by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors are proud to announce the signing of Defenseman Ryan Vlaisavljevich, Forward Curtis Hansen and Forward Nick Hames.
Ryan is no stranger to TBJ as he played with the team last October in the Hampton Roads Showcase. "I saw Ryan play last summer, said Coach Garrett Strot, he is a big, physical defenseman who sees the ice well and makes good decisions with the puck. He handled himself very well as a player still in high school when he came to Hampton Roads with us."
Ryan played last season for St. Thomas Academy high School in St. Paul, MN. He is a 6'5" defenseman and was the first player to sign with TBJ for the 16-17 season.
Curtis is also no stranger to TBJ. "I have watched Curtis since he was in 9th grade, said Coach Garrett Strot, he is a very skilled player with good hockey sense and makes players around him better."
Curtis, a forward,played last season for Prior Lake High School. He helped lead his team to the section finals scoring 3 goals in the playoffs.
Nick, who is from St. Louis Park, MN, played the previous 2 seasons with the Madison Capitals U18 Midget Major team of the naphl. "Nick is a big forward with a heavy shot, said Coach Garrett Strot, he also is a very powerful skater."
"TBJ is excited about all 3 of these players and expect them to all be key contributor's to our team next season." said Coach Strot
by D Dunn
The Tampa Bay Juniors are proud to announce the signings of Michigan forwards Donald Alchin and Austin Simpson.
"I was able to scout both players at a camp in Indiana", said Head Coach Brett Strot, "They both have great minds for the game, and skate and move the puck very well."
Alchin, '98 birthdate is from Taylor, Michigan and Simpson, '97 birthdate is from Southgate, Michigan.
Brett Strot is serving as an assistant coach with Team USA for the fourth time at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship. It is the second time he is on the staff for the IIHF Women’s World Championship after helping guide the team to a gold medal in 2015. He also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team at the Under-22 Series vs. Canada in 2014 and 2015. A native of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Strot is the founder and president of Hockey International and is currently the head coach of the USPHL Tampa Bay Junior (Elite and USP3HL) teams. Prior to coaching junior hockey, Strot was an assistant coach for the Jacksonville Barracudas of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Strot played eight consecutive years (1990-98) of professional hockey in four different leagues (CoHL, ECHL, IHL, WCHL) before returning to play parts of three seasons (2002-04, 2005-06) with the Jacksonville Barracudas (SPHL, WHA2 and ACHL). He also played collegiately at the University of Minnesota (WCHA) from 1986-90.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vitalii Mikhailov and Axel Meurling were both named Stars of the Week by the USPHL.
Over the weekend at the winter showcase in Marlboro, MA Vitalii Mikhailov, from Russia, had 6 goals and 7 assist including a game tying and overtime winning goal vs the PAL Islanders.
Axel Meurling, from Sweden, had 5 goals and 3 assist including a hat trick vs the Bay State Breakers.
South Division Continues Dominance over North
After going 28-10 in the Islander Showcase in November the USPHL Elite South Division continued its dominance over their northern counterparts, at the Winter Showcase in Marlboro, MA, by going 26-11. The Florida Eels, Atlanta Knights, Carolina Eagles and Potomac Patriots each won all 4 of their games followed by the Tampa Bay Juniors and Hampton Road Whalers who each won 3 games.
The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite and USP3 had a strong showing in the Winter Showcase in Marlboro, MA this past weekend. The Elite team went 3-1 while the USP3 went 2-2.
The Elite Team started the showcase with a tough 2-1 loss to the Jersey Hitmen. Chase Jungels scored Tampa's lone goal as the Hitmen scored the game winner with 23 seconds to go in the game. Tampa goalie Evan Bisek made 27 saves.
Tampa would bounce back in game 2 vs the Bay State Breakers with an 8-3 victory. Tampa was led by Axel Meurling who had the hattrick. Linemate Vitalii Mikhailov would add 2 more goals as the Mikhailov, Jungels, Meurling line combined for 5 goals and 7 assist. Also scoring 2 goals was Jonathan Grodzki and Raven Woodring added one.
