The Path of a Florida Hockey Player- travels through Germain Arena and the Junior Everblades
As the Hockey Director of the Junior Everblades I take great pride when people discuss the level of talent in the state of Florida. But, what many people don't understand is the level of talent that has come directly out of the doors of Germain Arena through theJunior Everblades, Everblades AAA, Florida Alliance AAA, Florida Jr Blades organizations. The talent level is phenomenal and you can see the products scattered throughout Prep School, Junior Hockey, Midget Major AAA,USHL, NAHL, College Hockey and the professional ranks. What you may not realize is that these players aren't just filling rosters on their teams often times they are the best players and making major impacts on their rosters. The other thing that many may not realize is that of the list of 70+ names below these are just the players that have matriculated in the past 5-6 years. So the next time a parent or players makes the quick remark that hockey players don't come from Florida maybe they should do a quick history lesson because the names below not only came out out of Florida, but they developed, trained and came from the same rink you practice, skate, train and compete at weekly. They came from Germain arena and were trained under the banners of Junior Everblades,Everblades AAA, Florida Alliance AAA and Florida Jr Blades.
Notable Alumni Making Big News:
JC Cangelosi: is captaining the Connecticut CollegeCamels in the NESCAC and is considered by many one of the best players in Division III College hockey last year he was the semi-finalists for the fourteenth, Joe Concannon Award presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the Division II/III level.
Austin Cangelosi: after a successful freshmen season the New York islanders of the NHL invited Austin to their "Rookie Camp" to get a better look at his talents. Austin is back at Boston College and is sure to make a major impact to the eagles this season.
Troy Degler: after being drafted in the USHL by the Fargo Force in 2014. Troy stepped into the Minot, NAHL line-up and made a major impact with his skating and puck possession skills he will be looked at to get first line minutes and make a major contribution to the line-up.
Bobby Preece: having spent four years of college hockey at Bentley College the Bonita Springs product has spent the past 4 years playing professionally in the CHL and ECHL with the Quad City Mallards and Rapid City Rush.
Jacob Chychrun: made major noise when the Florida Hockey product was the #1 selection in the OHL draft by the Sarnia Sting. He joins huge company with the likes of Steven Stamkos and John Tavares.
Zach Solow: Zach spent the past two seasons playingwith the St Louis Blues "AAA", this year he was drafted in the USHL and NAHL and signed with the Janesville Jets of the NAHL. He is one of only 4 players in the whole league at 15 years of age.
Brian Ferlin: After having a great college career at Cornell University the Boston Bruins came calling and Brian Frelin is developing as one of the Bruins top prospects in Providence of the AmericanHockey League "AHL".
Mike and Nick Pastujov: the duo have excelled at every level competing for Honeybaked "AAA". The brothers committed to University of Michigan and are playing for the USNTDP program in Ann Arbor, MI.
Blake O'Neill: after having great careers with the Junior Everblades and Florida Jr Blades. Blake headed north to Kingston where he is considered one of the best d-men in the OJHL. He is currently being offered several college options and deciding on his next team.
Brandon Duhaime: recently committed to Brown University,Brandon is playing for the Merritt Cents. of the BCHL and had previously been developing with Pursuit of Excellence in British Columbia.
Junior Everblades & Everblades AAA Alumni : (New additions from 2009-2015)
Brian Ferlin-Cornell University, NCAA D1 / Providence Bruins, AHL
Bobby Preece- Bentley University, NCAA D1 / Rapid City Rush, CHL
Bennet Schneider-Hamilton College / Penascola Ice Flyers, SPHL
Trevor Jewell- Johnson & Wales NCAA D3 / Bloomington Thunder SPHL
Eric Sugrue-Florida Jr Blades / Becker College, NCAA D3
Austin Cangelosi- Boston College, NCAA D1
JC Cangelosi-Connecitcut College, NCAA D3
Blake O'Neill-Florida Jr Blades / Kingston Voyageurs, OJHL (Committed to Elmira College, NCAA D3)
Ryan Edquist- Shattuck St. Mary's (Committed to University of Minnesota, NCAA D1)
Ryan Lingren- USNTDP U-17 (Committed to University of Minnesota, NCAA D1)
Brandon Duhaime-Merrit Centennials, BCHL (Committed to Brown University)