By TBJ Staff
Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club is proud to announce that Premier Defenseman Christian Louria has committed to ACHA Division I Rochester Institute of Technology.
Louria, from Wexford, PA, was a USPHL Southern Division All Star this past season with Tampa. In 48 games Christian had 9 goals with 21 assist and a +23.
“Christian came to us just after the season started and right away you saw his skill and that he would be a difference maker," said Head Coach Garrett Strot. "He was so good in the defensive zone with his awareness and calmness with the puck. R.I.T picked up an elite defenseman.”
“Playing for the Tampa Bay Juniors was great for my development as a player and a person." said Christian, "The experienced coaching staff and exceptional facilities made it a memorable year for me and helped me get to the next level.”
“Christian had multiple NCAA schools talking too him," said Strot, "but in the end he felt R.I.T was the best fit for him academically and to continue playing hockey.”
The Tampa Bay Juniors wish Christian and his family the best of luck as he continues on to the next chapter of his life.
Christian is the 8th TBJ player to commit to a college this year.
Tampa Bay Juniors Premier Forward Curtis Hansen Commits to Bethel University
By TBJ Staff
The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club is proud to announce that Premier forward Curtis Hansen has officially committed to Bethel University for the 2018-19 season. Bethel is located in St. Paul, MN and plays in the MIAC.
Hansen, a Prior Lake, MN native, has played two seasons for TBJ. In 2016-17 he played 41 games tallying 55 points. This past season Hansen also played in 41 games netting 47 points despite missing 10 games due to an injury.
“Curtis has been a top player for us the last two years,” said Head Coach Garrett Strot. “Bethel is getting a skilled player who works hard both on and off the ice. He definitely will add some scoring to their lineup.”
“Playing in Tampa the last two years has been the best years of my life,” said Hansen. “If I was a high school player looking for a place to play juniors, I wouldn’t think twice about going and playing for TBJ. They have some of the best facilities in all of junior hockey and who doesn’t want to go to the rink in shorts and flip flops every day!”
“It will be fun to watch his college career,” added Strot, “I played college with his dad at Bethel so to see him go there was awesome!”
The coaches and staff with TBJ all wish Curtis and his family the best of luck as he continues his hockey career.
Curtis is the 7th Tampa player to commit to a college this year, and the second one to commit to Bethel, joining Jory McWilliams.
Brendan "Colten" Bishop has committed to Worcester State University in Massachusetts. Brendan was a huge pick up for the Knights this past October. “We needed a veteran goaltender. Brendan had gone up to Tier 2 in Canada but things didn’t work out. He became available”, said Coach Kevin St. Jacques. “At this level you win and lose games because of goaltending. It’s huge to have a veteran goaltender as big and athletic as Brendan!”
Brendan had several Division III NCAA teams looking at him as well as some AC AJ Division II schools. At the end of the day, a big decision like this comes down to academics; hockey is secondary. “I think in Brendan‘s case it had to be D3 NCAA because of how competitive he is in hockey”, said Coach Kevin. “Everyone is different and that’s something all parents and players need to realize. There are several factors that go into every decision. My job as coach is to give my parents and players guidance and insight, however the final decision belongs to the players and families.” Brendan has played with the Junior Knights for the past three years with a short stint at Tier 2 in Canada. Canada was beneficial but at the end of the day home was here with the Knights!
“My three years with Atlanta were more valuable to my development as a player and person than I ever could have imagined”, commented Brendan. “I was lucky to have coaches, teammates, and a billet family who cared enough to push me to be the best. I would not trade my time in Atlanta for the world. I'm excited for the next step and I know my time with the Knights prepared me for this.”
“As parents, we couldn't be happier with Brendan's time as a Knight” stated Brendan’s parents. “Coach Kevin genuinely cares about each and every player and their development on and off the ice. The program and the leadership of Coach Kevin have prepared Brendan for this exciting new chapter of college hockey. We're so grateful!”
“I’m very proud of Brendan. He’s come a long way. I’ve seen him grow as a player and mature as a young adult. I wish him the best in his schooling and hockey careers!”, finished Coach Kevin.