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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.


Tampa Bay Juniors Have 7 Players Named Top players

The USPHL came out with its Divisional Top Players, voted on by the coaches, and Tampa saw 7 of its players named to the team.

In the Elite Division named to the team were Forward Brandon Goudreau, Defenseman Nick Frankich and Goalie Michael Krch.

In the Empire Division named to the team were forwards Benoit Chin and Steven Noyes, Defensemen Brandon Napoli and Goalie Sam Coleman.

Congratulations to these players!!!

Three USA Women's Olympic Players to Skate with Tampa Juniors

Hilary Knight - Brianna Decker - Anne Schleper


Three members of the 2014 Women's Olympic team will Skate Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Team.  The team members are Anne Schleper, Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker.  Schleper has been skating and training with the team all season.  Tampa's Head Coach Brett Strot also works with the Women's National Team.

Krch Commits to Becker College


by D. Dunn

Tampa Bay Elite goalie Michael Krch has committed to play this season for NCAA Division III Becker College of the ECAC Northeast.

Krch from Justice, ILL led the Tampa Elite team to new heights last season.   Michael's play helped Tampa to playoff series wins against the  Florida Eels and Atlanta Knights in route to the USPHL Elite Final Four.

"Michael came in and did a great job for us all season" said Associate Head Coach Garrett Strot.  "He proved to be one of the top goalies in the Elite League and we expect him to continue with that success at the college level."

Krch was voted co-MVP last season for Tampa.  He had an 18-9-3 record in the regular season with a 2.23 gaa and .922 save % with 3 shutouts.

The Tampa Bay Juniors wish Michael all the best and good luck!

Krch is the 7th player to commit to a NCAA or ACHA College from last seasons team.

Malvin Commits to Concordia, Wisconsin

Former Tampa Bay Junior Nick Malvin of Blaine, MN has committed to play hockey at Concordia in Wisconsin.  Concordia plays in the NCHA.

Nick played for Tampa in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.  Nick also was MVP as the goalie for the Elite team.





Goudreau, Smith heading to NAHL's Aberdeen Wings


by D. Dunn

Brandon Goudreau ('96 Lithia, FL) and Connor Smith ('97 Valrico, FL) have both made the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL.  Brandon and Connor participated this weekend at Aberdeen's final camp in St. Paul, MN.  After the camp was over both players were told that they will be coming to Aberdeen to play for the Wings.

Goudreau was Tampa's 2nd leading scorer last season with 15 goals and 34 assist for 49 points in 41 games played, he also was a +19.

Smith last season led the defensemen with 5 goals and 19 assist for 24 points in 49 games.  He also led the team with a +25.

Smith and Goudreau become the 5th and 6th players from last year's Elite team to move up to either the NAHL or USPHL Premier.

The Tampa Bay Juniors want to wish both Conor and Brandon good luck!!

Former Tampa Bay Junior, Roope Hinz, Drafted in 2nd Round of NHL Draft


Former Tampa Bay Junior Roope Hinz from Ilves, Finland was taken in the 2nd round, 49th overall, by the Dallas Stars in the NHL draft this past Saturday.

Roope, a 6' 3" forward, played for Tampa's Empire team during the 2012-13 season scoring 20 goals along with 15 assist.  He also played for Finland's IIHF World Junior Team this past winter.

"Roope was one of the most skilled players we have ever had, said Tampa's Head Coach Brett Strot, I am very excited for him and feel Dallas got a top end talent."

Roope is the 2nd former player to go through Coach Strot's program to get drafted in the NHL joining Brian Ferlin who was taken in the 4th round by the Boston Bruins in 2010.


Frankich, Goudreau, Wild All Sign With Premier Teams


Nick Frankich, Jared Goudreau and Romain Wild have all signed to play with teams in the USPHL Premier League.

Frankich who last season played in 46 games signed with the Rochester Americans.  Nick had 3 goals 9 assists with a plus 9 and had 37 block shots.

