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Former TBJ Captain Nick Frankich to Play for New England College

9/4/17

Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club is proud to announce that former captain Nick Frankich is heading to New England College to play this season with the Pilgrims.

"We our very proud of Nick," said Head Coach Garrett Strot, "he was a very hard worker and bought into everything we taught and I am not surprised to see him have this success.  New England College is getting not only a top defensemen but a quality individual."

"My time with the Tampa Bay Juniors organization was the key to my development as a hockey player." said Nick, "I started there very young as a 16 year old and I was taught the most important part of hockey, hockey sense.  I would not be at New England College today if it easn't for the TBJ organization getting me off on the right foot and pushing me to be my best every day, on and off the ice!"

New England College is a Division II school located in Henniker, New Hampshire and plays in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC).

Tampa Bay Juniors to Host USA Women's National Team

8/31/17

Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors are proud to announce that both the Elite and Premier teams will play host to the U.S. Women's National Hockey team in exhibition games at Florida Hospital Center Ice.

“It's an honor for us as an organization to be able to host the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team for an Exhibition Game" said head coach Garrett Strot.  “We're really looking forward to these games as the women prepare to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.  It's great for our players to see how they train and compete.  It should be a lot of fun for our players and for the community."

The Women's National team is training at the Florida Hospital Center Ice this fall as they prepare to go for the Gold in South Korea and are coached by owner and former head coach of TBJ Brett Strot.  The games are scheduled for Saturday September 16th at 4:30 pm vs the Elite team and Sunday September 17th at 3:15 pm vs the Premier team.  Tickets will be on sale at the door.

 

TBJ Announces Affiliation with NCDC South Shore

By Brett M Bruneteau and TBJ Staff

The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club is proud to announce its affiliation with the NCDC's South Shore Kings.  "South Shore was one of the two teams we were hoping to get an affiliation with," said Head Coach Brett Strot, "They are a first class organization and with us having a team at the premier level now this will only help in our recruiting of top talent."

The NCDC Affiliate Structure allows for each USPHL Premier team to affiliate with a NCDC team according to the following details:
- Coordination of scouting and tryout camps in addition to year-round player procurement communication.
- Each Premier team will have the right to send a minimum three of its players to the NCDC affiliate for practices and games during the season.
- Tryout and player movement agreements are in place at the league level to create that benefits the NCDC team and each affiliate. 
 
“The USPHL affiliate structure ties together every Junior team in our league,” said USPHL Commissioner Jeff Nygaard.  “This is the culmination of a re-structuring process that will result in our 80-plus Junior teams all pulling in the same direction.  We’re creating an identifiable path from youth to college hockey and beyond, and this is a big part of it.”

TBJ Makes Move to New Rink

The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club have officially moved to their new home, The Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel.  The State of the art facility will be the home for TBJ for the remainder of this season and many seasons after.

The facility will have 4 sheets of ice and a mini rink.  The main rink, called Busch Gardens Rink, will hold about 500+ fans and will be the home rink for TBJ.  It also will feature an olympic size rink and the 4th ice sheet will also be converted for roller hockey, ball hockey, basketball and volleyball.

"This will be an amazing setup for our program, said Head Coach Garrett Strot, along with locker rooms for both teams we will have a turf track right behind our locker room for sprint training along with a skills area for our off ice program.  The rink will also have a weight room and a players lounge for the team."

Florida Hospital also will have a full time staff at the facility for injury care and prevention.

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."

 


TBJ Elite Streak Reaches 7, Premier Splits

12/11/17

Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors HC Elite and Premier teams played the Florida Eels this past weekend in a home and home series.  TBJ Elite would win two thrilling games, 3-2 shootout win Friday and a 4-3 overtime win Sunday to run their winning streak to 7 games and remain in first place in the Florida Division.   TBJ Premier won 7-3 Friday night but saw their 10 game point streak (9-0-1) come to an end Sunday with a 6-5 loss.

Both teams get ready for the Florida Showcase this up coming weekend in Fort Myers at Germain Arena.

Game Recaps
Friday 12/8 @ FHCI

TBJ Elite 3  Florida Eels 2  Shootout
Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz scored the opening goal and the game winning shootout goal.  Zach Parker and Jack Mazur scored the first 2 shootout goals and Perry Giannino's save on the Eels 3rd shooter set up the heroics as Mateusz calmly beat the Eels goalie for the Victory.  Mark Louria would also score for Tampa in regulation.

TBJ Premier 7  Florida Eels 3
Mataj Dejdar, Daniel Seniov and Joey McWilliams each scored 2 goals in Tampa's win Friday.  David Tmej scored the other goal with Saxon Greene, Curtis Hansen and Ryan Vlaisavljevich each getting 2 assist.  Dylan Gluck had 23 saves in the win.

Sunday 12/10 @ Skatium, Ft Myers

TBJ Elite 4 Florida Eels 3  Overtime
Wawrzkiewicz was once again the hero scoring 2 goals including the game winner in overtime.  Parker and Trent Gephart also scored for Tampa with Louria adding 2 assist to keep Tampa in first place.  Jordan Blumberg had 29 saves.

