Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Vinny grew up and played most of his youth and high school hockey in New England. After graduating from Matignon High School, Vinny spent the next 3 years playing Junior hockey for the Valley Jr. Warriors, El Paso Rhinos, and NY Apple Core where he won a national championship. He then attended Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts where he played NCAA Division III hockey before moving back to Florida and beginning his coaching career. USA Hockey Level 4 certified, Vinny is the Youth Hockey Director at Pines Ice Arena where he trains players from 3-24 years old, from beginner to NCAA level. At Pines, he has also spent the last 8 years coaching with the South Florida Golden Wolves. Vinny is very excited about helping lead the club to another successful season and we are equally excited to have him as the Head Coach of the FAU Owls!
Born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Erik grew up playing travel hockey in the South Florida area at the age of 10. After graduating from Plantation High School in 2002, he spent the next three years playing for FAU from 2002-2005, including their inaugural season in the ACHA – American Collegiate Hockey Association. Erik began his coaching career in 2016 at the North Broward Preparatory School. He served as an assistant coach in the middle school hockey program where he focused on developing middle school students in their transition to playing high school hockey. After two years coaching in the middle school program, he moved up to the high school program and won the state title in 2019. Erik is looking forward to returning to his roots at FAU.
2020-2021 Club OFFICERS
Congratulations to our newly elected club officers for the 2020-2021 season!
ACHA ACADEMIC AWARDS ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to Clay Cleveland, Dane Bukovak, Phil Myers, and Sam Avers for being awarded the ACHA All-Academic Award. The award is given to Juniors and Seniors who maintain at GPA of 3.2 or better. Keep up the great work!
FAU and Lynn Join to Benefit Chariots on Ice Sled Hockey
With their campuses in sunny Boca Raton, Florida separated by no more than just a few slap shots, the ice hockey teams at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University have become serious rivals on the ice. But the two ACHA Division 3 teams proved on November 10 that, indeed, hockey is family, as the clubs joined to help Chariots on Ice, a local sled hockey organization.
Members of each team assisted local kids, including special needs children, in trying out the adaptive sport at a clinic held at Palm Beach Skate Zone, Lynn University’s home rink. They also managed the equipment, sold raffle tickets, and worked to raise funds for the organization.
“It was great to see the combined hockey players from FAU and Lynn University come together and bond with the kids and their families,” says Gary Kaufman, general manager of the FAU Hockey Club.
Chariots on Ice provides free sled hockey clinics throughout South Florida, supporting its mission of enabling all players the opportunity to take to the ice. The organization is a division of Caps of Love, which collects plastic caps and sells them to recyclers, with the proceeds being used to purchase wheelchairs for children.
“The growth of ice hockey in South Florida, and throughout the southeast, has been amazing in recent years,” says Ted Curtis, sports management professor and hockey director at Lynn University. “Sled hockey is growing right along with it, and we are honored to be a part of that growth in our community.”
Florida Atlantic and Lynn are first-year members of the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference and compete in the SECHC’s South Division.
“A few of our FAU hockey players volunteered in a previous Chariots on Ice event and excitedly told their teammates about how much they enjoyed helping the participants play the game they love,” says FAU’s Kaufman. “The guys on both the FAU and Lynn teams are already talking about coming out to the next event.”
To make a donation to Chariots on Ice, go to www.chariotsonice.org.
Originally posted on: achahockey.org
FLORIDA ATLANTIC SOARS IN ATLANTA
(November 8,9, 2019, Marietta, GA) Photo by Doug Davidson
Florida Atlantic came away with a 2-game road sweep of Georgia Tech this past weekend. Friday night’s game was a tightly fought battle with the GA Tech goalie keeping the high-flying Owls offense grounded through 2 periods. Florida Atlantic was ahead 2-1 going into the third period and finally solved the GA Tech defense and exploded for a 4-goal third period on their way to a 6-1 win. The teams clashed again Saturday afternoon with the Yellow Jackets looking for payback. GA Tech got out to a 4-2 lead until FAU came back with 2 third period goals, sending the game into overtime. After a scoreless 5-minute 4-on-4 overtime, the game went into a 3-player shootout. FAU freshman goalie Sean Williams II stopped all 3 shots in the shootout and sophomore Matias Weir snapped a shot past the GA Tech goalie for the victory! The Owls will be in action again this coming weekend as they host Florida State for 2 games. Come out and support your OWLS!
