The USPHL Elite South Region, consisting of the Southeast and Florida Divisions, is pleased to announce its 2018-19 season All-Star Selections, voted on by the coaches of the two divisions. Coaches could not vote for their own players on the ballots.
The South Region named one Premier All-Star team of 12 forwards, seven defensemen and three goalies.
We are announcing the Elite All-Star Forwards first, followed one hour later by the Elite All-Star Defensemen and Goalies.
The South Region Premier All-Star Defensemen and Goalies will be announced early this afternoon, followed one hour later by the South Region Premier All-Star Forwards.
Friday, March 22, will see the release of the North Region All-Stars from both the USPHL Premier and Elite.
Jake Court (‘00/Fort Myers, Fla.) - Florida Eels
Court had a 14-point lead on anyone else from the Elite South, and was the only one from the region to hit the 90-point mark in the regular season (and only one of three leaguewide to do so). He scored 35 goals and 55 assists
He was a special teams threat, also, earning three shorthanded assists, one of only seven to do so in the league.
Gage Dill (‘01/Fort Myers, Fla.) - Florida Eels
Dill finished seventh in league scoring with 24 goals and 50 assists for 74 points. He was one of only six players in the entire league to hit the 50-assist mark. In the postseason, Dill was on fire for the Eels posting four goals and seven assists for 11 points in five total playoff games. He also had back-to-back five-point games to end the regular season.
D.J. Randle (‘00/Boca Raton, Fla.) - Hampton Roads Whalers
A three-year USPHL veteran, Randle led the defending champion Whalers in the regular season with 20 goals and 35 assists for 55 points. He was tied with teammate Cody Wilson and Jake Court for second in power play assists this year with 12. His seven power play goals were second in that category and he was also second league-wide with 19 power play points.
Cody Wilson (‘98/Virginia Beach, Va.) - Hampton Roads Whalers
Wilson was the power play scoring leader for the USPHL Elite team, posting eight goals and 12 assists to lead the league on the man-advantage with 20 points. Overall, he finished with 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points in 41 games. He was also the shootout king for the league with a perfect 3-for-3.
Matt Dougherty (‘99/Philadelphia, Pa.) - Richmond Generals
Dougherty, who helped Richmond to the 2019 Elite Championship, was the league’s goal-scoring leader with 42 in 42 games. No one else who played in at least 30 league games scored a goal per game. He added 34 assists for 76 points (fifth in the league), and he also led the way in shorthanded goals (tied with three others with 4), shorthanded assists (three, tied with several others), and game-winning goals (eight, tied with teammate Brendan Meyer). He added eight points in seven playoff games in Richmond’s title drive.
Brendan Meyer (‘99/Greeley, Colo.) - Richmond Generals
A returning Elite General, Meyer was a power play giant all year with eight goals and six assists for 14 points. Overall, he scored 27 goals and 21 assists for 48 points, ranking in the top 20 league-wide for goals. Meyer scored the first goal in the Elite Championship game on March 11 to get his team going en route to the crown.
Trent Bailey (‘99/Atlanta, Ga.) - Atlanta Jr. Kings
Bailey posted 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in just 38 games this year for the Jr. Kings. An amazing six out of his 20 goals were game-winners, tying him for fourth in that category. Bailey finished the regular season strong with six points in his last four games.
Nick Garzon (‘01/Alpharetta, Ga.) - Atlanta Jr. Kings
Garzon was a regular lamplighter for the Kings, leading his team with 24 goals. Along with 20 assists, that gave him 44 points in 42 games. Garzon tied Bailey in game-winning goals with six, placing him in the top 10 league-wide in that category. Over one stretch in October, Garzon posted four of his game-winners in five games.
Christian Roble (‘99/Edina, Minn.) - Charlotte Rush
Roble finished tied for sixth in goals with 32, one of just 10 league-wide to cross the 30-goal mark. He scored 32 and added 21 assists for 53 points, leading the Rush in that category. He enjoyed a streak of 15 points in 11 games from December 1 to Jan. 12. He also enjoyed a stretch of seven goals in five games early in the season, part of a streak of 19 points in 10 games.
Zachary Parker (‘99/Wesley Chapel, Fla.) - Tampa Bay Juniors
A homegrown product for the Juniors, who are based in Wesley Chapel, Parker is a third-year Tampa player who finished 10th in both assists (38) and points (65). He also had 27 goals for the season while playing all 44 regular season games for Tampa. In the postseason, as Tampa made its run to the Elite Championship game, he scored three points for the Juniors.
Erik Peavey (‘98/Pinellas Park, Fla.) - Florida Jr. Blades
Peavey was a commanding presence on the ice at 6-feet-4-inches, 215 pounds. He epitomized the power forward role by scoring 37 goals, fourth in the league. He added 22 assists for 59 points in 42 games. His 59 points were 25 ahead of his closest teammate.
Garrett Auriene (‘01/Youngsville, N.C.) - Carolina Eagles
Auriene played in just 33 Elite games, partially because he spent 11 more at the Premier level for the Eagles. He scored 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points in 33 games. His five shorthanded points (three goals, two assists) were top five in the league, as well.