TBJ Premier 5  Florida Eels 6
Christian Louria and McWilliams each had 2 goals and Hansen one as Tampa's come back fell short in the loss to the Eels.  The loss ended Tampa's 6 game winning streak and 10 games without a regulation loss.
 

TBJ Premier and Elite each Win 5th in a row

12-4-17

Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Premier and Elite teams continued their strong play by each defeating the Daytona Racers over the weekend, each extending their winning streaks to 5 games.   

The Elite team was led by Trent Gephart who scored 2 goals in the 4-1 win.  Also scoring was Andrew Behrenfeld, who added 2 assist for his first 3 point game of the seasnon, and Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz who also added an assist.  Daniel Kortenhaus had 11 saves for the win.  TBJ Elite is 8-1 in its last 9 games.

The Premier team pulled out a 6-1 win.  Matej Dejdar and Joey McWilliams each had 2 goals in the win.  Also scoring was Ryan Vlaisavljevich and Parker Elvy with David Tmej getting 3 assist.  Zach Canaan and Curtis Hansen, in his first game back from injury also would each add 2 assist.  Tyler Roy had 30 saves in the victory.  TBJ Premier is 8-0-1 in its last 9 games.

With the wins TBJ Elite remains in 1st place and TBJ Premier moved into 2nd.  Both teams are in action this weekend with a series against the Florida Eels.  TBJ will be hosting a skate with the players Friday night the 8th after the Premier game.

Premier and Elite Sweep Again

11/20/17

Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club, Premier and Elite teams, each swept the Daytona Racers over the weekend for their second consecutive sweeps.  The Premier team would win 7-3 in Daytona and 5-0 at home.  The Elite team won by scores of 5-2 and 5-4 in a shootout.  Saxon Greene led the charge for the Premier team with 5 goals over the weekend and Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz led the Elite team with 3 goals and 2 assist.  

With the sweeps TBJ Premier moved within 1 point of first place and TBJ Elite extended their first place lead to 7 points.  Both teams will take a break for Thanksgiving before resuming the second half of the season Friday December 1st in a rematch with Daytona at the Florida Hospital Center Ice.

Game Recaps

Saturday 11/18/17 at Daytona
TBJ Premier 7  Daytona 3

Saxon Greene would score a hattrick with Jory McWilliams and David Tmej each having 1 goal and 2 assist in the win.  Mark Louria and Zach Puterbaugh also scored to give Tampa a 2-0 lead and Nic Redmond had 32 saves for the victory.

TBJ Elite 5  Daytona 2
Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz had 2 goals and Aiden Kennedy a goal and an assist to lead Tampa in the 5-2 win.  Jaakko Kiukas would add 2 assist with Andrew Behrenfeld and Matt Menkhaus also scoring.  Daniel Kortenhaus  had 22 saves for the win.

Sunday 11/19/17 at Florida Hospital Center Ice
TBJ Premier 5  Daytona 0

Dylan Gluck had 31 saves for Tampa's first shutout of the season.  Saxon Greene continued his big weekend with 2 goals.  Daniel Seniov, David Tmej and Ryan Vlaisavljevich also would score in the 5-0 win.

TBJ Elite 5  Daytona 4 Shootout
Spencer Geer scored with 56 seconds left in the game to tie the score and Zach Parker, Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz and Mark Louria would each score in the shootout to give Tampa the 5-4 come from behind win.  Aiden Kennedy started the come back with his second goal of the weekend and Daniel Kortenhaus shut Daytona down coming in relief during the 3rd period.

Premier and Elite Both Get Sweeps

11/12/17

Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Premier and Elite teams swept the Palm Beach Hawks over the weekend.  TBJ Premier won 5-4 Saturday in Palm Beach before coming home Sunday and winning another back and forth game 6-5 in overtime with Jory McWilliams netting the game winner.   With the sweep, Tampa moved to within 2 points of the first place Hawks.

TBJ Elite also took overtime to win Saturday 5-4 in Palm Beach on Zach Parker's game winner.  Sunday was a different story as Tampa scored three 3rd period goals to pull away 6-1.  TBJ Elite continues its hold on first place with a 12-6-1 record.  

Game Recaps


Saturday 11/11 at Palm Beach
TBJ Premier 5  Palm Beach 4 

Palm Beach would jump to a 4-1 lead before Saxon Greene's 2 goals and an assist helped Tampa come back.  Daniel Seniov had 3 assist in the game including setting up Evan Hoffberg at the 10:56 mark that held up for the winning goal.  Dylan Gluck had 45 saves in goal for the win.

TBJ Elite 5  Palm Beach 4 O.T.
Zach Parker, with an assist from Mark Louria, got the game winner in overtime to give Tampa the thrilling win.  Louria would also add 2 more assist in the back and forth game.  Jordan Blumberg made 27 saves in the win.

Sunday 11/12 at Florida Hospital Center Ice
TBJ Premier 6  Palm Beach 5 O.T.

Jory McWilliams scored at 3:30 of the overtime to lift Tampa to the sweep of the Hawks.  McWilliams would add another goal and an assist with David Tmej and Daniel Seniov each getting 1 goal and 1 assist.   Tyler Roy had 22 saves for the win in goal.

