The United States Premier Hockey League is proud of all 15 of its alumni who were listed on the first NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players To Watch List for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. The Draft will be held July 7-8, 2022, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, tentatively the first publicly attended draft since 2019, held prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Players on the Preliminary Players To Watch List are listed simply as A, B or C-rated players. A players are first round candidates, while B players are second and third round candidates, and C players are fourth through sixth round candidates. The players listed below have passed through at least one of four different USPHL leagues - the National Collegiate Development Conference, the USPHL Premier, USPHL 18U and USPHL 16U - and in some cases more than one level. 

 

B-Rated Players

Jackson Dorrington, D - Boston Junior Bruins, NCDC 2020-21

Dorrington, an ‘04, committed to Northeastern University while with the Junior Bruins last season. He played the full season for Mike Anderson’s squad, posting two goals and 18 assists for 20 points in 33 regular season games. He also added three assists in six postseason games as the Junior Bruins advanced to the NCDC Dineen Cup semifinals. He is currently playing in the USHL for the Des Moines Buccaneers, after playing for Team USA in the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup this summer. 

 

David Goyette, C - P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, NCDC 2020-21

A 2004-born native of Saint-Jerome, Que., Goyette played four regular season games for the Jr. Islanders in 2020-21, and registered six points. He is currently playing for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. 

 

Ryan Healey, D - Boston Advantage, USPHL 16U/NCDC 2020-21

Healey, a teammate at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup of Jackson Dorrington and Cameron Lund, played in four USPHL 16U games, posting four points. He also played in two NCDC games, but did not register a point. The ‘04 Hull, Mass., native is committed to Harvard University after playing for his current team, the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers. 

 

Mats Lindgren, D - Chicago Cougars, USPHL Premier 2020-21

An ‘04 from North Vancouver, B.C., played in 10 games for the Cougars last season, picking up two goals and nine assists for 11 points, prior to joining his current team, the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. 

 

Cameron Lund, C - Boston Junior Bruins, NCDC 2020-21

The 2004-born Lund grew up in Bridgewater, Mass., and played youth hockey for both the South Shore Kings and Junior Bruins. Years later, he would be a major cog in the machine for the 2020-21 Junior Bruins NCDC team, from which he committed to Northeastern along with teammate Dorrington. Last season, Lund posted 17-17-34 totals in 40 games, and he added six more points in six playoff games. Lund is currently playing in the USHL for the Green Bay Gamblers. 

 

C-Rated Players

Micah Berger, LW - Rockets Hockey Club, USPHL 18U 2020-21

The 2004-born native of Bethesda, Md., played primarily for the Rockets Hockey Club 16U team, but also played in one USPHL 18U league game, registering three goals and one assist. 

 

Jack Brandt, C - South Shore Kings, NCDC 2020-21

Brandt (‘04/Columbus, Ohio) joined the Kings for seven games in 2020-21, registering a goal and an assist. 

 

James Fisher, C - Boston Junior Bruins, USPHL 16U 2019-20

A future Northeastern teammate of fellow Junior Bruins program alumni Jackson Dorrington and Cameron Lund, Fisher played in 27 USPHL 16U games in 2019-20, posting 6-5-11 totals, and he also appeared in five postseason games. 

 

Jacob Guevin, D - Northwood School, USPHL 18U 2019-20

A Nebraska-Omaha commit, the ‘03 out of Drummondville, Que., played in 12 USPHL 18U league games in 2019-20, posting a 5-11-16 line. He added an assist in three playoff games. He currently plays for the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks. 

 

Tyler Muszelik, G - Rockets Hockey Club, USPHL 16U 2019-20

Muszelik (‘04/Long Valley, N.J.) never lost a USPHL game in his time in the league, going 8-0 in the regular season and 2-0, all as a true 15U player (the Rockets 15U team played as the Rockets HC Black team in the USPHL 16U American Division in 2019-20). The University of New Hampshire recruit currently plays for the U.S. National Team Development Program’s 18U squad. 

 

Cedricson Okitundu, D - Fresno Monsters, USPHL Premier 2020-21

Okitundu (‘04/Waterloo, Ont.) joined the Monsters in their inaugural USPHL season last year, posting six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 15 games. He also had a goal in the playoffs for a team that eventually reached the Premier National Championship tournament. He currently plays for the OHL’s Erie Otters. 

