick to make your brain think you’re tired, and a few effective supplements you’ve never heard of. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here: Sleep and Sports Performance: Part 1

    The Foundation of Quality Sleep

    Improving your sleep quality is a lot like improving your diet. The best strategy is master the basics, and then use more advanced strategies to troubleshoot individual deficiencies. With this in mind, these are the biggest “bang for your buck” strategies to immediately improve your sleep:

    • Make sure your room is completely black (e.g. no internal or external light at all) and cool
    • Stop using electronics, including TVs, computers, and cell phones ~30-60 minutes before bedtime
    • Put your phone on silent and turn it face down on your nightstand so it doesn’t make sound, vibrate or light up while you’re sleeping. “Do Not Disturb” mode will keep the phone quiet, but will still allow your alarm to go off.
    • Attempt to go to sleep and wake up within an hour of the same time each night.

    Of these, the minimal electronic use is likely the recommendation that will be met with the most resistance. Your body naturally produces melatonin, a hormone that most people are familiar with as a sleep supplement, in anticipation of darkness. When you expose your eyes to light, particularly blue light from electronics, it inhibits melatonin release and essentially signals to your body that you need to stay awake.

                “I SnapChat because I can’t sleep. And I can’t sleep because I SnapChat.”

    Further, electronics that require interaction (e.g. everything except TV) lead to difficulties falling asleep and less refreshing sleep (Gradisar, Wolfson, Harvey, Hale, Rosenberg, & Czeisller, 2013).

    Just as you can tell whether the lights in a room are on or off even with your eyes closed, your eyes perceive light even while you sleep. Even if your phone is on silent, if it lights up on your bedstand, it will still have a stimulatory effect and pull you out of deeper levels of sleep. Naturally, the same is true of lights coming through the window or from alarm clocks. Complete darkness is essential for optimal sleep.

    Hacking Your Sleep

    If you follow the above recommendations and are still struggling to get restful sleep, these are effective strategies worth the time and financial investment to try.

    1) Take a nap

    A complete sleep cycle lasts ~90 minutes. However, Thun et al. (2015) point out that 30-minute naps are effective at restoring performance to a higher level compared to a no-nap condition. From a practical standpoint, this means that naps should be ~20-30 minutes or ~90 minutes. Waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle is why many people feel groggy when they wake up; avoid the 45-75 minutes time zones.

    2) Take a quick warm shower before bed

    It is easier to fall asleep when your core temperature is low (Waterhouse, Fukuda, & Morita, 2012). Intuitively, you might think jumping in a cold tub would help facilitate this process. However, Rattray et al. (2015) commented that cold-water immersion had no effect on sleep measures, but increasing skin temperature did. This may be a combination of heat having a soothing/calming effect on the body and the fact that after heat, the body’s temperature needs to drop to restore homeostasis. This falls into the “try both and see what you like better” category.

    3) Change your diet

    According to Halson (2014), eating a meal with carbohydrates ~1-4 hours before bedtime can decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, increase REM sleep, and decrease light sleep, and low protein diets impair Deep Sleep. There are a lot of considerations in optimizing your diet, but for sleep purposes it appears that making sure you get sufficient quality food throughout the day and eating a small carbohydrate-based meal for dinner (or post-game) will help optimize your sleep quality. This isn’t a free pass to punish a box of cereal right before you brush your teeth; food quality still matters. A “carbohydrate-based meal” may just mean a small chicken breast along with a sweet potato, and large serving of vegetables.

    4) Fall asleep faster with brain “entrainment”

    Sleep zones, and all states of being, are associated with different frequencies of brain wave activity. For example, Deep Sleep is characterized by “delta frequencies” at 0.5-2.0 Hz. Brain activity within certain bands can be stimulated through auditory stimulation. This simply involves playing two sounds at different frequencies in each headphone, such that the difference in their frequencies falls within the range of the target brain activity. In other words, if we wanted to stimulate 2.0 Hz activity, we could put a 6.0 Hz tune in one ear, and a 4.0 Hz tune in the other. 6.0-4.0= 2.0.

    NeuroAthlete

    Assuming you, like me, have no idea how to do this on your own, you can download an app called “Neuroathlete”, which allows you to select the desired outcome (in this case “Rest and Recover” and it will play the appropriate tunes for you. It also lets you superimpose “sounds of nature” tunes on top of the humming of the different frequencies. Abeln, Kleinert, STruder, & Schneider showed that this technology had a positive impact on the sleep patterns of youth soccer players (2014), and given the cost, it’s definitely worth trying. I’ve used this personally and had several athletes use it as well.

    5) Supplement

    Most sleep-related supplements receive mixed reviews. Tryptophan in doses as low as 1g has been shown to improve sleep quality (Halson, 2014). Magnesium supplementation, which has a relaxing effect on the nervous system, improves sleep time and sleep efficiency (the amount of time spent asleep while in bed; Abbasi et al., 2012). Valerian is an herb that has a similar calming effect on the nervous system, and results in improved self-reported sleep quality (Halson, 2014). Lastly, L-theanine is an amino acid that may help promote relaxation.

    Some of these ingredients can be found combined together. For example, I really liked Poliquin’s UberMag Plus Px, which has magnesium and tryptophan.

    UberMag Plus Px

    The end of sleep trouble

    6) Sleep More

    Lastly, you may just need to sleep more. Two studies have shown that lengthening sleep duration have had significantly positive outcomes on speed and skill-related performances in basketball players (Mah, Mah, Kezirian, & Dement, 2012) and swimmers (Mah, 2008).

    Wrap Up

    Sleep can have a profound impact on your physical and mental performance. Use the sleep “hacks” in this article to help optimize your sleep, and troubleshoot issues as they arise.

    To your success,

    Kevin Neeld
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    Our Prayers Go Out To The Colatarci Family

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Joey Colatarci and his brother Nick who lost both his grandmother Marsha K Colatarci on September 10th 2015 and this week November 9th 2015 his grandfather Joseph Colatarci passed away. The Colatarci family have been a staple to the Fort Myers Hockey community for 14+ years. Mr. and Mrs. Colatarci were fixtures here at the Fort Myers Skatium as they watched both Joey and Nick play for the Florida Eels and its predecessor the Ft Myers Phantoms. They were amongst the most loving and supportive grandparents two young boys could ever have. They always stood so proud to watch young Joey and Nick play and enjoy the game. These boys were their life. They were at every game be it in Florida, Tournaments in the Northeast or Showcases out West or Canada.

     

    These grandparents were so loving and caring to all of the players Joey and Nick played with. They were there always to lend a helping hand and made countless charitable donations to help their grandchildren’s fellow teammates who were not always so fortunate. They never had a harsh word for any one. They just loved everything and everyone in the Eels.

     

    Marsha and Joseph Colatarci leave their loving son “Big Joe” as I would call him. Joey and Nick’s dad. Talk about a hockey dad. 100% supportive of his kids. His life is Joey and Nick. When Joey left the Eels to pursue Major Juniors and Canadian Juniors Joey’s dad and grandparents continued to be one of the Eels biggest sponsors. They generously and unselfishly billeted Alex Sanchez, published our program books, printed countless raffle tickets and donated much more to help the Florida Eels.

     

    To the Colatarci Family we deeply regret your loss. Big Joe, it was an honor to have known your Mom and Dad.  You have always been a loyal and good friend to me, my family and the Eels. Joey and Nick, my prayers are with you and your dad. I know how much your grandparents meant to you and how much you meant to them.  I can tell you their memory and love will never fade or drift. Keep the lessons you learned from them near and dear to your hearts. You are great kids and as they look over you from heaven you will continue to make them proud.

     

    Coach Frank, The Scarpaci Family and the Entire Florida Eels Family Past and Present. 

    Eels Fight Against Hunger

    In our effort to take on the Challenge in the Fight Against Hunger we have set forth the following game plan:

    Elite team: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 cans of vegetables,. For example String Beans, Peas, Corn 

    USP3 team: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 cans of can soups

    Midget team: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 boxes of pasta

    Bantams: Each player is to obtain donations or contribute 24 boxes of 
    rice, mac & cheese etc

    Coaches: Issue a challenge: Cake mixes, drinks or anything you can

    These are not limits just suggestions so we don't have all of the same. Your efforts will have a direct impact in our community.

    We need all items to be delivered to the Fort Myers Skatium. We have to deliver the items Oct 31 so we ask everyone to bring these items to practice next week but no later than Oct 30th 
    Thank you 
    Coach Frank

    Hockey fighting for the Hungry"

    Hockey fighting for the Hungry"

    By: Frank Scarpaci 
    Sent to: all access groups (excl. public).

    The Eels association will take on this Fight In Our Community

    Please join us for this cause 
    All Managers and Coaches please spread the word 
    We need the donations brought to the rink 
    Help us take the lead 
    Thanks 
    Coach Frank 

    Hockey fighting for the Hungry! 
    The Florida Junior Blades v. Florida Eels October 31 (3pm) & November 1 (noon) 
    Germain Arena, Estero, FL. 
    A donation to the food drive, which benefits the Harry Chapin Food Bank, gets you in to see the two teams join forces to help fight hunger in our community. Financial donations will also be accepted, as every $1 donated, helps the food bank to provide it’s partner agencies $6 worth of food. 
    Come out and support your favorite team in the cross-town competition, or just to support the community!

     

    ONeHockey Just 4 Days Away

    Guys The OneHockey Tournament is Just 4 days Away

    This week is your week for final prep. Be sure you have all your equipment checked. Jersey washed and you get plenty of sleep this week.

    Best of luck

    Coach Frank

    Update On U16 MLK Showcase

     Good News

    The USPHL MLK Conn. Jr. Rangers Showcase Director and I spoke today. He advised that they are looking at a Sat/Sun/Monday Showcase. That is Jan 16th 17th and 18th 2016. Games will begin Saturday Jan 16th (evening) 

    He advised that you could fly in Friday night/Sat am and plan on Flying out Monday night/Tues morning.

    I asked Kimberly Stitt to set up a parents meeting this Sunday during practice. So we can go over this showcase. Please try to be there. A decision will be made Sunday

    Thanks 
    Frank Scarpaci

    Midget Games This Weekend At TBSA

     

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    Eels-MD Sun, Sep 27 10:00 am TBSA 
    TBJL-MD Eels-MD Sun, Sep 27 1:00 pm TBSA 
     

    FLORIDA EELS ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUCE THAT RICK SMITH WILL BE JOINING COACH MATT PLATE ON THE EELS BANTAM TEAM

    The Eels are proud to announce the addition of Rick Smith to our Bantam Team. Rick will be joining Coach Matt Plate. Rick comes with 3 decades of experience in coaching. He was the ice hockey director for the Florida Sharp Shooters for over 10 years. He coaches some of the top midget, bantam and peewee teams in the state of Florida. 
    His experience and knowledge of the game speak volumes. Matt and Rick will make a great team in coaching. 
    Welcome Rick

    FLORIDA EELS IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT 6 TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COACH RICHIE SALSMAN HAS JOINED THE MIDGET TEAM WITH COACH JOEY GIAMBOLVO

      

    The Florida Eels are very proud to announce that Nationally renowned coach Richie Salsman Will Be Joining Coach Joey Giambalvo and his midget U16 team. Richie Salsman has won 6 National Championships, including the Texas Tornadoes and The Boston junior Black Hawks 
    His experience and knowledge of the game speaks volumes Joey and Richie will make for a dynamic duo

    THIRD ICE PRACTICES BEING OFFERED TO BANTAMS AND MIDGETS

    OK guys great news You asked for it and you got it!