In game 3 Tampa took a 5-0 lead on Syracuse with Matt Bartel opening the scoring with Jungels and Mikhailov each adding 2 goals for the 5-0 lead. Syracuse would battle back on penalties taken by Tampa which resulted in two 5 on 3 power play goals against that would pull Syracuse to within one, but Woodring sealed the win with an empty net goal.
In game 4 Tampa played the PAL Islanders. Again Tampa would jump out to a 4-1 lead with goals from Meurling (2), Jace Dorman and Grodzki. But Tampa penalties again allowed the Islanders back in it when they scored back to back power play goals on a 5 on 3. With the Islanders up 5-4 Tampa pulled Bisek for an extra attacker and Mikhailov scored the tying goal with 7 seconds to go in the game with assist to Brandyn Matte and Alex Groner. But Mikhailov wasn't done as he scored the game winner in overtime with assist from Mitch Kimball and Luke Perunovich. For the showcase the Mikhailov, Jungels, Meurling line combined for 14 goals and 17 assist.
USP3 Goes 2-2
The USP3 team went 2-2 in the showcase. They opened also with a tough 3-2 loss to Steele City despite out shooting them 42-34. Mason Ledbetter scored the 2 goals for Tampa.
The USP3 team would also bounce back with a 6-2 win over Marquette. Saxon Greene led the way with 2 goals. Shane Lynch, Ledbetter and Ethyn Altman would also score. Tommy Yore finished off the scoring with a goal and also added 3 assist. Aiden Curry was in net for the win.
In game 3 Tampa would play the Islanders Hockey club. Tampa would pull out a 3-2 victory with a goal from Lynch and power play goals each by Steve Kasper and Ledbetter. Michael Doherty had 21 saves for the win.
Game 4 didn't go so well for Tampa as the Frederick Freeze took them down 9-3. scoring for Tampa was Brian Brady, Kasper and Yore.
Tampa Elite and USP3 Tams finally play at home again this Saturday vs the Florida Eels. USP3 5:15pm Elite 8:00pm
Former Tampa Bay Junior Roope Hinz helped Team Finland to today's Gold Medal Game in the World Juniors. Roope scored a goal in Finland's 2-1 win over Sweden in the semi finals to put Finland in the Gold Medal Game vs Russia.
Roope played for Tampa in the 2012-13 season where he had 20 goals and 15 assist. Hintz was a 2nd round pick of the Dallas Stars in last summers NHL Draft.
The Tampa Bay Juniors wish Roope the best of luck in today's Gold Medal Game!
by D. Dunn
Both the Tampa Elite and USP3 teams finished off the Palm Beach Winter Showcase Victorious on the last day. Vitalii Mikhailov of the Elite Team and Mason Ledbetter of the USP3 Team each had 4 goals to lead their prospective teams in the wins.
The Elite team played the Carolina Eagles in game 4 of the showcase. Mikhailov got things rolling just 1:26 into the game with his first goal from Axel Meurling and Chase Jungels. After Carolina tied it Jungels scored from Meurling and Dillon Scammon to regain the lead. Carolina would score 2 more before the break to take a 3-2 lead.
After the break it was Mikhailov time. Just :49 seconds in Mikailov scored his first of 3 straight goals with assist to Meurling and Luke Perunovich on the power play. At the 12:10 mark Mikilov got the hattrick from Jungels and Eric Pristyazhnyuk and 6 minutes later he finished off for his 4th goal of the game with an assist to Jungels. Evan Bisek had 37 saves for the win.
Overall the Elite team went 1-1-2 at the showcase losing 3-2 in a shootout to the Charlotte Rush. Jungels had both goals for Tampa. In game 2 Tampa lost 4-3 in overtime to the Potomac Patriots and in the 3rd game lost 2-1 to the Richmond Generals. Goalie Evan Bisek finished the showcase with a .933 save % and a 2.75 goals against.
The USP3 Team also finished on a strong note dumping the Charlotte Rush 7-1. Tommy Yore opened the scoring with assist to Saxon Greene and Steve Kasper. Ethan Chadwell scored shortly after with assist to Ledbetter and Cameron Cipollone. Greene made it 3-0 with assist to Steve Annas and Chase Spinale.