 

Owen Paskowski, D - Boston Bandits, USPHL 16U, 2017-18 / Twin City Thunder, NCDC 2020-21

The ‘04 from Plymouth, Mass., played up a few levels from his regular 13U team to the Bandits’ 16U squad for four regular season games in 2017-18. Three years later, he was back in the USPHL with the Thunder of the NCDC, playing in 12 games for the Auburn, Maine-based team. Paskowski also played youth hockey for the South Shore Kings and Junior Bruins in his early career. 

 

Nick Ring, C - Boston Advantage, NCDC 2020-21

Ring (‘03/Hingham, Mass.) was a career Advantage player and an obvious choice as one of the leaders of their first NCDC team last year. Ring posted 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points in 43 games, and two more assists in three playoff games. He is committed to the University of New Hampshire. 

 

Dylan Silverstein, G - Islanders Hockey Club, USPHL 16U 2018-19

Silverstein (‘04/Calabasas, Calif.) is a creasemate of Muszelik with the NTDP 18U team, but well before that, he helped the Islanders Hockey Club win the USPHL 16U National Championship in 2019. During the regular season, he played 13 games and went 10-2 on the season. 

 

Cameron Whitehead, G - Utica Jr. Comets, NCDC 2020-21

Whitehead (‘03/Orleans, Ont.) gets another shot at the NHL Draft, as he was among those listed in the Final Rankings for the 2021 Draft. Whitehead was the clear No. 1 for the 2020-21 Jr. Comets, as he played in 29 games and put up an 11-12-3-0 record for the campaign, and he also played in two postseason games. He currently tends net for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. 

 

Organizational Alumni Listed In Preliminary Players To Watch List

Grayson Badger - Former South Shore Kings Youth Player

 

Brady Berard - Former South Shore Kings and Boston Junior Bruins Youth Player

 

William Hughes - Former Islanders Hockey Club and Boston Junior Bruins Youth Player

 

Bobby Landry - Former Boston Advantage Youth Player

 

Declan Loughnane - Former non-USPHL South Shore Kings 18U Split-Season Midget Player

 

Conor Sullivan - Former non-USPHL Boston Junior Bruins (Little Bruins) Split-Season Midget Player

 

USPHL Alum Kasel's Career Comes Full Circle To AHL's Utica Comets

By Michael Lehr / Utica Jr. Comets 10/06/2021, 9:15am EDT

For goaltender Brandon Kasel, walking into the Adirondack Bank Center was a reminder of his younger days playing high school hockey, battling it out for the State Championship.

Brandon is just one example of someone who climbed the ladder of youth hockey in the Mohawk Valley and made it to its biggest stage. Now, in the American Hockey League camp for the Utica Comets, the level of hockey has taken a big leap since his younger days as a kid growing up in Ithaca, New York. For Brandon, this experience is almost surreal. 

“Honesty, it’s incredible. Since I got here, it’s been a dream. I wasn’t expecting this opportunity and it came up. I played in this rink a few times growing up. Being here at this level is just amazing. Growing up in Syracuse I had great memories playing at the Aud. I played a little bit of high school hockey in the State Championships here. That was a good memory going to the State finals. It’s always been an incredible experience here.”

Brandon is a kid who knows all about the area of Utica and after the merger of the Syracuse Stars junior program two seasons ago. The Stars program started in 1985 and includes former NHL goaltender and President of the Utica Comets, Robert Esche as an alumnus.

Brandon played USPHL Midgets in 2014-2015 and one year of USPHL Premier (at the time the forerunner of today's NCDC) for the Stars in 2015-2016. He truly climbed the ladder within the organization from youth hockey to the pros.

All of the Stars alumni are now part of the Utica Jr. Comets program which encompasses the Midget, Premier and NCDC teams.

When you grow up in hockey and begin your professional journey, usually you must leave family far behind. But for Brandon, his family is a quick drive away.

“I love having family close. I played college hockey in Saratoga. Everything kind of connects and I’m very tied to this area. So, it’s nice having that support. I grew up watching the Buffalo Sabres. Ryan Miller was one of my go-to guys,” remarked Kasel. 

Brandon hopes his career can take the same trajectory as other great American-born goalies. If it does, it will be because of his work ethic that even years later isn’t forgotten on those who watched him as an amateur.

Nicole Kelly, Vice President of Business of Development and Director of Junior Hockey remembers Brandon well.

