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TBJ Joins Up With Saddlebrook Sports Performance

The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club is proud to announce it is joining up with  Saddlebrook Sports Performance to work together for off ice training.  "Saddlebrook is a world class resort, said Coach Brett Strot, they have a great facility with a 50 yard turf field where we can do our sprint training.  Plus it allows us to enjoy the Florida weather in the winter."

Also Chris May and his staff will be working with the players on plyometrics and explosiveness along with the sprinting.  Saddlebrook Sports Performance works with many professional players during their off seasons and will be a huge resource for the Tampa Bay Juniors.

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.

TBJ Elite/USP3 split series with Hawks


by D Dunn

The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite and USP3 Teams split their series this weekend with the Palm Beach Hawks.  Both teams would win Saturday night 8-3 and 4-3 respectively, but both would take it on the chin Sunday at Palm Beach.

Gabe Heifort was the winning goalie for the Elite team Saturday and Austin Simpson led the weekend with 3 goals.  Jayce Dorman would chip in 2 goals on the weekend along with Curtis Hansen (2g 1a).  Mason Ledbetter had 1 goal and 3 assist on the weekend.  Next up for the Elite team is this Saturday in Fort Myers with a big game verse the Eels.

The USP3 Team would also win game one in the series 4-3 led by a goal and 2 assist for Peter Celetka who just returned from an injury back in September.  Perry Giannino would get the win making 48 saves in his return to his home town.  Patrick Brower also would had a goal and an assist in the game.  The USP3 Team next plays in Daytona next Sunday.

USP3 Defenseman Spencer Geer Named POTW

Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 defenseman Spencer Geer was named player of the week for defensemen in the USPHL.  Geer on the weekend versus Atlanta had 2 goals and an assist.  Geer is currently on a 4 game goal scoring streak.

TBJ Has Successful Boston Trip


by D Dunn

The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club just finished the Islander HC Showcase in North Andover, MA this past weekend with the USP3 team going 2-1-1 and the Elite team going 2-2.


The USP3 Team started off the showcase with a 4-3 ot win over the Ironwood Yoopers.  Game 2 saw TBJ take on the north division leading Islander Hockey Club.  Tbj would again go to overtime but this time they would fall short 3-2.

Game 3 saw TBJ face another top northern team, the Jersey Hitmen.  The game would be tied 2-2 after the first half buy New Jersey would score the only goal in the second half for the 3-2 win.  TBJ would bounce back though with a resounding 9-1 win over the West Sound Warriors.  Adam Zimmerman and Kyle Vargas would lead the way with 4 points each over the weekend.  (Zimmermann 3 goals 1 assist, Vargas 1 goal 3 assist)  Bryce Starling also had 3 goals with Casey Bahl  and Luke Zimmermann also chipping in 3 points each.


The TBJ Elite team would open with the PAL Islanders.  After taking a 4-0 lead to the half TBJ poured it on in the second to win 7-1.  Chase Jungels led the way with 2 goals.  In game 2  TBJ would lose a tough one 3-2 to the Syracuse Stars despite outshooting the Stars 20-13 in the second half as TBJ bid to tie it fell short.

Game 3 was a wild one verse the Rochester Monarchs.  Rochester would take a 3-1 lead into the break but TBJ would come storming back with 4 straight goals led by Curtis Hansen's hattrick.  But Rochester wasn't done either, scoring 2 goals late to tie it before Tommy Yore scored the game winner with 29 seconds left to give TBJ the 6-5 win.  On the final game of the showcase Tampa would fall to a tough South Shore Kings team 4-1.

Over the weekend Hansen would lead the way with 4 goals 2 assist, Jungels 3 goals, Mason Ledbetter 2 goals 2 assist, Jory McWilliams 2 goals 1 assist and Nick Hames 4 assist.

USP3 Close But No Cigar vs Blades


by D Dunn

The Tampa USP3 team Saturday night at the Ellenton Ice Arena came up short in handing the Florida Eels their first loss of the season 4-3.  In a spirited game from the beginning the Blades would jump out to a 1-0 lead before Jacob Haynes (Luke Gibb, Zach Parker) would tie it 1-1.  The goal would give TBJ life and then a goal by Luke Gibb (Xander Pivovarnik, Kyle Vargas) would give TBJ the lead 2-1.