Then it was Ledbetter Time. Mason Ledbetter scored his first of 4 straight goals just before the break with assist to Brian Brady to make it 4-0 Tampa. After the break Ledbetter scored just :47 seconds in with assist to Brady and Chadwell. 8 minutes later Ledbetter got the hattrick on the power play from Chadwell and brady to make it 6-0 Tampa. Not to be out done by the Elite's Vitalii Mikhailov, Ledbetter scored his 4th goal again with help from linemates Brady and Chadwell. For the game the line combined for 12 points.
The USP3 Team ended the showcase 2-2, losing Hampton Roads and the Carolina Eagles. The USP3 team also knocked off 2nd place Richmond Generals 6-4, Brady led the way with 2 goals and an assist.
Both teams take a 2 week break for Christmas and return in January for the Boston Showcase in Marlboro, MA.
by D. Dunn
The Tampa Bay juniors Elite Team defeated the Florida Eels Saturday afternoon 3-2 at the Skatium in Fort Myers.
Chase Jungels broke open the scoreless game with a goal with just 42 seconds left in the first period. Assisting on the goal was Trey Stern and newcomer Vitalii Mikhalov. In the second period Jungels scored again with an assist from Stern at the 4:23 mark to give Tampa the 2-0 lead. Less than 3 minutes later the Eels would get on the board to cut the lead in half after 2 periods.
The 3rd period saw Tampa regain the 2 goal lead on a shorthanded goal by Axel Meurling assisted by Jonathan Grodzki. The Eels again cut the lead to one with a goal at the 12:09 mark but goalie Evan Bisek made that lead hold on with 45 saves for the win.
Tampa USP3 Loses to Blades
Despite getting 49 shots on goal the Tampa USP3 team lost 5-2 to the Florida Blades Sunday at the Germain Arena in Fort Myers. Scoring for Tampa were Matt Bartel and Zach Marquardt.
Stern Heading to School
Tampa Elite Trey Stern will be heading to Florida State University beginning the second semester. Trey will play hockey with the ACHA Team. Also on the team is Wally Stern, Trey's brother, Jacob Haynes and Michael Demicelli who both played with the Tampa Empire team last season.
ELITE and USP3 Palm Beach Winter Showcase 12/17-20
Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Goalie Joe Grout has committed to Post University. Joe will join Post University at the start of the second semester. Post is an independent Division 2 school that will be joining the Northeast 10 Conference in the 2016-17 season.
"This opportunity came up for Joe and it gives him a chance to play right away as the team prepares to move to the NE10 next season, said Coach Garrett Strot, we wish Joe the very best and thank him for his time with us in Tampa."
The Post Eagles are located in Waterbury, CT.
The USPHL Elite teams met this past weekend in the Islander Showcase in Tyngsborough, MA. In the showcase the Elite Southern Division goes against its Northern Division counterparts. The Southern Teams had a very strong showing going 27-10 vs the north.
The Carolina Eagles led the way with a perfect 4-0 record. The Florida Eels also had 4 wins going 4-2 in the showcase. None of the southern teams finished below .500 in the showcase.
"This shows you how strong the Elite Southern Division is," said Tampa's Associate Head Coach Garrett Strot, "from top to bottom it is one of the top Tier III Junior Divisions in the country."
The Southern Division talent will be showcased in Palm Beach December 17-20 in its Winter Classic as it has its second showcase of the season.
Tampa Bay Juniors Head Coach Brett Strot has been named to the coaching staff for Team USA Women's National Team that will compete in the Four Nations Cup November 4th-8th in Sundsvall, Sweden.
The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament that has been held in varying forms since 1996 (previously the Three Nations Cup). It has taken place 19 times and the United States has competed 18 times, having not participated in 2001. The roster features 13 members of the gold medal-winning 2015 U.S. Women's National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship including Anne Schleper who has been training with the Tampa bay Juniors.
"This is a great honor to represent the USA and have this opportunity to coach the Women's National Team" said Coach Strot, who was also an assistant for last springs gold medal winning team at the World Championships. Former NHL player Ken Klee is the Head Coach with Rob Stauber and Chris Tamer rounding out the coaching staff.
The Tampa Bay Juniors wish coach Strot and the Women's National Team Good Luck in Sweden!