“He was a standout goalie in the program. Extremely hard-working kid. Seeing him rise to this level is a testament to not only the program but also Brandon as a person and player,” said Kelly.

The former Syracuse Star is ready for the next step in his career, built on the foundation of great competition in the Upstate New York area. Despite missing last season, he’s thrilled with the experience thus far.

“It was definitely an adjustment. It was my first real practice in over a year. I am just getting a feel for it. So, it was an incredible experience,” said Kasel.

The Jersey Hitmen will welcome teams from the National Collegiate Development Conference, USPHL 18U, USPHL 16U and USPHL 15U Divisions to the Ice Vault in Wayne, N.J., for their annual Hitmen Classic event, part of the USPHL Showcase Series. 

The full schedule kicks off on Thursday with four NCDC games, followed by a full schedule of NCDC and Midget hockey on each of Friday and Saturday. Sunday and Monday will see a full slate of USPHL Midget games, with a slightly shorter schedule on Monday to close out the five-day event. 

Tune into all of the NCDC games on HockeyTV, where The Dan K Show, USPHL’s Official Broadcasting Team, will have the call on several contests from Thursday through Saturday. See the Hitmen Classic page as well for a full schedule of action at the Ice Vault. 

 

USPHL Premier, Elite Action Hits Ice Further Down I-287

The Hitmen Classic is being held in conjunction with a full four days of USPHL Premier and Elite league action at nearby Bridgewater Sports Arena in Bridgewater, N.J., hosted by the Rockets Hockey Club. You can find all of those games on the USPHL Premier and USPHL Elite schedules.

Keep tabs on all of the USPHL social media accounts for fantastic content - photos, interviews and plenty of fun - across both locations over the course of the weekend. 

For a full list of teams in action in New Jersey this weekend, please see below: 

Boston Junior Bruins Shootout Returns To Kick Off October

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 09/30/2021, 6:45pm EDT

Beginning on Friday at New England Sports Center and continuing clean through Monday, the Boston Junior Bruins Shootout is always a great early season event on the USPHL Showcase Series calendar. 

This year’s edition, as is the tradition, features several National Collegiate Development Conference games alongside USPHL Premier league play and several USPHL 18U, 16U and 15U teams playing league games and non-league games against high-level opponents from outside the USPHL throughout the four days. 

NCDC action kicks off Saturday afternoon and runs through Monday afternoon, while the Midgets and Premier teams jump right into the schedule on Friday morning. Below are the USPHL teams participating in the 2021 BJB Shootout. Schedules for USPHL league games are available on USPHL.com. 

Tune in on HockeyTV.com as The Dan K Show has the call for select NCDC games from Saturday through Monday! 

 

NCDC 

Boston Junior Bruins

Connecticut Jr. Rangers

South Shore Kings

Jersey Hitmen

Twin City Thunder

Rockets Hockey Club

New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

P.A.L. Jr. Islanders

 

Premier Division

Boston Junior Bruins

New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

Springfield Pics

Jersey Whalers

South Shore Kings

Boston Advantage

Connecticut Jr. Rangers

Jersey Hitmen

Twin City Thunder

Bridgewater Bandits

 

USPHL 18U

Boston Junior Bruins National

Boston Junior Bruins American

Islanders Hockey Club National

Islanders Hockey Club American

South Shore Kings National

South Shore Kings American

Northern Cyclones Academy Premier

Northern Cyclones Academy Elite

New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

CP Dynamo

Connecticut Jr. Rangers

Skipjacks Hockey Club

Maine Moose 

P.A.L. Jr. Islanders

Jersey Whalers

Rockets Hockey Club 

 

USPHL 16U

Boston Junior Bruins

Islanders Hockey Club National

Islanders Hockey Club American

Connecticut Jr. Rangers

Connecticut Jr. Rangers Red

Northern Cyclones Academy 16U Premier

P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 16U American

Potomac Patriots

Rockets Hockey Club

New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

South Shore Kings 

CP Dynamo

Jersey Whalers

Springfield Pics

 

USPHL 15U

P.A.L. Jr. Islanders

Connecticut Jr. Rangers

Springfield Pics

Islanders Hockey Club

Woodbridge Wolfpack

Northern Cyclones Academy

Tri-Town Ice Arena To Rename North Rink As Ryan Frew Memorial Rink

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 09/22/2021, 7:01pm EDT

The United States Premier Hockey League, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Tri-Town Ice Arena are excited to join in announcing that the North rink at Hooksett, N.H.’s Tri-Town Ice Arena will be known as Ryan Frew Memorial Rink, with a naming ceremony set for Sunday, Sept. 26, at 4:40 p.m., prior to their 5:10 p.m. NCDC home opener against the Islanders Hockey Club. 

