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TBJ Partners with Strive Athletic Club

The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club are proud to announce that Strive Athletic Club will serve as the teams home for weight training and off ice training.  "Strive gives our players a first class weight training facility, said Coach Garrett Strot, all of our players are members there and gives them a chance to use the facility any time they want."


Bartel To Play For Dauphin Kings


Former Tampa Bay Junior Matt Bartel has made the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.  The MJHL is a Tier 2 Junior A League in Canada.  Dauphin, located northwest of Winnepeg, has been in the MJHL since 1968 and has Washinton Capitals Coach Barry Trotz as an alumni.

TBJ wishes Matt good luck this season and in the future!

Former Tampa Junior Wins Gold


Former Tampa Bay Junior Roope Hinz won Gold Wednesday with Finland defeating Russia 4-3 in overtime at the 2016 World Junior Championships.  Hintz scored in the semi final win over Sweden to help put Finland in the Gold Medal Game.

Hintz, an assistant captain for Team Finland, played with the Tampa Bay Juniors in the 2012-13 season scoring 20 goals and adding 15 assist.

Former Player Brian Ferlin called up to Bruins

Brian Ferlin and Tampa Bay Jr Head coach Brett Strot at NHL Draft

From his Providence (AHL) and is eligible for tonight's game. Read more at CSNN.


TBJ Elite Sweeps Palm Beach


by D Dunn


The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Team swept the Palm Beach Hawks over the weekend at Ellenton Ice with resounding 9-0 and 9-2 scores Saturday and Sunday.

Curtis Hansen and Chase Jungels led the offense with 8 points each.  Hansen coming off a lower body injury had 4 goals and 4 assist while Jungels had 2 goals and 6 assist.  Also putting up multiple points were Austin Simpson (5), Nick Hames (4), Jory McWilliams (4) and Ryan Vlaisavijevich (4).  Even the defensemen got into the scoring act Sunday with Dillon Scammon netting 2 goals and Justin Warta scoring.  Goalie Gabe Heifort was in the net for both games, earning the shutout in Saturday's game.


TBJ Pulls Out O.T. Win


by D Dunn

The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club Elite team pulled out a thrilling 2-1 overtime win vs the Richmond Generals on the last day of the Hampton Roads Showcase.  Mason Ledbetter scored on a breakaway after causing a turn over to give TBJ the victory.  Earlier in the game Austin Simpson (Donald Alchin) would score to tie the game 1-1.

Tough Losses

Tampa Elite would face some tough losses in the showcase.  Day 1 saw TBJ lose 3-2 in overtime to Hampton Roads.  Scoring would be Nick Hames (Chase Jungels, Ledbetter) and ledbetter (Hames Jungels).

In game 2 TBJ would jump to a 5-3 lead vs Potomac only to see the Patriots tie the score.  Just as it looked like another overtime Potomac would score with 20 seconds to go in the game to win it.  Scoring for TBJ, Jory McWilliams (Alchin, Simpson), Rory Scott (Parker Elvy, Jayce Dorman), Alchin (Simpson, McWilliams), Dillon Scammon (Alchin, Tommy Yore), Jungels (Simpson).

Game 3 would prove to be an even tougher loss to swallow.  In a tightly up and down game with the Charlotte Rush, Ledbetter (Hames, Jungels) got things going for TBJ.  Later Ryan Vlaisavljevich (Hames) would score a power play goal to tie the score 2-2.  With 2:20 left in the game TBJ had to kill off a PP.  Charlotte was able to keep the puck in Tampa's zone following the penalty kill but with 1/10 of a second remaing in regulation Charlotte would tip in the game winner.

USP3 Wins Finale

The USP3 team finished the Showcase off with an exciting 4-1 win over the Potomac Patriots.  In an up and down game scoring for TBJ were Adam Zimmermann (Casey Bahl), Luke Zimmermann PPG (Broddie Richards, A Zimmermann), Bryce Starling (L Zimmermann, Jacob Haynes), Bahl (A Zimmermann).  Severin Corallo got the win in net.