    The Eels will now be offering a third ice session on Sundays 7:00 am. That means that Bantams and midgets will alternate each week on this. Both Bantams and midgets play their games on alternating Sundays so each team will have an extra ice session on the weeks that they don't have games.

    We are excited and proud to be able to offer this to our players.

    I submit that I do not know of any program in the state of Florida that is providing up to three practices per week for their players. This is a huge step in fostering player development for our players.

     

    This is what it is all about. Not wins and losses. Sure we want to win but it is far more important to garner the extra ice for the players to foster player development

    Now with the addition of Rick Smith and Richie Salsman joining Coach Matt and Joey, we have taken quantum leaps in advancing our players abilities and opportunities.

    Go Eels................

    Game Time Change For NHL Rookies Game

    GAME TIME CHANGED FOR ROOKIE GAMES GAME NOW IS AT 2:00 PM

    by Frank Scarpaci 
    Posted: 27 minutes ago 
    Viewable by: All access groups (excl. public)

    Guys we just received notice that the game time for the Tampa Bay Lightning Rookies vs the Florida Panthers Rookies has been changed. The new time is 2:00 pm 
    Earlier today the web site said 3:00 pm but Cam Darcy just informed us that the correct game time is 2:00 pm

    Please plan accordingly 
    Hope to see you all there at 2:00 pm 
    Germain Arena

    Coach Frank

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    A Call For Action To Our Midget U16 In League Opener Sunday Sept 13th in Ellenton Fl

     Big Weekend For the Eels Midget U16 Team

     

    The Midgets have their regular season opener in Ellenton Sunday September 13th 2015. They just came off a pre season Tournament Labor Day weekend and it gave the coaches and players a chance to see what we might have, establish and readjust lines and defense pairings.

     

     This weekend we play in league games and the results are truly consequential. The coaches and players know these games count and the league is stacked with good teams. We need to be more disciplined and that will result in less penalties and that means less PKs. Remember that ““There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” –Derek Jeter. We cannot take any team or game for granted. We need to go all out every shift and every period. It is expected in the U16 division the playoff invites will come down to 1 or 2 points spread. Now we cannot look back in February and say what if and if we only did this.

     

    At the Midget U16 level every player is accountable. The game is much faster and the shots are much harder and more accurate. The hitting is more intense and every mistake will be capitalized. Guys you need to step up now and give it everything you can. It is a team effort. Leave everything on the ice. You never should be complacent or satisfied. Whether you get 3 shifts or 30 shifts make every one count and do it at 100% effort.

     

    The Vipers need to be exterminated and the Flames need to be reduced to a flicker!!!!!!!

    Update On Bantams at the Labor Day Tournament

    Day 2 of the Labor Day tournament was a day filled with emotions from both ends of the spectrum for our Eels Bantam team.  The day began early in Clearwater with a game versus the Bulls.  The size difference between the teams was immediately apparent with the Bulls team looking much larger and much more experienced against our young Bantams.  Our Eels gave the Bulls a tough fight but their size and experience won out in the end.  The Bulls took the win with a score of 10-0.

    The second game of the day was versus the Atlanta Knights.  This team was an unknown entitity to us since they were from out of state.  The game was exciting with our Eels going 1-0 quickly in the first period.  The Knights fought back but were unable to score.  Both goalies were integral in keeping the game a close match.  Finally, in the third period the knights were able to slip the puck into the net to bring the game to 1-1.  Our Eels did not let up and continued to fight hard against the Knights and late in the third scored bringing the score to 2-1 for the Eels.  The game concluded with a 2-1 win for the Eels.  We are proud of the grit and spirit of this young team.

    The 2 win, 2 loss record was not enough to get our team into the playoffs of the Labor Day tournament but our young Bantam team has a lot to be proud of in their first games together in the 2015 season.  Thanks to Coach Plate and the assistant coaches for their hard work this holiday weekend.  We also thank our team manager and parents for their support.  We believe we have a promising season ahead of us.

    You learn Twice As Much From Your losses Than Your Wins.....

    • “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan Tweet this! Tweet: “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan @ncsa bit.ly/1TThcpi
       

    SAT and ACT Test Prep Books and Online Programs

    SAT and ACT Test Prep Books and Online Programs

    All Junior Players planning to take or retake the SAT and or the ACT test should purchase one or both of a test Prep workbook.

     You should NOT try to do it on your own. There are very good programs out there offering live and online test prep classes.

     

    At the minimum, I suggest you should purchase either Barron’s, Kaplan, Princeton test prep books. These are available at any major bookstore. They all have DVD/CD and online services.

     

    I strongly urge you all to spend 1 1/2 hours a day

    Studying for these tests. You can set aside every day the time. For example, 7:00 am -9:30 am, Maybe 3:00 -4:30 pm

     

    I do not recommend you set a time later in the evening. Generally you are tired after a full day of workouts, on ice practice and part time jobs. Please it is essential to prepare for these tests with the same determination and diligence as you prepare for your ice hockey. Strong scores will help enormously in gaining entrance into very good colleges and speaks volumes in garnering scholarship money.

     

    Coach Frank

    SYLVAN LEARNING SAT and ACT TEST PREP AND COURSES IN FORT MYERS & CAPE CORAL

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    Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

    08/26/2015, 6:15am EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    We are seeing Desire Heart Determination Like Never Before

     

    Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

     

    This week the Bantams and Midget players are training very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and particularly the Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. The players arrived Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and some 1 or two hours early to get additional workouts. The key here is there has been 99% turnout on these days and guess what? These have been purely and strictly off ice sessions. Yes indeed. All Dry Land strength and conditioning. Now that is impressive. On Monday, the workouts have been teamed by Coach Frank and 7 of his junior players. A good 1 ¼ of an hour minimum. On Tuesday Coach Matt and Ms. Miranda took over the Bantam squad.

     

    The Dry Land Training and conditioning will continue Wed and Thursday of this week. The key here is to utilize every opportunity to get the players in condition for the season. In fact the off ice drills and conditioning is as important as ice drills. I must say it is so gratifying to see all of our players dialed in. I mean committed. It shows us the level of determination these players have this season. We knew when we took so may of our players to Boston for the Sr. Junior and Mini Chowder Cups that the level of intensity and commitment would transcend back to Florida. So many of our players got a first hand look and experienced what the “Next Level” of hockey is all about. These guys are delivering that experience to their teammates. But even the players who were not able to join us in Boston have come this year with an invigorated spirit. A burning desire to be the best.

     

    On Wed and Thursday the players will also get to tough the ice for the first time. Coach Frank bought extra ice this week to give our players a better edge for the up coming Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. This way the players will have 4 opportunities to gel on the ice and get acquainted. 

     

    The regular season starts Sept. 20th for the Bantams. Thus the Bantams will have undergone 8 practices before the regular season games and 3-4 games at the Labor Day Tournament. Clearly that ought to put them in good stead. We will have as many off ice sessions as well.

     

    The midgets with games on the 13th of Sept will have 6 practices plus the Labor Day games. Like the Bantams they too will get the Dry Land conditioning.

     

    We are very excited about both teams this season. Truly we believe we have the right coaches in place and with the assistance of our junior players to augment such training we will some keen development of our players this season.

    Banatam and Midget Pre Season Training

    08/23/2015, 3:15pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    Revised Schedule

     Attention:

    All Florida Eels Midgets and Bantams

     

    Special Training Week of August 24th – 28th

     

    I have moved up ice practices for one week

    We will have ice next week. Since we are playing in the Ellenton Ice Center Labor Day Tournament I decided it would be beneficial to get our players on the ice one week early.

     

    The coaches and I also strongly believe we should start special off ice conditioning next week as well. The Labor Day Tournament is a big one and it will help us enormously to get things going

     

    According, next Monday and Tuesday we are asking all Bantam and Midget players to be at the Fort Myers Skatium at 6:00 pm sharp. They will not be going on the ice.  The players will be doing off ice conditioning. We will be working out side. So you must bring running shorts and a T Shirt. It will go for one hour

     

    At 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for both teams regarding sticks. If you want to be part of a major bulk stick order you must be present.

     

    On Wednesday off ice is at 6:00 pm as well. 35 minutes

    On ice (Shared) 7:00 pm Bantams and midgets

     

    On Thursday Bantams will have ice at 6:00 pm Therefore Bantams must be here at 5:00 pm for off ice conditioning 35 minutes

     

    Meeting at 7:15 for team and parents

     

    On Thursday Midgets have ice at 7:00 pm. Therefore off ice is at 6:00 pm 35 minutes.

     

    Meeting is at 8:15 pm

     

    Bantam Team Manager Miranda Plate

    Midget Team Manager Kim Stitt

     

    We realize that next week is the first week back at school. But we are trying to do all of the things to make this season a special one and conditioning is fundamental. So we are asking every player and parent to do more than their best to make all of the off ice conditioning times. I am bringing some of my top junior players to help mentor Monday and Tuesday. They are volunteering their time and energies after working 40 hours so we ask the same commitment.

     

    During the playing season the coaches will set out a 2-day off ice training program for bantams and 3 days for midgets.

     

     

    Eels Summer Camp A Complete Success

    07/07/2015, 7:30pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

    Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

     Sixty Plus Players Join Eels Summer Camp

    The Eels kicked off one of its most productive summer hockey camps with 20+ Mites and Squirts

    Another 20 as Peewee and Bantam and another 20+ at the Midget and Junior level

    We have three players from Switzerland, 2 from, players from Colorado 3 from Massachusetts one from New Jersey one Germany 2 from Russian and one Latvia

     

    The Eels Camp is extremely popular as it combines individual skill team concepts and cross-athletic training in soccer volleyball running aerobics and other hockey specific skills.

     

    The players also enjoy open skate where they get to skate an additional 3 hours a day improving their ice-skating.

     

    Again for anyone interested in joining us for the last 3 days we will gladly pro rate your fees.

     

    The Camp is for all players and levels. House rec, travel    

    All are welcome. 

     

     

    Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

    07/03/2015, 11:30am EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

     

     Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

     

    In two weeks the Eels coaches and GM travel to Massachusetts with 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro Mass and one team at the Sr. Chowder Cup in Walpole Mass. Both showcases will be held July 16-19th 2015. We have a total of 60 players at these two events. There will be 10 veteran players coupled with 50 Eels Junior prospects. These showcases are the Elite in North America. They provide maximum exposure and visibility to players in terms of Pro and NCAA Scouts.

     

    The players will see in attendance scouts from the NHL AHL ECHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges and universities, USHL QMJHL OHL WHL and a myriad of Jr A teams. We have experienced a number of recruiters from the NTPD who have selected players right out of these venues.

