The United States Premier Hockey League wishes the best of luck to all six of its alumni playing in the IIHF World Junior Championships’ top-level tournament. The WJC got underway on Christmas Day and will wrap up with the Gold Medal Game on Jan. 5. Defending Gold Medalist Canada is the host country, with all games taking place in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.

The USPHL is excited for all of its alumni, hailing from the National Collegiate Development Conference, the USPHL 18U and USPHL 16U Divisions. 

 

Team USA

Sam Colangelo (Boston Junior Bruins)

Colangelo (‘01/Stoneham, Mass.) just turned 19 on Dec. 26. The former Boston Junior Bruin played 31 combined regular season and playoff games in 2015-16 with the USPHL 16U Junior Bruins. Three seasons later, he played NCDC games with the Junior Bruins as well as games with their split-season Midget program known as the Little Bruins. Colangelo is on the roster for Northeastern University, but has not yet played his first NCAA game. 

The 2021 World Junior Championship tournament marks Colangelo’s debut with Team USA. 

 

Team Austria

Luis Lindner (Boston Junior Bruins) 

Lindner, a 2001-born native of Spittel an der Drau, Austria, joined the Junior Bruins in 2019-20 at the NCDC level for what was so far his only North American season. Lindner was selected to the 2020 USPHL All-Star Game, immediately recognized after joining the Junior Bruins in the middle of the fall of their first season after winning the 2019 Dineen Cup. Lindner scored 42 points in 39 NCDC games last season. Lindner helped Austria capture the WJC Division 1A Gold Medal last year, earning promotion to the top 10 championship group for this winter. Lindner was also twice a World Under-18 Division 1 Group B Silver Medalist with Austria in 2018 and 2019.

 

Senna Peeters (South Kent Selects Academy)  

Peeters (‘02/Deurne, Belgium) joined South Kent Selects Academy for the 2018-19 season, which included their involvement in the USPHL 16U and 18U playoffs that year. Peters played in all four USPHL playoff games with the 16U South Kent squad, posting a goal and two assists for three points in four games. Peeters was with Lindner on the Gold Medal-winning Team Austria at last year’s World Junior Championships Division 1A tournament. Prior to the WJC, he was playing in Sweden’s Top Under-20 League with Rogle BK.  

 

Team Finland 

Ruben Rafkin (South Kent Selects Academy) 

Rafkin (‘02/Turku, Finland) helped SKSA win back-to-back USPHL 16U Championships in 2017 and 2018. Overall, in 19 combined USPHL regular season and playoff games, Rafkin scored 11 points. He has represented Finland at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (in 2018-19) and was with Finland’s U18 team in 2020. The WJC marks his debut in an IIHF championship tournament for Finland. During the regular season, he plays for Turku in Finland’s top pro league, the Liiga. 

 

Team Slovakia

Artur Turansky (South Kent Selects Academy) 

Turansky (‘01/Bratislava, Slovakia) joined Rafkin on the 2018 USPHL 16U championship team out of South Kent School. He was also a key member of the SKSA team that won the USPHL 18U title in 2019. Turansky scored 17 points in 10 combined regular season and playoff games in 2018-19, and he had three points in six games with the USPHL 16U team one year earlier. In 2019, Turansky was also a member of Team Slovakia at the World Under-18 Championships, marking this year’s WJC his second time representing his country.  

 

Team Switzerland

Ray Fust (Northwood School)

Fust (‘01/Reverolle, Switzerland) was a member of the Northwood School’s entry in the USPHL 18U Division in 2019-20, where he posted 12 goals and 18 points in 12 regular season games. He also added four points in three USPHL 18U playoff games last February. Committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for 2021-22, Fust is in his fifth appearance representing his home country and first IIHF championship tournament appearance. 

 

Four former South Shore Kings youth players on Team USA

The South Shore Kings, a founding member of the USPHL, are also represented with four former youth hockey players on Team USA - this includes Sam Colangelo, Brett Berard, Matty Beniers and Matthew Boldy. Best of luck to all of these four as they chase down a Gold Medal for the United States!  

 

Six former Junior Bruins Youth tournament players on Team USA

Six alumni of the Boston Junior Bruins' Brick youth tournament teams are on team USA - Sam Colangelo, Brett Berard, Matty Beniers, Matthew Body, Patrick Moynihan and Henry Thrun. 