Next Series

ELITE      Home vs Palm Beach   SAT 10/15  8:00 PM

                                                      SUN 10/16 12:15 PM

USP3       Home vs Florida Blades SAT 10/15 5:15 PM

                AWAY  vs Florida Blades SUN 10/16 12:00 PM

TBJ Splits Weekend Series with Atlanta


by D Dunn

The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club once again split a weekend series losing 5-1 Saturday and winning 4-1 Sunday in Atlanta.  In Saturday's loss Jory McWilliams (Mason Ledbetter,Nick Hames) scored the lone TBJ goal on the power play.

Sunday's game saw TBJ jump out to an early lead on a goal by Jayce Dorman (Ledbetter,Chase Jungels)  followed by a goal from Dillon Scammon (Rory Scott,Donald Alchin) to put TBJ up 2-0 after 2 periods.  Just 1:46 into the 3rd period Curtis Hansen scored a shorthanded goal to give TBJ a 3 goal lead.  McWilliams (Nick Panfen,Hames) would add a goal to finish the scoring for TBJ as they built a four goal lead.  Atlanta finally got a shot by goalie Nate Andersen late in the 3rd but that's all Andersen would give up in the 4-1 win.

USP3 Team Swept

The Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 team was swept in Atlanta with a pair of 5-1 losses.  In Saturday's game Broddey Richards (Spencer Geer) would score the only goal.  Sunday TBJ played a strong game but again would drop the game with an identical 5-1 score.  Zach Parker (Roberto Suarez) would get the goal for TBJ.


Elite       Boston Showcase  Sept 20-22 at New England Sports Center

USP3      Florida Blades     Sat 9/24 Home 5:15pm                                                                       Sun 9/25 @ Blades (Germain Arena) 12:00pm

Tampa Bay Elite and USP3 Open with Splits


by D Dunn

The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club open the season this this past weekend with both the Elite and USP3 teams each earning a split with the Eels and Racers respectively.

Elite vs Eels

TBJ opened the season at home with a 6-1 loss to the Eels.  TBJ lone goal was scored by Donald Alchin from Chase jungels late in the 1st period but a 3 goal second period by the Eels did Tampa in.

TBJ would bounce back in game 2 Sunday in Fort Myers.  Mason Ledbetter would get TBJ going with a goal in the first with assist from Rory Scott and Zach Marquardt.  After the Eels tied it early in the second TBJ scored a power play goal from Austin Simpson with assist to Ryan Vlaisavljevich.  TBJ would take a 2 goal lead a few minutes later when Vlaisavljevich would score from Justin Warta.

The Eels would pull back to within one in the 3rd but Parker Elvy would score a shorthanded goal with an assist to Ledbetter that would turn out to be the game winner.  Goalie Nate Andersen made that lead stand up for the win.

USP3 vs Daytona

TBJ USP3 team had a split this weekend with the Daytona Racers in Daytona.  Saturday was a high scoring affair with TBJ losing 8-6.  Tampa would score first just 1 minute into the game when Broddey Richards got TBJ going with assist from Xander Pivovarnik and Luke Zimmermann.  Logan Cline would put TBJ up two with a goal from Evan Jones.  After the Racers pulled within one Cameron Cipollone gave TBJ the 2 goal lead again on the power play with assist to Joey Graefe and Peter Celetka.

TBJ would take a 3 goal lead in the second period on a goal from Spencer Geer (assist Luke Zimmermann) before Daytona pulled back to within 2.  Jones then scored (assist Will Kromer) to give TBJ a 3 goal lead again but the Racers would score the next 2 goals to make it 5-4.  Adam Zimmermann (assist Celetka) would give TBJ the 2 goal lead again just before the end of the period.  The 3rd period was all Daytona though as they scored 4 unanswered goals, 3 on the power play to win 8-6.

Sunday was a different story as both teams played a low scoring game.  Daytona would score first but with 16 seconds to go in the period Richards (assist Kromer) would tie it for Tampa.  Niether team would score in the 2nd period as TBJ continued to put pressure on Daytona out shooting them 11-0 for the period.  In the 3rd period Richards would get his second of the game shorthanded to temporarily give TBJ the lead before Daytona tied it.

In o.t. TBJ had to kill off a penalty before Celetka was taken down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot.  Celetka converted the P.S. to give TBJ a split and give goalie Severin Carollo his first Junior win.

Next Up

Elite and USP3 at Atlanta 10/17 & 10/18


Tampa Bay Juniors HC Take Second in Summer Showcase


by A.P.

