Florida Eels Long Time Junior Scout dies of Cancer June 5th 2012. He will surely be missed.
It is with my deepest sympathy and most sincere condolence that I have to announce that my long time friend confidant and colleague, Earl Fiske, had passed away June 5th 2012
Earl helped me scout for my Florida Eels Jr Teams and the post season teams that played in the: Jr Chowder Cup, Sr Chowder Cup, Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and EJHL Spring and Summer Showcases. What an awesome job he did. He wore that Eels Scouting jacket with pride dignity and respect. Players looked up to that man because they knew he had more experience in hockey than all of the recruiters and scouts in the building.
The Florida Eels program has over 75 alumni playing college hockey. There is not an advanced Eel player who had not come under his influence. All of my boys today are saying their prayers for this great guy we call “Earl.”
His compassion to always guide young players wanting to get to the next level, his knowledge and wisdom of the game and what college coaches were looking for, and hunger to help so many of these young men will never be forgotten. He helped them all.
Earl you will be deeply missed but never forgotten!
I am traveling to Boston for the July 5-8th Jr Chowder Cup, again July 19-22nd for the Sr Chowder Cup and EJHL Summer Showcases. I will without my right hand man. Earl.
This is a guy who did not simply watch our players play: with a beam in his eyes as they skate with intensity and forecheck hard and drive to the net...no he did much more..…
We will all miss him working tirelessly- every college scout and recruiter - for the benefit of our Eel players.
I will miss that guy putting an arm around me no matter what the score and looking for the silver lining.
Earl, you are now with God in Heaven scouting for the Big Guy. I know you. You will continue to look after our players. I know you will always be there by their side. Guiding them in every way.
Indeed, you know what it is truly all about. Indeed, it is not about hockey in what we do. We simply use hockey as our vehicle to teach life lessons and help in our own way to build better citizens and future dads and great human beings. To make better choices, to be competitive but good sportsman. To give it all but remember it is only a game and it is a team sport so be compassionate at the same time.. To be the best we can. To over come adversity and learn from your losses and inequities and they offer lessons of themselves.
We love you Earl
Your good friend