     

    The Eels this Spring brought 4 teams to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the USPHL Spring Showcase. There we had 80 players. July 23-26th the Eels will be hosting another two teams at the Jr. Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. These two teams will be futures for the Eels junior teams. The 2000 team is made up of almost all players from Mass and NJ and 2 boys form the Florida Eels Midget program. The 1999 team is made up of players from across the USA and Canada. July 31-Aug 2 the Eels will be hosting a 2002 and a 2001 team. These teams will also be nationally recruited players. These later two teams will also be futures to the Eels Midget Junior development teams.

     

    In grand total the Eels will be hosting 11 Spring and Summer Showcase teams. That has to be a USA leader in these special events. 

    EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

    06/07/2015, 8:45pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

    Frank Scarpaci 
    Posted less than a minute ago 
    Groups: 8 groups

    This year the Eels will host two teams at the Junior Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. The 1999 team roster was completed today. Meanwhile the 2000 Eels team was completed 3 weeks ago. That is completely an amazing accomplishment. Moreover, the 2000 team is made up of players from Massachusetts Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island and one from New Jersey.

    This should be a very good team. They are all very talented with a strong skill set. Coach Scarpaci is joined by Eels alumni Michael Busconi ( coaching this squad. No doubt some very serious seeds are being planted with this age group. 2000's are not eligible to play juniors this year but the boys will get a phenomenal take of highly competitive games while being scouted by the NTPD, NHL, College , Junior and Prep School Programs.

    More News

    Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

    08/26/2015, 6:15am EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    We are seeing Desire Heart Determination Like Never Before

     

    Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

     

    This week the Bantams and Midget players are training very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and particularly the Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. The players arrived Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and some 1 or two hours early to get additional workouts. The key here is there has been 99% turnout on these days and guess what? These have been purely and strictly off ice sessions. Yes indeed. All Dry Land strength and conditioning. Now that is impressive. On Monday, the workouts have been teamed by Coach Frank and 7 of his junior players. A good 1 ¼ of an hour minimum. On Tuesday Coach Matt and Ms. Miranda took over the Bantam squad.

     

    The Dry Land Training and conditioning will continue Wed and Thursday of this week. The key here is to utilize every opportunity to get the players in condition for the season. In fact the off ice drills and conditioning is as important as ice drills. I must say it is so gratifying to see all of our players dialed in. I mean committed. It shows us the level of determination these players have this season. We knew when we took so may of our players to Boston for the Sr. Junior and Mini Chowder Cups that the level of intensity and commitment would transcend back to Florida. So many of our players got a first hand look and experienced what the “Next Level” of hockey is all about. These guys are delivering that experience to their teammates. But even the players who were not able to join us in Boston have come this year with an invigorated spirit. A burning desire to be the best.

     

    On Wed and Thursday the players will also get to tough the ice for the first time. Coach Frank bought extra ice this week to give our players a better edge for the up coming Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. This way the players will have 4 opportunities to gel on the ice and get acquainted. 

     

    The regular season starts Sept. 20th for the Bantams. Thus the Bantams will have undergone 8 practices before the regular season games and 3-4 games at the Labor Day Tournament. Clearly that ought to put them in good stead. We will have as many off ice sessions as well.

     

    The midgets with games on the 13th of Sept will have 6 practices plus the Labor Day games. Like the Bantams they too will get the Dry Land conditioning.

     

    We are very excited about both teams this season. Truly we believe we have the right coaches in place and with the assistance of our junior players to augment such training we will some keen development of our players this season.

    Banatam and Midget Pre Season Training

    08/23/2015, 3:15pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    Revised Schedule

     Attention:

    All Florida Eels Midgets and Bantams

     

    Special Training Week of August 24th – 28th

     

    I have moved up ice practices for one week

    We will have ice next week. Since we are playing in the Ellenton Ice Center Labor Day Tournament I decided it would be beneficial to get our players on the ice one week early.

     

    The coaches and I also strongly believe we should start special off ice conditioning next week as well. The Labor Day Tournament is a big one and it will help us enormously to get things going

     

    According, next Monday and Tuesday we are asking all Bantam and Midget players to be at the Fort Myers Skatium at 6:00 pm sharp. They will not be going on the ice.  The players will be doing off ice conditioning. We will be working out side. So you must bring running shorts and a T Shirt. It will go for one hour

     

    At 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for both teams regarding sticks. If you want to be part of a major bulk stick order you must be present.

     

    On Wednesday off ice is at 6:00 pm as well. 35 minutes

    On ice (Shared) 7:00 pm Bantams and midgets

     

    On Thursday Bantams will have ice at 6:00 pm Therefore Bantams must be here at 5:00 pm for off ice conditioning 35 minutes

     

    Meeting at 7:15 for team and parents

     

    On Thursday Midgets have ice at 7:00 pm. Therefore off ice is at 6:00 pm 35 minutes.

     

    Meeting is at 8:15 pm

     

    Bantam Team Manager Miranda Plate

    Midget Team Manager Kim Stitt

     

    We realize that next week is the first week back at school. But we are trying to do all of the things to make this season a special one and conditioning is fundamental. So we are asking every player and parent to do more than their best to make all of the off ice conditioning times. I am bringing some of my top junior players to help mentor Monday and Tuesday. They are volunteering their time and energies after working 40 hours so we ask the same commitment.

     

    During the playing season the coaches will set out a 2-day off ice training program for bantams and 3 days for midgets.

     

     

    Eels Summer Camp A Complete Success

    07/07/2015, 7:30pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

    Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

     Sixty Plus Players Join Eels Summer Camp

    The Eels kicked off one of its most productive summer hockey camps with 20+ Mites and Squirts

    Another 20 as Peewee and Bantam and another 20+ at the Midget and Junior level

    We have three players from Switzerland, 2 from, players from Colorado 3 from Massachusetts one from New Jersey one Germany 2 from Russian and one Latvia

     

    The Eels Camp is extremely popular as it combines individual skill team concepts and cross-athletic training in soccer volleyball running aerobics and other hockey specific skills.

     

    The players also enjoy open skate where they get to skate an additional 3 hours a day improving their ice-skating.

     

    Again for anyone interested in joining us for the last 3 days we will gladly pro rate your fees.

     

    The Camp is for all players and levels. House rec, travel    

    All are welcome. 

     

     

    Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

    07/03/2015, 11:30am EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

     

     Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

     

    In two weeks the Eels coaches and GM travel to Massachusetts with 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro Mass and one team at the Sr. Chowder Cup in Walpole Mass. Both showcases will be held July 16-19th 2015. We have a total of 60 players at these two events. There will be 10 veteran players coupled with 50 Eels Junior prospects. These showcases are the Elite in North America. They provide maximum exposure and visibility to players in terms of Pro and NCAA Scouts.

     

    The players will see in attendance scouts from the NHL AHL ECHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges and universities, USHL QMJHL OHL WHL and a myriad of Jr A teams. We have experienced a number of recruiters from the NTPD who have selected players right out of these venues.

     

    The Eels this Spring brought 4 teams to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the USPHL Spring Showcase. There we had 80 players. July 23-26th the Eels will be hosting another two teams at the Jr. Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. These two teams will be futures for the Eels junior teams. The 2000 team is made up of almost all players from Mass and NJ and 2 boys form the Florida Eels Midget program. The 1999 team is made up of players from across the USA and Canada. July 31-Aug 2 the Eels will be hosting a 2002 and a 2001 team. These teams will also be nationally recruited players. These later two teams will also be futures to the Eels Midget Junior development teams.

     

    In grand total the Eels will be hosting 11 Spring and Summer Showcase teams. That has to be a USA leader in these special events. 

    EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

    06/07/2015, 8:45pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

    Frank Scarpaci 
    Posted less than a minute ago 
    Groups: 8 groups

    This year the Eels will host two teams at the Junior Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. The 1999 team roster was completed today. Meanwhile the 2000 Eels team was completed 3 weeks ago. That is completely an amazing accomplishment. Moreover, the 2000 team is made up of players from Massachusetts Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island and one from New Jersey.

    This should be a very good team. They are all very talented with a strong skill set. Coach Scarpaci is joined by Eels alumni Michael Busconi ( coaching this squad. No doubt some very serious seeds are being planted with this age group. 2000's are not eligible to play juniors this year but the boys will get a phenomenal take of highly competitive games while being scouted by the NTPD, NHL, College , Junior and Prep School Programs.

    More News

    Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

    08/26/2015, 6:15am EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    We are seeing Desire Heart Determination Like Never Before

     

    Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

     

    This week the Bantams and Midget players are training very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and particularly the Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. The players arrived Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and some 1 or two hours early to get additional workouts. The key here is there has been 99% turnout on these days and guess what? These have been purely and strictly off ice sessions. Yes indeed. All Dry Land strength and conditioning. Now that is impressive. On Monday, the workouts have been teamed by Coach Frank and 7 of his junior players. A good 1 ¼ of an hour minimum. On Tuesday Coach Matt and Ms. Miranda took over the Bantam squad.

     

    The Dry Land Training and conditioning will continue Wed and Thursday of this week. The key here is to utilize every opportunity to get the players in condition for the season. In fact the off ice drills and conditioning is as important as ice drills. I must say it is so gratifying to see all of our players dialed in. I mean committed. It shows us the level of determination these players have this season. We knew when we took so may of our players to Boston for the Sr. Junior and Mini Chowder Cups that the level of intensity and commitment would transcend back to Florida. So many of our players got a first hand look and experienced what the “Next Level” of hockey is all about. These guys are delivering that experience to their teammates. But even the players who were not able to join us in Boston have come this year with an invigorated spirit. A burning desire to be the best.

     

    On Wed and Thursday the players will also get to tough the ice for the first time. Coach Frank bought extra ice this week to give our players a better edge for the up coming Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. This way the players will have 4 opportunities to gel on the ice and get acquainted. 

     

    The regular season starts Sept. 20th for the Bantams. Thus the Bantams will have undergone 8 practices before the regular season games and 3-4 games at the Labor Day Tournament. Clearly that ought to put them in good stead. We will have as many off ice sessions as well.

     

    The midgets with games on the 13th of Sept will have 6 practices plus the Labor Day games. Like the Bantams they too will get the Dry Land conditioning.

     

    We are very excited about both teams this season. Truly we believe we have the right coaches in place and with the assistance of our junior players to augment such training we will some keen development of our players this season.

    Banatam and Midget Pre Season Training

    08/23/2015, 3:15pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    Revised Schedule

     Attention:

    All Florida Eels Midgets and Bantams

     

    Special Training Week of August 24th – 28th

     

    I have moved up ice practices for one week

    We will have ice next week. Since we are playing in the Ellenton Ice Center Labor Day Tournament I decided it would be beneficial to get our players on the ice one week early.

     

    The coaches and I also strongly believe we should start special off ice conditioning next week as well. The Labor Day Tournament is a big one and it will help us enormously to get things going

     

    According, next Monday and Tuesday we are asking all Bantam and Midget players to be at the Fort Myers Skatium at 6:00 pm sharp. They will not be going on the ice.  The players will be doing off ice conditioning. We will be working out side. So you must bring running shorts and a T Shirt. It will go for one hour

     

    At 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for both teams regarding sticks. If you want to be part of a major bulk stick order you must be present.

