the Signing of 6’3” second year forward Daniel
Daniel Merida Re-Joins the Eels Junior program
for the 2017-18 season. Daniel is a 6”3” 175 pound forward from Fort Myers
Florida. He was a rookie last season for
the Eels USP3 team. He played the previous season for the Eels U16 Midget team.
Daniel had one year of juniors, garnering invaluable experience learning the
hitting, speed of the game, the decision-making and overall elevation between
Juniors and midgets. This isn’t easy for
most players and indeed most are not able to make this transition. Instead of
shying away and yielding, Daniel sought more. There is a huge learning curve
and Daniel knew that if he wanted to excel and move on to play college hockey
he had to take that quantum leap forward.
This past summer like so many of the local Eel junior
players. He trained each week with Frankie Scarpaci Eels Premier Head coach. He
trained both on the ice 3 days per week and another 4 days per week strength and
conditioning training. Merida is a native of Fort Myers and has seen so many of
the Eels Alumni advance on to college and play college hockey. He saw first
hand so many of these guys work tirelessly and do the extra things necessary to
make their dreams a reality. Indeed, over the summer he worked along side of Eels
alumni Joey Colatraci was at Coach Scarpaci’s summer training. Colatarci played last season for NCAA Division 3 Adrian
College. He saw the hours Joey was putting in just to be ready and better
prepared for this season coming up.
Merida is hungry for his chance to prove
himself this season. He knows, as a 1999 he is no longer the young guy. He has
to make things happen now. He has to take personal responsibility for his
future. Sure he has a few more years of juniors but he needs to take this time
this very valuable time to advance him to the next level. Coach Frankie
Scarpaci says he has size height 6’3” and has been working in the gym to put on
some weight and develop body mass. Daniel has the nose to drive the net. No doubt
he showed it as youth player his ability to score. Now he has to bring that
offensive abilities to the junior forum. He definitely has size and will need
to use that to his advantage in driving to the net. Daniel does
have a good shot and he has been working on it over the summer to gravitate it
to the junior level. Coach Scarpaci
concluded that it is great to see a young man like Daniel take ownership in his
GM Scarpaci sees a very enthusiastic young man
who wants it. We have provided a venue for him to shoot every day about 100-150
pucks a day. With his good skill set coupled with his solid speed he can
develop his abilities as shooter and garner very good scoring opportunities. We
know he wants it. That is half the battle with so many guys. Daniel has the
fortitude and desire so this year we should see significant gains in his game.
Welcome back Daniel.
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