Palm Beach, FL. (JULY 13 2017) Matthew Baran born in Mineola, N.Y., February 16, 1999, moved to Florida, at age 5 and played hockey at Palm Beach Skate Zone. At age 15 he was noticed by Coach Marro of the Breakers, who offered him a position on the U16A Breakers team. In 2016, he played for the Florida Junior Panthers U16AA team, under Coach George Nuccio. At the end of the season, he was voted the most improved player. A testament to his dedication to the game. His 2017 season he joined the Junior Panthers U18AA team, coached by Andrew Bates and led the team in scoring and assists. This year, his goal was to play for the Junior Hawks. Matthew is happy to be achieving his goal’s and honored to becoming a Jr Hawk. He is a natural play maker, team player, and extremely coachable. He’s looking forward to developing his performance and achieve another goal of playing college level hockey.
Coach Frenchy: “Matt is a notable example of 'NEVER QUIT and NEVER GIVE UP.' This has been his road since the age of 5 years old! Nothing was easy for him, he has a magnificent work ethic inside of him, giving him an opportunity to play at the Junior Level now. This is a remarkable story we should share with young players. Matt has talent and skills but it’s not enough for him. His perseverance and believing give him a chance to chase his goal. It’s the kind of player’s we are looking for at the Palm Beach Hawks. Character and leadership by work ethic. We are proud and excited adding Matt to the roster and look forward to developing his skills at his maximum this season.”
Welcome to the Hawks MATT!!!
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The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL.com), which operates in 20 of the 50 United States, is the Nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league. The league is comprised of 171 teams representing 61 organizations. Players in the USPHL are 8 to 21 years of age. During the previous season, the USPHL had over 300 players advance to the collegiate level; even more advanced to other levels of the game, establishing the USPHL as the foremost producer of player advancement in the United States.