OWLS beat owls!
(October 26, 2019, Coral Springs, FL)
The FAU Owls hosted the Kennesaw State University Owls this past weekend for a 2 game set at the Panther’s Ice Den. FAU came out on top in the first game on Friday night with a hard-fought 3-1 win. Freshman goaltender Sean Williams II was outstanding in the victory, earning “Player of the Game” honors for the first time in his FAU Hockey career. Saturday night saw the Owls (FAU that is) flying high and scoring 8 goals on their way to an 8-2 victory. Sophomore Matias Weir had his first “hat trick” with a huge 3-goal night and senior goaltender Dane Bukovac was solid throughout the game. FAU will be in action again on November 8th and 9th for 2 big games in Marietta, GA as they take on a tough at Georgia Tech squad. Be sure to mark your calendars for November 15th and 16th as the Owls will host the Seminoles of Florida State University.
FRIDAY NIGHT WAS “HAMMER TIME” IN WEST PALM BEACH!
(October 11, 2019)
“Who has more moves?” While MC Hammer may have better moves on the dance floor, FAU forward Danny Hammer certainly stole the show Friday night at Palm Beach IceWorks. It was a nail-biting affair for nearly the entire contest against a very tough and resilient Auburn University squad. Auburn carried a 1-0 lead late into the third period, relying on an excellent goaltending performance. But the Owls kept up the pressure and were rewarded when freshman defenseman David Israel found the back of the net to tie the game 1-1 with about 5 minutes remaining in the game. The game looked like it was heading for overtime, until freshman forward Myles Davidson won a puck battle in the Auburn zone and slid a fantastic pass to attacking sophomore forward Danny Hammer. Hammer electrified the crowd and FAU bench with the winning goal with 1:30 left in regulation! The Owls held on for the hard-fought 2-1 victory to up their SECHC record to 5-0 and their overall record to 7-0.
FAU HOCKEY’S THRILLING SEASON OPENER!
The FAU Hockey Club thrilled their fans with an exciting 7-6 overtime victory over the University of Florida on Friday night at Palm Beach IceWorks. The Owls got out to a 5-1 lead before the Gators fought back to tie the game 6-6 and force a 5-minute overtime. With about 1:30 remaining in overtime, Owls freshman forward Jake Friedman netted his second goal of the game to seal the victory! FAU followed up the win on Saturday with a 5-2 win over the same Gators squad. The Owls will be in action 9/20 and 9/21 as they host the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders in another SECHC match-up. Both games are at 8:00 pm at Palm Beach IceWorks. Come out and support local college hockey!
FAU HOCKEY JOINS SECHC FOR 2019-2020 SEASON!
We are very excited to be joining the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC) for the 2019-2020 season! The SECHC has a tradition of competitive hockey between some of the major universities in the southeast: Univ. of Florida, Florida State Univ., Univ. of Alabama Huntsville, Univ. of Arkansas, Auburn Univ., Clemson Univ., Univ. of Georgia, Kennesaw State Univ., Middle Tennessee Univ., Univ. of Mississippi, Univ. of South Carolina, Univ. of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. FAU will be part of a newly formed South Division of the conference. The South Division will consist of Auburn Univ., Florida Atlantic Univ., Lynn Univ., Univ. of Florida, Florida State Univ.
FAU ICE HOCKEY CLUB ANNOUNCES ADDITION TO STAFF
(7/29/18) The Florida Atlantic University Ice Hockey Club is very excited to announce the addition of Mike Flaherty to the staff for the upcoming season. Mike is USA Hockey Level 4 certified and will serve as the team medic/trainer for games and off-ice training sessions. Mike is currently a firefighter/paramedic with an AS in EMS and has spent the last two seasons as the Medic/Trainer for the Palm Beach Hawks Junior Hockey program. Mike began coaching roller hockey 8 years ago and progressed to recreational ice hockey and finally youth travel hockey. Knowing the importance of physical fitness in high level, competitive hockey, Mike focused his efforts on coaching strength, speed, and conditioning; creating off ice workouts, dynamic game day warm ups and intense full-day beach workout programs. Mike is excited to be part of FAU Hockey this season…his professionalism and dedication are second to none.