The FAU OWLS held their 2010-2011 tryout last weekend and were surprised to see many new faces hitting the ice. Among them were players from across the country with various hockey backgrounds. Aside from being a diverse set of new recruits, the skill level was also something of interest to the coaching staff.
“Most of the new recruits have either played a high level of Junior A/B hockey or for a competitive high school league prior to this camp. The skill sets these players possess is definitely something we’re looking for moving forward” explained Erik Bentley, the Owls Goaltending Coach. New recruits included Forwards, Defenseman, and Goalies.
The Tuesday following tryouts was the first day of the 2010-2011 OWL Training Camp. The camp took place over 4 days, and began at 6:00 am every morning. This was not only a test for the players on strength and endurance, but responsibility as well. The coaching staff wanted to see who was willing and able to wake up before the sun to make this camp. They believe that the small things add up to make a big difference. Luckily, everyone showed up on time ready to go to work.
Peter Worrell, the Owls new head coach, put together a rigorous camp agenda complete with NHL level drills and concepts. The players responded very well to the new systems being implemented by Worrell and improved every day.
The OWLS begin their 2010-2011 season this Friday, Sept. 24 against Embry Riddle Aeronautical. Game times are posted on the schedule page on this website.
All home games are played at the Saveology.com IcePlex (formerly Incredible Ice). The facility is located just east of the Sawgrass Expressway on Sample Road. Look for the large building on the South side of Sample Road and Sportsplex Drive directly across from Sawgrass Middle School.
Admission to all Owl home games are $5. FAU students who show valid student I.D. are admitted free. All monies collected at home games help to pay for the season which runs about $75,000.00 before Regionals and Nationals.
For all those perspective and returning players interested in playing for FAU Hockey in the fall of 2010, below are some important dates to remember:
2010-2011 Tryout Schedule
Saturday September 11, 2010, Saveology IcePlex – 4:15 PM
Sunday Spetember 12, 2010, Saveology IcePlex- 4:30 PM
Cost is $100 per prospective and returning player.
2010-2011 Mini-Camp Schedule
Tuesday September 14, 2010
Wednesday September 15, 2010
Thursday September 16, 2010
Friday September 17, 2010
All events will be held at the Saveology.com IcePlex (formerly Incredible Ice) in Coral Springs, FL.
Any enrolled FAU Student is welcome to tryout. In order to be eligible to play, one must be enrolled in 9 credit hours and be degree seeking. Graduate students and transfers are also welcome to tryout. Graduate students must be enrolled in 6 credit hours and meet the ACHA eligibilty credentials. For more information, contact any one of the coaches or staff members on this site, or visit the ACHA website.
It’s official! A source close to FAU Hockey took some spy shots this week of the new surface being put down at the Saveology.com IcePlex in Coral Springs, FL- the home of your Owls. Something new for the 2010-2011 season is an FAU HOCKEY logo planted directly in the ice. The logo is located along the far boards on the home bench side, near the home penalty box.
From what we understand, the team had to shell out several hundred dollars for the prime piece of real estate, but they consider it to be worth the sacrifice. In their opinion, it ads legitimacy to the team, their brand image, and overall professionalism that the new coaching and management staff is looking for. Not to mention it helps to promote the team and their existance in the facility.
The Owls will release more information soon regarding tryouts, mini camp, and the regular season. Stay tuned to FAUHOCKEY.com for the latest information regarding the team!
With the new season and training camp right around the corner, the FAU Owls are looking for the support of local fans and businesses to help with the hefty costs of running a hockey team.
Last year, FAU Hockey Treasurer Jeremy Tomasso and President Nick Pacquee submitted a budget to the University totaling more than $68,000. This did not cover any post season ice time or trips if the Owls were to advance onto Regionals or Nationals.
“It is safe to say that the FAU hockey team requires more resources and funding to operate than any other athletic club at FAU,” said former goaltender and newly appointed goaltending consultant Erik Bentley. “When I was a freshman, the team dues never exceeded $1,000. Now that ice and travel are very expensive, and with the introduction of an NHL level coaching staff, those dues have increased significantly.”
Last year the Owls recieved support from a few local individuals and businesses including Buffalos Southwest Cafe in Coral Springs, Guardian Auto Inspection of Margate, Sully’s Detailing of Coconut Creek and StyleBuilt Construction of Pompano Beach. This year they look to expand their support network even more.
One of the biggest improvements the team has made is the introduction of a proper sponsorship package that consists of a message from Head Coach Worrell as well as unique Individual and Corporate Sponsorship opportunities.
“The biggest difference between this sponsorship package and the ones from the past is not only the beautiful layout and design, but the Corporate section advertising opportunities. Instead of the team simply asking for money from local businesses, they have decided that selling advertsing at the home games and on their new website makes more sense dollar per dollar to local business owners. This way the business owner feels as though the return on their donation is two-fold,” says Erik Bentley, who designed the new package with the help of club officers and coaches. It’s clear that the team has big goals and are fully aware that these goals will require a large amount of funding.
If you own a local business or are an individual looking to support the team, you can reach Erik directly at ERIK@FAUHOCKEY.com
Erik was an FAU netminder from 2004 until 2009 during which time he consistently ranked amoung the best goaltenders in the league for lowest Goals Against Average and most minutes played. He led the Owls to the Div. III National Tournament his freshman year, and was named Assistant Captain his Senior year.
Erik looks forward to his continuing involvement with FAU Hockey and promises a stronger and tougher goaltending core in the upcoming year. Erik is currently working with returning FAU goaltenders a few hours a week at the Owl’s home rink, the Saveology IcePlex in Coral Springs, FL.
He also assists Head Coach Worrell in scouting prospective goaltenders throughout the state.
Erik can be reached directly at Erik@FauHockey.com
All new for the 2010-11 Season, FAU Hockey has launched its new website. It is currently under construction, but we wanted to at least post general contact information and news for returning and incoming players so they can stay in touch with the team.
Make no mistake about it, FAU Hockey is all new and ready to kick some…
Peter played a number of seasons in the NHL for both the Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. During his career, Peter was not only a power forward, but also an enforcer on the ice. Peter is best known for his large stature and “larger-than-life” personality. His advanced knowledge of the game at a professional level is extremely valuable to the FAU Ice Hockey team and their continued success.
Peter currently resides in the South Florida area and also coaches The North Broward Prep Eagles Ice Hockey team. The Owls look forward to what Peter has to bring to the team and to the future of FAU Ice Hockey!
You can reach Coach Worrell directly at Peter@FauHockey.com