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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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FGCU HOCKEY POPULAR CHOICE AMONG STUDENTS
Hockey Has Quickly Become Most Well Attended Sport on Campus
January 9, 2011 by Craig Handel (The News-Press)
The Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity members stood in one corner of Germain Arena's
auxiliary rink cheering for FGCU's hockey team. Numerous college-aged women
dotted the landscape. Not all were players' girlfriends. In "The Perch" at the top of the
walkway leading to the stands, students painted their faces and led cheers.
Meanwhile, student volunteers sold tickets and concessions and helped the game run
smoothly. An FGCU event? Yes. An NCAA event?...
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SOUTHWEST FLORIDA BECOMING A COLLEGE HOCKEY HOTBED
Top Players from the United States and Canada Flocking to FGCU Hockey
January 9, 2011 by Craig Handel (The News-Press)
After spending the holiday break in the Cleveland area, FGCU hockey player Ryan
Kovesdy got off the plane, drove to practice and thought: "I really have the life."
Cleveland may rock but having a university room/condo a few yards from the beach,
going to practice in shorts and flip-flops and playing for one of the best club hockey
teams in the country are nice benefits for Kovesdy and his fellow native Northerner
teammates. "People told me about FGCU...
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EAGLES COACH BRINKWORTH AMONG ECAC HOCKEY'S TOP 50!
Former RPI All-American Forward Tops List of League's Greatest
January 23, 2011
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, ECAC Hockey has comprised its top 50
players to recognize the storied history of the League and honor its significant
players. The league announced the first installment of honorees and former
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) standout Bob Brinkworth (64) was among that
group. A two-time National All-America First Team forward, Brinkworth played 71
games for the Engineers from 1961 to 1964...
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2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW
Eagles to Fashion Pink Jerseys During Month of October!
October 1, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
It’s that time of the year again for the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s ice hockey
team to start their season. The players, coaches and Richard Snizek, General
Manager of the FGCU hockey club aren’t the only ones excited about the season
opening. Janet Darnell, Executive Director of Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc., is
also overjoyed. The FGCU men’s D2 and D3 leagues will be “going pink” for the    
entire month of October in support of breast cancer...
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FGCU EAGLES SOAR IN SEASON OPENER!
Eagles Take Down Vermont In Front of Packed House
October 4, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles opened their season on Friday Oct. 4
against the University of Vermont in front of a standing-room only arena and
demonstrated their powerhouse style. During the 9th minute of play forward Dan
Echeverri put the first points on the board with a goal for the Eagles. Not even a
minute later, forward Kevin Zipkin, knocked one passed Vermont’s keeper and
brought fans to their feet screaming. Forward Carlo...
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FGCU HOCKEY DOMINATES IN THE MAIN ARENA
Vermont Catamounts Fall to the Eagles Again!
October 5, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Eagles came onto the main ice at Germain Arena with eager anticipation about
the back-to-back match-up against the University of Vermont Cats. After the exciting
win for the Eagles on Friday they that they'd have to bring their game harder tonight.
And that's exactly what they showed their screaming fans while they celebrated 13
goals together. Captain Dan Echeverri earned seven points in Saturday night's game
including a "hat trick" and while college fans...
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FGCU EAGLES SHOCK DIVISION ONE EASTERN MICHIGAN
FGCU Makes Statement Against Eastern Michigan Eagles
October 10, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team faced Eastern Michigan University
for their third game of the season tonight. Once again the Green and Blue came onto
the ice with incredible speed and powerful offense to start the period. With
the first 11 minutes of the period staying tight on the ice between the two teams,
the Eagles soon let loose on EMU. With eight minutes remaining in the first period,
Jack Emmer put the first goal on the board for FGCU...
