Corrected Tryout Dates & Times for the Florida Eels Fall Travel. Please Mark Your Calendar
The Florida Eels Will be hosting tryouts May 12-14th and week two May 19th-21st
The cost of the tryouts is $50.00. This includes ice for both days. If you can only make it to one day it still is $50.00. We would like players to attend both sessions.
The Eels will decide based on the players who tryout whether the team will be AA or A
The AA team(s) play in the SFHL
The A team(s) will play this year in the CFHL. In years past the Eels played in the FAHL. However, the Eels will be moving to the CFHL, which will provide more sensible geographical convenient games for our players and families
If you have any questions please call Frank Scarpaci
In the Fall of 2015 The Florida Eels Will Join The CFHL.
The Eels travel teams will move from the FAHL to the CFHL. Both leagues are “A” Hockey Leagues. The CFHL games will provide the Eels’ families with more sensible travel. The CFHL has teams at Germain Arena 20 minutes, Ellenton Ice 75 minutes, TBSA 90 minutes, Clearwater 90 minutes, and Brandon 90 minutes. Compare this to the FAHL- Daytona 4 hours Orlando 3+ hours, West Palm Beach 2 ½ hours , Lake Worth 2 ½ hours, Kendall 2 hours_ and Rocklege 3 + hours.
More details to follow.
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The Peewees have not had games in the last several weeks due to Easter and off weekends. But the players have not been off in their training. Coach Frankie has been instilling his high tempo skills and drills and teaching good hockey sense in these players.
The fruits of these practices has shown here today as the Eels Spring Peewees lit the lamp 8 times for a 8-0 shutout over the Florida Panthers Blue team.
All cylinders were firing with the Eels. Coach Frankie pulled back the reins instilling passing and team set ups. That is part of our game. An execution of individual and team skills. One that focuses as much on offense as defense. This is a team sport and they must play as a team. The shut out here was as important as the goals. It shows we can play defense quite well.
Way to go guys
Final Revised Practice Times: 4/15/2015
Bantams Practice Will Remain the Same for the entire spring season: 7:00 pm Remaining weeks April 22nd 29th and May 6th.
Midget Skills Thursdays 6:00 pm April 9th April 16th April 23rd April 30th May 7th and May 14th
Peewee Practice Thursdays 7:00 pm April 9th April 16th April 23rd April 30th May 7th and May 14th
Please mark your calendar accordingly
The Florida Eels Bantam Players Show Their Fire Power as They Unleash 17 Goals In Spring League Games
The Florida Eels Bantam Team continues to grow and develop quite nicely. Coach Matt and Joey have one mission over the spring practices and games. Prepare these players for next fall season. We have been very impressed with what we are seeing on Wed evenings. The players are very focused and determined to gain that edge. Many are in transition. 1/3rd are moving up t midgets. ½ are returning as bantams and 1/3rd are peewees moving up. That is generally a recipe for much the challenge for any coaches. But Coach Matt and Joey are handling it quite nicely and it shows on the scoreboard of each of their games.
This week we continue with the demonstration of their skill set. In game one they defeated the Jr. Panthers 6-4. The Eels worked quite hard in all three zones and that is how you have to win. They met a good team and took nothing for granted. They knew that it is all about doing the little things right and no showboating. The result 6-4.
Then in game two the Eels met the West Palm Beach Breakers. They always give the Eels a very tough game. The coaches had gone over their game plan and we decided to put a full court press on them. Fore-check very hard. Force turnovers and once we got possession shot and crash the net. We were not to forget our defensive jobs however. That is exactly what we did and the scorecard reflected our efforts.11-1 Eels.
The players are buying in to what it means to be an Eel. Many of the players are also taking advantage of the 2nd session Thursday evening which is Elite training for Midgets and Bantams. These players are given high-level training by our Frankie Scarpaci one of our Eels Junior coaches and his select junior staff. No doubt we see the increased skill set from these players who are making a marked difference.
The Florida Eels Expected to Place An Unprecedented 23 Players Into College for 2015-16
This week we were excited to report how “FLORIDA 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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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
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.
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:
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:
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.
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
Florida Eels GM
The kids are so excited about the up coming games..........
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)|
|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)|
|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|
|Ian Macinnis||Cornwall Colts (CCHL)|
|Jim Madigan||Northeastern University (NCAA D1)|
|Bill Maniscalco||Avon Old Farms (Prep)|
|CJ Marottolo||Sacred Heart (NCAA D1)|
|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)|