The Eeast Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Florida Everblades have re-signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Rob Florentino.
Florentino started last season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Elmira Jackals. The Jackals signed Florentino to a try-out contract on October 15th 2014 before being traded to the Everblades on January 3rd 2015. In 18 games with Elmira Florentino recorded two goals, In 34 games last year with the Everblades Florentino had (4-goals-4-assists-8-points).
Florentino started the 2013-14 with the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Huntsville Havoc. In 14 games with Huntsville Florentino collected (5-goals-9-assists-14-points). Florentino was loaned to the ECHL Reading Royals before signing with Reading on December 6th 2013. Florentino played in just 9 games with the Royals picking up two assists, was released on March 19th 2014.
Florentino attended the 2009 Vernon Vipers Training Camp playing in a few exhibition games before being released. The Vipers with the league limit six twenty year olds at that time were forced to release Florentino who was twenty years old. Florentino later signed with the Victoria Grizzlies where he started the 2009-2010 regular season.
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Florentino Returns to ‘Blades for 2015-16
August 20, 2015
ESTERO, FL – Florida Everblades President & General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Greg Poss announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Rob Florentino for the 2015-16 season.
Florentino, 26, returns to Florida after recording eight points (4g, 4a) with the Everblades last season. In addition, the 6-1,190-pound blueliner scored two goals in 18 contests with the Elmira Jackals prior to being acquired by the Everblades in January of 2015.
“Rob became a leader in our lockeroom after we acquired him from Elmira last season,” said Everblades Head Coach Greg Poss. “He was a great addition to our team who can play both forward and defense. We look for him to continue to progress as a player this season.”
Florentino totaled 64 points (21g, 43a) in three seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Boston (ECAC) from 2010-2013.
The West Roxbury, Massachusetts native registered 15 points (5g,10a) in 15 games played with the Huntsville Havoc (SPHL) during the 2013-14 season. Florentino has also made appearances with the ECHL’s Reading Royals (2013-14) and Las Vegas Wranglers (2012-13).
Opening Weekend Set for October 16 & 17!
The Everblades open the 2015-16 season at Germain Arena on Friday, October 16 against the Gwinnett Gladiators! The two teams will also meet on Saturday, October 17.