TBJ Elite 6  Palm Beach 1
Perry Giannino had 17 saves in the first two periods before Tampa would score three in the third period to pull away 6-1.  Jaakko Kiukas and Zach Parker each had 2 goals and Mark Louria had 4 assist in the win.  Tampa continues it's lead in the Florida Division with 25 points. 
 

Tampa Bay Juniors HC Premier Take 5 of 6 Points; Elite Split, Remain in First

11/6/17

Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors HC Premier team took 5 of a possible 6 points this weekend with a 7-2 win at Daytona and splitting with the Florida Blades; winning 11-4 Saturday and dropping the rematch Sunday 3-2 in overtime.  Tampa was led by Jory McWilliams who recorded 9 points with 5 goals and 4 assist.  David Tmej had 8 points (3g 5a), Saxon Greene 6 points (2g 4 a) and Daniel Seniov 6 points (1g 5a)
 

The Elite team would split with the Florida Blades, winning 5-1 Saturday before dropping game two in Fort Myers 2-1.  Despite the split Tampa remains in first place in the Florida Divison with a 10-6-1 record.

Both the Premier and Elite teams take on Palm Beach next week in a home and home series.  Tampa visits Palm Beach Saturday with the hawks traveling to Tampa Sunday.

Game Recaps

TBJ Premier 7  Daytona 2
Jory McWilliams netted 2 goals and added 2 assist and David Tmej gad 1 goal and 2 assist to lead Tampa to the 7-2 win.  Saxon Greene also chipped in 1 goal with 2 assist as Dylan Gluck made 25 saves for the win.

TBJ Premier 11  Florida Blades 4
Tampa scored 3 goals in the first 3:52 of the game and never looked back in the rout of the Blades Saturday at Florida Hospital Center Ice.   McWilliams netted his second hattrick of the season as Tmej and Matej Dejdar would each have 2 goals and 2 assist.  Daniel Seniov and Alec Murano each had 5 assist in the victory.  

TBJ Premier 2  Florida Blades 3 O.T.
The rematch saw a totally different game as both teams buckled down defensively.  After falling behind 2-0, Tampa's Ethan Chadwell and Saxon Greene would score to send the game to overtime.  In o.t. Tampa could not get any of it's 7 shots past the Blades goalie before Florida's game winner.  Tampa's Tyler Roy had 51 saves in the loss.

TBJ Elite 5  Florida Blades 1
Back from an injury, Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz scored and added an assist in the win.  Matt Gibbons also had a goal and assist with Brenton Wadsworth, Kyle Vargas and Mark Louria also scoring.  Perry Giannino made 23 saves for the win.

TBJ Elite 1  Florida Blades 2
The rematch Sunday in Fort Myers saw a goal tending duel.  Florida would score 2 goals on breakaways to take a 2-0 lead going into the 3rd period.  Louria finally got one past the Blades goalie but despite outshooting the Blades 14-4 in the third period, couldn't get another one.  Tampa's Daniel Kortenhaus had 32 saves in the loss. 

TBJ Elite Sweeps; Premier Split with Eels

10/30/17

Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club played a home and home series this weekend with the Florida Eels.  The Elite Team continued it's hold on first place with a sweep winning 4-0 Saturday and 3-1 Sunday.  The Premier team split with the Eels over the weekend, losing 5-4 on Friday in Fort Myers and winning 7-5 Sunday in Wesley Chapel.  Both teams play the Florida Blades next weekend, Home Saturday and at Germain Arena Sunday.  The Premier team also plays in Daytona Friday for a make up game that was cancelled from hurricane Irma last month.

Game Recaps

Elite 4  Eels 0
Zach Parker would score 2 goals and Mark Louria scored a goal and added 2 assist in the Tampa Victory.  Evan Hoffberg would also have a goal and an assist in the game.  Goalie Jordan Blumberg made 29 saves for the shutout and continued to add to his shutout streak to 127:26.

Elite 3  Eels 1
Spencer Geer scored 2 goals including an empty net goal to seal the win for Tampa.  Daniel Kortenhaus made 19 saves for the win.  With Palm Beach losing to the Blades, Tampa moved into first place in the division.

Premier 4  Eels 5
 Curtis Hansen would score 11 seconds into the game but Tampa could not hold on as Florida would score 3 early in the second.  David Tmej and Jory McWilliams each would have a goal and an assist in the game.    Later in the game Hansen suffered a serious leg injury and have to leave the game for xrays.  

Premier 7  Eels 5
Tampa would bounce back Sunday to knock off the Eels 7-5.  Jory McWilliams scored a hattrick and Sebastien Vaillencourt scored 2 goals and added an assist in the victory.  David Tmej would add a goal and 2 assist with Saxon Greene also getting 2 helpers.   Tyler Roy made 27 saves in the win. 

Strot, Mara Named to Women's Olympic Coaching Staff

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 16, 2017
 
 

Team USA Support Staff Also Unveiled

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today that Brett Strot (Tampa, Fla.) will serve as associate head coach and Paul Mara assistant coach (Belmont, Mass.) to previously announced head coach Robb Stauber (Medina, Minn.) for the 2017-18 U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team and 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team.