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FGCU EAGLES SWEEP EASTERN MICHIGAN
Eagles Record Improves to 4-0 After Impressive Start to the Season
October 11, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles came into their second game against
Eastern Michigan University exceeding confidence after their 9-1 win on Thursday  
Oct. 10. Just as expected EMU came onto the ice stronger than Thursday during the
first putting up a few extra shots and holding the Eagles off until the ninth minute of
play. Forward Kevin Zipkin got on the board first for FGCU. Starting goalie for EMU
held the Eagles off for another five minutes until forward...
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FGCU HOCKEY CRUSHES NORTHERN ILLINOIS BY A SCORE OF 9-1
Eagles Stay Unbeaten in Game Five of the Season
October 18, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team faced the first game of a two-night
series against the Northern Illinois Huskies on Friday October 18, 2013. For the fifth
start for the Eagles, they came out fast with strong offense and opened the board
inside of the first five minutes of the game. Dan Echeverri earned his first goal,
short-handed and unassisted, of what turned out to be an incredible night for the
captain. The Eagles continued to fire shots...
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FGCU HOCKEY CONTINUES TO POWER THROUGH OPPONENTS
Eagles Outscore Northern Illinois Huskies 17-2 in Weekend Series
October 19, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team faced the Northern Illinois Huskies in
game two of their series tonight and proved that they are an unstoppable force. The
Huskies came onto the ice with every intention to play the Eagles much harder, faster
and stronger than they had in game one of the series. Friday night’s game started
getting rough and edgy once NIU got frustrated because of losing by such a large
margin to the Eagles. The game ended with...
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Join us at Germain Arena to Support Breast Cancer Awareness
October 20, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
Since the Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team began its season three weeks
ago, it’s been sporting pink jerseys and socks in support of Breast Cancer Awareness
month. FGCU hockey has teamed up with Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc. The
entire month of October, volunteers for the organizations have had a table at the
games where they have been collecting donations and handing out literature about
their program. Partners for Breast Cancer Care...
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FGCU HOCKEY HOSTING FRIENDS & FAMILY WEEKEND
FGCU HOCKEY BATTLES LIBERTY IN A CLOSE GAME
Eagles Continue Their Winning Streak
October 25, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
In the last six games, Florida Gulf Coast University men’s hockey has demonstrated a
style of play where they rush onto the ice ferociously creating multiple shots and time
on attack in their opponent’s zone during the first several minutes of play. What came
as a surprise tonight to fans was the force that the Eagles faced when they came
crashing onto the ice. Liberty held a record of 11-1 and they took on FGCU fiercely,
matching them in shots on goal with 11 each...
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The Eagles Stay Undefeated Moving Into November
October 26, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Liberty Flames came into Germain Arena looking for a serious rematch after the
loss to the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s hockey team Friday night. Within the
first minute, Liberty player Devon Docksteader got the first goal on the board. For the
first time of the season, the Eagles didn’t have the first goal of the game. When the
Eagles got a chance to tie the game, the goal came at the hands of Carlo DiPiazza
with assists from Dan Echeverri and Kurt Williams...
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FGCU HOCKEY EXTINGUISHES THE LIBERTY FLAMES
NINE WINS STRAIGHT FOR THE EAGLES AND GOING STRONG
Who Said Florida Doesn't Know Hockey
November 1, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
Friday night the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s ice hockey team faced the
Southern New Hampshire University Penmen in a hard-hitting, body-slamming battle
on the ice. Friday’s game brought the Eagles back into their standard for the season.
After a wildly successful month of “Pink in the Rink” where the Eagles showed their
support for Breast Cancer Awareness, they came onto the ice flying high in Green
and Blue. The Penmen showed up in Fort Myers...
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Five Weeks of Flawless Hockey
November 2, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Southern New Hampshire Penmen came onto the ice at Germain Arena tonight
thirsty for revenge against the men’s hockey team of Florida Gulf Coast University.
Friday night SNHU faced the Eagles throwing bodies around and desperate to win
battles. The Eagles showed irritation in their play but no matter how many fights
almost came to fruition on the ice, the scoreboard wins the war every time. Saturday
night FGCU knew this was not going to be...
