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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
The National Hockey League was held October 6-7, 2020, with teams selecting players for their future via conference call. Across the world, players heard their names called and celebrated being selected to be part of 31 NHL teams' future plans.
Among these players were five direct USPHL alumni, as well as others who have played for USPHL organizations.
Sam Colangelo - Anaheim Ducks, 2nd round, 36th overall
Colangelo, an '01 from Stoneham, Mass., played in 2015-16 for the Boston Junior Bruins in the USPHL 16U Division. He posted eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 29 USPHL contests. Colangelo is set to begin his Northeastern University career in this 2020-21 season.
Ian Moore - Anaheim Ducks, 3rd round, 67th overall
Moore ('02/Concord, Mass.) skated briefly during the 2019-20 season with the National Collegiate Development Conference with the Boston Junior Bruins. He also played for the Little Bruins in the USPHL's former split season EHF Selects Division last season. He will join Harvard University in 2021-22.
Alex Jefferies - New York Islanders, 4th round, 121st overall
Jefferies ('01/Lunenburg, Mass.) skated two seasons with the Islanders Hockey Club teams in the USPHL 16U Division. He was the 2017-18 goals leader for the USPHL 16U, scoring 33 goals in 53 points in 25 games.
Overall, Jefferies - a Merrimack College freshman this season - totaled 47 goals, 40 assists and 87 points over 53 games.
Sean Farrell - Montreal Canadiens, 4th round, 124th overall
Farrell ('01/Hopkinton, Mass.) was a dynamic player for the Boston Junior Bruins' 16U team during the 2015-16 USPHL season, teaming up that year with fellow 2020 draftee Sam Colangelo.
His line was very even, posting 17 goals, 18 assists and 35 points in 30 games. He is set to join fellow former Junior Bruin Ian Moore at Harvard University.
Gunnarwolfe Fontaine - Nashville Predators, 7th round, 202nd overall
Another standout from the USPHL 16U season of 2015-16, this 2000-born native of East Greenwich, R.I., played for the former Providence Capitals team.
Like Farrell, his scoring line showed he could dish the puck and score with it, posting a 14-15-29 line in 30 games. Fontaine, who has also played in the Bridgewater Jr. Bandits and Junior Bruins organizations, is slated to join Colangelo at Northeastern University this season.
Additional draft notes:
Former South Shore Kings youth hockey players Brett Berard, Drew Commesso and Ben Meehan were also selected.
Commesso, a Boston University goalie, was taken 46th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Berard was picked by the New York Rangers with the 134th overall pick in the fifth round.
Meehan was selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the 140th overall pick.
Colangelo, Fontaine and Moore are also former Kings youth players.
The Beantown Classic tournament organization will make history this coming weekend in Exeter, N.H., as the tournament welcomes the NextGEN AAA (Advancement In Athletics and Academics) Foundation Hockey team for its Beantown Summer Classic, to be run Aug. 8-11 in Exeter, N.H.
The NextGEN AAA Foundation squad will field a team entirely consisting of black and brown players from the United States, Canada and Great Britain. The Foundation was founded by Dee Dee Ricks, a philanthropist and self-described Hockey Mom. Coaching the NextGEN AAA team in Exeter will be New Jersey Devils Assistant Coach and former Boston University and NHL player Mike Grier, as well as former NHLer Bryce Salvador, NextGEN AAA’s NHL Alumni Ambassador.
“As someone who makes his living in the sport of hockey, any opportunity to help grow the sport is what we are all trying to do,” said Beantown Classic Founder and President Peter Masters. “I am always looking to help nourish any initiative to get more athletes involved in this great sport.”
“I am extremely happy and grateful to work with this group of young and talented players,” said Mike Grier, in a NextGEN AAA Foundation release. “Thank you to NextGEN and the National Hockey League for supporting the development of minority players pursuing their dreams.”
“NextGEN provides youth hockey opportunities and experiences for young men of color that I wish I had when I was growing up in the game,” said Bryce Salvador. “The game of hockey continues to increase the number of diverse players with the talent and skill to compete in college, in the minors, and the NHL, and supporting organizations like NextGEN, who develop those pathways, is vital.”
The National Hockey League (NHL) and Pure Hockey will sponsor the team.
“NextGEN is carving out a pipeline of diverse, elite-level hockey talent,” said Kim Davis, Senior Executive Vice President of Social Impact, Growth Initiatives and Legislative Affairs at the NHL. “We believe in the near future more teams across the continent will feature more players of color, and this NextGEN team is a strong signal that we are moving closer to that day.”
The Beantown Classic’s Masters - a former Boston College player - recalls when he was first contacted about the possibility of NextGEN AAA Foundation’s team joining his event.
“The Beantown Classic is in its 17th year and this is the first time we have allowed a pre-rostered, full team to participate in this event. We have always had 350-400 individual entry athletes register through a stringent evaluation process and then place them on teams to compete each August,” Masters said.
“I received a call from Brett Peterson, who is a full-time NHL agent,” Masters added. Peterson is an advisor/consultant to the Foundation. “He explained the genesis of the team and the goals and that he has worked with this group the past two summers and he then pitched them joining our event for the first time. When presented with the goal of NextGen and the team they wanted to bring, it was a no-brainer for us to include them in our event as presented.”
Team recruitment was led by Rod Braceful, the Assistant Director of Player Personnel for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.
“I’m extremely honored to assist the NextGEN Foundation and support minority players and families navigating elite levels of the game,” said Rod Braceful. “It was a similar organization in Detroit that fueled my love for the game and role models like Mike Grier and Bryce Salvador who inspired me and many others to find a career path in hockey.”
The NextGEN AAA Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of student-athletes – primarily through academic and athletic intervention – while striving to create an all-inclusive environment in youth hockey. NextGEN has provided over $1 million in scholarships to support student-athletes of color at some of the leading preparatory schools, colleges, and travel hockey programs throughout North America.
“This is our third year bringing together some of the top diverse student-athletes in North America and Great Britain to compete in the Beantown tournament,” said Ricks. “Our roster represents just how far we have come in less than a decade, thanks to people like Rod, Mike and Bryce and the generosity of the NHL and Pure Hockey.”
The United States Premier Hockey League is excited to announce its start dates for the 2020-21 season at all levels. The USPHL Midget and EJEPL Youth seasons will begin on August 28, 2020. The Junior levels will begin play on September 18, with the Tier-2 Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) beginning play on September 25.
The USPHL - at all of its levels - will operate within the laws and guidelines of the Federal government and all State and local regulations. The USPHL has operated over the summer at multiple locations incorporating heightened health and safety protocols at all levels for players and fans. The USPHL remains committed to providing a full 2020-21 hockey season.
More information on Junior-level schedules will be released in the coming weeks as the USPHL plans for another successful season of moving players on to college. The League saw more than 1,200 alumni of all its Member Organizations playing NCAA hockey in 2019-20, and also saw more than 300 of its own players make NCAA commitments for 2020-21 and beyond. When USPHL players advance to NCAA hockey, they also excel there both academically and athletically. League alumni earned more than 400 conference awards and other immense honors during the 2019-20 season.