Goudreau played in 27 games last season and led the team with 30 goals and 27 assists for 57 points.  He also was a plus 25.  Jared signed with the PAL Islanders.

Wild played in 48 games and had 10 goals and 6 assist.  Romain signed with the new Okanagan Hockey Europe Team that will compete in the Premier Division.

Tampa has now sent 4 players to the Premier League as those 3 join Christopher Astrom who signed with Philadelphia earlier.

Stang signs Tender with Minot

Jack Stang who played 23 games with Tampa this season has signed a Tender with the NAHL's Minot Minotauros.  Jack had 14 goals and 26 assist and was a plus 21 in his time with Tampa.






Luke Perunovich Signs with Tampa Juniors


by D. Dunn

The Tampa Bay Juniors have announced the signing of defenseman Luke Perunovich for the 2015-16 season.  Luke from Edina, MN played high school hockey at Edina, a Minnesota High School power house. 

"We are very excited to have Luke join our program," said Associate Head Coach Garrett Strot, "he comes from a tradition rich program.  He is a smooth skater and brings a lot of skill to our back end."

Edina is coached by former NHL defenseman Curt Giles.  Giles has led Edina to 9 straight state tournaments winning 3 titles.


Conery commits to Bryn Athyn


by D. Dunn

Tampa Bay Juniors Elite player Ryan Conery has decided to continue playing hockey at ACHA Bryn Athyn.  Bryn Athyn made it to the National semi finals last season before losing to Michigan State.

Ryan from Acton, MA played the last 2 seasons with Tampa.  Tampa Bay Juniors wish Ryan the best in his college career.

Mulholland, Pata Re-sign with Tampa Juniors


by D. Dunn

Max Mulholland and Angelo Pata have both decided to return to play for the Tampa Bay Juniors for the 2015-16 season.  "we are excited to have both return to our program", Head Coach Brett Strot said.  both were a big part in our USP3 team having its most successful season."

Mulholland came later in the season last season tallying 12 goals in 31 games played.  Pata played in 38 of the 40 games tallying 2 goals.

Goudreau, Smith, Thompson Participate in Aberdeen Pre-draft camp

Brandon Goudreau, Brock Thompson and Connor Smith will all be participating this weekend in the Aberdeen Wings pre draft camp in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Aberdeen plays in the Central Division of the NAHL.

Goudreau was the teams 2nd leading scorer with 44 points and Smith led the team as a plus 25.



Astrom Signs with Flyers of the USPHL Premier


by D. Dunn

Christopher Astrom of the Tampa Bay Elite team has signed to play with the Philadelphia Flyers of the USPHL Premier for the 2015-16 season.

Astrom was Tampa's 3rd leading scorer this past season with 19 goals and 24 assist along with being a plus 15.

The Flyers play in the USPHL Premier Division where more than 65 players this past season have committed to NCAA Division I Schools.

Ledbetter resigns with Tampa Bay Juniors


by Dickie Dunn

Mason Ledbetter has re-signed to play with the Tampa Bay Juniors for the 2015-16 season.

"We are very excited on having Mason continue his development with us next season", Head Coach Brett Strot said, "he is a very dynamic and impact player."

Mason had 21 goals and 13 assist and was a plus 9 last season in 32 games played.  He also was the teams leading scorer in the playoffs with 5 goals and 4 assist.

Cipollone also signs

Cameron Cipollone also signed with the Tampa Bay Juniors for the 2015-16 season.  "Cameron came to our evaluation camp this past weekend and was an immediate impact" replied Associate Head Coach Garrett Strot.

Tampa Juniors will continue to look at players for next season this up coming weekend, bringing a team to the USPHL Spring Showcase in Marlboro, MA.

Connor Smith Participates in USHL Combine

Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Defenseman Connor Smith participated this past weekend in the USHL Combine in Illinois.  The USHL invites top '97 & '98 players from around the country to the combine in preparation for their up coming draft.

