The United States Premier Hockey League is saddened to hear of the death today of Tom Staniec, a longtime assistant coach with the Florida Eels at the USPHL Premier and USPHL Elite levels. Staniec was always a friendly presence at league events and extremely loyal to the Eels players. Our condolences go to the Staniec family and the Florida Eels in this difficult time.
By Florida Eels Staff
It is with profound sadness that we, the Florida Eels, announce the passing of our dear friend, esteemed athletic coach, and cherished family member, Tom Staniec. Today, our hearts weigh heavy as we reflect on the incredible impact Tom has had on our lives. For several years, he has been an integral part of the Florida Eels family, and his loss leaves an indescribable void in our hearts.
Tom was not just a coach; he was a true friend and mentor to many. His unwavering dedication, contagious enthusiasm, and genuine passion for the Eels were evident in every interaction he had with his players, colleagues, and everyone lucky enough to have crossed paths with him. Tom’s coaching extended far beyond the game itself; he instilled in his athletes invaluable life lessons of perseverance, teamwork, and character.
Throughout his journey, we witnessed Tom’s unwavering strength and courage as he battled a formidable opponent — cancer. Despite the challenges he faced, Tom’s spirit never wavered. His determination to continue doing what he loved, inspiring and shaping young lives through sports, was nothing short of extraordinary. His unwavering optimism and positive attitude served as a beacon of hope for us all.
Today, our hearts ache as we learn that Tom has peacefully passed away, surrounded by the love and comfort of his dear ones. While his physical presence may no longer be with us, his memory will forever be etched in our hearts. Tom leaves behind a loving family, including his wife Dina, his children Stephen, Payton, Mikey and his daughter Maryflor and his mother Marilyn, who stood by his side throughout his courageous battle.
As we mourn the loss of our beloved Tom, let us also celebrate the incredible legacy he leaves behind. Let us remember the countless lives he touched, the victories he inspired, and the enduring friendships he nurtured. Tom’s impact will continue to reverberate through the lives of those he coached, the community he served, and the Florida Eels organization.
In this time of grief, we extend our deepest condolences to Tom’s family, friends, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. May you find solace in the treasured memories you shared, and may Tom’s spirit continue to guide and inspire us all.
Rest in eternal peace, dear Tom. You will forever be missed, but never forgotten.