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The Eels Court Family Legacy Continues With the Signing Of Jake Court Junior Hockey News

Published: Thursday, 24 Aug 2017  
By: Frank Scarpaci



The Eels Court Family Legacy Continues With the Signing Of Jake Court
To The Florida Eels Junior Program


We all know the pride and accomplishments of last year’s
Elite Team Captain Jordan Court boasted with the Eels Junior Program over the
last 4 seasons. He was a herald and seasoned veteran player who played every
shift, every period and every game with the intensity and heart of a lion. He
was a homegrown Eel from his beginnings as a peewee, bantam, and U16 and U 18 midget,
as a Junior player in the Empire & USP3 Divisions and ultimately in the top
team - the Elite Division. Jordan was truly an Eel and now has reached his
dream as he advanced this year to play NCAA Division 3 men’s college hockey at
Neumann University.

Following in his younger brother’s footsteps is Jake Court.
Jake too has been an Eel his entire life. In fact General Manager Frank
Scarpaci was his first coach when Jake put on his first set of hockey skates in
“learn to play” on Saturday mornings many years ago.  He was there when Jake mature and develop
also through the Eels youth program from Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, Midget and
High School Hockey. Funny thing about Jake he was always the number 1 or 2nd
leading scorer on the team.

Premier Head coach Frankie Scarpaci knows both Court boys
very well having coached Jordan for 4+ years and he echoes, “with Jake we will
see an entirely different player. He is more finesse player. He is a smother
skater. And has great hands. During Pre Season training camp you can see Jake really
uses his speed to his advantage. He is a bit lighter than Jordan but that does
not stop him from going into the corners and impressively he wins the lose puck
battles along the boards and always seems to come up with the puck.

Elite Coach Greg Sears commented, “he loves Jake’s acceleration
and explosive speed. He loves to drive to the net. He has that insatiable appetite
to score and you can see it as he is constantly shooting at the net. He has
great vision and you need those intangibles and skill set combined if you are
going to be a goal scorer in this league,”

GM Scarpaci concludes that it is amazing how much Jake has
already caught on to the speed and toughness in Juniors. He is a shifty player
and has a high hockey IQ. He knows that Jake, like his brother, bleed Eels and
he will leave everything on the ice. More than many of the guys coming in, Jake
already knows and appreciates the competitive landscape of the teams in our
division and conference. He appreciates what it to be an Eel. He has to. After all is there a more die hard Eel than
his dad. Jason Court? Or as he is known as “Mr. Court”
Jake has the
motivation, drive, determination and dedication to make his own “Court Mark” in
the USPHL and on the Eels program. We are thrilled that he joined us this
season.




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