FGCU Establishes ties to South Jersey Junior Raptors

Over the summer, the Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team worked extremely hard to find a junior hockey program in the United States with which to establish a relationship.
FGCU recently announce their newest affiliate is the South Jersey Junior Raptors. The Jr. Raptors compete in the America East Hockey League, a newly formed Junior 'A' circuit.

In addition, the Jr. Raptors will have an opportunity to graduate their players directly into the Eagles’ lineup. Raptors head coach, Matt Leema, is "extremely excited about the new partnership.” The Jr. Raptors will become the breeding ground for developing future FGCU hockey players.

FGCU team president Matt Maida said, "FGCU hockey is extremely happy to welcome the Jr. Raptors aboard. They have an outstanding program and have been producing top quality players since their inception. We look forward to working with their program and providing a place for their players to continue their hockey careers at the college level."

The South Jersey Jr. Raptors will play a 36-game AEHL schedule this season. The league’s other teams are the Eastern Pennsylvania Jr. Bucks, Cleveland Team Development Program, Harrington College Icebergs, Long Island Rebels, Exeter Seawolves, New Jersey Ice Hoppers, Wooster Oilers and Delaware Thunder. 

Former NHLer Joins Staff

Paul Stanton, a former Pittsburgh Penguin and 2-time Stanley Cup Champion, has joined the FGCU Eagles coaching staff. Paul Stanton is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion and has played fifteen years of professional hockey. He will be accompanied by Tom Nelson who has spent a majority of his career coaching high levels of amateur hockey. The duo is expected to add some depth behind the bench this season. Coach Steve Jensen announced the addition of the two coaches and noted that the team was extremely lucky to have such high profile coaches join the team. Paul Stanton comes to the team after just recently completing his professional hockey career in Europe and will offer the team a fresh perspective on the game. Tom Nelson admits that he has had his eye on the program for quite some time and has been interested in getting involved for awhile. FGCU Hockey is proud to welcome these fine gentleman to the team and look forward to a long and successful relationship.





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