The South Kent Selects Academy U-16 National team is a chance for elite level players to participate in a program that combines high-level hockey with high-level academics. While attending school, players receive the highest level coaching, exposure and training available and they play a AAA schedule that is not limited to the traditional 33-game prep schedule. The U-16 National program provides a highly competitive 50-60 game, AAA level schedule consisting of highly recruited showcases, elite tournaments and competitive, independent non-league games across the U.S. and Canada. Eligible to compete for the USA Hockey Tier I national championships. These players regularly receive attention and college commitments from some of the top Division I NCAA schools along with players being drafted into the USHL.
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Director of Hockey Operations
Coach Hutcheon started at South Kent in 2018 as Head Coach to our U15 team, and during his first year he led his team to an incredibly successful season, with appearances at a number of high profile tournaments, including making it to the quarterfinals of the USA Hockey National Championships. From before his time with SKSA Hutcheon brings a wealth of experience in skills development to the SKSA staff, having spent the past three years at the St. Louis Blues Prospects Camp and High End Hockey. Since 2010, he has worked with over 100 professional and 150 NCAA hockey players in a skills development setting.
Prior to South Kent Hutcheon spent nine seasons as a coach with the Neponset Valley River Rats 18U team and has strong relationships in the midget and college hockey ranks throughout New England. He recruited and coached the River Rats U18 team to a USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championship and a Massachusetts State Championship in 2012-13. Hutcheon helped 33 players advance to NCAA Division I during his time as a head coach with the program. Hutcheon’s network also extends to the midwest, where he has served as a New England region scout for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the past seven years.
Anthony Florentino '13
Anthony Florentino ’13 joined us in early 2020 and works with the U16 and U18 teams during practices, along with assisting Karl Linden during skills sessions. A South Kent alumnus, Anthony played two seasons (2010-2012) on the prep team and then served as captain of the first-ever South Kent Selects Academy U18 team in 2012-13. Following his senior year at SKS, Florentino was selected in the 5th round by the Buffalo Sabres before joining the Providence College hockey team from 2013 through 2017. In his sophomore year Anthony was an integral piece of the Friars NCAA National Championship team, and he was even named to the NCAA All-Tournament team. Upon finishing his senior season at Providence he began his professional career with the Rochester Americans in the AHL. From 2017 to 2020 he played 116 games in the East Coast Hockey League with the Cincinnati Cyclones and Worcester Railers.
In 2016 when asked by NHL.com, Florentino said the following about his plans for the future, "I'll take my degree and, if everything works out, head back to my high school in South Kent so I can coach and teach." Learn more about what being a mentor means to Florentino on NHL.com.