“We have a terrific coaching and support staff,” said Reagan Carey, USA Hockey director of women’s hockey and general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team. “Brett has incredible passion and vision for this team and continues to be an integral part of our success, while Paul has been a terrific new addition to our team with his focus specifically on our defensive core.”

StrotABOUT BRETT STROT: Strot has been involved with the women’s national team since August 2012 and most recently served as an assistant coach with Team USA for the eighth time at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship, where he helped guide the team to a gold medal, the seventh for Team USA in the last eight world championships. Strot was also on the staff for the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2015 and 2016.

He also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2015 and 2016 Four Nations Cups, and a pair of games against Canada in December 2016, including the Team USA Winter Champions Series. He served as an assistant with the U.S. Under-22 Women’s Select Team at the Under-22 Series vs. Canada in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

MaraABOUT PAUL MARA: The 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship marked the second time Mara served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Women's National Team. He served in the same capacity for the U.S. Women’s National Team for a two-game series vs. Canada in December 2016.

The defenseman played parts of 12 seasons in the NHL and was a bronze medalist with Team USA at the 2004 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

 

Team USA Support Staff Also Unveiled
USA Hockey also announced the support staff for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, including strength and conditioning coach Jim Radcliffe (McCloud, Calif.); mental skills coach Dr. Colleen Hacker (Tacoma, Wash.); head scout Matt Kelly (Hope, R.I.); team physician Dr. Ally Howe (Portland, Maine); athletic trainer Sheri Walters (Wapanucka, Okla.); massage therapist Jennifer Chee (Colorado Springs, Colo.); sports dietitian Carrie Aprik (Royal Oak, Mich.); equipment manager Brent Proulx (St. Paul, Minn.); video coordinator Nick Laurila(Carol Stream, Ill.) and communications manager Andrea Mazzarelli (Revere, Mass.).

NOTES: USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams… All members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee … The 2018 Olympic Winter Games will take place Feb. 8-25, 2018, in PyeongChang, South Korea.  

For more info, contact Andrea Mazzarelli (Andrea.Mazzarelli@USAHockey.org/ 719.538.1169)

 

TBJ Elite and Premier split with Palm Beach

10/22/17 
West Palm Beach, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite and Premier teams both split there home and home series with the Palm Beach Hawks over the weekend.  TBJ Elite would win 5-2 Saturday at home and drop the rematch Sunday 7-3.  With the split both Tampa and Palm Beach remain tied for first in the division.  The TBJ Premier team would drop the first game 10-1 but bounce back for 4-3 overtime win Sunday.
Both teams are back at it again next week Vs the Florida Eels. The Premier plays Friday night in Fort Myers at 8:15 pm and the Elite play in Fort Myers Saturday at 3:20 pm.  Both teams will play the Eels at home on Sunday with the Elite game at 11:00 AM followed by the Premier game at 1:45 PM.  All games are on Hockeytv.com.

Recap

Elite 5 Hawks 2
Gehrig Oppenhiemer would score 2 goals in the 3rd period as Tampa scored 4 times to pull away for the win.  Matthew Gibbons, Spencer Geer and Jack Mazur would also score for TBJ with Trent Gephart picking up 2 assist.  Daniel Kortenhaus made 21 saves for the win.

Elite 3 Hawks 7
Mark Louria would score 2 goals with Casey Bahl and Evan Hoffberg each getting 2 assist in the loss.  Zach Parker would also score.

Premier 1 Hawks 10
Jory McWilliams would get the lone goal for Tampa.

Premier 4 Hawks 3 o.t.
David Tmej would net the game winner 2:56 into overtime to get Tampa the win.  Ethan Chadwell scored his first of the season to tie the score at one after the first.   After Jory McWilliams and Curtis Hansen each scored in the second period to give TBJ the lead, Palm Beach would tie it back up in the third before Tmej's heroics.  Dylan Gluck had 53 saves in the win.

Tampa Bay Juniors Elite and Premier both 2-2 in Chicago

10/15/17

Romeoville, IL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club saw both Elite and Premier teams go 2-2 in the USPHL Chicago Showcase over the weekend.  "Overall it was a successful showcase for both teams", said head coach Garrett Strot, "I liked how our guys competed for both teams and we kept pace with the other teams in our division."  Both teams get set this week to play a home and home with the Palm Beach Hawks.

Game Summaries

10/13
Elite 1 Hampton Roads 4

Zach Parker (Gephart) would get the lone goal for Tampa.

Premier 1 Hampton Roads 4
David Tmej (Dejdar, Canaan) would score a power play goal for TBJ as Hampton knocks off Tampa 4-1 again.

Elite 1  Charlotte 4
Zach Parker (Wadsworth, Duncan) would once again score the only goal for TBJ in the loss.

Premier 6  Steele County 2
David Tmej  and Jory McWilliams would eah have 1 goal and 2 assist to lead TBJ to the 6-2 win.  Matej Dejdar, Daniel Seniov, Parker Elvy and Curtis Hansen would also each score with Dylan Gluck making 20 save in the win.