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FGCU HOCKEY: THE PERFECT TEN
FGCU HOCKEY TESTED BY VISITING WALDORF COLLEGE
Too Close for Comfort For Hometown Eagles
November 8, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s ice hockey team met the Waldorf College
Warriors on Friday Nov. 8. When the Warriors came to Germain Arena, they held a
record of 9-5-2. They brought the Eagles their most difficult test of the season, thus
far.For the second weekend in a row, the Eagles made changes to their line-up.
Anthony Yezek returned Friday night after recovering from an injury during practice
before the season began. In Yezek's first game...
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FGCU Eagles Earn Tie with Waldorf College
November 9, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
Saturday Nov. 9 unfolded the second game of the weekend series between the
Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles and the Waldorf College Warriors. The Eagles
brought a different game to the rink than they had on Friday. During Friday’s match
the coaches and team agreed that they weren’t playing their best hockey. The same
couldn’t be said for Saturday with the Eagles out-working the Warriors for 60 minutes
of play. During the first period it was the...
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WALDORF WARRIORS STEAL A POINT FROM EAGLES
THE EAGLES SCORE THREE GOALS INSIDE OF A SINGLE MINUTE
FGCU Beats Central Michigan 5-2 in Game 13 of Their Season
November 15, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s ice hockey team hosted the Central Michigan
University Chippewas on Friday Nov. 15. Just as the team and coaches predicted last
week, CMU came to town to play hard. There were constantly bodies on the ice and
hits against the glass. The Chippewas are known to be a strong, hard-hitting team
and it showed tonight but the Eagles took them on in the same fashion in order to pull
out another win for the undefeated guys...
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Hearts Break Throughout Germain Arena
November 16, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s ice hockey team tasted the agony of defeat
in their 14th game of the season. As predicted by our own players’ quotes from Friday
night, Central Michigan came onto the ice Saturday hungry for revenge. The
Chippewas brought a totally different game because of their strong motivation. They
played faster against the Eagles from the drop of the first puck. They capitalized on
hard hits, time on attack and lack of discipline...
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FGCU HOCKEY FACES FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON
WELCOME TO THE EAGLES NEST AT GERMAIN ARENA
You Are Now Entering Puck City!
November 18, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
Germain Arena in Estero, Florida is home to the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles
men’s D2 and D3 ice hockey teams. FGCU has been recognized for its sports’
programs in the last few years. The D2 ice hockey team won the National
Championship in 2012. Then in March of 2013, FGCU was discovered nationwide
because of its basketball program’s achievements in March Madness Tournament.
FGCU became fondly known as Dunk City...
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Eagles Beat Tigers in Game One of Series
November 22, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
After a humbling loss last weekend to Central Michigan, the Florida Gulf Coast
University men’s ice hockey team came back focused and motivated. The Missouri
Tigers came to Germain Arena with a record of 2-6 and they were given too many
chances on the ice tonight having matched FGCU in shots on goal and scoring twice
on the power play. In the first period, the Eagles came out strong putting up 15 shots.
During the 10th minute of play...
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FGCU HOCKEY BACK ON THEIR GAME
THE EAGLES CONTINUE FLYING HIGH
FGCU Sweeps Mizzou
November 23, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
After the Missouri Tigers lost to the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s ice hockey
team on Friday Nov. 22, they came back Saturday with fire in their eyes. They gave
the Eagles a run for their money and the result was the highest scoring game so far
this season. During the fifth minute of the first period, it was the Tigers who managed
to get the lead over FGCU by getting on the board first. Missouri player Nick
Brocksmith got the first goal behind FGCU...
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The Eagles Take Down DePaul in Game One of Series
December 6, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s ice hockey team came back from the holiday
break as if they hadn’t missed a beat. DePaul entered Germain Arena with a record of
11-8. What wasn’t expected was the power and intensity that the Eagles would bring
to the ice. The Blue Demons starting goalie, David Ketelhut, was the first player to
realize that the FGCU Eagles weren’t coming into the game with less than their best
style of play. Only 40 seconds into the game...