After the Blades tied it again TBJ continued pressing and Gibb's (Max Mulholland, Haynes) second goal of the game would put TBJ back in the lead.  With the Blades having a 5 on 3 PP for 1:14, TBJ was able to kill it off but the Blades would score with the remaining PP time to tie it 3-3.  With the clock running down the Blades would score the winning goal at the 18:59 mark of the 3rd period.  Nate Andersen had 44 savs in the tough loss.

TBJ Elite Sweep Eels


by D Dunn

The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite team swept the Florida Eels over the weekend by scores of 7-4 and 3-0.  With the wins Tampa moved into 4th place in the South Division and are 5-1-1 in their last 7 games.

Saturday at the Ellenton Arena Jory McWilliams (Mason Ledbetter, Ryan Vlaisavijevich) would get Tampa started scoring at the 13:17 mark of the first period.  Just 34 seconds into the second period McWilliams (Donald Alchin, Austin Simpson) would find the back of the net again to put TBJ up 2-0.  The Eels would cut the lead in half but Tommy Yore would put TBJ back up by 2.  TBJ wasn't done in the period though as Zack Marquardt (Dillon Scammon, Parker Elvy) and Yore, scoring shorthanded, would each score in the final 5 minutes of the period.

The 3rd period saw the Eels come out strong as they would score 3 straight goals to pull whithin one but defenseman Ryan Vlaisavijevich (Scammon, Elvy) would restore order with a goal to put TBJ back up by 2.  Mason Ledbetter (Gabe Heifort, Saxon Greene) would end any suspence with an empty net goal to seal the victory.

On Sunday in Fort Myers TBJ played probably their most complete game of the year.  Tampa came out strong firing 20 shots on goal in the first period.  Curtis Hansen (John Ferguson, Vlaisavijevich) would break the scoreless game with a power play goal at the 14:39 mark and with 28 seconds left in the 1st Yore (Ferguson, Greene) continued his hot streak to put TBJ up 2-0.

In the 2nd TBJ would extend its lead with another goal by Hansen (Chase Jungels, Nick Hames).  With a 3-0 lead heading to the 3d period TBJ continued to stay on the attack firing 51 shots total at the Eels goalie.  Gabe Heifort would make the score stand as he made 39 saves for the shutout.

TBJ USP3 Split with Daytona


by D Dunn

The Tampa Bay Juniors USP3 Team split it series over the weekend verse the Daytona Racers.  TBJ would jump out first when Kyle Vargas (Max Mulholland, Luke Zimmerman) would score on the Power Play at 8:45 of the first period.  Mulholland (Spencer Geer, Zimmermann) gave TBJ a 2-0 lead with a goal at the 19:17 mark of the period.

TBJ continued its solid play in the second.  Broddey Richards (Evan Jones) put TBJ up 3-0 at the 4:18 mark before Daytona got on the board.  Chase Spinale would once again give TBJ a 3 goal cushion with a power play goal at 11:30 of the period.  Goalie Michael Doherty shut down Daytona in the 3rd period for the win.

Saturday TBJ lost 6-3.  Scoring in the loss were Partick Brower, Casey Bahl and Spinale.

Elite loses in O.T.

TBJ Elite lost a tough game Sunday in overtime to he Florida Eels 4-3.  After being down 1-0 going onto the second period TBJ would tie it on a goal by Jayce Dorman (Chase Jungels, Zack Marquardt).  Tampa and the Eels would continue to trade goals in the period. Down 2-1 Tommy Yore (Craig Campagnolio, Johnny Ferguson) would tie it back up.  Again Florida took the lead and again TBJ tied it back up on a goal by Ferguson (Yore, Dillon Scammon).

The 3rd period saw TBJ take the game over firing 23 shots but Eels goalie Nolan Greene made some spectacular save to keep the game tied.  In O.T. Tampa had a 4 on 3 power play but once again Greene kept TBJ off the board and with 7 seconds before going to a shootout Florida put one in to win it.

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.

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