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 began announcing Midwest All-Star teams earlier today, and now we are honored to present the First Team All-Stars!
Midwest Region – First Team
Forward – Adam Peterson(‘98/Chicago, Ill.) Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings
Peterson was one of the few returners from last season’s National tournament qualifying team and his leadership helped a young team come within one win of returning this spring. Peterson racked up 32 goals and 34 assists to lead his team and division and he was 11thbest overall.
Forward – Nate Holm(‘98/Hastings, Minn.) Minnesota Mullets
Holm was another forward with explosive talent. He scored 26 goals and set up 30 others and earned high praise for his ability to deliver in the clutch. Holm scored six game-winning goals for the Mullets, matching Peterson as one of the most dangerous players with the game on the line.
Forward – Philip DeSavva(‘98/Ludvika, Sweden) Minnesota Moose
Another returner from a strong team, DeSavva showed skill and consistency and helped the Moose develop into the most dangerous team in its division through the second half. DeSavva counted 22 goals and 30 assists, including five on the power play and a couple others while shorthanded. This guy was on the ice in every situation.
Defense – Chris Dusek(‘99/Dallas, Texas.) Hudson Havoc
Dusek was one of several key players who learned valuable lessons from a rough 2017-18 campaign in Hudson and helped the team do a 180-degree turn this past season, holding down top spot almost wire to wire. Dusek put up an awesome 18 goals and 36 assists to rank as the highest scoring defensemen in the region and third in the league. The Havoc killed on the powerplay thanks in part to his 14 power play assists and six powerplay goals.
Defense – Nick Mueller(‘99/Buffalo, Minn.) Minnesota Blue Ox
Mueller was an anchor on the blueline for a Blue Ox team that stayed in or near the top half most of the season and saved its best for last. He collected nine goals and 32 assists in 40 games played while sitting just six minutes in the sin bin. He added three more points in 10 postseason contests for the Blue Ox.
Goaltender – Cal Ambrose(‘99/Wayzata, Minn.) Hudson Havoc
Like Dusek, Ambrose used a rough ride on the 2017-18 Havoc to hone his craft and came back to lead the team on the back end. After appearing in 15 games the previous year, Ambrose was the go-to guy in 18-19, appearing in 29 games, winning 19 with three shutouts and posting and stopping 898 of 962 shots for a 2.33 Goals Against Average and a Save Percentage of .933.