Just over a week ago, the United States Premier Hockey League announced its revolutionary Hub City Tampa plans. All NCDC teams, plus select USPHL Premier and USPHL Elite teams, will play games in the Tampa area while living all in one location, Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla. Health and safety is the top priority as players will be restricted to traveling only between the resort and the ice rinks they are playing at, greatly reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, while also following federal, state and local guidelines as well as the USPHL’s Health Protocols. 

The initiative is exciting to coaches in the NCAA Division I ranks, who have pledged they will be watching closely to see the next wave of NCAA D-I talent playing in the NCDC. Hear directly from three Division I coaches, including the all-time leader in Division I wins, Boston College’s Jerry York. 

 

Jerry York, Boston College: "The NCDC has made a marked improvement over the last couple of years. They have attracted a strong group of talented players and the coaches do an excellent job with player development. My staff and I will continue to follow the teams when they play in Tampa and throughout the remainder of the season.”

 

Scott Borek, Merrimack College: "I am impressed and excited for the NCDC and the USPHL as they work towards the ‘Hub City’ in Tampa. I certainly can appreciate the effort and creativity of the league’s coaches and leadership as they try to bring hockey to the kids on their teams." 

 

Brett Riley, Long Island University: “I have been very impressed by the pace of the NCDC games this season. The coaches have done a fantastic job strengthening rosters and recruiting top prospects to play during these unprecedented times. The talent of the league is even deeper and the games have been fast and competitive. Our staff looks forward to closely following the games down in Tampa.”

 

Learn all about the USPHL Hub City Tampa at usphl.com/hubcitytampa

USPHL Announces Hub City Tampa Concept

By USPHL Staff 12/10/2020, 8:09pm EST

The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to announce its plans to bring teams from across its coast-to-coast footprint - the largest in all of North American Junior Hockey - to Tampa, Florida, for a Hub City concept with the health and wellness of players and staff as a top priority. The USPHL is partnering with Saddlebrook Resort (“Saddlebrook”), a multi-dimensional Tampa Resort and Conference Center, and AdventHealth Center Ice, a state-of-the-art 4-sheet, full-service ice hockey facility, to provide our teams a dedicated environment to execute our high-performance training and competition model and provide our players a tremendous opportunity to showcase their talents to all the professional and collegiate programs in the country.

 

Learn More At The Hub City Tampa Homepage

USPHL Reaffirms Commitment To 2020-21 Season

By USPHL Staff 11/11/2020, 9:00am EST

USPHL Reaffirms Commitment to 2020-21 Season

 

By USPHL Staff 

 

The United States Premier Hockey League is committed to completing the 2020-21 season and will do so while working within State and Federal Guidelines to ensure the safest hockey environment possible for its players, coaches, and spectators.  

 

The USPHL Board of Governors will undertake a series of virtual meetings in January to review further adjustments to the USPHL’s division schedules, including the possibility of extending the season to ensure the completion of the season. 

 

About The USPHL

 

The United States Premier Hockey League of 2020-21 is the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league and the only league to span the continental United States and parts of Canada. The USPHL will field approximately 550 teams representing over 100 organizations comprised of 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20.  

 

Overall, across all its divisions, the USPHL had more than 1,200 alumni playing college hockey in 2019-20 and more than 250 playing pro hockey, including in the NHL. 

MHC’s Tina Ciraulo Makes USPHL History As First Female Head Coach In League

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 10/30/2020, 6:45pm EDT

When the Metro Hockey Club (MHC) - part of the Metro Jets organization - takes on the Columbus Mavericks on Friday and Saturday, Jets’ coach Tina Ciraulo will make history when she steps behind the bench as the first female head coach in the league’s eight-season history.

“I don’t think of it as being any different. You prepare the same way and make sure the guys are focused and ready to go,” said Ciraulo, who played four years with St. Cloud State University, three of those seasons with either an “A” or “C” on her jersey. “This [Metro Jets] program is great. 

“I’ve known General Manager/Head Coach Justin Quenneville for a long time now. We all want to help these guys get to the next level,” Ciraulo added. “That is my passion: developing players to achieve their goals and helping them get to the highest level they can play. I’ve coached males and females my whole life. Being in this program, it’s just about developing players.” 

