Eels Are Proud to Announce the Signing Of French Canadian Defenseman Francesco Autore
The Eels are thrilled with the signing of its
newest defenseman Francesco Autore – from Montreal Canada. Autore is a 2000, at
5’9” 187 pounds. General Manager Frank Scarpaci scouted Autore at the HPA Junior Combine in Indiana. The
Eels were extremely impressed with a number of players from the HPA Combine. In
fact Autore is one of 8 players who joined the Eels from that venue.
Autore is a member of HPA Sports Management
headed by one of the Premier Leaders in developing hockey players to college
– Dan D’Astoli.
Eels have been doing business with Dan D’Astoli and
HPA for 20 years. He is one
of the most respected men in the business. He has a great eye for talent and
always has players who possess the highest character and moral fiber. That is
what we want here in the Eels organization. Scarpaci stresses that players from
HPA are amongst the most dedicated and determined players. They are focused and
willing to make the sacrifice and put in the enormous energies needed to
advance to the next level. We knew from the ought set we wanted Autore with us.
Francesco in fact joined the Eels at the Summer
Pro Am Sr. Chowder Cup. He impressed the Eels coaching staff as he played very
well against some extremely talented young men. We not only saw the skill set
in him and the belief he can make the transition to play Juniors but we also
got to know him as a person over the 4 day event. Premier Coach Frankie
Scarpaci got to experience his character and fortitude. He commented, I saw
right away the tangible and intangible qualities of this young man that GM
Scarpaci captured at the HPA Combine.
Eels Elite coach Greg Sears loved that way he
played. He noted that despite him being a young 2000 he did not get rattled
when very talented opponents exposed and accelerated with all deliberate speed
as attacked the zone. Francesco was poised and took charge. He was relentless
along the boards and shut down and helped close the crease.
GM Scarpaci liked what he also saw at the HPA
Combine and again eclipsed at the Sr. Chowder Cup was his nice heavy shot form
the point. His shots get to the net and that creates offensive scoring chances
and that is what we want.
Both Coach Scarpaci and Sears have witnessed a
very hard working young man at the Pre Season Training Camp over the past two
weeks. He has been attending two ice sessions and off ice training tabulation
over 5 hours of daily training. The Eels are looking to develop Autore into a
major player. He is young as a 2000 and he has the eye the hunger the thirst
and that equals not only the will to win but also the willingness to do all the
things to make that will a reality.
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