The USPHL Premier Midwest Region, consisting of the Midwest-East, Midwest-West and Great Lakes Divisions, is pleased to announce its 2018-19 season All-Star Selections, voted on by the coaches of the three divisions. Coaches could not vote for their own players on the ballots.
The Midwest Region came up with four “teams” of six-player units that any coach would dream of putting out on the ice together. We announced the Fourth Team earlier today, and another group of six players will be announced each hour afterwards until the announcement of the First Team All-Stars at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST on this Wednesday, March 20.
Midwest Region Third Team
Forward – Breydon Hemminger (‘99/St. Charles, Ill.) Chicago Cougars
Hemminger might have been one of the best set up guys in the Midwest, collecting 41 assists along with 18 goals and appearing in all 44 regular season games for the Cougars as well as all five post season matches where he added another three helpers. Hemminger was always dangerous, four of his 18 goals coming with his team shorthanded and three of them game-winners.
Forward – Santeri Rajakallio (‘98/Kankaanpaa, Finland) Pittsburgh Vengeance
Rajakallio made a big impression with the Vengeance, collecting an awesome 47 points with 19 goals and 28 assists in 26, while also appearing in a handful of games with the Syracuse Stars’ NCDC squad. The young Finn collected five powerplay goals and three game winners and stayed far from the penalty box with just one minor on the season. Rajakallio scored once on three shootout attempts as well.
Forward – Kyle Banks (‘98/Detroit, Mich.) Motor City Hockey Club
Banks experienced the second half turnaround the previous season that saw the Motor City squad reach the National Championship tournament and he played a key part in their return this season, racking up 26 goals and 37 assists for 63 points, nearly doubling his points (35) total from the previous season. Banks fired five game-winners for his team and he was equally dangerous on the powerplay where he scored eight and shorthanded where he sniped another half dozen.
Defense – Jordan Stear (‘01/Frisco, Texas) Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings
The Riverkings blueliner enjoyed a breakthrough in his rookie junior season, appearing in all 44 games for the Riverkings and picking up 32 assists and timing his three goals perfectly, with two of them on the powerplay and one a game-winner.
Defense – Alec Porzondek (‘98/Macomb, Mich.) Motor City Hockey Club
Another member of the previous season’s team that reached the National Championship tournament, Porzondek’s numbers were phenomenal, his 19 goals and 36 assists ranking him tops among the Midwest defenders and second, one point behind Egan Wolford of the New York Aviators, in the league. Porzondek scored six on the powerplay and four shorthanded markers and two of his goals were game-winners.
Goaltender – Maximilian Haselbacher (‘99/Wien, Austria) Minnesota Moose
The Moose was a solid team at every position and Haselbacher backed them up to near perfection in goal. The Moose entered the National Championship tournament riding a 13-game winning streak including 13 wins in 16 starts for Haselbacher who allowed 30 goals on 386 shots for a 1.99 Goals Against Average and a .922 Save Percentage. In five postseason games, Haselbacher won four more allowing four goals on 117 shots.