10/14
Elite 4  Richmond 3

After falling behind 3-0, Kyle Vargas, Andrew Behrenfeld and Evan Hoffberg would all score to tie the game at 3 before Gehrig Oppenhiemer's shorthanded goal with 5:40 left in the game gave TBJ the win.  Perry Giannino had 21 saves in the victory.

Elite 2  Potomac 0
Spencer Geer would score on the power play and Mark Louria would add an insurance goal as Jordan Blumberg made 16 saves for the shutout.

Premier 2  Richmond 4
Curtis Hansen and Matej Dejdar each scored to tie the game at 2 but the Generals would get 2 goals late to seal the win.

10/15
Premier 8  MN Mullets 2

Curtis Hansen and Daniel Seniov each scored 2 goals and added 1 assist in the rout of the Mullets.  Matej Dejdar, David Tmej, Jory McWilliams and Parker Elvy added the other goals.  Nic Redmond was in net for the win.

Tampa Bay Juniors Premier and Elite Sweep Blades

10/9/17

Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa bay Juniors Premier and Elite teams each swept the Florida Blades over the weekend in the home and home series, with the premier winning 7-4 and 5-4 and the Elite winning 5-2 and 3-0.

Premier

Friday night would see Tampa come out with a strong start scoring 3 goals in the first period.  Curtis Hansen (Greene, Vaillencourt) would get things started followed by goals from Brock Grandbois (Louria, Puterbaugh) and David Tmej (Celatka, McWilliams) to give TBJ the 3-0 lead after the first.  The Blades would get two goals in the 2nd period but goals by Zach Puterbaugh (Grandbois, Dejdar), Jory McWilliams (Tmej, Elvy) and Daniel Seniov (Hansen, Sirenko) would put Tampa up again by 4 heading into the 3rd.  In the 3rd Grandbois (Dejdar, Puterbaugh) would score his second of the game to put the finishing touches on the 7-4 win.  Nic Redmond had 49 saves in the win.

Saturday's rematch saw both teams go scoreless in the first period.  The Blades though would jump to an early 2-0 lead just 1:18 into the 2nd, but  Grandbois (Tmej, Louria) would score on the power play and Tmej (McWilliam, Elvy) would even it up at 2-2 before the period ended.  In the 3rd Tampa would take the lead 4-2 on goals by Matej Dejdar (Seniov, Louria) and Tmej (Grenne, Seniov).  The Blades though kept coming and eventually woul tie the score at 4.  As the 3rd period was winding down and looking like the game was headed to overtime Daniel Seniov (Greene, Hansen) would net the game winner with just 12 seconds remaining.  Nic Redmond would make 41 saves for his 2nd victory of the weekend.

Elite

The Elite team would start off strong Friday night jumping to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Gehrig Oppenhiemer (Margosian) and Dan Duncan (Mazur, Vargas).  Tampa would add to the lead in the second period on a power play goal by Zach parker (Wadworth, Geer0).  In the 3rd period Tampa continued to build on it's lead on a goal by Jaakko Kiukas (Hoffberg, Gephart).  The Blades would finally score but Aiden Kennedy would put the game away with a shorthanded goal to seal the 5-2 win.  Daniel Kortenhaus made 22 save in the win.

Saturday's rematch saw TBJ continue it's strong play over the weekend.  The score would remain 0-0 after the first period but Tampa would only allow the Blades 4 shots on goal.  In the 2nd period TBJ's defense would continue to be stingy by only allowing 3 shots on goal.  Tampa would also get on the board in the second with 2 goals.  Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz (Kiukas, Geer) and Brenton Wadsworth (Louria, Parker) would give Tampa the 2-0 lead heading into the 3rd period.  Three minutes into the 3rd period Andrew Behrenfeld (Kennedy, Menkhaus) would give TBJ all the scoring they needed as Perry Giannino made 17 saves for the 3-0 shutout.

Next Series

Both the Premier and Elite Teams head to Chicago for the league showcase at the Canlan Ice Arena October 13-15th.

 

Elite Spit, Premier Drop Two vs Hawks

10/2/17

West Palm Beach, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite and Premier teams each took on the Palm Beach Hawks over the weekend with the Elite splitting their 2 games and the Premier dropping both at the Palm Beach Skate Zone.

ELITE

Despite firing over 50 shots on goal, TBJ could only muster up one power play goal early from Ken Malinoski (Duncan, Wadsworth).  Palm Beach's goalie, Tyler Cambell, made it hold up as Palm Beach would get the next 2 goals for the win.  Perry Giannino had 29 saves for Tampa.

In the rematch TBJ would come out strong again with a goal by Jaakko Kiukas (Gibbons) in the first period but Palm Beach would answer right back to tie it.  In the 2nd period Kiukas (Gibbon, Wawrzkiewicz) would score again and Tampa would go into the third period with the lead.  Palm Beach would score the only goal in the 3rd period to send the game to overtime.  In the overtime Evan Hoffberg would end it :38 seconds in on a break away.  Daniel Kortenhaus would have 27 saves in the win.

