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Florida Eels Announce the Return of Sophomore Defensemen Jimmy Sturdivent Junior Hockey News

Published: Thursday, 10 Aug 2017  
By: Frank Scarpaci

Florida Eels Announce the Return of Sophomore
Defensemen Jimmy Sturdivent

Jimmy Sturdivent 6’0” 185 pound defensemen returns this
season more focused and determined as ever. He is entering his second season as
an Eels junior player. He also played one year with the Eels midget team. Jimmy
had an opportunity last season to experience a whole new game.: the overall
speed of the players; the required quickness in his decision-making; the bigger
players; the skill and talent level of his teammates and opposing players; the
entire atmosphere and euphoria of playing juniors; the first hand experience
witnessing the scouting; the gruel and grind of practice 1 ½ hours on ice every
day 5 days per week 40 weeks of the regular season; then the intense off ice strength
and conditioning another 1-½ hours per day; the 3 hour video sessions; the 24
hour bus trips to New England and Virginia. 
Jimmy also took full advantage over the past several seasons
to join the Eels coaches and teammates to travel to Boston and compete in some
of the most prestigious post-season showcases such as the Spring and Summer
USPHL College Showcases as well as the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and the Sr and
Junior Chowder Cups. These forums provided enormous visibility and exposure for
him while proving equally phenomenal experience in playing with and against
some of the top players from the USA Canada and Europe.  This was a lot for anyone to take in and he
did it as a 2000. Indeed there was an immense learning curve. But Jimmy witnessed
first hand so many of the Eels players advance to college. That is why he came
to the Eels 3 seasons ago. He wanted to capture that same opportunity. There is
no doubt in this young man’s heart he too wants to be part of the 199 Eels alumni
who moved on to play college hockey.

Jimmy also recognized last Spring that if he wanted to
advance his skill set and future opportunities he had to propel his training to
the Next Level. He understood from working with Coach Frankie Scarpaci, that
having a goal and dream is not enough. You have to have more than a mission.
There is a clear parallel of players who train intensely in the off-season and
those that successfully advance to play college hockey. He asked himself “where
do you want to be?”

Jimmy took last season’s experience with the Eels to heart
and in April he went to task. He joined in the Eels Junior team’s Spring and
Summer training program which included 6:00 am ice sessions three times per
week and Eels intensive Off Ice training at World Gym 4 times per week. He also
attended three weeks of Eels summer camp and competed in the USPHL Spring
Showcase and Pro AM NHL Pre Draft in Boston. He was determined to get ready for
the upcoming season. He realizes that this year will be a watershed year in terms
of his player development. As a 2000 he knows that so much of his future and
destiny is in his hands and needs to take ownership in that. He knows that this
year, he is no longer a rookie and needs to be more serious, day in and out and
this past spring and summer is only a precursor of what he needs to do this junior
season. He knows that his desire, dedication, hunger and commitment will need
to be heightened if he wants to reach the goals he is setting for himself.  GM Scarpaci echoes that “we are proud of Jimmy
and we looking forward to seeing him lay it all on the line this season.” Welcome
back Jimmy.

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