Florida Eel alumni Gyllian Smith makes Elmira NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Team.
Gyllian is a great kid who came out to every practice and game and worked so hard to improve her skills set and game. She always gave 100 percent every time she touched the ice. She is a true example of the fruits of hard work determination and dedication will garner. Gyllian played and practiced with the Eels Peewee and Bantam teams while also challenging her skills with additional practices and clinics with our Midget U16 and U18 midget teams. We are so extremely proud of Gyllian. As coaching director of the Florida Eels I am not surprised by her accomplishments. She has great character and one day I expect to see greatness by her as professional in whatever professional filed she enters.
Dad wrote, …."Can a girl born in Hawaii, raised in South West Florida, possibly make the varsity squad on one of the strongest college teams at the D3 level...? Yes she can! Thanks to all coaches and supporters she has had over the past decade, and her commitment to achieving her goals, she just made the team! Now the real work begins."
Mom wrote….”A perfect example of unending mornings of running, squats, lack of sleep, studying and respect for others and what you can accomplish.. You worked hard and deserve this. Be proud of yourself kiddo. I am very proud of you. “
On October 11th two Florida Eel Alumni went head to head in a NCAA Div. one men’s ice hockey classic showdown. It was the University of Vermont vs. Northeastern University. Each team had one of the Florida Eels most herald and successful players on their squad. For Northeastern University was Clay Witt in goal. Clay is the top goalie for Northeastern and a very solid player. This past summer Witt along with former Florida Eel Junior player and NHL draft pick Cam Darcy, was is an invitee to the Tampa Bay Lightning's Development Camp; in fact Brandon is his hometown. For Vermont, they had for Eel Junior All Star Mario Puskarich. Mario was Hockey East Rookie of the Year for the 2013-14 season.
Vermont was clearly the underdog in that game but Vermont sure proved that scouting report was faulty. You can never suggest that any time Mario Puskarich is in the line up that they are a major threat to win. Indeed, that is exactly what happen. Mario was on fire with a goal and an assist leading his Vermont to a commanding 6-2 win over Northeastern. Mario did what he did best for the Eels who averaged a goal and an assist per game and did the same with the BCHL where he won the Brett Hull Trophy as the BCHL scoring champion after amassing 41 goals and 89 points.
This was great for the Eels program as it exemplified and showcased tow of our home grown Florida players not only making it to NCAA college but to two NCAA Div. 1 men’s teams and being major stars with strong credentials to moving forward to the NHL.
We are very proud of these two players and see the same possibilities with so many of the players currently playing for our Elite and Empire teams.
Attention: All folks who are interested in obtaining their USA Hockey Level 3 coaching Certification: Please read below
There will be a level 3 coaches clinic at the Panthers Ice Den in Coral Springs on Dec 7 from 9-5p. The on-line registration will be available shortly.
Jim Haverstrom Manager of Recreational Hockey
Attention: All Persons Interested in Coaching: SAHOF and USA Hockey Are Conducting a Level I Coaches Certification Clinic Next Sunday October 26th at the
Fort Myers Skatium.
Times are 8:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Cost is $40.00
This is a unique opportunity to be able to attend a Coaches clinic at our home rink. I strongly urge anyone interested in coaching to attend this session.
A reminder for all Peewee and Bantam Volunteers who are helping coach Greg with the bench the doors etc. you MUST attend this session. You will not be allowed to continue in those roles without obtaining this certification.
Note: There will not be a skating component in this class.
This is what USA Hockey sent to us this morning:
A level 1 coach’s clinic has just been organized for Oct 26th. The information is below. The Instructor will be Chuck Gridley
New York District Coach-in-Chief. AT this point this is the last level 1 being schedule for the South Florida area.
Ty Nweberry, SE District Coach in Chief, is cc on this message if you have any questions regarding registration for the clinic”
Again the clinic is is :
Sunday October 26th
Ft Myers Skatium
Ft Myers, Fl.
In order to attend this coaching clinic you must go on USAHockey.com and preregister for this clinic.
Florida Eels Hockey Director