Estero, Fla.– Many people view a championship as an end of a season. The team packs up, the players go home and the ice melts. What some see as the end of a season is just the beginning for the coaching staff of the Florida Jr. Blades. The coaches and scouts travel the country searching for potential members of the 2012-2013 squad.
In the Jr. Blades two-year history they have hosted players from across the globe. “Junior hockey is a mosaic of hockey cultures…every geographical area develops players a little differently,” says associate coach Jake Laime. “We like to take a little bit from everywhere.”
Players from New York, Texas, Michigan, Maine, Maryland, North Dakota, Colorado, Alaska, Illinois, Massachusetts and Russia have all called Estero, Fla. and the Jr. Blades home.
“Having players from different regions on the team has allowed us to expose distinctive assets to one another,” says former captain James Hyatt. “We have the ability to adapt from within and as seasons progress…learn not only from our coaches, but from each and every player.”
The Jr. Blades staff prides itself on the development of its players and saw six players advance after the record-setting 2011-2012 season.
Ross Kovacs – Kingston Voyageurs OPJHL
Joe Keyser – Nepean Raiders CJHL
JP Larmoyeux – Walpole Express AJHL
Ty Lasker – Walpole Express AJHL
James Hyatt – Hartford Wolfpack AJHL
Blake O’Neill – Kingston Voyageurs OPJHL