The USPHL is proud to be a part of this opportunity to celebrate the positive spirit and loving nature of the late Ryan Frew, a coach for 16 years with the Monarchs junior teams and their NCDC Head Coach for two seasons. 

In mid-September of 2020, Ryan suddenly became ill and was rushed to the hospital. On October 5, 2020, Ryan died at the age of 40 due to complications arising from peritonitis. He is survived by his wife Nanna, sons Seamus and Quentin and daughter Layla. 

Across the hockey world, all those who knew him were stopped in their tracks with grief from the passing of one of the sport’s most positive personalities, a man who had a smile for every person he met - and he left them smiling as well. Entering a quiet room full of serious hockey coaches, he could set the whole room laughing with a one-liner or a story. 

“I have been blessed to know Ryan since he was probably 7 years old skating with my sons.  He always had a big heart, positive attitude and a gift to debate on and off the ice. He has been part of the fiber of Tri-Town Ice Arena since he started working here as a Zamboni driver and janitor,” said Tri-Town Ice Arena and New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Owner Rick Vega. “His customer service skills were second to none. When he became a Jr. Monarchs coach, he got the best out of each kid on and off the ice. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Love you, Ry.”

"It has been a tough year at the arena not seeing Ryan's big smile as he walks in the front door or hearing his one of a kind laugh," added Brianna Tremblaey, Manager of Tri-Town Ice Arena. "He really brought positivity and kindness everywhere he went. Though we can never replace Ryan, we can surround ourselves with memories of him which is part of the reason we wanted to dedicate our North Rink to him. He has done so much for our organization and each and every one of us during his lifetime. We will continue to honor Ryan and all the good that he brought with him."

"While I unfortunately did not get to know Ryan Frew myself, he was respected and loved by all who knew him, and his impact around the USPHL - and especially the NCDC - is still felt every day," said USPHL Commissioner Bob Turow. "The USPHL fully supports Tri-Town Ice Arena and the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs in their decision to rename their North rink as the Ryan Frew Memorial Rink.”

Ryan Frew began coaching with the Jr. Monarchs two years after graduating from Southern New Hampshire University. He started in 2004 and became Head Coach of the Monarchs’ top team in 2012. With the Monarchs’ former Junior B team, he brought the Monarchs to the 2007 and 2011 USA Hockey Tier III Jr. B National Championship games. He was also on the bench as assistant when the Monarchs won three straight Tier III Jr. A National Championships between 2007 and 2009, and again in 2012. 

He coached the Monarchs to Empire Jr. Hockey League titles in 2010 and 2012, as well. He also saw his Monarchs receive a USA Hockey Team Sportsmanship Award and he was an All-Star Coach in six of his eight Empire seasons.  

Ryan led the Monarchs to the first Eastern Hockey League regular season championship in 2014, and in 2016, the Monarchs added Playoff Champions to that resume. 

In 2017, he was named among the Manchester (N.H.) Union-Leader’s “Forty Under 40,” recognizing his great service to the youth of the state of New Hampshire. That same year, the Monarchs joined the USPHL at all levels, and in 2018-19, the Monarchs became members of the NCDC, with Ryan as Head Coach. He was NCDC Coach Of The Year that season as well. 

In 2020, the USPHL renamed its NCDC Coach of The Year Award as the Ryan Frew Memorial Coach Of The Year Award. 

This past summer, the Northern Cyclones - the Monarchs’ No. 1 on-ice and in-state rival - organized and ran the Ryan Frew Memorial Golf Tournament to raise money for the Frew family, which will become an annual event in New Hampshire. 

Ryan Frew is missed every day, but seeing his name forever in the building will always remind those who knew him how much he blessed their lives with his inspiring outlook on life, forever encapsulated in this oft-used quote since his passing, from his “Forty Under 40” Profile:

 

"There is no greater reward than knowing that you have had a positive impact on someone's life journey." - Ryan Frew 

P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 15U Team Wins Division At Eastern Alliance Kickoff

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 09/06/2021, 9:00pm EDT

The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders' USPHL 15U team came up with the 15U White Division Championship at the Eastern Alliance Kickoff, held in more than a dozen rinks in Massachusetts and Rhode Island between Sept. 3-6.  

