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    Over the weekend of May 6-8, 2022, the USPHL will be hosting the 22nd Annual Spring Pre-Draft. 

    This showcase provides players the opportunity to garner exposure to college coaches, many of whom are looking to fill final spots for this coming season, and looking for players to come onto their radar for the 2023-24 season as well. 

    Moreover, players garner the attention of over 90 junior teams in the USPHL. Indeed, all of the USPHL NCDC coaches will be present scouting these games. The 2022 NCDC Draft will be held just days after the conclusion of the event - on May 11 - so NCDC teams will be fielding multiple teams in some cases to further evaluate players ahead of that date. Additional USPHL Midget, Premier and Elite teams will also be utilizing the event to evaluate prospects for the 2022-23 season. 

    Players can inquire about openings on USPHL organizations’ Spring Showcase teams by utilizing the team contact information available on the USPHL.com/tryouts page. 

    The showcase also captures the attention of the top leagues in North America, including the U.S. National Team Development Program, and the top Tier-1 leagues in the U.S. and Canada. 

    The USPHL is the largest junior league in the United States, having advanced more than 2,600 players to college hockey since 2013. More than 1,200 former USPHL players are in college hockey at all levels each year. 

    The league has had three Hobey Baker recipients, including Matt Gilroy, Jack Eichel and Jimmy Vesey. The USPHL also boasts several NHL Draft picks, including the likes of the St. Louis Blues’ Zach Sanford, Pittsburgh’s Brian Dumoulin and Vesey among them. The NCDC had its best year at the NHL Draft in 2021, when three players were selected directly out of the league - Sam Lipkin (Phoenix), Shane Lachance (Edmonton) and Chase Clark (Washington). 

    The USPHL has more than 20 alumni currently playing in the NHL. No doubt it is the Premier league in the USA.

    The Showcase also provides phenomenal experience for its players. They get to play with and against some of the top players from the U.S., Canada and Europe. 

    All games will be played at the Foxboro Sports Center at 10 East Belcher Road in Foxboro, Mass. This is a first-class, three-sheet facility with a full-service pro shop and restaurant on site and several hotel options in the immediate vicinity. 

    USPHL Elite 2021-22 All-Stars: Southeast Division

    By USPHL Staff 04/17/2022, 9:00am EDT

    Congratulations to our USPHL Elite Southeast Division All-Stars for the 2021-22 season. Players were voted upon by coaches and league media staff. We wish the very best of luck to all of these players in their respective bright futures! 

     

    Forwards

    Austin Sawyer, Richmond Generals 

    There were just too many weapons at the Generals’ disposal for anyone to seriously keep the USPHL Elite National Championship away from them. No team had more of an offense than their 211 goals scored. Their top three scorers totaled 181 points between them, but the remainder of their teammates registered another 399 points, an amazing figure. Sawyer, a 2002-born native of Colorado Springs, Colo., put up 60 points in 42 games to rank ninth overall in league scoring. He was sixth in assists with 38, as well, and put up a team-leading +33 rating. 

     

    Jackson Good, Richmond Generals

    The 2002-born Denton, Md., has lived up to and beyond his surname the last two seasons for the Generals. He showed great promise during the 2020-21 season by posting 28 points, and then doubled that and added a few for a 59-point season to rank 10th in Elite scoring. The University of Kentucky recruit put up 16 points in seven postseason games en route to the National title. 

     

    Joe Petite, Richmond Generals

    The league’s sixth-leading scorer was always on fire for the Generals, which included a 13-game, 30-point scoring streak from November through January. This also included a 12-game helper streak of 17 assists, a league-best assist streak for the 2021-22 season. The ‘02 Bloomfield, Conn., native came in sixth in league scoring with 62 points in 38 games, which also saw him lead the way in power play goals (11, tied for first) and power play points (26). 

     

    Aiden Ryan, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes 

    The top scorer on a team other than the Islanders Hockey Club, Ryan posted 30 goals and 35 assists for 65 points in 39 games (an amazing 1.67 points per game). The ‘04 lifelong Carolina Jr. Hurricanes product from Raleigh more than proved himself at the junior level, not only putting so many points on the board - including 30 goals - in the Elite, but registering three assists in the four USPHL Premier games in which he appeared. 