     

    On Wednesday off ice is at 6:00 pm as well. 35 minutes

    On ice (Shared) 7:00 pm Bantams and midgets

     

    On Thursday Bantams will have ice at 6:00 pm Therefore Bantams must be here at 5:00 pm for off ice conditioning 35 minutes

     

    Meeting at 7:15 for team and parents

     

    On Thursday Midgets have ice at 7:00 pm. Therefore off ice is at 6:00 pm 35 minutes.

     

    Meeting is at 8:15 pm

     

    Bantam Team Manager Miranda Plate

    Midget Team Manager Kim Stitt

     

    We realize that next week is the first week back at school. But we are trying to do all of the things to make this season a special one and conditioning is fundamental. So we are asking every player and parent to do more than their best to make all of the off ice conditioning times. I am bringing some of my top junior players to help mentor Monday and Tuesday. They are volunteering their time and energies after working 40 hours so we ask the same commitment.

     

    During the playing season the coaches will set out a 2-day off ice training program for bantams and 3 days for midgets.

     

     

    Eels Summer Camp A Complete Success

    07/07/2015, 7:30pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

    Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

     Sixty Plus Players Join Eels Summer Camp

    The Eels kicked off one of its most productive summer hockey camps with 20+ Mites and Squirts

    Another 20 as Peewee and Bantam and another 20+ at the Midget and Junior level

    We have three players from Switzerland, 2 from, players from Colorado 3 from Massachusetts one from New Jersey one Germany 2 from Russian and one Latvia

     

    The Eels Camp is extremely popular as it combines individual skill team concepts and cross-athletic training in soccer volleyball running aerobics and other hockey specific skills.

     

    The players also enjoy open skate where they get to skate an additional 3 hours a day improving their ice-skating.

     

    Again for anyone interested in joining us for the last 3 days we will gladly pro rate your fees.

     

    The Camp is for all players and levels. House rec, travel    

    All are welcome. 

     

     

    Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

    07/03/2015, 11:30am EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

     

     Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

     

    In two weeks the Eels coaches and GM travel to Massachusetts with 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro Mass and one team at the Sr. Chowder Cup in Walpole Mass. Both showcases will be held July 16-19th 2015. We have a total of 60 players at these two events. There will be 10 veteran players coupled with 50 Eels Junior prospects. These showcases are the Elite in North America. They provide maximum exposure and visibility to players in terms of Pro and NCAA Scouts.

     

    The players will see in attendance scouts from the NHL AHL ECHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges and universities, USHL QMJHL OHL WHL and a myriad of Jr A teams. We have experienced a number of recruiters from the NTPD who have selected players right out of these venues.

     

    The Eels this Spring brought 4 teams to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the USPHL Spring Showcase. There we had 80 players. July 23-26th the Eels will be hosting another two teams at the Jr. Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. These two teams will be futures for the Eels junior teams. The 2000 team is made up of almost all players from Mass and NJ and 2 boys form the Florida Eels Midget program. The 1999 team is made up of players from across the USA and Canada. July 31-Aug 2 the Eels will be hosting a 2002 and a 2001 team. These teams will also be nationally recruited players. These later two teams will also be futures to the Eels Midget Junior development teams.

     

    In grand total the Eels will be hosting 11 Spring and Summer Showcase teams. That has to be a USA leader in these special events. 

    EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

    06/07/2015, 8:45pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

    Frank Scarpaci 
    Posted less than a minute ago 
    Groups: 8 groups

    This year the Eels will host two teams at the Junior Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. The 1999 team roster was completed today. Meanwhile the 2000 Eels team was completed 3 weeks ago. That is completely an amazing accomplishment. Moreover, the 2000 team is made up of players from Massachusetts Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island and one from New Jersey.

    This should be a very good team. They are all very talented with a strong skill set. Coach Scarpaci is joined by Eels alumni Michael Busconi ( coaching this squad. No doubt some very serious seeds are being planted with this age group. 2000's are not eligible to play juniors this year but the boys will get a phenomenal take of highly competitive games while being scouted by the NTPD, NHL, College , Junior and Prep School Programs.

    More News

    Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

    08/26/2015, 6:15am EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    We are seeing Desire Heart Determination Like Never Before

     

    Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

     

    This week the Bantams and Midget players are training very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and particularly the Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. The players arrived Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and some 1 or two hours early to get additional workouts. The key here is there has been 99% turnout on these days and guess what? These have been purely and strictly off ice sessions. Yes indeed. All Dry Land strength and conditioning. Now that is impressive. On Monday, the workouts have been teamed by Coach Frank and 7 of his junior players. A good 1 ¼ of an hour minimum. On Tuesday Coach Matt and Ms. Miranda took over the Bantam squad.

     

    The Dry Land Training and conditioning will continue Wed and Thursday of this week. The key here is to utilize every opportunity to get the players in condition for the season. In fact the off ice drills and conditioning is as important as ice drills. I must say it is so gratifying to see all of our players dialed in. I mean committed. It shows us the level of determination these players have this season. We knew when we took so may of our players to Boston for the Sr. Junior and Mini Chowder Cups that the level of intensity and commitment would transcend back to Florida. So many of our players got a first hand look and experienced what the “Next Level” of hockey is all about. These guys are delivering that experience to their teammates. But even the players who were not able to join us in Boston have come this year with an invigorated spirit. A burning desire to be the best.

     

    On Wed and Thursday the players will also get to tough the ice for the first time. Coach Frank bought extra ice this week to give our players a better edge for the up coming Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. This way the players will have 4 opportunities to gel on the ice and get acquainted. 

     

    The regular season starts Sept. 20th for the Bantams. Thus the Bantams will have undergone 8 practices before the regular season games and 3-4 games at the Labor Day Tournament. Clearly that ought to put them in good stead. We will have as many off ice sessions as well.

     

    The midgets with games on the 13th of Sept will have 6 practices plus the Labor Day games. Like the Bantams they too will get the Dry Land conditioning.

     

    We are very excited about both teams this season. Truly we believe we have the right coaches in place and with the assistance of our junior players to augment such training we will some keen development of our players this season.

    Banatam and Midget Pre Season Training

    08/23/2015, 3:15pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    Revised Schedule

     Attention:

    All Florida Eels Midgets and Bantams

     

    Special Training Week of August 24th – 28th

     

    I have moved up ice practices for one week

    We will have ice next week. Since we are playing in the Ellenton Ice Center Labor Day Tournament I decided it would be beneficial to get our players on the ice one week early.

     

    The coaches and I also strongly believe we should start special off ice conditioning next week as well. The Labor Day Tournament is a big one and it will help us enormously to get things going

     

    According, next Monday and Tuesday we are asking all Bantam and Midget players to be at the Fort Myers Skatium at 6:00 pm sharp. They will not be going on the ice.  The players will be doing off ice conditioning. We will be working out side. So you must bring running shorts and a T Shirt. It will go for one hour

     

    At 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for both teams regarding sticks. If you want to be part of a major bulk stick order you must be present.

     

    On Wednesday off ice is at 6:00 pm as well. 35 minutes

    On ice (Shared) 7:00 pm Bantams and midgets

     

    On Thursday Bantams will have ice at 6:00 pm Therefore Bantams must be here at 5:00 pm for off ice conditioning 35 minutes

     

    Meeting at 7:15 for team and parents

     

    On Thursday Midgets have ice at 7:00 pm. Therefore off ice is at 6:00 pm 35 minutes.

     

    Meeting is at 8:15 pm

     

    Bantam Team Manager Miranda Plate

    Midget Team Manager Kim Stitt

     

    We realize that next week is the first week back at school. But we are trying to do all of the things to make this season a special one and conditioning is fundamental. So we are asking every player and parent to do more than their best to make all of the off ice conditioning times. I am bringing some of my top junior players to help mentor Monday and Tuesday. They are volunteering their time and energies after working 40 hours so we ask the same commitment.

     

    During the playing season the coaches will set out a 2-day off ice training program for bantams and 3 days for midgets.

     

     

    Eels Summer Camp A Complete Success

    07/07/2015, 7:30pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

    Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

     Sixty Plus Players Join Eels Summer Camp

    The Eels kicked off one of its most productive summer hockey camps with 20+ Mites and Squirts

    Another 20 as Peewee and Bantam and another 20+ at the Midget and Junior level

    We have three players from Switzerland, 2 from, players from Colorado 3 from Massachusetts one from New Jersey one Germany 2 from Russian and one Latvia

     

    The Eels Camp is extremely popular as it combines individual skill team concepts and cross-athletic training in soccer volleyball running aerobics and other hockey specific skills.

     

    The players also enjoy open skate where they get to skate an additional 3 hours a day improving their ice-skating.

     

    Again for anyone interested in joining us for the last 3 days we will gladly pro rate your fees.

     

    The Camp is for all players and levels. House rec, travel    

    All are welcome. 

     

     

    Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

    07/03/2015, 11:30am EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

     

     Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

     

    In two weeks the Eels coaches and GM travel to Massachusetts with 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro Mass and one team at the Sr. Chowder Cup in Walpole Mass. Both showcases will be held July 16-19th 2015. We have a total of 60 players at these two events. There will be 10 veteran players coupled with 50 Eels Junior prospects. These showcases are the Elite in North America. They provide maximum exposure and visibility to players in terms of Pro and NCAA Scouts.

     

    The players will see in attendance scouts from the NHL AHL ECHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges and universities, USHL QMJHL OHL WHL and a myriad of Jr A teams. We have experienced a number of recruiters from the NTPD who have selected players right out of these venues.

     

    The Eels this Spring brought 4 teams to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the USPHL Spring Showcase. There we had 80 players. July 23-26th the Eels will be hosting another two teams at the Jr. Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. These two teams will be futures for the Eels junior teams. The 2000 team is made up of almost all players from Mass and NJ and 2 boys form the Florida Eels Midget program. The 1999 team is made up of players from across the USA and Canada. July 31-Aug 2 the Eels will be hosting a 2002 and a 2001 team. These teams will also be nationally recruited players. These later two teams will also be futures to the Eels Midget Junior development teams.

     

    In grand total the Eels will be hosting 11 Spring and Summer Showcase teams. That has to be a USA leader in these special events. 

    EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

    06/07/2015, 8:45pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

    Frank Scarpaci 
    Posted less than a minute ago 
    Groups: 8 groups

    This year the Eels will host two teams at the Junior Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. The 1999 team roster was completed today. Meanwhile the 2000 Eels team was completed 3 weeks ago. That is completely an amazing accomplishment. Moreover, the 2000 team is made up of players from Massachusetts Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island and one from New Jersey.

    This should be a very good team. They are all very talented with a strong skill set. Coach Scarpaci is joined by Eels alumni Michael Busconi ( coaching this squad. No doubt some very serious seeds are being planted with this age group. 2000's are not eligible to play juniors this year but the boys will get a phenomenal take of highly competitive games while being scouted by the NTPD, NHL, College , Junior and Prep School Programs.

