Erik Bentley, former goaltender with Florida Atlantic University’s hockey team received possibly the most important phone call of his life on New Year’s Day.
Bentley was contacted by the Head Coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) affiliate to the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators National Hockey League (NHL) clubs. The Cyclones top netminder was called-up to the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, just one stop from the NHL.
This week finds Bentley traveling to join his new pro squad. They will practice Tuesday and play three games Wednesday through Saturday vs. The Florida Everblades just across the state at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.
It seems that in order to best fill the roster spot the Cyclones contacted The Florida Panthers’ Goaltending Coach Rob Tallas. Tallas recommended they acquire Bentley. Bentley had practiced on many occasions over the past two years with the NHL Panthers. Tallas undoubtedly felt good about such an endorsement.
Bentley graduated last year from Florida Atlantic University where he played his collegiate hockey. A South Florida native, Erik is a professional goalie coach working at the Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs, Florida, home training facility to the Florida Panthers. His students ranging from under age 10 to adult benefit greatly from Erik’s private lessons and have long been his most enthusiastic fans.
In addition to private lessons, Bentley is a volunteer coach with Florida Atlantic’s hockey team and owns two local businesses.
Florida Atlantic University (based in Boca Raton, Florida) competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division 3 – South region.
For additional information contact Assistant Coach Scott Grosky at Scott@FAUHockey.com or 954-275-3275.