     

    Ryan Grant, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

    As if a guy with the last name Ryan wasn’t hard enough for opponents to handle, the Jr. Canes’ foes also had to deal with Ryan Grant. He was third in power play goals at 10 and fourth in power play points at 23 points. Overall, he scored 58 points to rank in a tie for 11th in league scoring.  

     

    Owen Norman, Potomac Patriots

    The 2004-born native of Oro-Medonte, Ont., was massive in his limited time with the Patriots, helping them to their best overall season since 2014-15. He played in 24 games and registered a 17-16-33 line. He also got called up to the Premier Patriots (after he had started the season with the Buffalo Stampede) and four points in 15 Premier games this year. 

     

    Liam Hanna, Potomac Patriots

    A fourth-year USPHL veteran and second-year Elite Patriot, Hanna improved from 16 points as a junior rookie last year to 44 points in 44 games this season. The Patriots certainly seem to be building in the right direction, and chemistry was certainly a factor this year. Hanna played with six former Patriots USPHL 16U teammates on the Elite squad this year. 

     

    David Hoftiezer, Charlotte Rush

    The 2002-born native of Medford, N.J., came back from the 2020-21 Elite National Champion Rush and he ended up being the leading scorer for the 2021-22 team. Overall, Hoftiezer put home 20 goals and 55 points in 44 games. 

     

    Nathan Fisher, Hampton Roads Whalers

    The Bel Air, Md., native returned to the Whalers organization, with whom he played 18U hockey last year and was certainly one of the Elite Whalers’ most promising players. This year, he certainly cashed in on that promise in his second Elite season, putting up 43 points in just 38 games, and earning his first four USPHL Premier games up with the top Whalers squad. 

     

    Defensemen 

    Jonathan Beiber, Richmond Generals 

    A second-year General, the 2002-born Beiber was yet another of the many keys to Nationals victory the Generals possessed this year. He played in just 12 games last year, but posted 12 points in those games. This year, Beiber put up 33 points in 42 contests, was a +32 to lead the defense and his 55 blocked shots led the Gens. 

     

    Case Cook, Richmond Generals 

    Cook got a chance to play in two USPHL Elite National Championship games in a row, but this year, he got a chance to stand on top of the hill. The former Charleston Colonials defenseman jumped to the Generals this year and ended up their leading scorer among blueliners with 37 points in 38 games, good for sixth overall in the league. He was third in assists with 30, and led the league in power play assists with 18 and first in power play points with 21. 

     

    Cam Perez, Charlotte Rush

    Perez (‘02/West Hartford, Conn.) drew on his experience from helping the Rush win the 2020-21 National Championship to stand tall as the third-leading scorer among defensemen in the Elite with 39 points in 27 games this year. He would have certainly had more, but had good reason to miss some Elite games as he played nine up with the Premier squad. Perez led the Rush in average ice time (22:13) and in plus-minus (+24). 

     

    Chase Wainman, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes 

    Wainman earned multiple teams’ votes by simply being the strong defenseman the Jr. Canes need to stay competitive in historically the toughest division in the Elite. In every situation, Wainman was the No. 1 guy tapped for duty, as he averaged 25:53 per game in ice time, helping him post 33 points in his 34 games played. Like many others on this list, the reason he didn’t play more is because he was up with the Premier team, for six games in his case. 

     

    Shawn Eliav, Potomac Patriots

    Boca Raton Community High School was the source for one of the top defensemen in the Elite Division, as the 2004-born junior rookie Eliav put up a season of 39 points in 37 games (and he also saw six USPHL Premier games). He also put up a +2 for the Patriots during this season, and certainly has a very bright future ahead. 

     

    Goaltenders

    Sam Edmands, Charlotte Rush

    Edmands was one of the four goaltenders to tie for second in wins, coming in across the line with 16 W’s to help the Rush nab the top overall seed in the postseason, as he finished 16-1-0-0 for the year. Edmands was fourth in save percentage in the Elite with a .933 mark, and he also took home top five in goals against average at 2.15. 

