Congratulations to Max Kirkwood from the Florida Eels Elite team as he commits to Worcester State University in Massachusetts. Kirkwood played two seasons for the Florida Eels Elite team. He won USPHL player of week in 2013-14 and 2014-15 over 10 times. He was selected by the league as Elite Division All Star Goalie 2013-14 and 2014-15. Without doubt Max was one of the leading netminders in the entire USPHL. Max had numerous offers from a number of NCAA Div. III men’s college programs but just felt things were right at WSU. The coaches at WSU showed Kirkwood their interest for the last 2 years. He loved the campus and really is looking forward to playing for the WSU coaching staff.
Kirkwood led the Eels as the leading goalie over the last two seasons. He is a real competitor. He is a winner. This is a boy who has tremendous character and phenomenal skill and WSU has added a very talented goalie to their squad.
Florida Eels Elite Defenseman Victor Sharonov commits to NCAA Div. 3 Utica College men’s ice hockey program. Victor Sharonov joined the Eels mid-season this year. He is a 6’6” 230 pound big defenseman from Moscow, Russia.
Viktor Sharonov played a large part of the Eels success this season. propel Elite team to a win. He is a very skilled Chara like figure in his defensive zone.
Viktor was a league all-star and team MVP back home with CSKA in Russia. He was a dominant player in Russia and trained with the Premier trainers and coaches provided by Key Sports-the Elite hockey program in Russia and in Europe.
In addition to his strong defensive play we got to see how deadly he could be on the offense. On the offensive blueline he was a consummate threat in scoring. His shot gets the puck on net. Very hard and accurate.
Indeed, while with the Eels Sharonov took charge. He was always calm and cool. His big reach made him very difficult to come in on line rushes; He owned the front of his own crease. He made excellent first passes out on the break out. Very smart and poised player with sustained confidence. While on the blueline, he wanted the puck. He plays with that much poise and confidence. His shot is like a cannon all 6’6” 230 pounds behind it. This offense terrorizes opposing goalies.
As only a 1997, Viktor had several years remaining to play juniors but he wanted to play college next season. He wanted to make the jump now. He had a dozen + schools NCAA college coaches extremely interested in him. When you are that size you generate enormous interest. When you are very good and that size your net worth skyrockets. After really looking at Utica Viktor was convinced that is where he wanted to spend his next 4 years of his life. He is so excited to start his NCAA career in the USA
Best of luck and congratulations Viktor. This marks another Florida Eel this season moving off to play college hockey. At the beginning of this season the Eels had 140 alumni playing college hockey. This season the Eels will have 20+ more players on that horizon. Viktor is our 5th commit this year thus far.