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 announced the Elite All-Star Forwards first, and here are your Elite All-Star Defensemen and Goalies.
The South Region Premier All-Star Defensemen and Goalies will be announced later 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.
Kevin Holman (‘01/Tampa, Fla.) - Tampa Bay Juniors
Holman helped the Juniors to capture their Florida Division championship, and with it, a Nationals berth, by leading all USPHL Elite defensemen with 50 points, the only player at his position to hit that mark. His 17 goals were good for second in the league, as were his 33 assists.
Andrew Lawrence (‘01/Toronto, Ont.) - Atlanta Jr. Kings
Lawrence was tops in assists among all USPHL Elite defensemen with 34. Combined with his 11 goals, he scored 45 points, which tied him for the team lead in points on the Kings. Lawrence was also one of the league leaders in shorthanded assists with three.
James Rowe (‘99/Fort Myers, Fla.) - Hampton Roads Whalers
Rowe is a third-year league veteran who was one of just four defensemen league-wide to hit the 30-assist mark. In total, he had eight goals and 38 points, as well. Rowe led the league in power play assists with 14, and he was second in total power play points with 19.
Trevor Voyda (‘01/Naples, Fla.) - Florida Eels
At 6-feet-1-inch, 236 pounds, Voyda was a commanding presence for the Eels’ blue line. He played an honest game in being clocked for just 24 penalty minutes all year, and he helped the Eels to stand top 10 in lowest goals against. His 10 goals and 23 assists gave him 33 total points, good for seventh league-wide among defensemen.
Alex Walsh (‘00/Parker, Colo.) - Richmond Generals
Walsh was the leading scorer among Generals defensemen with his six goals and 26 assists for 32 points, which also put him in the top 10 league-wide among blueliners. His 11 power play assists were tied for second among defensemen in the league with two others.
He also helped the Generals to the second lowest goals against in the league (89).
Davis Smidt (‘00/Brentwood, Tenn.) - Charlotte Rush
Smidt was in a three-way tie for second in power play assists with 11, despite playing in just 33 Elite games. He also played in 10 USPHL Premier games for the Rush. He finished with six goals and 23 assists for 29 points in 33 Elite games.
Shaun Houk (‘02/Tampa, Fla.) - Carolina Eagles
The youngest Elite All-Star, Houk made the move from the Eagles’ 16U squad to the Elite team this year and played extremely well against players up to four years older than him throughout the year. He posted three goals and 20 assists for 23 points in 43 games. Houk certainly has a bright future ahead of him.
Greg Moon (‘99/Franklin, Mass.) - Hampton Roads Whalers
Moon joined the Whalers in December and paid immediate dividends, and kept paying through the end of the regular season and into the playoffs. He went 9-0 in the regular season with a .938 save percentage, and he posted two shutouts while never giving up more than three goals in any game. In fact, he didn’t lose a single game until the Elite semifinal, falling in a 3-2 battle against defending champion Richmond.
Ryan Creenan (‘99/Colonia, N.J.) - Richmond Generals
Creenan finished second in the league in save percentage (.922) among goalies with at least 900 minutes played, and he was fourth in goals against average (2.37), so Creenan was a threat to give opposing offenses’ headaches all year. In the postseason, he posted three wins and a tie to help the Generals to the Elite Championship.
Jack Perna (‘00/Sykesville, Md.) - Atlanta Jr. Kings
Perna led the entire USPHL Elite in save percentage (.931), and he was third in goals against average at 2.13. Perna went undefeated through the month of October, posting a 5-0 record and giving up just seven goals in that month. In his final regular season game on Feb. 17, he posted a 31-save shutout against the defending champion Hampton Roads Whalers.