     

    Jadon Lee, Richmond Generals

    Lee (‘02/Fulton, N.Y.) returned to the Generals for another season after already putting together a fantastic 2020-21 campaign with a .916 save percentage. His .910 save percentage that helped the Generals in 13 regular season games led him to being one of just two Southeast goaltenders nominated, including a vote from an opposing team. He played in six of the postseason games with a .939 save percentage and a 6-0-0-0 record to help drive his team back to National glory for the first time since 2019.

    USPHL Elite 2021-22 All-Stars: Mid-Atlantic Division

    By USPHL Staff 04/14/2022, 8:45pm EDT

    Congratulations to our USPHL Elite Mid-Atlantic Division All-Stars for the 2021-22 season. Players were voted upon by coaches and league media staff. We wish the very best of luck to all of these players in their respective bright futures! 

     

    Forwards

    Eddie Kienzle, New York Aviators

    The leading scorer of the Mid-Atlantic Division, Kienzle certainly garnered multiple votes thanks to a massive scoring output of 62 points in 36 games, a huge performance by the 2005-born native of Brooklyn, also home to the Aviators themselves. Kienzle got his first taste of Elite hockey in call-ups from the Aviators’ 16U team last year and his 15 points in 21 games only hinted at what was to come. He certainly has a bright future ahead, whether in the USPHL Premier or possibly even higher levels beyond! 

     

    Jeremiah Ryan, New York Aviators 

    Fellow Brooklynite Ryan, an ‘04, was not too far behind Kienzle, scoring a total of 57 points in his 34 games played with the Elite Aviators squad. Though 13th in points, Ryan was only seventh in points per game among players with a full season, posting 1.68. Ryan also led the Aviators in game-winners (three) and power play goals (four). 

     

    Jared Showen, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 

    Very close to Ryan in points per game was Showen, an ‘03 out of Brushton, N.Y., who posted 56 points in 38 games. He helped the first-year Knights come across the line with the second-most points of any team, with 71, one point behind the Florida Eels and Charlotte Rush. He tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with four, and also was first in power play goals (four) and assists (six). 

     

    Seth Cotler, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

    Cotler (‘02/Kenai, Alaska) provided veteran experience to the first-year Knights, bringing three prior Elite seasons and even a USPHL 16U season to make this his fifth straight year in the league. Cotler, who played in the 2021 Elite Championship game with the former Charleston Colonials, posted 31 points in 37 games and improved his points total each of the last three seasons. 

     

    Marco Taffo, Rockets Hockey Club 

    Taffo (‘03/Staten Island, N.Y.) put in his third season with the Rockets and second with the Elite Division team. His 2020-21 totals of 39 points were already impressive, but he built on that and finished with 56 points in 41 contests. He also had his best postseason in his three USPHL seasons, putting up six points in six games, including three contests at the Elite National Championships. 

     

    E.J. Gleie, Rockets Hockey Club 

    Another Elite Rocket that saw a huge increase in his points, Gleie (‘04/Chester, N.J.) improved from 16 points last season to 36 points this season, over the course of 41 games. Gleie also tied for third in postseason scoring with five points in six games. He also registered seven points on the power play and two game-winning goals. 

     

    Defensemen

    Collin Nolan, Jersey Hitmen 

    Nolan (‘04/Sloatsburg, N.Y.) was the division’s top goal-scoring defenseman, posting 20 goals on the season to give the Hitmen one of their best Elite seasons yet. Those 20 goals were second most in the league by a blueliner. Overall, he scored 39 points in 36 games in this, his second year with the Hitmen. He also got two games up with the Premier team. 

     

    Austin Bailey, Jersey Hitmen 

    Bailey (‘04/Towaco, N.J.) led the Hitmen in assists with 20 and came out with 29 points in 43 games. He is a third-year USPHL veteran, having started with the Hitmen’s 15U team in 2019-20. He nearly doubled his point total year over year from 15 last year to 29 this season, while providing invaluable leadership for a young Hitmen squad. 

     

    C.J. Reid, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

    An ‘04 from Colorado Springs, Colo., Reid helped keep the Knights’ shots against total the best in the league at 25.98 per game - three shots per game on average than their closest competition. Along with 25 points in 39 games, Reid also got a two-game call-up with the Premier squad. 

