Monday, October 21, 2013

Spencer Abbott, Toronto Maple Leafs, first North American in NHL with real Floorball schooling

Mr Abbott, number 56 in the Toronto Maple Leafs, played Floorball under the coaching of Anthony Herrington at the Sherwood school in Ontario for four (4) years as a part of the off-ice program within the Hockey Canada Skills Academy.

Mr. Abbott is therefore the first ever North American raised Ice Hockey player with an extensive Floorball experience as a part of his Ice Hockey background, now with NHL experience as he was called up from the Toronto Marlies recently. This is notable, at the time they started doing floorball - almost no-one had never ever heard about Floorball in Canada. This is well before Hockey Canada started to promote Floorball to be played at schools in Canada.
Mr. Herrington is Canada's most distinguished profile as it comes to Floorball as a sport and as a support sport for Ice Hockey. Mr. Herrington writes "one of the years we entered the Canada Cup Floorball competition in the intermediate division (as a high school team with Mr. Abbott on the roster) and we won!!"
Mr. Herrington is clear about how skilled Mr Abbott is as a hockey player.

After his 4 years of playing with Mr. Herrington in Sherwood, Mr. Abbott played Ice Hockey in Maine.
The writes; "So he went to the University of Maine and played well enough there to become a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in the NCAA."
The writer, Mr. Radley at the, also wrote in 2012 " He was not only the leading scorer in the country this season with 59 points in just 37 games for the University of Maine Black Bears, but he led online fan balloting for the Hobey Baker. That makes him a favourite to be included in the final three, which will be announced March 29." Radley continued;
"Winning the former award as his conference’s top player might’ve been a little bit of a surprise if only because no Maine player has won it in 17 years. His play, however, made it an easy decision. Abbott’s production has increased in each of his four years in college, from 16 points as a rookie to 28 as a sophomore, 40 as a junior and this year’s 59."

Here is what Mr. Abbott said himself this spring

For a Floorball fan page, like us, it is very interesting to note how they talk about sweater number 13 in the Toronto Maple Leafs, as you know Mats Sundin used to wear that one - and he was also one of the first big Hockey players that openly admitted how Floorball had been an asset for his stickhandling skills.

So what are we trying to tell you with this story? You will reach the NHL if you play a lot of Floorball in school and beside? No that is definitely not what we think or say. But if you want to play good Ice Hockey and you dare to exclude Floorball as an off-ice component - well then we think you need help and what is why you find us here.
OH, yeah one more thing - most - if not all - Europeans playing in NHL today has Floorball experience from their school system, from Floorball clubs or even Ice Hockey clubs. And the Europeans are fairly good at what they do, right?
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!