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Florida Eels Announce its 10th NCAA Commitment for 2016-17 As Colin Whitt Commits to WSU Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 30 Mar 2016  
By: Frank Scarpaci


The Florida Eels are honored to announce our 10th College Commitment this season. Colin Whitt has decided to commit to Worcester State University for the Fall 2016-17 academic year. Colin is looking forward to playing NCAA Men’s college hockey for the Lancers for the next 4 years.

Colin came to the Florida Eels from Texas two seasons ago. He matured into a solid defenseman. He is 6’1” 193 pounds from Southlake TX. He is a great character young man who comes from extremely loving and supportive parents. Colin had many NCAA Div. III options and it was a very difficult decision to make. He was honored to have been recruited by so many well-known and respected college coaches from some very prestigious colleges and universities.  No doubt they all loved what they saw in him both from a tangible and intangible basis. 

Coach Bloomingburg provide the following scouting report:

“COLIN IS A BIG PHYSICAL DEFENSEMEN THAT PLAYS ALL THREE ZONES.  HE HAS A HARD SHOT THAT GETS THROUGH TRAFFIC AND TO THE NET ON THE POWER PLAYER AND DURING REGULAR PLAY.  COLIN GETS STRIKES IN LANES ON THE PENALTY KILL AND IN ODD MAN SITUATIONS.  COLLIN IS ALSO A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AND LEADER AMONGST HIS TEAMMATES”

Colin was selected as assistant captain this year by his peers and by coach Jason. He showed tremendous leadership. He was a key ingredient in the Elite team’s success this season. He helped lead his team to the best record amongst the Florida Teams two seasons in a row and 2nd best in the Southern Conference. In fact his Elite team  held the 2nd best record in the entire Elite league including the Northern Conference. 

GM Scarpaci often echoed that Colin has the best work ethic on the entire team. He arrived at practice a minimum of 1 hour before anyone else and remained an extra hour shooting 150 pucks each day 5 days a week. This is a very dedicated and determined individual. He realizes in order to make it in life you can’t just put in your time. He works on all of the little things in his game during his down time. These are the ingredients of a successful individual in life whether as hockey player, lawyer, businessman or any craft. That is what makes him so special. I strongly believe he will go far in life. He will excel at anything he does. 

Colin took his time checking out all of the schools and programs. He met with GM Scarpaci weekly on his college options.  Very few players did the “Due Diligence “ as Colin and his family. They really like the growth pattern of WSU, its plans for the new rink, the new dorms, the classrooms, areas of study and the coaching staff. 

He also loves the fact that WSU is located in true college town. Surrounding WSU are such schools as Holy Cross, Assumption, and a short distance away Boston College Boston University, Harvard, Providence College, Brown University and 50+ other schools. It is a meca of academia.  Moreover, WSU plays in the prestigious Massachusetts state college league MASCAC.  Colin will be playing against Salem State, Framingham State Fitchburg State, Plymouth State, Westfield State, and U Mass Dartmouth.

Colin is excited as well as he is joining fellow teammate Garret Wood and last year’s goalies Max Kirkwood and Cory Lignelli. We wish Colin the best in his academic endeavors and future as a player with WSU. 



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