     

    Max Toomey, Rockets Hockey Club  

    Toomey, a third-year Rocket (who started with their USPHL 16U Elite squad), improved from already standing as a point-per-game player last year with 29 points in 29 games to 48 points in 40 games. He also led the USPHL Elite in assists by a defenseman with 33, and was second in points overall. He tied for the team lead in playoff/Nationals scoring with six points in six games. 

     

    Goaltenders

    John Dillon Clancy, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

    Clancy (‘02/Deer Park, N.Y.) enjoyed a ton of success in his first junior season, winning 16 goals - tied for second in the USPHL Elite - and also was a leader in shootout percentage (1.000, six saves on six shots) and sixth in goals against average (2.28). 

     

    Frank Smith, Jersey Hitmen 

    The Jersey Hitmen were extremely rich in net, featuring two of the top five goaltenders in save percentage and goals against average. Smith was third in save percentage at .936 and third in goals against average (1.96). He was tied for third with teammate Matthew Carter in shutouts at four. The ‘04 from Little Ferry, N.J., returned to the Hitmen after previously playing for their 15U team in 2019-20. Smith was reunited with seven former teammates from different past teams this year on the Hitmen. 

     

    Matthew Carter, Jersey Hitmen 

    Carter was top 10 in wins in the USPHL Elite with 14, while standing third in shutouts (four) and fourth in both goals against average (2.00) and save percentage (.933). One of his best performances of the year came at the South Shore Kings Showcase, when he shut down the North Division-leading Islanders Hockey Club in his fourth shutout, making 35 saves for the donut.

    USPHL Elite 2021-22 All-Stars: North Division

    By USPHL Staff 04/12/2022, 3:30pm EDT

    Congratulations to our USPHL Elite North Division All-Stars for the 2021-22 season. Players were voted upon by coaches and league media staff. We wish the very best of luck to all of these players in their respective bright futures! 

     

    Forwards

    Ryan Pappalardo, Islanders Hockey Club 

    It’s been three years since the USPHL Elite Division saw offense the likes of which Pappalardo ('03) and his teammates posted, individually. Helping to put the IHC in third place overall when the regular season came to an end and at the top of the goals for count with 209, Pappalardo also registered 88 points in 42 games, the best individual effort since 2018-19. Pappalardo also combined with Jacob Behnke for 195 points, the best teammate effort since the Cyclones’ Danny Irwin and Matt Woods, who posted a combined 203 in 2018-19, partially off Irwin’s 105, which still stands as the Elite single season record. 

     

    Jacob Behnke, Islanders Hockey Club

    Behnke ('03) was one point behind Pappalardo when the dust settled, coming in at 87 points. He was second in points overall, and he tied with Pappalardo for the league assist lead with 52. His 35 goals was also second-most in the league. No one came close to Behnke’s man-down efforts, as he led the Elite in shorthanded goals (six) and shorthanded points (eight). Behnke and Pappalardo were the top vote-getters in the Elite North Division. 

     

    Tommy Radillo, Islanders Hockey Club 

    Radillo ('03) would likely have been up there in the 80-point range, but he certainly instead enjoyed a six-game call-up with the USPHL Premier Islanders squad, during which he posted an assist. Radillo put up 74 points in 34 games, giving him a 2.18 points per game average, best on the Islanders and seventh-best in USPHL Elite history. 

     

    Marc L’Heureux, Northern Cyclones 

    The '02 L’Heureux came in this year and literally doubled his output from 2020-21 to 2021-22, putting up 58 points in 42 games, putting him at 11th place overall. He tied for the league lead in goals with 36, while tying for second in both shorthanded goals (three) and shorthanded points (five). Giordano was also on fire in the postseason, putting up 10 points in seven games. 

     

    Marc Giordano, Northern Cyclones

    Giordano ('01) made a huge impact on the Cyclones organization and the Elite Division alike, playing for three seasons and putting up a career total of 99 points in 103 games. This season, Giordano saw his best offensive output, scoring 38 points in 31 games. He improved from 29 in 2019-20, to 32 last year and up to 38 this year. He also saw seven USPHL Premier games. He was one point behind L’Heureux in playoff scoring as well during the Cyclones’ push to the Elite National Championship Game. 