PREMIER

The Premier team once again suffered one goal defeats in it's game with Palm Beach.  On Saturday TBJ would get off to a good start with a goal by defenseman Christian Louria (Celatka, Chadwell) and take the 1-0 lead into the second period.  In the 2nd both teams traded goals as Palm Beach would tie it but goals by Matej Dejadar (Murano, Grandbois) and Brock Grandbois (Dejdar, Murano) gave Tampa the 3-2 lead going into the 3rd period.  The third would not be kind to Tampa as Palm Beach scored 4 straight goals to take a 6-3 lead.  Tampa would keep pressuring as David Tmej (Elvy, Seniov) and Jory McWilliams (Hansen, Greene) would score in the last 2 minutes but once again just fell short 6-5.

In the rematch Sunday Palm Beach would score 2 goals in the first period with the second one coming with 3 seconds left to take a 2-0 lead after one period.  Louria would score his 2nd goal of the weekend to get TBJ on the board but the Hawks would answer back to keep the 2 goal lead.  The Hawks would take a 3 goal lead early in the 3rd but Parker Elvy (McWilliams, Hansen) would score on the power play.  With 5 minutes to go Elvy (Louria, Tmej) would strike again to pull within one.  Tampa would keep the pressure on but once again they were not able to pull out the game tying goal.

Next Series

Friday 10/6  Premier @ Blades 6:15 PM Elite @ Blades 8:45 PM

Saturday 10/7 HOME vs Blades  Premier 1:15 PM  Elite 4:00 PM

TBJ Premier and Elite Get Season Going

9/25/17

Wesley Chapel - The Tampa Bay Juniors Premier and Elite teams got their season going this past weekend, each with 3 games, after hurricane Irma cancelled the first 2 weekends.  The Elite team went 1-1-1 while the Premier team went 1-2.

Both teams opened the season with a make-up game versus the Florida Eels.  The Premier team would play game 1 on the season and drop the game 7-3.  The Eels would jump out to a 4-1 lead with Daniel Seniov scoring for TBJ.  Tampa would get it to 5-3 on goals by Jory McWilliams and David Tmej but that was as close as they would get in game 1.

The Elite team took the ice later that day and wound up losing 2-1 despite out shooting the Eels 41-29.  Zach Parker would score the lone goal for TBJ on the power play.

The next day saw both the Premier and Elite teams play the Florida Blades in a home and home series Friday and Saturday.  Both teams would go into overtime as the Premier won 7-6 and Elite would drop another close one 3-2.

The Premier team Friday night was led by Saxon Greene's 2 goals and Jory McWilliams game tying goal with 6 seconds left in regulation.  Parker Elvy would net the game winner in o.t. for the win.  Also scoring in the game were Matej Dejdar, Christian Louria and Curtis Hansen.  In the rematch at the FHCI the Blades would turn the table around on TBJ and pull out the 7-6 win.  Elvy, Alec Murano and Brock Grandbois would all score in the first 2 periods to tie the score 3-3 going into the third.  The Blades would get 2 quick goals to start the 3rd period but goals by Dejdar, Greene and McWilliams were not enough as the Blades held on for the win.

The Elite team turned things around Saturday after dropping a tough 3-2 overtime loss Friday night with Jaakko Kiukas and Andrew Behrenfeld providing the offense.  In the Saturday rematch Jack Mazur would get TBJ on the board first before the Blades would tie it.  It stayed 1-1 until the 3rd period when Matt Gibbons and Mateusz Wawrzkiewicz would each score to put TBJ up 3-1.  Perry Giannino would make that score stand as he made 21 saves for the win.

NEXT GAMES

September 30th at Palm Beach: Elite 3:30pm  Premier 6:30pm

October 1st at Palm Beach:  Elite 9:30am  Premier 12:30pm

 

   

Tampa Bay Juniors to Play U.S.A. Women's National Team

After Opener Cancelled; TBJ gets Ready for New Opener

9/11/17

Wesley Chapel, FL - Hurricane Irma has left and the Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club can once again focus on their regular season opener Friday in Daytona.  After Irma cancelled both Premier and Elite games last weekend against the Florida Eels the storm moved through Florida and fortunately for the Tampa Area the winds slowed down and the eye of the storm stayed east.

"We were fortunate", said Head Coach Garrett Strot.  "We had players at a shelter in Saddlebrook and by the time the storm hit here it was nothing more than storms we've had in Minnesota."

Now that Irma has passed players will be heading back into town and TBJ can get back to work.  The Premier Team will play Friday night in Daytona at 6:00 pm.  Both the Elite and Premier teams will play the Women's National Team Saturday and Sunday.  Elite plays the USWNT Saturday September 16th at 4:30 pm and the Premier team plays them Sunday the 17th at 3:15.  Both games will be played at Florida Hospital Center Ice.

Gray Defeats Black in TBJ Inter-squad Game

9/1/17

Wesley Chapel, FL- The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club had their inter-squad game Friday night at the Florida Hospital Center Ice.  The gray team, led by 2 goals from Saxon Greene, defeated the black team 4-2.  Also scoring for the gray team was Andrew Behrenfeld and David Tmej.  Scoring for the black team was Zach Puterbaugh and Brenton Wadsworth.