Quenneville, who is GM of the Jets’ junior program and Head Coach of the Metro Jets entry in the USPHL Premier, was honored to bring Ciraulo onto the staff and excited that she gets a chance to be Head Coach for one of the Jets organization squads.  

“Tina comes from a strong hockey background and we are excited about her being added full time to the Jets,” said Quenneville. “She brings energy, passion, and experience working with players at every level. Being a former NCAA D1 hockey player as well, she fits right in with our model in helping produce opportunities for our players. I’ve personally known Tina for several years and not only is she dedicated, but she’s committed to continuing our program’s focus on player development and advancement.”

Ciraulo is going out to the OhioHealth Chiller North with the plan to get a couple W’s for her team, which is in its first USPHL Premier season. 

“I hope the boys show up and take it to them early. It’ll be a good game both nights,” said Ciraulo. “We can’t take them lightly.”

The United States Premier Hockey League and its Tier-2 National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) is proud to announce that four of its players have been listed on NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players To Watch List, which was issued on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The dates and location of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft are to be determined, and the event will be held either in person or by conference call following the conclusion of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Players born between January 1, 2001, and September 15, 2003, are eligible for selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. 

The USPHL had more players listed for 2021 than the North American Hockey League, the Central Canada Hockey League, the Ontario Junior Hockey League, or the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Nearly every other Canadian Jr. A league had no players listed. 

Five USPHL Alumni and many alumni of USPHL organizations were selected in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. 

 

The USPHL Players listed in no particular order include:

Billy Norcross, Islanders Hockey Club. Forward, Lynn, Mass., 6’2/180 lbs. 

Norcross is a Boston College commit and a “hard-working forward who creates havoc on the forecheck,” said Islanders Head Coach Tim Kyrkostas. 

 

Johan Rosenquist, Islanders Hockey Club. Forward, Naples, Fla., 6’2/190 lbs. 

“A late ‘02 birth year forward who has come up in the IHC program, making stops on the U16 and Premier teams before cementing himself in the NCDC lineup.” 

 

Logan Morrell, Islanders Hockey Club. Forward, Mesa, Ariz. 6’2/190 lbs.

“Logan is an ‘03 forward who’s a big smooth-skating power forward who has great vision and skill,” said Kyrkostas. “We are super excited as a team and league to have these players make the first Central Scouting draft list. This just shows just how high our league quality has become.” 

 

Evan Orloff, Rockets Hockey Club. Defense, Kensington, Md, 6’3/195 lbs. 

Orloff has come up through the USPHL from the 16U Division, where he was an All-Star last year, to the NCDC. 

 

Additional alumni of USPHL Organizations listed include:

Gleb Veremyev, Lincoln Stars. Forward

Veremyev played two full seasons for the Rockets Hockey Club in the USPHL 15U and 16U Divisions, registering more than 70 points in league play and committing to Penn State University while with the Rockets. 

 

Nate Benoit, Mount St. Charles Academy. Defense

Benoit played two seasons of USPHL Midget Hockey (15U and 16U) for the Northern Cyclones. He racked up more than 50 regular season and playoff points for these teams, and also saw a three-game NCDC call-up in 2018-19. 

 

Jack Pascucci, Governor's Academy. Defense

Pascucci played for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs' USPHL 16U team in 2018-19, posting 2-9-11 in 29 league games. 

 

Arseni Sergeyev, Omaha Lancers. Goaltender

Sergeyev appeared in four games for the Rockets Hockey Club NCDC team in 2019-20, registering a .926 save percentage. 

 

Cameron MacDonald, Saint John Sea Dogs. Forward

MacDonald played one game for the Connecticut Jr. Rangers' NCDC team in 2018-19, after being drafted in the 2018 NCDC Futures Draft by Connecticut. MacDonald scored a sharp-angle goal in his only NCDC action. 

 

Cooper Flinton, St. Paul's School. Forward

Flinton played for the Northern Cyclones' 16U Prep (non-league) squad. 

 

Peter Reynolds, Saint John Sea Dogs. Forward

Reynolds played youth hockey for the Islanders Hockey Club. 