     

    Matthew Medeiros, Boston Junior Bruins 

    Medeiros ('03) put in a ton of work this season to become a very effective forward for the Junior Bruins, as he was able to earn five Premier games for his efforts. Overall, the USPHL rookie scored 45 points in 29 contests, finishing with the league’s third-best points streak of the season. During that run, he scored 27 points in 15 games. 

     

    Christopher Free, Boston Junior Bruins 

    The Nashville native is another who might be earning more time in 2022-23 at the Premier level, after he got an eight-game look this season. In addition, Free - an '03 - posted a fantastic 40 points in 35 games for the Junior Bruins Elite squad this year. Free returned to the USPHL after previously playing in the USPHL 16U Division with the Islanders Hockey Club North team in 2019-20. 

     

    Simon Higgins, Springfield Pics

    Another first-year player who made an immediate impact, this local '03 from Longmeadow, Mass., moved from public school hockey right into a 42-point effort in 44 games. Additionally, he was the team’s leading playoff scorer with five assists in their two postseason games.

     

    Chris Foster, Springfield Pics

    The Pics moved Foster from the 2020-21 USPHL 16U American Champion Pics squad very successfully to the USPHL Elite squad, where he posted 42 points in 43 games. The younger brother of Pics Premier defenseman Nick Foster, the 2004-born Amherst, Mass., native Chris saw his third straight promotion within the Pics organization, as he moved from their 15U to 16U to Elite Division teams. 

     

    Defensemen 

    Eoin Reager, Boston Junior Bruins

    No surprise here, as Reager led the entire USPHL Elite in scoring by a defenseman all year, posting 56 points in just 39 games. The 2003-born native of Foxboro, Mass., joined from his local public high school and set the single-season mark in scoring by an Elite blueliner. Reager not only led in scoring by a defenseman, but also in goals (25) and power play goals (10). He earned a five-game call-up with the Premier Junior Bruins as well. 

     

    Shaun Caffrey, Bridgewater Bandits 

    Caffrey ('03) is another Tennessee product like Christopher Free who made a great impact for his team. Caffrey was the clear leader of the Bandits on the defensive side, as well as in ice time, and also helped contribute with 19 points offensively to the Bandits cause this season. 

     

    Josh Page, Northern Cyclones

    Page earned so much respect this season that a coach other than his own saw fit to nominate him as one of the top blueliners in the division. Along with contributing 14 points in 41 games for the Cyclones, Page ('03) was a staunch defender as a first-year junior player who helped lead the Cyclones to the National Championship Game. 

     

    Brandon Shuman, Springfield Pics

    Shuman is a promising 2004-born defenseman who is another alum of the Pics’ 16U American Championship team. He posted 21 points in 31 games to help the Pics remain a competitive squad in a tough division, as the Pics finished just under .500. 

     

    Goaltender

    Colin Rowbotham, Northern Cyclones

    Rowbotham ('03) jumped from the Cyclones 18U program to the Elite this season, and ended up finishing with the league’s sixth-best save percentage at .928. He impressed outsiders by earning a vote by a team other than his own, as he also put up a 2.40 goals against average, good for top 10 in the Elite. Rowbotham was the goaltending backbone of the Cyclones’ run to the National Championship Game, going 4-0 before the title match. 

    USPHL Elite 2021-22 All-Stars: Florida Division

    By USPHL Staff 04/09/2022, 8:30am EDT

    Congratulations to our USPHL Elite Florida Division All-Stars for the 2021-22 season. Players were voted upon by coaches and league media staff. We wish the very best of luck to all of these players in their respective bright futures! 

     

    Forwards

    Milan Levcenko, Tampa Bay Juniors

    One of only two unanimous decisions by the coaches, Levcenko was an absolute monster for the Juniors this year, his first season in the USPHL. He may have finished 20th in league scoring with 50 points, but he was fifth in points per game, as he played in just 29 Elite contests for a 1.72 average. He registered three four-point efforts spread out over the season. He also represented his home country Lithuania in both the World Junior Under-20 and World Junior Under-18 Championships over this season, in addition to a pair of Premier games. This ‘04 has a very bright future. 

