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Tampa Bay Juniors to Host USA Women's National Team


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.


Dorman Commits to Waldorf

Tampa Bay Juniors forward Jayce Dorman has committed to play hockey next season for Waldorf University.  The Warriors play in the NAIA.  

Jayce has played  2 seasons with Tampa scoring 6 goals and 6 assist last season.  "Jayce is one of the hardest workers on the ice" said Coach Garrett Strot, "He competes and has good speed, which made him one of the top penalty killers in the league.  He will be a big asset to Waldorf as they make there transition to NAIA."

Waldorf, which is located in Iowa, is one of 6 programs to resurrect the NAIA.  The NAIA previously hosted an ice hockey championship from 1968-1984.

Tampa Bay Juniors/Hockey International Announce Summer Training Program

Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club powered by Hockey International, announce their spring/summer training program (STP) dates. STP will start May 16th and run through July 27th.  The program will take place on Tuesday and Thursday's with the July 4th week off.  The program will focus on on-ice over speed training, off-ice sprint training and off-ice speed of hands training.  All sessions wil be at the Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, FL.

Registrations are being taken know.  You can register on line by clicking link above.

TUE:     4:15 PM – 5:30PM    ON-ICE Training

Thu:     4:00 PM – 5:30 PM    OFF-ICE Training

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."


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

After Opener Cancelled; TBJ gets Ready for New Opener


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.

Former TBJ Captain Nick Frankich to Play for New England College


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).

Gray Defeats Black in TBJ Inter-squad Game


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


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


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


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


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)


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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