 

The United States Premier Hockey League is pleased to announce the hiring of Bob Turow as its next Commissioner.  Turow is highly accomplished and well-respected in hockey circles.  His founding of Prospects Tournaments (“Prospects”) and his work to establish the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Combines and Central Scouting Department are a couple examples of Turow’s hockey successes. Current Commissioner Richard Gallant will remain on as USPHL Commissioner through January 1, 2021 to ensure a smooth transition of the Commissioner’s duties to Bob Turow.

Turow can be reached by e-mail at bobt@usphl.com

”Having watched the growth of the USPHL, the decision to join the organization as Commissioner was easy,” said Turow. “My goal will be to continue to provide unmatched value to all in the USPHL family, whether player, parent, coach or owner.” 

In 1995, Turow created the Prospects platform to provide young aspiring hockey players an avenue to showcase their talents to NHL, Canadian Hockey League (“CHL”) and NCAA coaches and scouts. Under Bob’s stewardship, Prospects became North America’s Top Showcase event for nearly two decades seeing more than 500 NHL draft picks, 1,000 NCAA Division 1 and Canadian Hockey League players and 100 NCAA Division 1 Women Hockey players excel in the tournaments. Eight alumni of the Prospects were selected first overall in their respective NHL Entry Draft years: Joe Thornton, Rick DiPietro, Sidney Crosby, Erik Johnson, Patrick Kane, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Taylor Hall. 

Turow was also instrumental in the formation of the current USHL Central Scouting (now known as USHL Player Development). Turow created the Central Scouting Showcases (now the USHL Combines) and ran both the Central Scouting and the Showcases for five years for the USHL.  

Outside of hockey, Bob Turow and his wife Lynda have found business success in running several Fantastic Sams Salon franchises.  Bob is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, and Bob and Lynda split their residence between Palm Harbor, Fla., and Kitchener, Ont. They have four adult children - MacKenzie, a social worker; Corey, a police officer; Allie, an advertising executive; and Kelsey, a school teacher. They also have two grandchildren, Ava and Jamieson. 

The USPHL is proud to welcome Bob Turow as he leads the league into a bright future. 

About The USPHL

The United States Premier Hockey League of 2020/2021 will be the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league and the only league to span the continental United States and parts of Canada.  The USPHL will field approximately 550 teams representing over 100 organizations comprised of 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20.  

Overall, across all its divisions, the USPHL had more than 1,200 alumni playing college hockey in 2019-20 and more than 250 playing pro hockey, including in the NHL. 

Ryan Frew: Coach, Leader, Father, Son, Role Model For All

By USPHL Staff 10/14/2020, 9:30pm EDT

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

 

The United States Premier Hockey League lost an amazing person in Ryan Frew, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs’ NCDC head coach and general manager on Monday, Oct. 5. Ryan died of complications arising from peritonitis at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  

  

The USPHL and all of its Member Organizations express its deepest sympathies to Ryan’s wife Nanna and his sons Seamus and Quentin, his daughter Layla, as well as his extended family, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs organization, and all others whose lives he touched. 

 

It was a fitting reward when, in 2017, Frew received the New Hampshire Union-Leader Forty Under Forty Award, recognizing his great service to youth in New Hampshire. In the accompanying article, when asked why he chose his profession, his answer was straightforward:

 

“I love working with people. My chosen profession offers me the opportunity to support and influence young men’s lives during a critical stage of their development and help guide them to become the best version of themselves,” Frew told the Union-Leader. “There is no greater reward than knowing that you have had a positive impact on someone's life journey.”

 

Frew had a positive impact on everyone he met, no matter where he went, extending beyond the leagues, to the greater hockey community.  Coaches from across the hockey realm spoke about their concern for Frew’s health during his illness.

   

Frew’s history with the Monarchs (and with many of the Monarchs’ opponents both then and currently with the USPHL) goes well back to the first decade of the 2000s, coaching the Monarchs’ former Empire Junior Hockey League.  Ryan was hired by the Monarchs in 2004.

He brought the Monarchs to the Tier-3 Jr. B National Championship games in 2007 and 2011, and he was also on the bench for three straight Monarchs’ Tier-3 Jr. A National Championship wins from 2007 through 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.  

 

Frew 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. 

Within the USPHL, he helped shepherd the Monarchs into the NCDC to start the 2018-19 season, his team’s start in the league was so impressive, he was named NCDC Coach Of The Year after that first season. 

 

Rest In Peace, Ryan. Everyone in the USPHL will miss you and that big smile and laugh.