     

    Cooper Hunt, Tampa Bay Juniors 

    A second-year Elite player, Hunt was in his first year with the Juniors and improved his year over year point total from 30 to 51 this time around, leading the Juniors in points. His goals came at the right time, as five of his 19 - better than a quarter - were game-winning goals. 

     

    Jake Duhaime, Tampa Bay Juniors

    A fantastic local find for the Juniors, Duhaime hails from Ellenton, Fla., just down the Gulf coast from Tampa. And boy has he contributed over the last two years. Duhaime, like Hunt, nearly doubled his last year’s point total, moving from 26 to 49 this year. Still an ‘04, Duhaime is a great prospect for the Juniors’ USPHL Premier team and possibly higher levels of hockey beyond. 

     

    Bryson Uhrig, Tampa Bay Juniors

    Uhrig is a hearty veteran of the Juniors and he used this year to fully break out, with more points in a single season (45) than in his two prior seasons combined. The 2002-born Uhrig was nominated by a team other than his own, attracting the attention and respect of opposing teams. The Orlando native is the Juniors’ third highest scorer all-time on the Elite side and certainly has great opportunities ahead for his final junior season. 

     

    Andrew Ward, Florida Eels 

    Another fantastic Floridian, Ward jumped out as the leading scorer for the Eels team that made it to the National Championships alongside their Premier brethren. Ward posted a team-leading 22 goals, 30 assists and 52 points. He had the league’s third-longest goal streak of seven games, with eight goals scored. He was also second in hits with 31. Another in this series of ‘04 stars, Ward is poised to climb the hockey ladder for many years to come. 

     

    Kaleb Harrop, Florida Eels

    Like Uhrig, Harrop was a multi-year Elite veteran who showed the younger players how it’s done, to the point of being voted upon by an Eels opponent. He finished his career with a point-per-game average - over 111 games. With 40 points in 32 games this season, he was able to help power the Eels Elite team’s best wins total ever, with 35 W’s to close the season and lead the Eels into the National Championships. There, he sported one of the league’s best playoff beards!   

     

    Thomas Filoramo, Florida Jr. Blades

    Big, physical and offensively gifted, Filoramo joined Levcenko as the only two players who were unanimous decisions as All-Stars by the Florida Division coaches. Standing 6-feet-2-inches and weighing 225 pounds, Filoramo was an unavoidable presence on every shift. He finished fifth in both points (63) and goals (31). Filoramo is another local product done good, growing up in Estero, home to the Jr. Blades and pro Florida Everblades. His 63 points were also the most by a Jr. Blades player in a USPHL Elite season. 

     

    Jayden Price, Atlanta Mad Hatters

    A local product for the Mad Hatters, this 2004-born native of Woodstock, Ga., stepped up to lead the Mad Hatters with 39 points in 43 games this year. He scored in bunches throughout the season, as he had five scoring streaks of at least four games. 

     

    Zach Zammielo, Palm Beach Typhoon

    A brand new team depended heavily on a brand new junior player, as the 2005-born Zammielo led the Typhoon in scoring with 39 points in 40 games over the course of the season. His 21 goals were tied for sixth in the Florida Division. A native of nearby Boca Raton, he continues the theme here of locally-born players leading their teams. 

     

    Defensemen

    Justin Colton, Florida Eels

    Another Floridian success story, this 2003-born native of Parkland was absolutely complete as a defenseman for the Eels. He posted 40 points in 31 games from the blue line (and five more points in nine Premier appearances). He was also defensively potent, putting up a +34 rating to tie with Andrew Ward for the Eels lead. Colton’s 2021-22 season marked his return to the USPHL after playing at the 15U level with the former Palm Beach Hawks in 2018-19. 

     

    Mathieu Rioux, Florida Eels

    Rioux has been Mr. Consistent in the back for the Eels these past two seasons, scoring 32 points in 2020-21 and 34 points in 2021-22. Like Colton, Rioux (a 2002-born native of Montreal, Que.) joined from the USPHL Midget ranks having played for Somang Hockey’s USPHL 18U Affiliate squad in 2019-20. He was on the top penalty killing unit for the Eels, alongside Landen Engles, and the two played the second most overall shifts as a pair. 

