2009-10: Anthony Florentino played for Xaverian Brothers HS in Massachusetts as a freshman. Xaverian reached the Super 8 tournament.
2010-11: Florentino transferred to South Kent School in Connecticut and also skated for the South Shore Kings in the Empire Junior Hockey League. In 24 games for South Kent he scored 5 goals with 10 assists. South Kent was the top team entering the New England Prep School small school tournament but was upset by 8th-seeded New Hampton in the first round of the tournament. Florentino had 1 assist with 26 penalty minutes in seven games with South Shore.
2011-12: Florentino skated for Neponset Valley in the Massachusetts select league in the fall before returning to South Kent for his junior season. In February he joined the USA U17 team for the 2012 U18 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament in Slovakia and he committed to playing college hockey at Providence in 2013-14. In 12 fall games he scored 1 goal with 6 assists and had a team-high 38 penalty minutes. In 36 games for South Kent he scored 5 goals with 14 assists and in three games at the Vlad Dzurilla tournament he had 2 assists with 4 penalty minutes. The USA U17 team finished first in the tournament. Florentino was selected by Moncton in the 10th round (170th overall) of the 2012 QMJHL Draft.
2012-13: Florentino attended USA Hockey’s Select 17 Development Camp before returning to South Kent and skating for the Select Academy U18 team. Playing in the year-long program, he scored 21 goals with 32 assists and had 68 penalty minutes in 62 games. Select Academy’s U18 team entered the US Elite Hockey League championship weekend as the top seed but after defeating the New Jersey Hitmen in the semifinals lost to the Junior Bruins in the championship game. Florentino was ranked 75th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Buffalo in the fifth round (143rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Florentino skated in 30 of 39 games for Providence College in his freshman season. He scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was +12 with 16 penalty minutes. The Friars finished third in Hockey East and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals, falling to New Hampshire, 3-1. Providence received an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional, defeating Quinnipiac, 4-0, before falling to eventual national champion Union College, 3-1, in the regional final.
2014-15: Florentino attended USA Hockey’s U20 evaluation camp in Lake Placid and was one of the eight defensemen invited to the main camp before being one of the squad’s final cuts prior to the 2015 World Juniors. Returning to eventual national champion Providence College for his sophomore season, Florentino was paired with junior Tom Parisi — the Friars’ top scorer amongst defensemen — much of the season. In 40 games he scored 3 goals with 12 assists and was +15 with 25 penalty minutes. Providence finished tied with Boston College for second in Hockey East during the regular season, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after falling to New Hampshire in the best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinals. The Wildcats won 2-1 in overtime, in the the decisive third game. Providence defeated Miami (7-5) and Denver (4-1) to win the NCAA East regional and then topped Nebraska-Omaha in the Frozen Four semifinals. Trailing 3-1 against Boston University in the championship game the Friars scored two third period goals to win 4-3.
Florentino is a well-rounded prospect who is often praised for his leadership qualities and physical, hard-hitting brand of hockey. He has a heavy point shot that hits the net on a consistent basis. Florentino can skate pucks out of danger from his own zone. His hockey sense and technical skills need further improvement and polishing. Florentino has the prototypical size and attitude of a punishing defender with some skating and technical skills
Florentino is in his junior season at Providence College in 2015-16. With one of the deepest blue lines in college hockey Friars coach Nate Leaman has juggled his pairings and Florentino has been expected to play a more well-rounded role after skating with Tom Parisi during the championships season a year ago. Florentino projects as a combative middle pairing defenseman at the NHL level and the experience he is gaining with the Friars should aid in his development process.