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EAGLES GIVE BLUE DEMONS COLD RECEPTION
FGCU HOCKEY DROPS DEPAUL BEFORE CHRISTMAS BREAK
The Eagles are in a Good Position for a National Championship Run
December 8, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University men's ice hockey team faced the Depaul Blue
Demons in the second game of the weekend series and the last game before the
winter break. After the Blue Demons' loss to the Eagles on Friday night, they came
back Saturday with a level of intensity unexpected by FGCU. They managed to out
shoot the Eagles in the game and played much stronger in the defensive zone. The
first period began somewhat similar to Friday's game...
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Profile of FGCU's D2 Freshman Goalie
December 8, 2013 by Jill Himmelfarb
As a hockey puck comes from the point off a slap shot, it should land inside the net.
But Tyler Tracy reaches up with his gloved hand and robs the opposing team from its
goal against Florida Gulf Coast University. He’s quick on his skates and takes to the
butterfly position to keep the puck from reaching the goal by protecting both sides of
the net, and being able to jump up to snatch the high shots out of the air. Tracy is a
freshman goaltender for FGCU men's D2...
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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: TYLER TRACY
SPRING 2014 TRYOUTS DATES RELEASED
Eagles Hockey Hopefuls Get a Chance to Impress in the New Year!
December 17, 2013 by Matthew Maida
All players interested in trying out for the FGCU Eagles Hockey Team in the Spring
2014 must complete a tryout application. The Spring 2014 FGCU Hockey tryouts will
take place on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Germain Arena from 9:15 PM - 10:30 PM.
In order to be eligible to tryout, players must submit both a tryout application and fee
prior to tryouts. Also, all interested players are encouraged to contact the coaching
staff as soon as possible...
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Numbers Add Up for Lone South American Player
December 30, 2013 by Jim Davis at HockeyYall.com
The stats don’t lie. Daniel Echeverri is THE most prolific scorer in HockeyYall.com’s
coverage area, which encompasses the ACHA’s Division II Southeast and DIII South
regions plus DI clubs Liberty and West Virginia. The junior forward for the Florida Gulf
Coast Eagles has put up these numbers this season: * Thirty-one goals, top in the
South and third in DII nationally. * Thirty-two assists, No. 1 in the South and tied for
fifth in the nation among DII play-makers...
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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: DAN ECHEVERRI
FGCU HOCKEY: SPRING PREVIEW
The Freezing Eagles Face Changes
January 7, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb
After almost a month off the ice with their teammates, the Florida Gulf Coast
University men’s ice hockey team — or at least most of it — returned to Germain
Arena on Jan. 5 for its first practice of the semester. Two more practices follow
throughout the week before the Eagles take the ice to face the Long Beach 49ers at
8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 on Germain Arena’s Blue rink. Two additional players joined
the familiar skaters from the fall semester...
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The Eagles Come Back with Power and No Mercy
January 10, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb
Offensive, unstoppable, ruthless and powerful are the words that best describe the
Florida Gulf Coast University’s hockey team’s return to the ice from winter break. The
scoreboard at Germain Arena, home of the Eagles, looked more like it belonged in a
football stadium than a hockey arena in Friday’s game against the Long Beach State
University 49ers. The barn was packed with 450 fans in what was a standing-room
only arena. During the first minute of the game...
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FGCU HOCKEY RETURNS FOR SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON
FGCU HOCKEY SENDS LONG BEACH PACKING
In What Started as a Close Game...
January 11, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb
The Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team went onto the ice at Germain Arena on
Saturday night with extraordinary confidence coming off of their Friday night game.
The Long Beach State University 49ers also brought their “A” game with them to the
rink. However, it was the Eagles who had another record-making and breaking night.
“We had expectations. It’s cliché when you beat a team 15-3 then take them lightly.
We can’t do that because they don't just...