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    Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

    08/26/2015, 6:15am EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    We are seeing Desire Heart Determination Like Never Before

     

    Bantam and Midgets Undergoing Pre-Season Training

     

    This week the Bantams and Midget players are training very hard to prepare for the upcoming season and particularly the Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. The players arrived Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 pm and some 1 or two hours early to get additional workouts. The key here is there has been 99% turnout on these days and guess what? These have been purely and strictly off ice sessions. Yes indeed. All Dry Land strength and conditioning. Now that is impressive. On Monday, the workouts have been teamed by Coach Frank and 7 of his junior players. A good 1 ¼ of an hour minimum. On Tuesday Coach Matt and Ms. Miranda took over the Bantam squad.

     

    The Dry Land Training and conditioning will continue Wed and Thursday of this week. The key here is to utilize every opportunity to get the players in condition for the season. In fact the off ice drills and conditioning is as important as ice drills. I must say it is so gratifying to see all of our players dialed in. I mean committed. It shows us the level of determination these players have this season. We knew when we took so may of our players to Boston for the Sr. Junior and Mini Chowder Cups that the level of intensity and commitment would transcend back to Florida. So many of our players got a first hand look and experienced what the “Next Level” of hockey is all about. These guys are delivering that experience to their teammates. But even the players who were not able to join us in Boston have come this year with an invigorated spirit. A burning desire to be the best.

     

    On Wed and Thursday the players will also get to tough the ice for the first time. Coach Frank bought extra ice this week to give our players a better edge for the up coming Ellenton Labor Day Tournament. This way the players will have 4 opportunities to gel on the ice and get acquainted. 

     

    The regular season starts Sept. 20th for the Bantams. Thus the Bantams will have undergone 8 practices before the regular season games and 3-4 games at the Labor Day Tournament. Clearly that ought to put them in good stead. We will have as many off ice sessions as well.

     

    The midgets with games on the 13th of Sept will have 6 practices plus the Labor Day games. Like the Bantams they too will get the Dry Land conditioning.

     

    We are very excited about both teams this season. Truly we believe we have the right coaches in place and with the assistance of our junior players to augment such training we will some keen development of our players this season.

    Banatam and Midget Pre Season Training

    08/23/2015, 3:15pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    Revised Schedule

     Attention:

    All Florida Eels Midgets and Bantams

     

    Special Training Week of August 24th – 28th

     

    I have moved up ice practices for one week

    We will have ice next week. Since we are playing in the Ellenton Ice Center Labor Day Tournament I decided it would be beneficial to get our players on the ice one week early.

     

    The coaches and I also strongly believe we should start special off ice conditioning next week as well. The Labor Day Tournament is a big one and it will help us enormously to get things going

     

    According, next Monday and Tuesday we are asking all Bantam and Midget players to be at the Fort Myers Skatium at 6:00 pm sharp. They will not be going on the ice.  The players will be doing off ice conditioning. We will be working out side. So you must bring running shorts and a T Shirt. It will go for one hour

     

    At 7:00 pm there will be a meeting for both teams regarding sticks. If you want to be part of a major bulk stick order you must be present.

     

    On Wednesday off ice is at 6:00 pm as well. 35 minutes

    On ice (Shared) 7:00 pm Bantams and midgets

     

    On Thursday Bantams will have ice at 6:00 pm Therefore Bantams must be here at 5:00 pm for off ice conditioning 35 minutes

     

    Meeting at 7:15 for team and parents

     

    On Thursday Midgets have ice at 7:00 pm. Therefore off ice is at 6:00 pm 35 minutes.

     

    Meeting is at 8:15 pm

     

    Bantam Team Manager Miranda Plate

    Midget Team Manager Kim Stitt

     

    We realize that next week is the first week back at school. But we are trying to do all of the things to make this season a special one and conditioning is fundamental. So we are asking every player and parent to do more than their best to make all of the off ice conditioning times. I am bringing some of my top junior players to help mentor Monday and Tuesday. They are volunteering their time and energies after working 40 hours so we ask the same commitment.

     

    During the playing season the coaches will set out a 2-day off ice training program for bantams and 3 days for midgets.

     

     

    Eels Summer Camp A Complete Success

    07/07/2015, 7:30pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

    Come Join The Fun....That is what it is all about

     Sixty Plus Players Join Eels Summer Camp

    The Eels kicked off one of its most productive summer hockey camps with 20+ Mites and Squirts

    Another 20 as Peewee and Bantam and another 20+ at the Midget and Junior level

    We have three players from Switzerland, 2 from, players from Colorado 3 from Massachusetts one from New Jersey one Germany 2 from Russian and one Latvia

     

    The Eels Camp is extremely popular as it combines individual skill team concepts and cross-athletic training in soccer volleyball running aerobics and other hockey specific skills.

     

    The players also enjoy open skate where they get to skate an additional 3 hours a day improving their ice-skating.

     

    Again for anyone interested in joining us for the last 3 days we will gladly pro rate your fees.

     

    The Camp is for all players and levels. House rec, travel    

    All are welcome. 

     

     

    Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

    07/03/2015, 11:30am EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

     

     Florida Eels Heading Up North With 7 Summer Showcase teams.

     

    In two weeks the Eels coaches and GM travel to Massachusetts with 2 teams at the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro Mass and one team at the Sr. Chowder Cup in Walpole Mass. Both showcases will be held July 16-19th 2015. We have a total of 60 players at these two events. There will be 10 veteran players coupled with 50 Eels Junior prospects. These showcases are the Elite in North America. They provide maximum exposure and visibility to players in terms of Pro and NCAA Scouts.

     

    The players will see in attendance scouts from the NHL AHL ECHL NCAA Div. 1 and 3 colleges and universities, USHL QMJHL OHL WHL and a myriad of Jr A teams. We have experienced a number of recruiters from the NTPD who have selected players right out of these venues.

     

    The Eels this Spring brought 4 teams to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the USPHL Spring Showcase. There we had 80 players. July 23-26th the Eels will be hosting another two teams at the Jr. Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. These two teams will be futures for the Eels junior teams. The 2000 team is made up of almost all players from Mass and NJ and 2 boys form the Florida Eels Midget program. The 1999 team is made up of players from across the USA and Canada. July 31-Aug 2 the Eels will be hosting a 2002 and a 2001 team. These teams will also be nationally recruited players. These later two teams will also be futures to the Eels Midget Junior development teams.

     

    In grand total the Eels will be hosting 11 Spring and Summer Showcase teams. That has to be a USA leader in these special events. 

    EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

    06/07/2015, 8:45pm EDT
    By Frank Scarpaci

    EELS 2000 TEAM AN ALL NORTHERN EELS TEAM COMES TO LIFE

    Frank Scarpaci 
    Posted less than a minute ago 
    Groups: 8 groups

    This year the Eels will host two teams at the Junior Chowder Cup. A 1999 and a 2000 team. The 1999 team roster was completed today. Meanwhile the 2000 Eels team was completed 3 weeks ago. That is completely an amazing accomplishment. Moreover, the 2000 team is made up of players from Massachusetts Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island and one from New Jersey.

    This should be a very good team. They are all very talented with a strong skill set. Coach Scarpaci is joined by Eels alumni Michael Busconi ( coaching this squad. No doubt some very serious seeds are being planted with this age group. 2000's are not eligible to play juniors this year but the boys will get a phenomenal take of highly competitive games while being scouted by the NTPD, NHL, College , Junior and Prep School Programs.

    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


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    3 WAYS TO FILL OUT THE FAFSA STRESS-FREE AND MAYBE EVEN FUN

    3 WAYS TO FILL OUT THE FAFSA STRESS-FREE AND MAYBE EVEN FUN

      

    family works to fill out the fafsa together(Flickr – Simon Blackley)

    Think about how stressful it can be to learn about the recruiting process overall, and about the college admissions process as you get closer to your senior year. Put that same learning curve, the same nerve to figure out a complex project with a definite due date, into a much smaller window — and you get the FAFSA.

    The window to complete the Federal Application for Student Aid opens on January 1. You can really submit your FAFSA at any time, but some families feel time crunch because depending on your school, state, and the type of aid, awards go out first come, first served. 

    Don’t stress. Seriously. This paperwork isn’t going to hurt you. Here are the top ways to fill out the FAFSA without stressing out about it.

    Don’t make mistakes filling out your FAFSA. Check out this post to avoid the most common mistakes.

    Know what you’re going to provide the FAFSA

    The FAFSA will ask your family to provide information in five categories:

    • about the student-athlete
    • about the student-athlete’s dependency on their parents (this is a legal question – does a parent or guardian list the student-athlete as a dependent on their tax returns?)
    • about the student-athlete’s parents or guardians
    • about the student-athlete’s financial background
    • about the schools that you want the FAFSA to send its findings directly to

    There are a bunch of advanced tips about the FAFSA from Chegg that can help you understand some of the more complicated arrangements some families might pursue to maximize their student aid.

    Did you know? For students who attend school for 4 years, the average incurred cost of loans is approximately $147,000.

    Know what you’ll need to have at hand to fill out the FAFSA

    In addition to the general bucket categories we listed above, you’re going to need to have a couple of things on hand that you probably don’t have memorized. Take some time to gather them together so you don’t feel like you’re searching through your lockbox and paperwork and losing your place in the FAFSA.

    • Social security numbers for the student-athlete and parents (if the student-athlete is filing as a dependent)
    • Driver’s license numbers
    • W2′s from the current and previous year
    • Tax returns from the previous year (since you probably haven’t done your 2015 taxes yet, the FAFSA lets you use the most recent one you have)
    • any additional benefits you might have: welfare, veteran’s, social security, investments, etc.
    • any additional financial figures that you might need to report: businesses, mortgages, etc.

    This will all help the FAFSA compute your Expected Family Contribution. Please remember that no matter your family’s income, it behooves you to complete a FAFSA.

    Did you know? Missing out on important financial aid information can mean paying as much as $90,000 extra.

    Know that this is an unavoidable step in the recruiting process – and make it fun.

    This might come from years trumpeting that my sport was other sports’ punishment, but I am a firm believer that there’s a silver lining in everything. Hill repeats? There’s going to be a downhill soon enough. Circuit workout? Get an awesome song playing and it’ll make the time fly by.

    Do the same when you fill out the FAFSA. Put on some music that everyone enjoys. (I know, I have a dad, too — that might be easier said than done.) Give yourself a reward when you’ve finished it – maybe the family can go out for pizza or an ice cream. 

    The FAFSA may seem like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be; after all, it’s time your family gets to spend, together.

     

    Guys it is up to you to do the job. Don't wait for the other guy to do it.

    Paul Coffey one of the greatest defenseman who ever played in the NHL and winner of the Norris Trophy and multiple Stanley Cups, eloquently said,

     

    "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."

     

    As owner and GM of our Eels I say these words are dead on. Lets do it. Starting with this weekend and then at the Palm Beach Showcase and shortly thereafter at the main USPHL Showcase in Boston in January

    Overspeed

     Legendary Russian coach Anatoli Tarasov said hockey requires "speed of hand, speed of foot and speed of mind." So how do we become faster?