The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club had a strong showing in the USPHL Summer Showcase over the weekend in Marlboro, MA finishing second.  Tampa went 3-0 in pool play defeating the Florida Eels 5-3, Jersey Shore 5-4 and Bay State 7-1.  In the quarterfinals TBJ faced Atlanta and came away with a 3-1 win.  In the semis TBJ would defeat Jersey Shore 3-0 before falling to CP Dynamo in the championship game 2-0.

Tampa was led by Mason Ledbetter who had 9 goals and 5 assisst and received strong goaltending from Matt Deery and Nate Anderson.

Bisek Makes College Decision


By Staff

Tampa Bay Junior's Elite goalie Evan Bisek has decided to attend NCAA Division III University of Stout for the 2016-17 season.  Stout plays in the WIAC, one of the top Division III Conferences in the country.

"Evan came to us in December and really help turn our season around, said coach Garrett Strot, he is very good at controlling his rebounds and not giving teams second chances.  I expect him to go in and compete for playing time right away."  Evan ended with a .909 save percentage.

Bisek is the 8th player that was with Tampa last season to commit to a NCAA or ACHA school for next season.

Former Tampa Bay Junior Chris Dylewski Receives Hockey Humanitarian Award


By TBO.Com

Making a difference

Air Force senior goaltender Chris Dylewski was the recipient Friday of the Hockey Humanitarian Award, presented by BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

The award recognizes college hockey’s finest citizen — a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team, but also to the community.

Among Dylewski’s many accomplishments, the Colorado Springs native founded RISE, Inc. in 2014, which seeks to develop ethical and inspirational leadership skills in young people who have a passion for serving their community.

Dylewski played only two games for Air Force this season, but impacted his team, school and hometown of Colorado Springs, where the academy is located.

“I’m really humbled,” Dylewski said. “I’m grateful to all the folks and the Hockey Humanitarian foundation. What I’m really excited about isn’t the personal recognition, which I’m grateful for, but for me it’s a great opportunity to bring attention to some of the great causes I’ve been a part of, some of the great people I’ve worked with.”

And there’s a local hook: In 2011, Dylewski played a year of junior hockey here in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Juniors. He lived with a family friend in Tampa, then in Ellenton, where the team is based.

“I had several go-to places for Cuban sandwiches,” Dylewski said. He added, “It was an important time in my life. It gave me confidence and made me into a better hockey player.”

Grodzki Makes NCAA Commitment


The Tampa Bay Juniors USPHL Elite team is proud to announce that forward Jonathan Grodzki has committed to attend NCAA Division III Concordia University, Wisconsin in the fall of 2016.

"Jonathan will be a great asset to the Concordia Program" commented coach Garrett Strot, "Jonathan is a very dedicated player and will bring a tremendous work ethic to every game and practice."

Concordia University is located in Mequin, Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee.  They play in the NCHA Conference.  Grodzki is the 7th TBJ player to commit to NCAA/ACHA program this year.

Tampa's Villucci Makes College Choice


by D Dunn

Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 defenseman Dominec Villucci has committed to continue playing hockey at the University of South Florida starting next season.   The USF Bulls play in the ACHA.   Villucci a Davie, FL native is in his first season with Tampa.

"We are extremely happy for Dominec and his choice of continuing his education and hockey with the USF Bulls," said Associate Head Coach Garrett Strot.

Villucci is the 5th player to commit to a college from this past season's Tampa Bay Juniors.


Thompson Makes College Choice


Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Brock Thompson has decided to continue his hockey career at Division I ACHA Liberty University.  The Liberty Flames are located in Lynchburg, VA and are an independent team in the ACHA Division I.

Brock was Tampa's Captain this past season.  He was limited to 19 games played do to injuries.  In the 2014-15 season Brock played in 39 games getting 17 points and help the team advance to the USPHL Elite Final Four.

Brock is the 4th member of the 2015-16 Tampa Team to commit following Joe Grout (Post University, NCAA Div II), Brandon Goudreau (U of S New Hampshire, NCAA Div III) and Trey Stern (Florida State ACHA Div III).  Former Tampa Junior Jared Goudreau also committed to U of Southern New Hampshire.

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