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Alternate Captain Looking to End Senior Year with Second National Title
January 14, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb
Kevin Zipkin is an alternate captain and senior forward for the Florida Gulf Coast
University ice hockey team. Zipkin came to FGCU for his rookie season with the team
in 2011, the year that the club won the National Championship. Zipkin is a leader for
the young team that came in this season, and a friend to his teammates. Zipkin was
born and raised in New City, New York. He began playing hockey when he was six
years old. His parents helped him and his...
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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: KEVIN ZIPKIN
FROM TRIUMPH TO TRAGEDY
FGCU Hockey in Lynchburg
January 23, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb          
The Florida Gulf Coast University ice hockey team traveled to Lynchburg Virginia to
face the Liberty Flames on Friday and Saturday. They defeated the Flames on Friday
8-1. But on Saturday they were embarrassed by Liberty and by the time they got back
on their game it was too late. They lost to Liberty 8-5 on Saturday.During the first
period, the Flames starting goaltender, Cary Byron, kept the Eagles off the board
until the ninth minute of the period...
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The Eagles Beat No. 2 Virginia Tech
January 23, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb                
On Sunday Jan. 19, the No.1-ranked Florida Gulf Coast University ice hockey team
traveled to Roanoke to face No. 2 Virginia Tech. FGCU did something in Sunday’s
game to assist them with a 6-4 win over Virginia Tech. They were only penalized once
in the 60 minutes of time on the ice. Staying out of the box is a must for the Eagles’
play in their future games. During the fourth minute, VT was first to get on the board
with a goal from Zack Walz. Only three minutes later...
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FGCU HOCKEY ENDS ROADY WITH A WIN
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: DILLON DUPREY
From Canada to Southwest Florida
January 23, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb     
Florida Gulf Coast University’s junior forward Dillion Duprey was born in Canada, and
like most hockey players, he got involved in hockey with the help of his parents.
“I started skating when I was two,” Duprey said. “As soon as I learned how to walk, I
learned how to skate. I grew up on the ice. Any time I got a chance to go to the rink,
that’s where I’d be and I haven’t looked back since.” Because Duprey learned to skate
and play hockey at such a young age...
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The Eagles Beat Ferris State in Game One
January 24, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb       
The Florida Gulf Coast University ice hockey team returned to its home ice on Friday,
Jan. 24 after a road trip to Virginia. The Eagles faced Ferris State with speed, focus
and agility getting them the 6-2 win over the Bulldogs. The team came onto to the ice
slower than normal and the Bulldogs’ starting keeper managed to keep the Eagles off
the board for the entire first period. Ruben Medrano, goalie for Ferris State, made 40
saves against the Eagles...
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FGCU HOCKEY RETURNS STRONG TO HOME ICE
FGCU HOCKEY SWEEPS FERRIS STATE
The Eagles come out on top of Two Heated Matches
January 26, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb     
The Florida Gulf Coast University ice hockey team faced the Ferris State Bulldogs in
game two of the weekend series on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Eagles looked like a
power house on the ice. They easily got under the Bulldogs’ skin with their 8-2 win.
Saturday’s match was one where fans watched every team member putting forth all of
their effort and focus. Every player on the ice was contributing. The Eagles racked up
time on attack by staying in the...
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Junior Captain Determined to Win Second National Title
January 31, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb       
A South American native is the last person you would expect to captain a college ice
hockey team. Daniel Echeverri, born in Medellin, Columbia, came to South Florida
when he was 6 years old. He didn’t immediately become involved in hockey. However,
when he did, he became engulfed in his love for the sport and the competition. He
began playing roller hockey with his friends in Weston, Fla. He didn’t move into ice
hockey until he was 11 years old...
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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT 2: DANIEL ECHEVERRI
FGCU HOCKEY HAS ANOTHER RECORD NIGHT
Two Players Get Their First Hat Tricks
January 31, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb     
The Florida Gulf Coast University ice hockey team beat the College of Holy Cross with
double-digit numbers. The team also had another record night with two players
earning their first hat tricks of the season in the same game. The Eagles are now only
three games away from the end of the season and six weeks off before the National
Tournament in Boston. During the first period, Mike Chemello earned his first goal of
the night just over six minutes into the period...