     
     

    Hockey is a sprint sport. Players who can play the game at a very rapid pace are the most successful. Legendary Russian coach Anatoli Tarasov said hockey requires “speed of hand, speed of foot and speed of mind.” So how do we become faster?

    Once players have developed technical proficiency, it then becomes important to add overspeed training. This is simply pushing players to a speed at which they are uncomfortable. It can be with their stick skills, skating skills or even competitive play.

    When using overspeed training techniques, it's vital to monitor fatigue levels, because once a player starts to fatigue, they are no longer working toward the development of skill and speed.

    “What do I need to do to play more on this team?”

    “What do I need to do to play more on this team?” Youth sports coaches often field a question of this sort from their players. In fact, many organizations advocating for youth sports encourage athletes to instigate just this type of conversation. It’s well-meaning and, it seems, a valuable part of the learning experience for children. But the question often renders itself nearly impossible to answer. As is often the case, it just may be the wrong question to start with.

     

    Imagine a goalie asking this of his coach, eliciting the obvious answer, “Allow fewer goals than you currently do,” or, if competing for playing time, “Allow fewer than our other goalie.” But, clearly, the question is deeper than that: “How do I allow fewer goals?” In a sense, “How do I be a better goalie than him?” Putting the question this way helps highlight the issue with the question itself.

    It’s actually an easier question to answer with goalies because their job is relatively cut and dried: keep the ball out of the goal. And yet, the position is amazingly nuanced. Goalies prevent goals in myriad ways: by arranging their defense strategically, through positioning which forces shooters to miss the goal or forgo shots all together, by disguising their body position to fool ensuing shooters, how they distribute the ball, and many more, not to mention the obvious: read the shooter and react to the shot by getting to it before it reaches the goal.

    There has been fascinating research tracking eye movements of athletes reacting to high-speed objects such as ice hockey goalies and tennis players. The top athletes, it turns out, focus less on the ball or puck. Instead, their eyes pick up cues from their opponent: in the case of the goalie, cues such as the angle of the stick blade, the shooter’s shoulder and hip position, and various others which allow the goalie to more successfully predict where the shot will go.

    This can be taught, to some degree. But, in large part, this is only something an athlete develops over time, and is a skill some humans just do better than others.

    The question becomes even trickier with non-goalies as these positions involve greater subtlety. Imagine answering the soccer player’s question with, “You need to ‘create space’ better.” Creating space is a key element of good soccer but, at some point, it becomes a bit of an issue in which you either have it or you don’t. To some extent it’s instinctual. It’s similar to telling a basketball point guard to have “better vision” of the court—having better vision and creating better space just makes one player better than another, not to mention the more obvious innate physical and athletic differences.

    To extricate momentarily from the sporting mindset, I often imagine myself as the parent of a child pursuing ballet, something I know very little about. I can envision her wanting to make the “Starting Team” of her ballet school but always falling short. I would watch her along with the Starting Team and think, “But they all stand on point for three seconds at a time. They all twirl around and land seamlessly in third position and have similar vertical leaps.”

    Clearly, though, I’d be missing something. In a sense, I’d be missing everything. Were my child to ask her teacher what she needed to do to advance ahead of her peers to the Starting Team, it’s hard to envision a helpful answer. “Be a better ballerina,” would be the real answer. The nuanced and more correct answer would involve countless subtleties: the bend of the elbow, degree of hip flex, tension in the torso, flutter of the fingers, etc. And, yet, this is exactly where ballerinas differentiate themselves. As all of them approach the purported 10,000 hours of focusedtraining needed to acquire expertise, some just do these things better than others. If they didn’t then they’d all be the same: all on the Starting Team.

    Those who become experts, such as coaches, recognize things others don’t. Malcolm Gladwell explores this in his bestselling book, “Blink.” In it, he explains how we all utilize “thin slicing” in which we gather mounds of information in the blink of an eye and use that to formulate conclusions about our world. All done unconsciously.

    He writes of tennis coaching legend, Vic Braden, who could predict with near-perfect accuracy whether a tennis serve would land fairly before the player struck the ball. Yet, despite this high level of expertise, Braden couldn’t explain what, exactly, he was looking at. Serving a tennis ball accurately and powerfully involves implementing a certain set of base fundamentals, just as the goalie and ballerina noted above. All of the top players do this, but the better players have a certain something—Braden doesn’t know what—which makes them better than others.

    1988 Olympic gold medal figure skater, Brian Boitano, said something similar in conversation about this topic. Boitano noted that he and other experts in his cohort can tell nearly everything about the skill level of a skater after watching them for three to five seconds. He can accurately predict the age the skater started, his level of proficiency, and even whether he will “stick” an upcoming jump 10 seconds prior to it. Experts just see things that we—athletes, parents, fans—don’t. That’s part of what makes them experts.

    Certainly, through proper training and a growth mindset—that we view people as not firmly locked in to a specific, fixed situation—athletes can make improvements. Educators are starting to recognize this difference in mindset now more than ever. It should be no surprise to hear that studies demonstrate how important a growth mindset is for teachers to maintain. If your teacher believes the student is fixed—that he just can’t do algebra—then it’s likely the struggling student won’t succeed in algebra class. Likewise with the athlete.

    This goes back to the 1970’s experiment in which an elementary teacher announced to her class that blue-eyed students were smarter. Math and spelling exams then demonstrated marked improvement by blue-eyed children and diminished performance by children with brown eyes. The following day, she announced she had erred: brown-eyed children were smarter. Exams then showed improvement by children with brown eyes and diminished performance by blue-eyed children. Just their teacher’s exhibiting a fixed mindset resulted in drastic effects on students and their ability to learn.

    A close friend and expert educator explains it like this: We all realize some aspect of nature determines one’s ability to perform, but we also know some aspect of nurture does as well. It’s not important to pin down the exact role each plays. Once we recognize the influence of nurture, this allows a growth mindset to play a genuine role in an educator’s approach to teaching. And even if you think a child may not be able to accomplish a given task, the teacher needs to behave as though she does to even give the student a chance.

    And so, for example, every algebra student should be treated as though they can master algebra. If they fail, it’s the job of the educator to determine what went wrong and help them. The idea being: every student can master algebra.

    But the analogy of algebra student to athlete doesn’t quite work. All students can master algebra and, consequently, earn A’s in Algebra class. And while all athletes can master a sport, not all athletes can earn the position of starter on a basketball team. Not all can be MVP of the league. Not all can go on to play in college. To make the analogy apt, not every student in the Algebra class can earn “Top Algebra Student.”

    If an athlete’s goal is to be better than some other athlete and that other athlete has the same goal, then one of them will fail. But if the goal is to master the sport and to be the very best you can be, then they can both succeed, and likely will succeed with proper motivation, a growth-mindset oriented coach, and the determination to do so. More importantly, this later form of focus allows one to control the things they can control—i.e. themselves—and not focus on things out of their control—i.e. other players.

    A second disanalogy between classroom and sports field is best explained by Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer in his book “The Borderlands of Science.” In a chapter entitled, “Blood or Sweat?: The Nature-Nurture Debate in Sports,” he recalls being interviewed by an ABC reporter who asked him to reflect on the dismay of finishing third in a transcontinental bicycle race. He responded, “I should have picked better parents.” He referenced his reaching the “upper ceiling of my physical nature” and, because of this, there just being nothing more he could have done in order to outperform the two other cyclists. In doing so, he cited various studies which demonstrate the major role genetic pre-disposition plays in the variance of athletes.

    Recognition of the I-know-not-what approach along with the focus on being your best in the face of genetic determination can actually take the pressure off of us just a bit. Instead, we can, and should, focus more on process then on external issues such as being better than another player. I can never be a better basketball player than Steph Curry, but I can be the best basketball player I can be, if I make the commitment and decision to do so.

    And so players can worry less and, instead, put all of their energies into arriving at training focused and truly prepared—mentally and physically—to improve both their fundamentals and their game-situation play. This sort of focus, it often seems, is the difference between two athletes of similar natural athletic ability: the one athlete can apply himself more intently on fundamentals and is more willing to work through the pain and discomfort of conditioning.

    Parents can worry less—less about their child’s coach and less about their child’s play—and enjoy the process and growth of their own child’s personal trajectory. It’s important to remember not only that coaches are, ideally, experts in the respective sport but, more importantly, these coaches see the athletes play ninety percent more of their sport than the parents: in training and practice.

    Coaches, maybe most importantly, can recognize the direct roll they play in determining whether their athletes achieve this ultimate goal of being their best. They can realize that, amidst the massive genetic variance, there is a real need for good educating, for motivating, and for maintaining a growth mindset. A player of mine who graduated last year, Erik, said to me in response to a conversation about this article, “I am so grateful for learning from you how much harder I could really push myself in all areas of life.” Erik was not a starter on our team but achieved the goal of being his best and, clearly, much more. This, in and of itself, should be motivation enough for a youth coach regardless of results in the win/loss column.

    And all of us can recognize there’s a little bit of magic going on every time we watch a sporting contest. That, despite our own expertise in any given sport—or, maybe because of it—we are seeing things that we’re not actually seeing. We’re celebrating acts and stretches of the human condition that we not only know not what but, likely, cannot know. And this is okay. It’s good, even. It’s another part of the beauty of the sporting experience.

    Author Bio

    Jack Bowen graduated from Stanford with Honors in Human Biology and went on to earn a masters in philosophy with an emphasis in Sport Ethics graduating summa cum laude from California State University, Long Beach. He has published three books, his most recent being “If You Can Read This: The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers” (Random House, 2010) as well as a philosophical novel, “The Dream Weaver” (Penguin, 2008) and a college-level philosophy textbook. While at Stanford Jack was a 2-time All-American and NCAA MVP water polo player and was the alternate goalie on the 2006 Olympic Team. He has coached water polo at Menlo School for the past 13 years, winning the league championship 12 years and the section championship 5 times. In 2011 he was named by the Positive Coaching Alliance as a National Award Winner and now serves as the chair of the National Coaches Council for PCA. He teaches philosophy at Menlo School.

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    Five things not to do on social media

    1. Do not post inappropriate pictures or use inappropriate language in tweets or posts — including retweets.

    This goes right along with the content Van Malone flagged from one of his prospects. As much of a no-brainer as it seems, inappropriate pictures and language are posted regularly by hopeful collegiate athletes.

    Guess what? They’re passed up for the roster spot.

    There is no reason – at all – to be posting even possibly questionable content. From pictures of you and your friends – or a singer or actor you may like – to YouTube links to songs with explicit language: even if you think it’s “not that bad,” or “your friend posted it, you were just re-tweeting it,” anything remotely off-color is absolutely not worth it.

    2. Do not speak poorly about your teammates, other schools, or the students at either.

    This can illicit many levels of damage. From the problems it will bring to your team culture and chemistry, to the questions it will raise about your character, there is no upside to writing mean things about others on the internet.

    There’s also something very real called cyberbullying.

    Just because you’re sitting behind a computer screen and not saying it to someone’s face doesn’t make it any less hurtful or damaging. And it can get you immediately overlooked by a college coach.

    3. Do not trash a teacher or coach.

    First of all, this can absolutely only hurt you for two very serious reasons – it could get you kicked off your team, and/or kicked out of school.