     

    Ryder Patten, Florida Jr. Blades

    Another Canadian, out of Drayton Valley, Alb., joined the Jr. Blades in progress in November and almost immediately became their top defenseman. He played the most minutes of any blueliner even with just 21 games in a Jr. Blades jersey, averaging 21:56 of ice time per game. Offensively, he scored 19 points, and was on the top power play D unit with Ernasar Isamatov; on the flipside, he and Tyler Entwistle played the most shorthanded shifts together. 

     

    Philip Wsol, Tampa Bay Juniors

    The Florida Division has done a good job of attracting some pretty amazing Canadian defenseman, and this 2005-born Milton, Ont., native was always in the middle of the action for the Juniors as one of four ‘05’s on the Nationals-qualifying team. Wsol led the Juniors blueline corps in offense with 31 points in 32 games, he had the second most total ice time at 658:22, and he was whistled for just one single minor penalty all season. 

     

    Goaltenders

    Jacob Mork, Florida Eels

    It’s hard to argue with a goaltending corps that finished 1-2 in every major goaltending category in the USPHL Elite, and that’s exactly what Mork and Matthew Schoer did this year. Mork finished with 17 wins, the most in the Elite Division, and he was second in goals against average (1.79) and save percentage (.941), only yielding the top spot in those categories to our next All-Star.  

     

    Matthew Schoer, Florida Eels

    The Long Valley, N.J., native utilized three prior years of USPHL experience as well as two junior seasons in order to become the goaltender that was toughest to beat overall in the Elite Division. Schoer was No. 1 with a .958 save percentage, No. 1 with a 1.25 goals against average and No. 1 with six shutouts. A 2001-born player, he has previously played with the Jersey Hitmen 16U team and the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders’ 16U and 18U squads. 

    Nashville Spartans To Join USPHL Premier, Elite Divisions In 2022-23

    By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 04/08/2022, 2:00pm EDT

    The USPHL is coming to Music City USA, as the Nashville Spartans will enter teams in the USPHL Premier and USPHL Elite Divisions for 2022-23. Jon Tuggle, Zach Sabatini and Brett Werkheiser form the ownership group that is bringing USPHL hockey to Tennessee’s vibrant state capital. 

    The Spartans will be playing in the prestigious Southeast Division, home of three of the four USPHL Premier champions since 2018, and all four Elite champions since 2018.

    They will play out of Gary Force Acura Ice Arena in Nolensville, Tenn., a vibrant and growing mini-metropolis about 20 miles outside of Nashville proper that is home to Carrie Underwood as well as other local celebrities. 

    Tuggle said that he began talking with the Nashville Warriors youth hockey organization more than a year ago about aligning that organization with a junior hockey team. Tuggle and Sabatini brought their experience from formerly working with the Atlanta Mad Hatters. 

    “The Warriors were building and expanding, as some old ex-pros were building a rink and starting a youth program,” said Tuggle, adding he got into a conversation with former NHL player Lubos Bartecko. “Lubos asked me, ‘What you did in Atlanta, could you do it in Nashville?’”  

    “The USPHL is excited to welcome the Nashville Spartans to the USPHL and especially into the Southeast Division, one of the most competitive and tightly-contested divisions anywhere in the nationwide footprint of our League," said USPHL Commissioner Bob Turow. "With Jon Tuggle and Zach Sabatini already having experience in the League, and with the addition of Brett Werkheiser, we know they will bring a fantastic product to Music City and both the Premier and Elite Divisions.”

    Sabatini makes history by becoming the first person to play, coach and own a team in the United States Premier Hockey League. He played with the former Connecticut Yankees (now the Jr. Rangers) and Bay State Breakers in the inaugural season of the league in 2013-14 before moving on to Sacred Heart University. He was for the last three seasons the USPHL Elite Head Coach for the Mad Hatters. And now he has elevated himself to co-ownership of the Spartans, with Tuggle and Werkheiser. 

    “A really exciting opportunity presented itself and I couldn’t help but hear more about it,” said Sabatini. “The guys I’m working with are unbelievable guys, they want to do the right things to help players achieve their dreams, advance themselves in hockey and in their lives.” 

