Second year defensemen Eric Strait has proven himself to be a solid defensemen. Originally from Pittsburgh, Strait moved to Florida around age 13 playing for two seasons with the Tampa Bay Scorpions followed by a season with Tampa Bay Lightning AAA Program. He currently calls Daytona Beach, Florida home.
After his youth hockey years and in the Tampa area, Strait moved on to play four years of high school hockey at one of the top hockey prep schools in the nation, Northwood School in Lake Placid, NY.
It was a teacher at Northwood who referred Valley Jr. Warriors coach Andy Heinze to Strait and has been with the Valley Jr. Warriors for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons. Last season Strait put up about 20 points and has set a goal to exceed 20 points for this season.
So far he has two goals and six assists for a total of eight points. After suffering a minor wrist injury, Strait sat out a few games but has returned to action at full speed.
Straits playing style reflects “winning battles and being one of the strongest kids on the ice,” said Strait. A defensive defensemen, Strait always looks to make the first pass out of the zone and join the rush if he sees an opportunity.
Strait is currently focusing on hopefully attending college in the fall with an interest in Hobart and William Smith. He plans on majoring in economics.
The 20-year-old captain says the emphasis in practice lately has been conditioning. The team recently defeated the Vermont Lumberjacks 4-1, who they fell to three times before earlier in the season.
The team hits the ice next on Tuesday, January 16 away taking on the East Coast Wizards who they lost to 3-1 in early December.