Connor this past season had 3 goals and 15 assist and led the team with a plus 25.


Odgers Commits to Aurora University


Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Team Captain Ryan Odgers has committed to play hockey next season for Aurora University a NCAA Division III school in Illinois. Aurora plays in the NCHA Conference.

Ryan will be joining 3 other former Tampa Junior players at Aurora.  David Cross, Paul Lochner and Ben Winter all previously played for Tampa prior to going to Aurora.

Ryan had 5 goals and 13 assist was a plus 6 and led the team with 38 block shots this past season.   Good Luck to Ryan next season!

Tampa Juniors Trio Commit to Florida Golf Coast


Richie Foy, Tucker Barone and Steven Noyes are taking their talents to ACHA power house Florida Golf Coast University next season.  

Foy this season had 6 goals and 10 assist and was a plus 3.  Barone a defensemen had 3 goals and 7 assist and was also a plus 3.  Both players played for the Elite team.

Noyes this season had 25 goals and 36 assist and was a plus 35 while playing for the Empire team.

Tampa wishes all 3 good luck next season!

Tampa Elite Name 2015-16 Award Winners


The Tampa Bay Elite Team announced their 2015-16 award winners at a team get together last Saturday.

Best Student Athlete:  Connor Smith

Most Improved Player:  Jeff Gardner

Most Determined Player:  Nick Frankich

Best Defensive Player:  Drake Stimpson

Unsung Hero:  Connor Smith

Rookie of the Year:  Brock Thompson

Best Offensive player:  Jared Goudreau

Most Valuable Player:  Jared Goudreau / Michael Krch

Captains: Ryan Odgers / Nick Frankich / Drake Stimpson / Richie Foy


Tampa Empire Name 2015-16 Award Winners


The Tampa Bay Juniors Empire Team announced their 2015-16 Award winners at an end of season get together last Saturday.

Best Student Athlete:  Jonathon Grodzki

Most Improved Player:  Jacob Haynes

Most Determined Player:  Peter Lopez

Best Defensive Player:  Brandon Napoli / Sam Coleman

Unsung Hero:  Max Mulholland

Rookie of the Year:  Justin Kilker

Best Offensive Player:  Benoit Chin

Most Valuable Player:  Benoit Chin / Steven Noyes

Captains:  Dylan Longo / Peter Lopez

Brett Strot Named to US Women's National Team Staff

Tampa Bay Juniors Head Coach Brett Strot has been named an Assistant Coach of the Women's National Team competing at the World Championships in Malmo, Sweden coming up in April.

The team will comprise of many of the players that played in the past Olympics in Sochi, Russia including Anne Schlepper who trained this past season with the Tampa Elite Team.


Tampa Defeats Hampton Roads in Game 1 of Elite Final Four


by Dickie Dunn

The Tampa Bay Juniors defeated the Hampton Roads Whalers 3-2 in game 1 of the USPHL Elite Final Four.  Tampa jumped to an early lead with a goal from Jared Goudreau on assist from Christopher Astrom and Trey Stern.

With a 1-0 lead after the 1st period Tampa took a 2-0 lead on Ryan Conery's goal assisted by Connor Smith.  Hampton Roads came back with two power play goals, one on a 5 on 3 and the second with one second left in the insuing power play to even the score at 2.  But before the second period ended Drake Stimpson scored on a centering pass from Raven Woodring and a second assist from Ryan Odgers to regain the lead for Tampa.

Hampton Roads kept pressuring the attack in the 3rd period but Michael Krch and Tampa's defense kept Hampton at bay and held on for the 3-2 victory.  Tampa now plays the Boston Junior Bruins and the Syracuse Stars Thursday to determine who plays for the championship Friday.


Tampa heads to Boston for Elite Division Final Four


by Dickie Dunn

The Tampa Bay Juniors will be heading to Boston this week for the USPHL Elite Division Final Four.   Tampa won two game three's over the Florida Eels and the Atlanta Knights in the first two rounds of the playoffs.  They now will play the Hampton Roads Whalers, Boston Jr Bruins and the winner of the Syracuse/New Jersey series in a round robin format.

