This coming weekend, the Fort Myers, Fla.-based Florida Eels will play host to all four USPHL Florida teams at the Fort Myers Skatium in both the Premier and Elite Divisions. The opponents are established by last year’s final regular season seedings.
The Florida Eels finished last season in first place in both the Premier and Elite Divisions. Palm Beach was the fourth seed in both, and therefore the Eels will square off against the Palm Beach Typhoon this coming weekend in Round 1 of the event.
The Tampa Juniors finished in second place last season, and the Florida Jr. Blades ended in third place. Therefore, Tampa will play the Junior Blades next weekend in Round 1.
The games played at the Florida Cup are not showcase-style games, but regular season games with full warm-ups and complete 20-minute periods with full overtime if needed. Round one will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. The Eels Elite team will play the Typhoon at 10 a.m.The Eels Premier team will play Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Typhoon. The Tampa Juniors will square off against the Jr Blades Elite at 4 p.m. and their USPHL Premier teams meet at 7:00 p.m.
Round 2 will be played on Sunday Oct. 23. The Florida Cup Festival is set up like an NCAA college competition. In Round 2, we will have the winners of Round 1 square off in each Division and in the consolation games, the two teams last lost in Round 1 in each Division will square off. The Sunday schedule is to be set Saturday evening between the owners of each organization in an effort to accommodate travel for Palm Beach and Tampa. The game slots will be the same – 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Watch the websites USPHLPremier.com and USPHLElite.com on Saturday for up-to-date schedules.
These games will count in the regular season standings for both the USPHL Premier and USPHL Elite.