    More importantly, though, it’s completely classless. Why in the world would a college coach offer a student-athlete who openly bashes their current coach? It doesn’t make much sense. And it won’t happen.

    4. Do not insert yourself in controversial conversations or engage in arguments.

    This can be tough. Especially if you’re passionate about your beliefs and strong in your convictions, which is an extraordinary way to be.

    The thing is, social media isn’t the place to debate, argue, or create controversy on important topics, especially as a student-athlete trying to make the absolute best impression possible on a college coach or school. Save your comments, criticisms, or feelings for the right place, and don’t engage in negative back-and-forth on the internet.

    5. Do not post while emotions are running high.

    Whether it’s after a huge win, a tough loss, a bad break-up, not getting the grade you hoped, or the curfew you were counting on – posting while emotions are running high is never, ever a good idea.

    We may be really happy, or terribly disappointed. Either way, our minds aren’t on the straightest course, which often leads to words we’ll later regret. Wait until you’re level-headed, and have time to really think about whether or not a post is a good idea, before hitting the button.

     

    Reprinted in part from http://www.ncsasports.org/blog/

    Mental Toughness

    Being an Eel is pushing forward at full throttle despite having no or little fuel in the tank....Quitting is never an option

    The Florida Eels The Premier College Placement Program in Junior Hockey

    The Florida Eels Expected to Place An Unprecedented 23 Players Into College for 2015-16

     

    Junior Chowder Cup Offers Enormous Experience To 1999 and 2000 Hockey Players

    Junior Chowder Cup Offers Enormous Experience To 1999 and 2000 Hockey Players

     

    Nowhere in the USA does a 1999 and 2000 player gain such rich experience in developing his skill set.  The players play with and against some of the best players in North America and Europe. It is perhaps the one time in ice hockey that truly the individual and player take precedent over the team. In this event like all other hockey games, tournaments and showcases there is a winner in the end. Indeed just like the Stanley Cup one team comes out on top as the winner. But the Jr Chowder Cup is so different than all of other events. Because this event has over a 1,000 winners. It is the individual players who compete and work incredibly hard each shift and each game that reap the rewards. The key here is the experience one garners from these games.

     

    When one looks back two years from now and sees how many of these players get drafted into the NHL, play NCAA Div. 1 and 3 hockey or move on to top programs in Canada and Europe, you will numb. The boys who play in this event should not and will not be the same players as when they arrived. For many parents it may seem or appear to be just another tournament. Oh no. I have been coaching in this event for 3 decades and it is far more than that.

     

    I can only say to pat your son on the back for having the guts and fortitude to compete here. To have the will and desire to lay it all on the line. It truly is a badge along the way in his over all player development. He will have met a number of new players on his team and hopefully will remain in contact long after the event passes. My son had met and is now life long friends with so many of the players he played with and against at these venues.

    We as Eels are very proud of all of our players who have moved to the Next Level: College. They came here for a reason.

     This week we were excited to report howFLORIDA EELS ALUMNI WINS ANOTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - ALEX PEPPER GOALIE NYU WINS ACHA DIV 2 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP”

    Alex Pepper is in fact the 3rd player form the Florida Eels who has gone on to attend and play for the prestigious NYU. The other two ironically also were goalies: Jake Widmire and Brian Taptick. No doubt all three boys are outstanding students as academics is a priority in the admissions consideration at NYU.

    NYU is amongst the top academic universities in the Nation. It stands up there with Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Cornell. Academics were the primary factor in the 3 Eel players in deciding where they ultimately would attend college. As often echoed by Coach Frank, the operative word in college hockey is “College”.

    When you graduate from NYU you are amongst the leaders and Elite individuals in society. Our government Leaders, Doctors, Engineers, Chemist, Lawyers’ Bankers and alike come from these colleges.  That is what we all strive for in our children. Of course the boys always aspire to move on and play for the NHL. But that is not the Eels focus. It is to get your child into the best college possible and play hockey while they are there. If an NCAA college is that selection great. But in many instances an ACHA Div. 1 program and sometimes such as NYU a Div. 2 program will trump that decision. Guys’ getting our children to college is truly our goal. That is the true reason why they are here. Please far too many get lost in the alphabet soup. Lets be proud of them. I am. We should encourage and applaud those accomplishments!!!

     We as Eels are very proud of all of our players who have moved to the Next Level: College. They came here for a reason. To fulfill their dreams and I know as GM of this program I am especially proud to have had an impact in moving them on to college.  To see them mature and   become another rich legacy in the Eels success stories..

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    Mid Day Bantam and Midget Training

    03/02/2015, 8:30pm EST
     
    By Frank Scarpaci

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    The Florida Eels Return its Roots In Offering High Level Week Day Training For Bantam and Midget Players. We would love to see your child join the ranks of these success stories.

     

    Here is a partial list of players who trained like this

     

    In the past the Eels offered mid day training to its bantam and midget players. Sure it is not for all but for those that found a way to make it happen it had significant impact on their hockey careers

     

     Mario Puskarich played Bantams for the Florida Eels, U16 Tier I for the Eels, Captain of the Florida Eels Junior team, NAHL, USHL Tier I USA Leading scorer BCHL Tier II Canada and college player of the year for NCAA University of Vermont.

     

    Cam Darcy played Bantam and midget for the Florida Eels. Played juniors for Florida Eels. NCAA Div. 1 Northeastern Univ. and Canadian Major Junior QMJHL Drafted by the NHL Tampa Bay Lighting

     

    RJ Boyd played Peewee Bantam Midget and Juniors Florida Eels Played Cushing Academy Prep USHL and drafted NHL Florida Panthers and currently plays for NCAA Men’s Michigan State Univ.

     

    Sammy Boyd Played Florida Eels Squirt Peewee Bantam Midget and Juniors Currently Plays NCAA Div. 3 U Mass Boston

     

    Richey Boyd Played Mite squirt peewee bantam midget and Juniors Florida Eels Cushing Academy drafted USHL Omaha Lancers Currently plays NCAA Div. 1 UNH.

     

    Chris Weiland Played Midget Florida Eels and then Castleton NCAA Div. 3 and SUNY Plattsburgh Div. 3

     

    Mike Cifelli Played Midget U16 Eels Texas Tornadoes NAHL and then NCAA Div. 3. Castleton State

     

    Teddy Ruth Played Bantam and Midget Florida Eels drafted NHL Washington Capitals and played NCAA Notre Dame.

     

    Clay Witt Played Bantam Florida Eels NCAA Then USHL and now starting goalie NCAA Div. 1 Northeastern Univ.

     

    David Limoges Bantam, Midget and Juniors Florida Eels Now NCAA Div. 3 Skidmore College.

     

    Kevin Murdock Played Peewee Bantam and Midget Florida Eels NCAA men’s Lake Superior

     

    Michia Williams Played Bantams Midget Florida Eels NCAA Div. 1 men’s college hockey Bentley College

     

    December 5th at noontime and December 7th at 8:00 am Rochester Junior Americans Face Off Against the Eels Empire Team at the Fort Myers Skatium


    Unity Will Prevail

    In a little over a week the Florida Eels Empire team will play host to the Rochester Junior Americans at the Fort Myers Skatium. This is an unprecedented event as Rochester being one of the top programs in the USPHL will be traveling to Southwest Florida to play the Florida Eels at home for two games vs. the Eels Empire team and two games vs. the Florida Jr. Blades.

     

    This is pretty special for the Eels as they and the Blades are the only two teams Rochester will be playing during their Florida debut. The Junior Americans are a very solid organization.  Last season, Rochester’s Elite team performed so exceptionally well they were elevated to a Premier team. This season, Rochester does not have an Elite team so their Empire team is their second level. These are high-end players who are pushing the envelope to play on their Premier team.

     

     The Junior Americans Empire team has some very talented players. For example, #28 Brenda McFall is their leading scorer. In 17 games he has 20 goals and 24 assist for 44 points. McFall is 4th in the entire Empire league in scoring. With him is # 93 William Shaffer is another sniper. In only 15 games he has 17 goals and 25 assist for 42 points. Shaffer is 6th overall in the Empire league in scoring. Then there is #71 Said Khamidov who in 18 games enjoys 17 goals 21 assist for 38 points.   Connor Rotenberg is an ever-present threat where he has in 17 games 7 goals and 10 assist for 17 points.

    On the Blueline they have one of the league’s top defenseman # 11 who is a playmaker where he boast 5 goals with 17 assist.

    These two matches are not exhibition or scrimmage games. They are regularly scheduled league games. Coach Frankie and his squad are not taking these two games lightly. They have a game plan and intend very much to execute on it. The Eels Empire team did quite well against the Northern teams at the IHC November Showcase. They went 2-1 in their contest and felt very comfortable. Even in their only loss it was against the New York Aviators who are the number one ranked Northern Empire team. In that match we only lost by 2-0 score. That team has defeated most opponents by double digits.

    Moreover, the Empire team has made a few changes in the past few weeks and they are really staring to come together. All of our guys are dialed in. Defense wins games and we need secondary scoring from the 3rd and 4th lines. Goaltending has been solid so the Eels are intending to win these two key games.

    In January another top Northern Team is making its way to Florida to play the Eels Empire team. The Syracuse Stars. Again these are great games for our boys who do not have to travel to the north to engage in these high level games.

     

     

     

     

    Being A Positive Sports Parent

    It is important to be supportive and respectful, not only of your child, but also of the others on the team and of the coaches. As a parent, you have the power to help shape your youth athlete’s attitude about sports.

    It’s natural to get excited when watching your child play but it is important to keep your emotions in check on game day. Here are some tips to help you:

    1. Be supportive before the competition even starts. Tell your youth athlete you are proud, regardless of how well he/she plays.
    2. Remind them that it’s normal to be nervous and to have fun even when playing hard.
    3. Let the coaches coach; avoid instructing your child or other players from the sidelines.
    4. Cheer for good plays and great efforts by both teams.
    5. When the game ends, set a good example for your child by thanking the officials, coaches, teammates and opposing teams for their efforts.

    After following these guidelines, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back! And know that your support role doesn't end there.

    Consider these three tips when talking with your children after they compete:

    • Talk only when your child is ready. If your youth athlete wants to talk about the game, he/she will bring it up, maybe even on the ride home. If it seems like he/she doesn't feel like talking, respect that. Pushing your child to discuss a game, play-by-play, especially if he/she did not perform well, may turn them off sports and decrease his/her desire to share his/her thoughts with you or ask your opinion.
    • Ask open-ended questions. Once the conversation begins, keep it going by asking questions your child can't answer with a simple "yes" or "no." For example, ask, “What did you think was your team’s best play of the game?” and "How did you feel about the close call at first base?"
    • Listen carefully. If you're experienced in the sport your child plays, it might be tempting to jump in and share your own stories as they are telling theirs. Be patient; make a conscious effort to listen to what they have to say about their experience. Let your youth athlete take control of the conversation, help them process their thoughts and emotions, and then determine whether or not there's a life lesson you can impart.

    Be positive. Remind your child that you are proud of them, especially when the outcome doesn't go their way.