After the teams play each other the top two teams will play for the Elite Division Championship.  The winner of that goes on to the National Tournament.

Tampa Opens with Hampton Roads on Wednesday 3/11 at 2:10 pm.  Game 2 will be Thursday 3/12 vs the Boston Jr Bruins at 11:10 am and game 3 will also be Thursday vs Syracuse/New Jersey at 8:30 pm.  The Championship game will be Friday 3/13 at 2:00 pm.

All games can be seen on

Tampa blanks Atlanta to move on to Elite Finals in Boston Mar 11-13

Published: Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015
The Tampa Bay Juniors punched their ticket to the USPHL finals yesterday, with a thrilling 2-0 win over the Atlanta Juniors Knights, winning the Elite South playoff series 2 games to 1..

After a scoreless first period in which each team showed their defensive prowess, Tampa Bay finally got on the board as Jared Goudreau blasted home a power play goal from the left circle. The unassisted gioal, coming at 15:04, gave the Juniors a 1-0 lead through 40 minutes.

In the third, the two teams battled up and down the ice with good scoring chances both ways, but neither team was able to find the back of the net. Finally, Tampa Bay would strike on a 2-on-1 break, as Jared Goudreau, skating through the right circle, fed his brother Brandon on the left side. Brandon picked the puck off the goaltenders' pads and shoveled it home for the all-important insurance goal. Connor Smith also assisted, starting the play with an outlet pass from his own zone to Jared Goudreau at the far blue line. The goal, coming at 17:22, gave the Juniors the cushion they needed and they would hold on from there for the 2-0 win.

Tampa Bay outshot the Knights 35-30. Michael Krch was in command throughout, stopping all 30 shots he faced. Samuel Kany was strong as well, making 33 saves. The Juniors were 1-for-6 on the power play and 6-of-6 on the penalty kill, finishing the series 19-of-20 with a pair of short handed goals.

Tampa Bay will now take part in the USPHL's Elite playoff finals. The games, taking place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 11th, 12th and 13th, will be played at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Follow all the action on and

Tampa Empire Defeats Eels in Thrilling Game Three

Published: Monday, 23 Feb 2015

The Tampa Bay Juniors Empire team rolled to a 7-2 win Saturday night, winning their first round playoff series with the Florida Eels 2 games to 1 in the process.

Mason Ledbetterbetter, from Tanner Frankich at 6:26 and Benoit Chin, from Steven Noyes at 11:01, staked Tampa Bay to a 2-0 lead after one.
In the second period, a Frankich goal, assisted by Ledbetter and Tyler Camposano at 1:01, grew the Juniors lead to 3-0. Just over two minutes later, at 3:36, Bryan Miller scored for the Eels to get them on the board, trailing 3-1. Tampa Bay then scored twice to take command. Noyes scored from Michael Demiceli and Brandon Napoli at at 16:59 to make it 4-1, then Demiceli lit the lamp on the power play, assisted by Chin and Ledbetter at 18:35, increasing theJuniors lead to 4, at 5-1. The Eels weren't done though. Jordan Court scored on the power play at 19:38, slicing the deficit to 5-2 after two.
Tampa Bay would come out in the third and score twice while holding the Eels off the board, to take the game in decisive fashion. Chin scored on the power play from Peter Lopez and Noyes at 7:38 for a 6-2 lead, then Ledbetter scored a power play goal at 17:47, assisted by Nathan Glick and Sam Coleman, giving the Juniors the 7-2 win.
The Eels held a 40-38 shots advantage. Colemen made 38 saves for Tampa Bay, Sergey Hall and Nolan Greene combined to stop 31 shots for the Eels. The Juniors were 3-for-9 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill. Tampa Bay now moves on to meet the Florida Junior Blades in round two best-of-three next weekend, with the schedule yet to be determined.

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