After the game the coaches split the teams into Premier and Elite as they prepare for their opening weekend. The two teams will have holiday weekend off and get back at it Tuesday to get ready for the home opener on Friday September 8th vs the Eels.

 

Tampa Bay Juniors HC Season Gets Underway

8/29/17

by D Dunn

The 2017-18 season officially started Monday as players for both the Premier and Elite teams hit the ice at the Florida Hospital Center Ice.  "We are very excited for the start of the season," said new Assistant Coach Rett Vossler, "I liked what I saw in the players work ethic and skill on this first day."

TBJ will run a training camp this first week as players for both teams skate together and will end the week with an intrasquad game on Friday.  "We wanted to do it a little different this year" said Head Coach Garrett Strot.  "We wanted both teams together that first week so players can get to know guys on each team and not just skate with their group."

The first day was a fast pace practice with players working hard trying to impress the coaching staff as they decide between Premier and Elite.  "We have a pretty good idea of Premier and Elite players, said Coach Strot, "but there are a few spots up in the air and we will have to decide which team will best help the player for their development."

Training camp continues all week at FHCI from 3:30-6:00 pm and the intrasquad game will be friday at 4:30pm.

 

TBJ Captain Vlaisavljevich Heading To Brookings

8/23/17

By D Dunn

Ryan Vlaisavljevich, Captain of the Tampa Bay Juniors Elite Team last season, will be playing with the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL this season.  Ryan, a defensemen led TBJ d-men with a +3.  He also had 8 goals and 21 assist on the season.

"This is a great opportunity for Ryan," said Head Coach Garrett Strot.  "Ryan is a player that bought into what we wanted last season and it showed in his play throughout the season and especially into the tryouts of tier 2 teams."

"The Opportunity Brett and Garrett gave me last season, I couldn't have experienced anywhere else."  said Ryan, "In order for my game to progress, I needed to play a lot and not be afraid to make mistakes.  They helped to really work me and make me a better player in all phases of my game.  They pushed me to become better each day.  I can't thank them enough for all they did for me."

"We are excited for Ryan," Said Brett Strot, "He deserves this opportunity because of his commitment and work ethic.   This is what our program is about, helping players get to the highest level they can and not just play but be a player."

TBJ wishes Ryan good luck in this next step of his hockey career!!

 

TBJ Tryouts Big Success

The Tampa Juniors Hockey Club recently held there local tryouts for the 2017-18 season at their home, Florida Hospital Center Ice.  With over 60 players at the camp, coaches Garrett and Brett Strot were very pleased with the quality of the play.

"This is definitely the best quality of players we have had at this camp," said Brett, "It will be a tough decision on who to offer contracts to."

So far 11 new players from the camp have signed on to play with TBJ for the 17-18 season.

Signed Players:       pos       Last Team

Andrew Behrenfeld    F         Scorpions

Jordan Blumberg       G

Matt Gibbons             F         Scorpions

Evan Hoffberg           F          Scorpions

Aiden Kennedy          F           Jr Lightning

Ken Malinoski            D          Scorpions

Vincent Margosian     D          Jr Lightning

Jack Mazur                F           Scorpions

Gehrig Oppenheimer  F           Wiregrass

Zach Slezak               F           Chicago Blues

Brenton Wadsworth    F           Scorpions

Mateuz Wawrzkiewicz F            Czech Republic

 

 

Former Tampa Bay Juniors Roope Hinz Signs NHL Contract

5/5/17

Former Tampa Bay Juniors player Roope Hinz signed a 3 year entry level contract with the NHL Dallas Stars.  Roope played with TBJ during the 2012-13 season with the USP3 team, averaging over a point a game before being called up to the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL.

Women's Olympic Team Announced will Train in Tampa at FHCI

05/05/2017, 11:15am MDT

By USA Hockey

TAMPA, Fla. – USA Hockey announced the 23 players named to the 2017-18 U.S. Women's National Team today during a press conference televised live on NHL Network. 

The roster features 21 players who helped the 2017 U.S. Women's National Team earn a gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Plymouth, Michigan. It also includes 12 members of the silver medal-winning 2014 U.S. Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, including Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.), Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.), Monique Lamoureux-Morando (Grand Forks, N.D.), Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.).

The 23 players represent 11 different states. Minnesota leads the way with six representatives followed by Massachusetts with four and Wisconsin with three, while Illinois and North Dakota have two. California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New York and Vermont all have one representative.

It was also announced today that starting in September, the players and staff for the 2017-18 U.S. Women's National Team will relocate to the Tampa area to train at Florida Hospital Center Ice in preparation for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea

Women's Olympic Evaluation Camp To Be Held At Home Of Tampa Bay Juniors HC

04/14/2017, 11:00am EDT

By USA Hockey

Set for April 30-May 4 in Tampa, Florida

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Forty-two players have been invited to the 2017 U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp from April 30-May 4 at Florida Hospital Center Ice in the Tampa suburb of Wesley Chapel.

The camp, which will consist of daily practices, off-ice testing, and three intrasquad scrimmages, will be be used to determine the U.S. Women's National Team roster that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

USA Hockey will unveil the players selected to the U.S. Women's National Team at the conclusion of the camp on May 5. The team will remain in Tampa for additional training through May 8.

