The South Kent Selects Academy U-18 National program allows those players moving on from the U-16 levels to continue their education without disruption while offering a widely desired and, until now, unavailable alternative to New England prep school hockey. This U-18 National team plays the most competitive Tier I Midget schedule, participating in the top U-18 tournaments in the northeast and across the country. By continuing their high school education at South Kent School, our U-18 players position themselves to make the transition to higher levels upon graduation including the NCAA, USHL and CHL. South Kent students on the U-18 National team are receiving college commitments from some of the top academic and Division 1 NCAA schools in the country. In addition, our students regularly receive attention from NHL scouts. They are being placed on the NHL Central Scouting List and are projected as future NHL draft picks.
Andrey Uryadov '04
Andrey first joined South Kent School community in the Fall of 2000 as a student, and has returned to his alma mater in the Fall of 2015 as Faculty and Coach. Andrey is originally from St. Petersburg Russia, where he grew up playing hockey for SKA St. Petersburg. He then continued his hockey career at South Kent School, where he served as team captain and helped the team to their first New England Prep School Ice Hockey Championship in 2004. After South Kent, Andrey attended and played for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), graduating in 2009 and moving back to Europe, where he continued to play professionally until 2011. Since joining the Selects Academy at South Kent School staff, Andrey has worked with the U16 and U15 teams, and is currently working with the U18 team.
Andrey teaches Math and Finance courses.
He resides on campus with his wife Elena and their son Mark.
Anthony Florentino '13
Anthony Florentino ’13 rejoined 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.