Jr. Blades Press Releases

Record first regulation loss of the season

Boston, MA. – The Florida Jr. Blades returned home on Sunday, January 8 after winning three out of four games at the Eastern Junior Winter Showcase at the New England Sports Center. The weekend’s single loss was Florida’s first regulation loss of the season. The Jr. Blades fell 4-2 vs. the EJHL South Shore Kings from Foxboro, MA.

The Jr. Blades still own a 25-1-1 record and lead the Empire southern conference with 51 points, nine points ahead of the second place Atlanta Knights. The last time the Jr. Blades recorded less than two points in a single game was in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Atlanta Knights on October 7, 2011. The Jr. Blades remain undefeated on home ice. Read More


Penalty Kill Unit Records Three Shorthanded Goals

Estero, Fla. – The Florida Jr. Blades displayed the defensive depth on Saturday night at Germain Arena, killing all seven penalties and recording three shorthanded goals. Florida’s defense held Space Coast to only four scoring chances, while the Jr. Blades pummeled the Hurricanes with 82 shots on goal throughout the three periods concluding the game 8-0 in regulation. Read More

Walpole, Massachusetts – The Florida Jr. Blades displayed their roster’s versatility and offensive prowess at the President’s Day Showcase in Walpole, Massachusetts last weekend, winning all four games they participated in and outscoring their opponents an astonishing 24-5. Every forward on the roster recorded at least one point at Iorio Arena, and goaltender Joe Keyser earned a 4-0 shut out over the Valley Forge Minutemen on February 20. The Jr. Blades have an overall record of 30-9-0-2, ranking them second in the southern division of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. Read More

June 3, 2011

ESTERO, FLA – The Florida Jr. Blades are proud to announce that All-Star defenseman James Hyatt will return to Estero for the 2011-2012 campaign.

Last season, the 19-year-old posted 11 points (3g, 8a) in 26 appearances and was tied for first among blue liners in goals (along with Michael Wilson & Eliot Bock) as well as second in total points.

Hyatt’s season-best performance was on January 16, 2011 when he notched the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Jr. Blades over the Hampton Roads
Jr. Whalers 3-2.

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May 11, 2011

ESTERO, FLA – Forward Josh Koerner made it official on Tuesday, May 10 that he would re-join the Florida Jr. Blades for his sophomore season.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Jr. Blades organization for a second year and I am looking forward to another great season,” said Koerner.

Seventeen-year-old Koerner was a major part of Florida’s inaugural roster that led the team to USA Hockey Jr. B National Championships in Marlborough, Massachusetts. He was selected to the MET Top Prospects Game, Athletic Republic Player of the Month for January 2011, received Player of the Week honors and ended the season with the Met South Rookie of Year Award. Koerner also compiled an impressive 38 points in just 37 regular-season games (30g, 18a).

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7-1 Loss to Division Rival Palm Beach Hawks

Atlanta, GA – Disorganized defense lead the Jr. Blades to a heartbreaking 7-1 loss to MET South division rival Palm Beach Hawks and a first-round elimination in the Frozen Four Championship.

“It was a lack of execution,” says 18-year-old forward Josh Stanclift. “We gave up six two-on-one’s, which killed us. Defensive zone play was brutal.”

“We got ahead of ourselves and started looking at the possibility of nationals rather then focusing on the game at hand, and we paid for it,” adds 19-year-old forward Jimmy Williams.

The loss was unexpected after a clean, four-game sweep at the President’s Day Showcase in Massachusetts two weeks ago that earned Florida a bid to the Frozen Four.

The Jr. Blades still can earn a wild card bid to nationals at the Keegan Cup Finals and Wild Card Series held at Ice Line Arena in West Chester, PA March 18 – March 20.

From the league:

“The Wild Card playoff series will be comprised of the three runners up from each North divisional playoff and the top 3 runners up from the Southern divisional playoff. The Wild Card Series is to earn one of two Wild Card spots for Nationals.”

“Although we are frustrated and disappointed by the weekend’s outcome, we have a great deal to be happy with from our season,” says Head Coach Tad O’Had. “With a regular-season finish of second place, we are given a second chance to redeem ourselves.”

“We have two weeks to prepare for Philly,” says Stanclift. “We need to focus on execution in the D-zone. Two weeks is a lot of time and is just what we need.”

“We learned from our mistake and now we’re looking to secure a bid through a strong performance in Philly,” says Williams. “I’m looking forward to playing in a situation where we play with emotion and win. We set a goal of getting to nationals and we are going to achieve it.”