Empire Players of The Week - January 22, 2012
Player: Marcus Ortiz
Team: Florida Jr Blades – 1992 (Garland,TX)
Marcus Ortiz was an instrumental part of the Florida Jr Blades success this past week with two games in two nights, Ortiz went on a tear with 6 pts. Marcus helped the Jr. Blades advance to a record of 30-1-0-1 by beating Palm Beach Hawks on Saturday and Sunday.
Since joining the Jr. Blades from the Odessa Jackalopes (NAHL) Marcus has been trying to find his niche. It seems like Marcus has finally done so with line-mates Dan Thompson and Chris Lepore. Marcus finished the weekend with 6 points in total: Marcus in 18 games has scored 13 goals, 16 assists for a total of 29 points. Marcus is a native of Garland, Texas and a product of the Dallas Stars AAA program.
Player: Eric Sugrue
Team: Florida Jr Blades- 1993 (Naples, FL)
Eric continued his winning ways by playing stellar in goal with a pair of wins this past weekend against the Palm Beach Hawks. Eric shutdown the goal on Sunday giving the Jr Blades his second shutout with a 12-0 win and only allowed two goals on Saturday with a 15-2 win. So far this season Eric has been tremendous in net with a 11-1 record and two shutouts. "Eric is a true competitor and his fierce demeanor gives his teammates a great deal of confidence." stated Head Coach Tad O'Had. Eric is in his rookie year of junior hockey since coming from prep school in Connecticut. Eric is a native of Naples, FL and is a product of the Florida Junior Everblades organization.