The 42 players represent 18 different states. Minnesota leads the way with 10 representatives followed by Massachusetts with six, Wisconsin with four and New York with three, while Alaska, California, Illinois, Michigan, and North Dakota have two. Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont all have one representative.

From State of Hockey to Hockey Paradise

2/14/17

by Irwin Fletcher

The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club have 9 players on their roster from the State of Minnesota, leaving  the “State of Hockey” for “Hockey Paradise” to help further their hockey careers.  Players Ryan Vlaisavljevich (Woodbury, MN), Curtis Hansen (Prior Lake, MN), Chase Jungels (Edina, MN), Nick Hames (St Louis Park, MN), Gabe Heifort (Bemidji, MN), Jory McWilliams (Bloominton, MN), Nathan Nelsen (Hopkins, MN), Johnny Ferguson (Minnetonka, MN) and Peter Celetka (Prior Lake, MN) all decided to leave the Land of 10,000 Lakes and come to the Tampa area to play for the Tampa Bay Juniors HC and to play in the tough USPHL Southern Division.

Co Head Coaches Brett and Garrett Strot both are from Minnesota and use their connections there to help recruit players to come south.  “I still live in Minnesota in the summers,” said Garrett Strot,”so most of my recruiting is from there and with many tier 2 junior teams having camps there it makes it easier to see these players multiple times.  Minnesota has I feel the greatest pool of talent and we will always have our core of players come from there.”

But what makes these players want to leave a hockey hotbed for the 80 degree winter weather?  “The weather is part of it,” joked Brett Strot, “but in reality it’s the training that our program does that brings these players south.  We really focus on the speed of hands, feet and mind.”

“Coming from the situation I was in at my high school, coming down and a chance to play for Garrett and Brett was an easy decision for me,” said Team Captain Ryan Vlaisaljevich, “Garrett saw me my junior year in Minots camp and showed interest in me right away. Best decision I could’ve made.”

“The competition is great in the USPHL South.” Said Curtis Hansen, “You have to work hard for everything, every game is a dog fight.  You can’t go into the game thinking you’re just going to win because if you go into the game with that mindset you won’t win.  Anyone can beat anyone which has been proven already this season.”

“I like how we get a taste of a different style of hockey.” Said Jory McWilliams, ‘We don’t know any other players here or know anything about them.   Up north I know someone on every team.”

“The players that come down here enjoy the program we run and the play in the USPHL,” Said Garrett Strot, “It’s great giving players from Minnesota another option for their development and gives them exposure to many schools, and with the opening of the Florida Hospital Center Ice we have a second to none training set up.”

Look for the “State of Hockey” to “Hockey Paradise” pipeline to continue.

USPHL Names Southern Stars for Elite and USP3 Junior Divisions

01/22/2017, 4:00pm EST

By Mike Klein

The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to recognize the Southern Stars from the Elite and USP3HL divisions. The players represent the top players in their respective divisions as chosen by the coaches and are grouped geographically, with one team playing for Georgia and Florida-based teams (Team Florida), and the other representing teams from Virginia and North Carolina (Team Piedmont).

Elite Division

Team Florida

Forwards: Zach Boyle (Florida Eels), Clayton Boyd (Florida Eels), JS Robidoux (Florida Eels), Jordan Court (Florida Eels), Curtis Hanson (Tampa Bay Juniors), Mason Ledbetter (Tampa Bay Juniors), Jory McWilliams (Tampa Bay Juniors), Gabriel Vanier (Palm Beach Hawks), Matias Weir (Palm Beach Hawks), Daniel Luyten (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Ivan Bukshevanny (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Evan Schreiber (Atlanta Knights)

Defensemen: Ryan Vlaisaviljevivh (Tampa Bay Juniors), Nicholas Magill-Dill (Florida Eels), Josh Weakland (Atlanta Knights), Saxon Greene (Tampa Bay Juniors), Cole Uzzell (Atlanta Jr. Knights), William Briere (Palm Beach Hawks)

Goaltenders: Nolan Greene (Florida Eels), Gabe Heifort (Tampa Bay Juniors)

USP3HL

Team Florida

Forwards: Noah Madey (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Adam Hulsey (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Matthew Gagnon (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Adam Zimmerman (Tampa Bay Juniors), Trevor Bednarek (Florida Jr. Blades), Saxon RJ Zebley (Florida Jr. Blades), Tyler O’Mara (Florida Jr. Blades), Gavin Medina (Florida Jr. Eels), Kellen Crowther (Florida Jr. Eels), Steven Malbeuf (Palm Beach Hawks), Raphael Maltais (Daytona Racers), Paul Rigolni (Daytona Racers)

Defensemen: Barry Groesch (Florida Eels), Jonas Hostovecky (Florida Jr. Blades), Cullen Rush (Atlanta Jr. Knights), Jesse Stepp (Atlanta Jr. Knights), David Israel (Palm Beach Hawks), Devon Rodriguez (Florida Jr. Blades)

Goaltenders: Cayden Bailey (Florida Jr. Blades), Dustin Read (Atlanta Jr. Knights)

Congratulations to all selected players.


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