Florida Jr Panthers - 14U A Gold

SUNRISE, FL - SEPTEMBER 28: Florida Panthers Tampa Bay Lightning at the BB&T Center on September 28, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/The Florida Panthers) *** Local Caption ***

Head Coach: Andrew Bates

Andrew Bates, a native of Marblehead, MA, joined the Florida Panthers in July 2016 as Manager of Hockey Development and Retention. He began his hockey career by playing AAA hockey in the Middlesex Islanders, Assabet Valley Patriots, and Boston Jr. Eagle’s organizations. Andrew was one of the top High School Hockey Players in the Boston area. He was a four-year starter, Northeastern Conference Freshman Player of the Year, 2007 Northeast Conference All-Star, 2008 Northeast Conference All-Star, 2008 Northeast Conference All-Conference, Rally North Offensive Player of The Year, 2008 Offensive Player of The Year, Central Catholic All-Conference Selection, Hobey-Baker Award for Best All-Around Players, Two-Time Boston Herald All-Star, Two-Time Boston Globe All-Star, Two-Time Lynn Item All-Star, Two-Time Salem-News All-Star, Saugus Federal Credit Union MVP, and Newburyport Bank Classic MVP. Bates graduated in 2010 from New England Prep-School Hockey powerhouse Kimball-Union Academy, winning the New England Prep School Championship in 2010. Prior to joining the Panthers, Bates completed his collegiate career at Worcester State University in 2015 while completing his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Throughout his Student-Athlete career, Bates was recognized as a Top Student Athlete by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, The National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Northeastern University’s Sport in Society. He also earned a spot on the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Bates served as Sophomore Class President and was voted as Worcester’s Team Captain his Senior Year. Bates was a three year starter and the programs leading goal scorer during his Junior Year. Before arriving in South Florida Bates signed two contracts to play Professional Hockey at the National and International Level.

Professionally, Bates has worked for the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Camps and Pro Ambitions Hockey. He was mentored by former Professional Hockey Player, Shayne Toporowski and Competitive Goals Hockey. Off-Ice Bates worked with Muscular Sports Therapy helping college and high-school level athletes prepared for the next level. He has a passion to teach the game of hockey and help young athletes become leaders on and off the ice.


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