The United States Premier Hockey League is pleased to announce that the South Florida Hockey Academy will join the USPHL Midget Divisions next year as an Affiliate member organization.
South Florida Hockey Academy was founded in 2015 by former NHL players Radek Dvorak, Olli Jokinen and Tomas Vokoun along with longtime player development coach Mikko Saarni. In addition to the above-mentioned NHL alumni on the staff, the South Florida Hockey Academy also includes coaching staff members and NHL alumni Sergei Krivokrasov and Ray Sheppard.
“Our idea was to bring a top-level hockey academy to Florida to offer the local players a chance to play against the top competition without leaving home to play and live up north,” said Saarni.
“We paired up with two outstanding preparatory schools (Saint Andrews School and North Broward Prep), where our out-of-state players can live and study while playing for the Academy,” said Saarni.
South Florida Hockey Academy will field USPHL Affiliate teams next year in the 18U and 16U Divisions, playing mainly at USPHL Showcase Series events.
Both the full-season 18U and 16U Divisions of the USPHL regularly yield in-season NCAA commitments to Division 1 schools, and feature some of the highest-ranked teams in the United States, according to MYHockeyrankings.com.
At the time of this announcement, South Florida Hockey Academy held the rank of 20th overall among Tier-1 programs in the U.S., and its 18U program was also in the top 50 nationally.
“With a schedule of 70-plus games and an opportunity to practice twice a day on the ice, SFHA can offer a perfect setup for any player that wants to combine top level hockey and education,” said Saarni.
For more information on South Florida Hockey Academy, go online to sfhockeyacademy.com.
For more information on the United States Premier Hockey League, go online to USPHL.com.