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The Jr. Islanders were one of 243 teams that participated at the 13U through 18U levels spread out over 15 different groupings (Divisions). Out of these 243, 35 teams came from the USPHL 18U, 16U and 15U leagues, including the Boston Junior Bruins 18U and one of two South Shore Kings 18U teams, both of whom reached the finals in their divisions. 

The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders started their four-day run on Friday,  earning a win against the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers Showcase team. That was followed by two wins on Saturday, including one against fellow USPHL members the Springfield Pics. 

They finished 5-0 through Sunday, and drew the North Shore Wings in the semifinal. Up 2-1, they soon found themselves down 5-3 before rallying back to tie the game and then win in the shootout to advance to the finals. 

Yet again, versus the Washington Little Capitals, they were up 1-0 but lost the lead and were forced into OT at 1-1. In OT, Peter Allen scored the overtime game-and championship-winner on a team coached by NHL alum Arron Asham. 

The South Shore Kings 18U team coached by Jon Skarlis found itself in the 18U Yellow Division final against a team with a familiar look - the South Shore Kings Split-Season 18U team from the EHF Selects division. The USPHL's full-season Kings held a 2-0 lead at the half, but the split-season squad roared back with seven second-half goals to just one from the USPHL squad. 

The Boston Junior Bruins 18U team - the reigning USPHL 18U National Champions - started with a win against the East Coast Militia, but were only able to gain a pair of ties on Saturday, including one against the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Purple team.

An 8-7 win on Sunday afternoon against the Hitmen Hockey Club Prep team put them into the quarterfinals, where they earned a 5-0 shutout of the New England Fall Prep Hockey League 18U squad. 

On Monday, they earned a second straight shutout of 2-0 against the River Rats West team to make the championship final, where the Washington Little Capitals earned the close 4-3 win.

The USPHL thanks all of its teams for its collective high level of competition at the Eastern Alliance Kickoff, and for representing the league well throughout the entire four-day holiday weekend. Best of luck to all the teams in the remainder of the 2021-22 regular season. 

Mullets Captain Ben Borreson Commits to Marian University

By USPHL Staff 09/03/2021, 4:00pm EDT

Ben Borreson, a four-year veteran with the Minnesota Mullets recently announced Marian committment

Ben Borreson, 21, from Tomah, WI and a four-year veteran with the Minnesota Mullets recently announced his intention to take the next step in both his education and hockey career at Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI.

Borreson said in an email interview landing in the Twin Cities with the Mullets four years ago was a bit of a last chance effort, but it turned out to be an amazing fit for both the player and team. 

“Going into my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to play juniors,” said Borreson. “I tried out for some other teams, but the opportunities weren’t there for me. Late summer, I got an email about the Mullet’s camp from Mike Frank.” 

Frank was the father of Sebastian Frank, a player Borreson had as a teammate on the Blue Devils AAA summer hockey squad.

“I went to the camp and Walbs (Mullets Head Coach Chris Walby) was willing to take me on as a project as something to develop over the years. I’m very grateful he gave me an opportunity and I repaid him by becoming the best player I could for him.”

Coach Walby is thankful for the chance meeting that turned into four seasons of mutual respect and admiration.

“It has been an incredible run for Ben and I over the past four years,” said the coach. “Marian University is getting a great player and an even better person. I’m forever appreciative of his contributions on the ice and the work he’s put into building this organization into something we can all be proud of.  I’m incredibly grateful for our time together, the relationship we’ve built and the memories we’ve created.

“For a coach, it’s a special thing to be able to watch a young player and person develop and mature over the course of four years. Ben comes from an amazing family. His parent’s and I couldn’t be prouder of the player and young man he has turned into. It’s already strange for me not to have him here in camp, but I look forward to watching him continue at Marian University and I know I’ll see him at a few Mullie games this season.”

For a player from small town Wisconsin, the move to a higher level of hockey playing in the heart of the Twin Cities was certainly a culture shock.

“The difference from small town Tomah to living in Minneapolis was enough to make my head spin,” recalled Borreson. “I love the way Minnesota embraces hockey like it’s a religion and it fueled my passion even more. It’s two very separate worlds and it has been amazing to be part of both.”

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