Eels Sign Big Sean McLean to Elite Team Junior Hockey NewsPublished: Tuesday, 30 May 2017
By: Frank Scarpaci
Sean McLean is a big power forward 6’5” 195 pounds from Scarborough,
He played last season at the Prestigious Bridgton Academy in Maine.
The previous season Sean played Varsity for CIHA Voyageurs
which is a Canadian International Ice Hockey Academy.
Prior to coming to North America Sean played for the Perth Sharks
which is an Australian junior ice hockey
team based in Perth,
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General Manager, Frank Scarpaci scouted Sean several weeks
ago at the HPA Junior Hockey Combine in Fort Wayne Indiana. This Combine was
truly an eye opener. There were so many extremely talented junior hockey prospects
at this one venue. GM Scarpaci attends virtually every Showcase in North
America and the key to HPA Sports Combine is that the level of talent is very
high across the board. There is one level and the bar set by HPA is very high
and this is exactly what the Eels program looks for in its recruit: This
standard is the pinnacle of what HPA Sports Management delivers to its scouts
and players. Sean is the 2nd player signed from the HPA Combine.
Sean immediately came under GM Scarpaci’s scouting radar. He had
tremendous size and good skill set. GM Scarpaci knew with the training offered
by the Eels of 3 hours per day 5 days per week we could ripen Sean into a major
impact player. The USPHL raised the standards this year for the Elite division
and Sean is exactly what we are looking for on our Elite team and in our
program in general. The Eels and the USPHL are all about player development and
with the high level coaching we deliver the sky is the limit here for Sean.
This young man has the insatiable desire to get better and he is ever mindful
of the Premier team opportunities and the Eels NCDC Affiliation. This is the
hunger and desire we want commented GM Scarpaci.
What garnered continued attention throughout the HPA Combine, GM
Scarpaci saw that Sean used his size to his advantage. He skated hard and
battled very hard in all three zones. He owned 1 on 1 battles and he took
ownership of the crease. It was like he was granted a deed to that territory.
He has a very heavy shot at 6’5’ 196 pounds and with the Eels program requiring
its players to shoot 100 pucks per day GM Scarpaci could foresee this man’s
GM Scarpaci could tell from several off ice conversations with Sean
he was good mannered and a strong character young man. Think about it -
he has sacrificed so much traveling to North America from Australia at such an
early age to follow his dream and passion. You don’t see this determination and
dedication in many players today. When we couple Sean with some of the top
players we have been recruiting for the Eels Elite team and have him teamed
with many of the returning Eels players, GM Scarpaci is very excited about the
Elite team for next season.
Sean comes to us in a long line of outstanding players developed by
HPA Sports Management. GM Scarpaci has been doing business with Executive Director, Dan D’Astoli for 20 years. Sean is
the 2nd player of many that will join us from HPA Sports this
season. Over the years we have garnered some of our top Elite and USP players
from HPA Sports management, including last season Jean-Simon Robidoux who scored 24 goals 28 assists in 44
games. HPA continue to prove itself as one
of the Premier Hockey Advisor agencies in North America helping hundreds of families from over 30 countries to find the
right academic and hockey environment for their particular needs in North
America. He has recruited and helped develop student/athletes from all over the
world and has helped place them in various North American Prep Schools, Sports
Academies, Colleges and Universities. We are honored that HPA had recommended Sean
to join the Eels program this season. We look forward to an outstanding
tenure with the Eels and helping Sean eventually advance to the Eels Premier
team and ultimately realize his dreams of advancing to college.
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