Blake Tosto came very close this year, but he just barely missed the goal-per-game status.
Read that again - not point-per-game, but goal-per-game status. Tosto scored 41 goals in playing all 44 games for the Florida Jr. Blades in the USPHL Premier Division this season.
Now, the two-year Blades player and three-year USPHL veteran moves on to his next chapter, playing for (and studying at) Lebanon Valley College, which fields an NCAA Division III team.
“What I like most about Lebanon Valley College, academically, is the smaller classroom size that will give me the ability to establish relationships with all of my professors and my classmates to become successful for the courses I will be taking next year,” said Tosto, a 1999-born native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. “Hockey-wise, I initially connected well with Head Coach Don Parsons. I also believe the culture within the team is very positive and is destined for success.”
Overall, Tosto finished with 52 goals and 74 points in 54 USPHL Premier games over two seasons. He also played 21 NCDC contests with Syracuse (now Utica) and the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders.
All of this certainly attracted the attention of Coach Parsons with the LVC staff.
“We are very happy to hear of Blake’s commitment to Lebanon Valley College and our hockey program. This young man exemplifies the total package of character, commitment and work ethic that LVC looks for in a student-athlete,” added Parsons. “Blake will no doubt make an immediate impact at both ends of the ice and will be a perfect fit in the locker room. I look forward to watching Blake flourish through his college career.”
“I started to talk to Coach Don at the USPHL Florida Showcase in Tampa last December. After my first conversation with Coach Don, we continually talked to the point where I visited Lebanon Valley in January,” added Tosto. “After my visit, Coach Don and I communicated throughout the proceeding months until I made my commitment.”
It was certainly a mission accomplished not just for Tosto, but for the Florida Jr. Blades staff lobbying for him to join with an NCAA program.
“Immediately, his stats jump off the page, but not everyone knows what a great teammate and leader Blake is,” added Blades Head Coach Tyler Carlston. “He has a great work ethic, plays the game hard, and is obviously a very talented hockey player. We’re very proud of him and we are also very excited for his future at LVC and beyond.”
“My time with the Florida Jr. Blades was paramount for me as both a person and as a hockey player. I was fortunate enough to be given an opportunity to be one of the leaders on our team this year, which allowed me to develop skills that will pay dividends both on and off the ice in my life,” Tosto said.
“It was an honor to come to the rink every day and push our group to our fullest potential,” added Tosto. “Our team battled and worked hard all year and I am proud of every guy in our locker room. Even though we came up short in the playoffs, our team fought all the way until the end.”
The USPHL congratulates Blake Tosto, his family, the Florida Jr. Blades and Lebanon Valley College on his commitment.