    Werkheiser brings a great deal of business and management acumen to the Spartans ownership group. A father of five who is very involved in youth sports in Marietta, Ga., Werkheiser is an executive with Uber, directly managing more than 100 employees. He has also worked with startups and other companies to bring several IPO’s to the NASDAQ stock exchange. 

    “He has a great brain, especially in business and management, to work with hockey guys like Zach and I,” said Tuggle, who also considers Werkheiser one of his closest personal friends. “We are honored to be able to have him in the ownership group.” 

    The Spartans are also excited to announce that Ray Tremblay is already on board as the Head Coach and General Manager for the Spartans’ Premier and Elite teams. A former NCAA Division III player and pro hockey coach, Tremblay brings a great coaching foundation for the Spartans. 

    Bartecko will be his assistant coach, bringing his experience from 269 NHL games to the benefit of Spartans players. Additionally, former NHLer Bobby Ryan, with 917 career NHL games played, will be involved in weekly skills sessions for the Spartans. 

    “The level of excitement has been building since the beginning of the formation of this team. Add to that the element of being able to come into one of the top divisions in both leagues to start, we are very excited to be bringing junior hockey to Nashville,” said Sabatini. “There is a huge void and a great talent pool in the area to build a premium team for Premier and Elite.” 

    To learn more about the Nashville Spartans, go online to nashvillespartanshockey.com, or e-mail Ray Tremblay at r.tremblay@nashvillespartanshockey.com

    Richmond Generals' Hollister Commits To Lawrence Tech University

    By Richmond Generals Staff 04/03/2022, 4:00pm EDT

    RVA Generals Forward Dominic Hollister commits to Lawrence Tech University. The Blue Devils play at the ACHA Division 1 level of college hockey in the WHAC ( Wolverine -Hoosier Athletic Conference ).

    Dominic has played for the Richmond Generals USPHL Elite and Premier teams. Dominic has appeared in 95 regular season games scoring 25 goals while adding 40 assists for 65 points with 156 PIM. Dominic has appeared in 14 playoff games adding 5 assists for 5 points with 10 PIM. 

    Hollister on playing for the Generals: "Words cannot express how thankful I am for the Generals organization and family, for giving me lifelong friends and the best 3 years of my life. I am humbled that I was able to play for the same program for my whole Junior career while wearing an "A" and helping lead the team both on and off the ice for the last 2 years. The Generals program and culture is all about family and development for their players above all else. The continued success of the Generals program all comes from a culture that has a committed owner, staff, coaches, billets, and the extended Generals family and fans." #RollGens#Family

    Dominic becomes the 248th Richmond Generals player to advance to college hockey. Hollister becomes the 15th Richmond Generals player this year to commit to a college hockey program. He joins current and former Generals players, Luke Kangas (Finlandia University NCAA Division 3), Drake Semrad (Oswego State NCAA Division 3), Carter Jordan ( Wilkes University NCAA Division 3), Brenden Yingling (Lebanon Valley College NCAA Division 3), Nick Bernstein (Chatham University NCAA Division 3), Lex Friesen (Oswego State NCAA Division 3), Pietro Baccarin ( Neumann University NCAA Division 3 ), Owen Noll ( Alvernia University NCAA Division 3 ), Mason Hoehn ( SUNY Potsdam NCAA Division 3 ), Josh Hixson ( Lawrence Tech University ACHA Division 1), Jackson Good ( University of Kentucky ACHA Division 2 ), Rob Simmons (Weber State University ACHA Division 2), Camden Schanberger ( Lake Superior State University ACHA Division 2 ), Nicholas Bowers (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ACHA Division 2).

    The Richmond Generals won the 2022 USPHL Elite National Championship Presented By GMU Sport on Monday evening with an 8-4 victory against the Northern Cyclones. 

    The Generals went up early off two goals by Joe Petite. He would add one more goal to counter a Cyclones goal. It was early in the second with a 3-1 score in favor of the Generals when both teams exchanged quick back-and-forth goals. Within less than 10 minutes, it was 7-4, still in favor of the Generals. 

    Austin Sawyer's second goal was an empty-netter to wrap up the Generals' first championship since 2019. 

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