    When you support your child before and during a game, and communicate with them effectively after the game, they will not only have a strong mental attitude, but they will also be more coachable, optimistic, and better able to handle the inevitable losses that are part of the youth sports experience.


     

    College Tour


    Off to College

    This week we announced the plans for our College Tour while in Boston

    We will leave Ft Myers Florida by bus Wed Jan 7th & arrive Thursday in Marlboro Ma Jan 8th 2015
    That evening we will all get a quick dinner and off to watch a NCAA College hockey game. Game TBA.

    Jan 9th Friday morning quite early approx. 7 am we will depart by bus as a program and visit 2-3 colleges. Schools TBA

    Friday evening we will go and attend a NCAA College game.

    This will give each player a chance to visit 2-3 schools and watch 2 games = 4 teams.

    Jan 10th Saturday morning the Empire team (Optional for Elite players as the have an evening game) another visit to another college. 

    Jan 11 Sunday no college visits Elite and Empire teams both have 2 games each.

    Jan 12th Monday no college visits each team has 1 game 

    Jan 12th The Eels will leave to return to Florida after games.

    *
    Note 1994 Eels Elite and Empire players along with a select number of 1995 players are being offered the chance to remain with coach Frank and Bloomingburg to attend schools Tuesday Wed and Thursday. We will target approx. 6 colleges for tour.

    This second phase is not part of the regular Eels program. The players will need to make plane reservations back home late on Thursday Jan 15th.
    We will suggest the flight to take. 
    Players will have to pay for own hotel rooms 4 per room approx. $50 per night
    Players need to share cost of vans and gas $150 for the period.
    Pay for their own food Hopefully hotels will have breakfast
    Pro-rata share of Coach Bloomingburg’s plane ticket $25.

    Please note that this trip is extremely popular and very worthwhile for the players who are planning on attending college in the fall of 2015. Players get to kick the tires if you will.  They get to see the schools, dorms etc. However, it makes s no sense for players to go who are not destined and targeted to attend college next fall. You have time and it would not be a wise allocation of funds. This is not a field trip. You will be also missing valuable practice time back in Florida.

    Also, we fully understand and appreciate that funds are limited with all players and families. If you cannot afford to do this additional college tour do not panic. We can do the virtual tours on the web of collegs that many of the college web sites have. But there is no doubt this has enormous upside.

    Players need to get their college letters in as I instructed. They need to have written to admissions offices. Letters t o coaches and gone to the college web sites and filled out recruiting profiles. They should have their high school transcripts sent to the colleges even if it is unofficial. They should have obtained 3 letters of recommendation. They help enormously. For schools they have a definite desire to attend they need and should fill out their college applications. Also by now you all should have compiled a DVD of 12 + clips 15 seconds each segment. This should be of goals or assist for forwards and defenseman. You should also show good plays back check fore-check, solid hits. For goalies save saves etc.


    If parents and players have any questions please fell free to call me. I am available Friday Dec 5th 5 pm - - 9 pm
    Saturday Dec 6th 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Sunday Dec 7th noon -7pm

    I need a definite answer no later than Sunday evening 9:00 pm
    Look forward to hearing from you

    Thanks 
    Frank Scarpaci
    Florida Eels GM 
    941-400-9023

    Florida Eels Junior Website

    For a more info on the Florida Eels USPHL Elite and Empire teams go to the above web site

    Peewees Bantams and U16 Midgets Gear Up For Christmas Tournament

    The kids are so excited about the up coming games..........

    Florida Eels Juniors Had 6 Teams & 120 Players Showcased at These Venues


    No Doubt Eels Players Get Recruited

     

     

    Chowder Cup Scouts  
    Marty Abrams Wellington Dukes (OJHL)
    Mike Addessa Calgary Flames (NHL)
    Peter Alden CT. Wolf Pack (EHL)
    Tony Amonte Thayer (Prep)
    Dan Armstrong Brockville Braves (CCHA)
    Craig Badger The Gunnery (Prep)
    Ryan Bailey Canterbury (Prep)
    Robbie Barker Lawrence Academy (Prep)
    Ben Barr Western Michigan (NCAA D1)
    Joe Beal Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
    David Berard Holy Cross (NCAA D1)
    Rick Bennett Union (NCAA D1)
    Paul Billing Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
    Todd Bracket Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
    Vinny Bohr Topeka Capitals (NAHL)
    David Borgess Stonehill College (NCAA D3)
    Dean Boylan Phillips Andover Academy (Prep)
    John Burgess Suffolk University (NCAA D3)
    Mathieu Castonguay Northwood School
    Jason Cerenzia St. Georges (Prep)
    TJ Clarke Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL)
    Larry Cockrell Governor's Academy (Prep)
    Carl Corrazzini St. Marks (Prep)
    Cliff Cook NY Aviators (USPHL)
    Brendan Collins USHR
    Matt Curley Bentley (NCAA D1)
    Bob Crocker Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
    Mike Cusack Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
    Derek Cunha Williston Northhampton School (Prep)
    David Cunniff Worchester Shark (AHL)
    Kevin Cunningham Connecticut College (NCAA D3)
    Al Cusson Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
    Tony Dalessio NH Jr. Monarchs (EHL)
    John Dean North York Rangers (OJHL)
    Rich Decaprio Bosotn Jr. Rangers (EHL)
    Pat Desir Moses Brown
    Scott Drevitch Boston Bandits (EHL)
    Dan Driscoll Berkshire School (Prep)
    Tad Doherty Becker College (NCAA D3)
    Jerry Domish Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL)
    Craig Doremus New York Bobcats (EHL)
    Rick Dorual Hawsbury Hawks (CCHA)
    Ted Donato Harvard (NCAA D1)
    Nate Dudley Babson (NCAA D3)
    Keith Dupee Lawrenceville (Prep)
    Jerome Dupont Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
    Cam Ellsworth Umass Lowell (NCAA D1)
    Scott Frank Cape Cod Islanders
    Doug Friedman Kents Hill School (Prep)
    Jason Fortier Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (OJHL)
    Brain Gallagher Philadelphia Jr. Flyers (EHL)
    John Gardner Avon Od Farms (Prep)
    Mathew Greason  Trinity College (NCAA D3)
    Matt Goethels Pomfret (Prep)
    Peter Goulet Napean Raiders (CCHA)
    Guu Girourd  CIH Academy
    Steve Greely Boston University (NCAA D1)
    Rich Guberti Fordham University
    Jason Guerriero Yale (NCAA D1)
    Ben Guite Maine (NCAA D1)
    Rob Haberbusch Hamilton College (NCAA D3)
    Chris Hall Colby College (NCAA D3)
    Ryan Hardy USNTDP
    Josh Hand Manhattanville College (NCAA D3)
    Michael Haviland Colorado College (NCAA D1)
    Andy Heinze Valley Jr. Warriors (EHL)
    Ian Henderson  Hawksbury Hawks (CCHL)
    Steve Hoar Becker College (NCAA D3)
    Rob Hutchinson Trinity-Pawling School (Prep)
    Steve Jacobs NE Wolves (EHL)
    Paul Jennings Gloucester Rangers (CCHL)
    Dan Jewell Hamilton College (NCAA D3)
    Matt Johnson Tri City Storm (USHL)
    Kiernan Joyce Sherbrook Phoenix (QMJHL)
    Matt Keating Tufts (NCAA D3)
    Jerry Keefe Northeastern University (NCAA D1)
    Casey Keselring New Hampton School (Prep)
    Paul Kirtland  Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)
    Tom Kowal WBS Knights (EHL)
    Eric Lang Army (NCAA D1)
    Trevor Large Canisius College (NCAA D1)
    Jay Leach Maine (NCAA D1)
    Nate Leaman Providence College (NCAA D1)
    Chris Line Vermont Lumberjacks (EHL)
    Mark Lotito NJ Avalanche
    Bob Luccini Carolina Panthers (NHL)
    Chris Locker Shattucks St. Mary's
    Jon Lounsbury  Walpole Express (EHL)
    RC Lyke Richmond Generals (USPHL)
    Jon Kirk National Sports Academy
    David MacDonald Advisor
    Ian Macinnis Cornwall Colts (CCHL)
    Jim Madigan Northeastern University (NCAA D1)
    Bill Maniscalco Avon Old Farms (Prep)
    CJ Marottolo Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
    Geoff Marottolo Advisor
    Kris Mayotte Providence College (NCAA D1)
    Eric McCambly Daniel Webster College
    Dave McCauley Bay State Breakers (USPHL)
    Jon McCourt Endicott College (NCAA D3)
    Scott McDougal Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)
    Ed McGolgan Washington Capitals (NHL)
    Will McNally Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
    Bob Miele Westfield State (NCAA D3)
    Steve Miller Providence College (NCAA D1)
    Paul Merritt Buffalo Sabers (NHL)
    Jon Morin Phillips Andover Academy (Prep)
    Vincent Montalbano St. Louis Blues (NHL)
    Fred Myers  East Coast Wizards (EHL)
    Steve Needham Wesleyan University (NCAA D3)
    Frank O'Connor Northern Cyclones (EHL)
    Chris O'Donnell Salmon Arm (BCHL)
    Dave O'Donnel South Shore Kings (USPHL)
    Bill O'Neill Salem State College (NCAA D3)
    Greg Osborne  Pomfret (Prep)
    Devin Payne Brockville Braves (CCHA)
    Juliano Pagliero Holy Cross (NCAA D1)
    Jon Park  WBS Knights (EHL)
    Brian Parriso Casper Coyotes (WSHL)
    Dave Peers  Jr. Wolfpack (EHL)
    Brett Provost South Kent  (Prep)
    Derek Richards Olympia Sports Management
    David Quinn Boston University (NCAA D1)
    Brett Riley Charlottetown Islanders
    Rob Riley Columbue Blue Jackets (NHL)
    Cam Robichaud NH Jr. Monarch (EHL)
    Frank Robinson Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
    Rocky Romanella University of Delaware
    Larry Rocha St. Anselm (NCAA D3)
    Peter Roundy Trinity College (NCAA D3)
    Lou Santini NY Applecore (EHL)
    Patrick Schafer Providence Capitals (USPHL)
    Gary Shuchuk University Of Wisconsin (NCAA D1)
    Rod Simmons NH Fighting Spirit
    Dave Spinale Xavarian (Catholic)
    Todd Sterling Boston Bandits (EHL)
    Jean St. Pierre McGill University
    Jon Sokolski Millbrook School (Prep)
    Vincent Soriento Millbrook School (Prep)
    Mike Souza Uconn (NCAA D1)
    Bob Thorton New Jersey Rockets (EHL)
    Brain Troy Winchendon School
    Jim Troy MSS Sports
    Ron Tugnutt Kemptville 73's (CCHL)
    Brain Umansky Islanders HC (USPHL)
    Nick Unger National Sports Academy
    Mike Warde Bridgton Academy
    William Weiand Northern Cyclones (EHL)
    Steve Wiedler Curry College (NCAA D3)
    Brendan Whittet Brown University (NCAA D1)
    Mark Yates Central Scouting (NHL)/ Halifax (QMJHL)
    Brain Young  Oswego State (NCAA D3)