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The Eagles Clinch Berth to Nationals
February 2, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb       
Even with the weekend of final ranking behind them, the Florida Gulf Coast University
Eagles didn’t bother to let down their guard and allow another team a win over them.
The FGCU ice hockey team is full of guys with strength and determination. The team
has worked incredibly hard all season to get where they are, and they are focused on
continuing to add wins to their record. When Holy Cross came onto the ice at Germain
Arena for the second game of the weekend series...
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FGCU HOCKEY FINISHES OFF HOLY CROSS
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: ANTHONY YEZEK
Senior Alternate Captain says this is the Year
February 5, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb     
Anthony Yezek can count the times he’s come close to a championship title, but he
hasn’t tasted it, yet. The senior alternate captain for Florida Gulf Coast University’s
ice hockey team has had an interesting season and hopes to end it with a ring “This
is the most talented team I’ve ever played on. The depth we have is incredible—all
four lines can score,” Yezek said. “Our defense is solid. Our goaltending is solid. I've
never played with two goalies who could...
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The Eagles Beat Wagner in First Game of the Series
February 7, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb       
The Florida Gulf Coast University ice hockey beat the Wagner College Seahawks by
a score of 10-0. The Eagles’ offense has been dominant throughout the season,
scoring 201 goals in 28 games. The defense has stayed strong, only allowing 61
goals in those 28 games. In 75 percent of games played, the Eagles have allowed no
more than two goals. The margin of victory is almost unseen nationally in the
American Collegiate Hockey Association’s...
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FGCU HOCKEY GETS FIRST SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON
FGCU HOCKEY IS SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON
The Eagles End Season with another Record Night
February 9, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb     
It was Senior Night. The Florida Gulf Coast University ice hockey team celebrated its
five senior players’ last game as Eagles with an extreme performance. For the first
time this season, FGCU had three players - Logan Garst, Ryan McAleese and Dillon
Duprey - score four goals each. The team’s captain, Dan Echeverri, scored his 100th
point. The Eagles also had a season-high win of 16-1 over the Wagner Seahawk.
FGCU went onto the ice with power...
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Freshman Alternate Captain Helps Lead Team to Nationals
February 14, 2014 by Kalhan Rosenblatt, Editor-in-Chief at Eagle News       
Myles Neuneker is a sports addict. Growing up in La Grange, Ill., the freshman
forward on Florida Gulf Coast University men’s ice hockey team spent his time
alternating between playing soccer, baseball and hockey. Baseball and soccer were
passions passed down from his father, who played both sports while attending the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, but hockey was a pastime Neuneker picked up from
a friend in the second grade...
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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: MYLES NEUNEKER
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: RYAN MCALEESE
Senior Forward Ready for March's Massachusetts Nationals
February 19, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb     
Ryan McAleese is looking forward to ending his senior year on a high note with
another American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Nation Tournament run for Florida
Gulf Coast University. The team played its final game Feb. 8 against the Wagner
College Warriors. The D2 ice hockey club now has until March 20 to prepare for the
national tournament in Marlborough, Mass. McAleese is overly excited about the
opportunity to be on the team with...
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Senior Defenseman Reflects on his Years at FGCU
February 28, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb      
Florida Gulf Coast University ice hockey player Lee Khan might as well call himself a
Floridian. Although he was born in Boone, NC, Khan moved to the east coast of
Florida when he was only 1 year old. Like other players who grew up on Florida’s east
coast, Khan was inspired to get involved with hockey when the Florida Panthers went
to the Stanley Cup finals during the 1995-96 season. I was 5 years old when I began
playing roller hockey. I started ice...
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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: LEE KHAN
2014 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
FGCU Focused and Prepared for Nationals beginning March 21
March 9, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb     
The Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team is working hard in preparations for the
American Collegiate Hockey Association’s National Tournament hosted by
Northeastern University in Marlborough, Mass. beginning March 21. FGCU is ranked
as the No. 1 seed in its pool for the tournament and will face three teams in pool play
for three days to determine whether the team will move forward to the semi-finals and
then finals March 24 and 25. The...
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Different Plans for Senior Defenseman
March 11, 2014 by Desiree Jean-Jacques, Contributing Writing for Eagle News     
Erik Frits, 23, is hanging up his blades after his final competitive season of playing
hockey for the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles. He will be graduating FGCU with
a degree in Business Management and unlike many of his fellow players, does not
have plans to play pro hockey. Frits is working at a logistics company part-time, which
he hopes will help jump start his career once he graduates. "My ultimate dream would
be to play hockey for the rest of my...
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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: ERIK FRITS
FGCU LOSES FIRST GAME AT NATIONALS
The Eagles have to Fire Back Hard in Game Two
March 21, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb     
The Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team arrived at the ACHA National
Tournament with high hopes and determination in its first game against New York
University. Unfortunately for the Eagles and their fans, the first competitive game they’
ve played in five weeks ended in a loss, barely, to NYU. “We battled hard but the
bounces were not in our favor,” said assistant coach Mike Lendino. “We had too
many costly turnovers to win a...
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The Eagles Came Out Hungry and Determined in Game Two
March 22, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb   
The Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team came onto the ice with furry today
against Utah State. The Eagles had fire in their eyes and focus on their minds. They
came here to win a championship, and their determination from the regular season
was clearly demonstrated in their play against the Aggies. This resulted in a big, and
necessary, win for the Eagles with a score of 7-2 over the Aggies. "We bounced back
after yesterday's loss and made a...
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FGCU HOCKEY WINS A BIG GAME AGAINST UTAH STATE
FGCU HOCKEY IS HEADING TO THE SEMI-FINALS
The Eagles Beat Lindenwood in Spectacular Fashion to Advance
March 23, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb     
The Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team beat Lindenwood University, 3-2, in a
nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat game this afternoon. This game meant do or die. The
Eagles had to beat the Lions to advance to the semi-finals, and the stipulations of
how they had to beat the Lions were extraordinary. “The fortunate thing was that we
played the second game and we knew exactly what the station was with the goals for
and against,” said head coach Bob...
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The Eagles Beat Penn State in another Nerve-Racking Game
March 24, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb   
In another unbelievably gripping game, the Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team
beat the Penn State Ice Lions, 6-4, to advance to the ACHA National Championship
game Tuesday March 25 at noon. Eagles’ starting goalie Mike Reed faced 38 shots,
making 34 saves today — more than he’s faced in any game so far during the
tournament. “We’re going to win tomorrow. That’s what going to happen,” Reed said.
"Tomorrow is a big day. As soon...
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FGCU HOCKEY ADVANCES TO ACHA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
FGCU HOCKEY TAKES SECOND PLACE IN THE NATION
The Eagles Lose the Championship to the University of New Hampshire
March 28, 2014 by Jill Himmelfarb     
The Florida Gulf Coast University hockey team was overjoyed about the win against
Penn State that advanced the team to the national championship game against the
University of New Hampshire Wildcats. However, the devastating result would leave
the Eagles as the second best team in the nation for ACHA Division II. The Eagles lost
the championship game to the Wildcats, 5-3. At the end of the first period, the Eagles
were down 3-0 to UNH...
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Prospective Players Flock to Southwest Florida
June 24, 2014   
After a long summer, Florida Gulf Coast University will resume classes for the Fall
2014 semester on August 18, 2014. Many prospective players will be moving the
Southwest Florida area and are now ready to focus on FGCU Hockey. The
anticipation to get on the ice can be felt all over the campus and it is now time to get
the 2014-2015 Season on its way. All new and retuning players are required to attend
a mandatory team meeting...
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FALL 2014 TRYOUT SCHEDULE RELEASED